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Thread #29203   Message #367801
Posted By: Rick Fielding
03-Jan-01 - 11:31 AM
Thread Name: All-time favourite guitar lick
Subject: RE: All-time favourite guitar lick
Tremendous thread Murray (well for guitar-nurds like me anyway)

Most of those licks that stick in the mind were heard when I was young and impressionable and simply couldn't BELIEVE that notes could be that beautiful.

1. Reverend Gary Davis' spellbinding "high to low" guitar run near the end of his thirties recording of "Oh Lord Search My Heart". I practically passed out!

2. Earl Scruggs "Maybelle-like" break on "You Are My Flower".

3. Big Bill Broonzy's flat-picked line on "How You Want It Done". My Gawd, he was 19 years old! Listening to his early playing (mostly fingerpicking) is the best guitar lesson I can imagine.

4. Norman Blake's "Cross-chording" on Church Street Blues. I've tried for years to get a handle on it. No dice.

5. Many others. I'll try and think of them.

Hey Murray..I could give you the NOTES he plays...but to get it as smooth and fast as he plays it? Well I think ya gotta be Doc (or at least set aside a year of non-stop practice). I agree. He really MADE something from that song. Wonder if Anne Murray heard his recording...or Gene MacLelland for that matter.