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 #15989  by 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

 #15990  by 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.

 #16012  by 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..... ... 436&sr=1-1

let me know if u can figure out the pattern at all...thanks alot sir...

 #16032  by 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

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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///
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///
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)/

 #16033  by 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....


 #16041  by ronster
 Wed May 09, 2007 7:42 am
Right you are, try this pattern

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 #16055  by 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

 #16086  by ker1227
 Thu May 10, 2007 5:27 am
you wouldnt know any Steep canyon rangers chords would you?

 #16087  by ker1227
 Thu May 10, 2007 5:29 am
and this should give me the bruce avitar!