Lesson ID: A0158

In this guitar lesson, we’re going to work on country & bluegrass flatpicking in the style of Doc Watson. First, I’ll teach you how to play some catchy guitar riffs similar to what you’ll hear in Doc’s arrangement of “Tennessee Stud”. Next, I’ll break down a few Doc Watson style strumming patterns and we’ll take a look at some chord progressions that you can use for practice. After you learn the guitar riffs and strumming patterns, practice your Doc Watson style flatpicking over “Tennessee Stud”. Doc plays this song at a pretty fast pace so I’d recommend you begin practicing at a comfortable pace and then slowly increase your speed in increments. Overall, this is a great guitar lesson for developing accurate pick control.


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Practice with Doc Watson

Practice this lesson’s strumming patterns and riffs over Doc Watson’s arrangement of “Tennessee Stud” using the embedded player from Spotify. We’d highly recommend using Spotify for online radio. If you don’t have a Spotify account, click here to sign up free with your Facebook account or with an e-mail address.