alberta by doc watson...help needed

alberta by doc watson...help needed

Postby IamDocWatson » Tue May 08, 2007 1:56 am

i working on the tune alberta as arranged by doc watson and im having trouble figuring out the arpeggio patterns he is picking out..i understand what chords hes playing but i just always have trouble (or not enough patience) figuring out arpeggios...if anyone knows the tune i could use some help...i dont know why these give me so much trouble, i bet its fairly simple i just never can focus enough to get them right.....

or billbbill?? you play fingerstyle dont you? if you dont know this tune any helpp you could offer would be appreciated
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Postby Billbbill » Tue May 08, 2007 3:53 am

Don't know the tune doc. My finger style prowess is somewhat limited. If you can hook me up with the tune I'll check it out.

Just did a quick search and found this on youtube though I'm not sure how close this is to the Doc Watson version.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXL1srStjxg
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Postby IamDocWatson » Tue May 08, 2007 1:36 pm

thats not the same "alberta" i dont have the song on my computer i have a cd of it so i cant send u the track....heres a good sample at amazon.....


http://www.amazon.com/Best-Doc-Watson-1964-1968/dp/B00000IIW2/ref=sr_1_1/102-5403912-5794504?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1178656436&sr=1-1

let me know if u can figure out the pattern at all...thanks alot sir...
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Postby ronster » Tue May 08, 2007 9:24 pm

I listened to quick sample of the tune and it sounds like a simple repeating fingerpicking pattern

E|-----------------------------------------
B|-----------0-----------3-----------1-----
G|-----0-----------4-----------2-----------
D|--------0-----------4-----------2--------
A|-----------------------------------------
E|--3-----------2-----------0--------------

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Al-(G)-berta (Bm) let your (Am) hair (D) hang (G) low/// (Em)///
(Bm)/// (G)///

(G) I saw her first on an (D) April (G) morn'
As she walked through the (Bm) mist in a (C) field of (D) hay/// ///
Her (G) hair lit the world with its (C) golden (G) glow
And the smile on her (Bm) face/// (Am) burned my (D) heart
a-(G)-way/// (Em)/// (Bm)/// (Em)///

Al-(G)-berta (Bm) let your (Am) hair (D) hang (G) low/// (Em)///
(Bm)/// (Em)///
Al-(G)-berta let your (F) hair hang (D) low/// /// /// ///
I'll (C) give you more (Bm) gold than your (D) apron can (G) hold///
(Em)///
If you'll (G) only (Bm) let your (Am) hair (D) hang (G) low (Em)///
(Bm)/// (G)/// ///

(G) I thought my golden (D) time would (G) last
But the field of (Bm) hay was (C) soon cut (D) down/// ///
In a (G) short few weeks it (C) all was (G) past
And my golden (Bm) girl/// (Am) just a (D) painful (G) song///
(Em)/// (Bm)/// (Em)///

Al-(G)-berta (Bm) what's (Am) on (D) your (G) mind/// (Em)///
(Bm)/// (Em)///
Al-(G)-berta what's (F) on your (D) mind/// /// /// ///
My (C) heart is so (Bm) sad 'cause you (D) treat me so (G) bad///
(Em)///
Al-(G)-berta (Bm) what's (Am) on (D) your (G) mind/// (Em)///
(Bm)/// (Em)///
Al-(G)-berta (Bm) let your (Am) hair (D) hang (G) low/// (Em)/// (G)/
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Postby IamDocWatson » Wed May 09, 2007 1:34 am

its 3/4 tsig and the arp sounds like 1/8 notes so maybe im hearing differently but i think your missing something

im hearing it as 1 & 2 & 3 & 1....

??????
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Postby ronster » Wed May 09, 2007 7:42 am

Right you are, try this pattern

E|----------------------------------------- ---
B|-----------0--------------3------------1-----
G|-----0-------0------4-------4-----2------2-----
D|--------0------0-------4------4------2-----2---
A|--------------------------------0---------------
E|--3--------------2-----------------------------
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Postby IamDocWatson » Wed May 09, 2007 11:57 am

yeah, cool. thanks man....

i knew it couldnt be that difficult but its one area i always struggle with...i usually just arpegiate freely and dont worry about an exact pattern but this song is mostly all arp.'s so i wanted to get something kinda accurate to thee version im working off of...thanks again
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Postby ker1227 » Thu May 10, 2007 5:27 am

you wouldnt know any Steep canyon rangers chords would you?
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Postby ker1227 » Thu May 10, 2007 5:29 am

and this should give me the bruce avitar!
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