This is a wonderful instrumental written by Bill Monroe. It's called the Watson blues in honor of his friend Doc Watson. Doc contributed the signature riff which has become an iconic part of this tune. This arrangement is based on the way Doc played rhythm with David Grisman. For the most part it's kept rather simple, but if you check the licks you will find a treasure trove of signature Doc Watson licks.Learn
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A classic Monroe instrumental that features a signature guitar riff from his friend Doc Watson
On Tunefox, there are 2 versions of this song for you to learn. The Beginner arrangement gives you a good foundation of the verse melody. The Watson Blues Intermediate tab is a slidey arrangement of this song, which is a little more technically challenging and finally, the Advanced version introduces more typical bluegrass vocabulary.
Tunefox features unique tools to assist with practicing Watson Blues. "Speed-Up" will gradually increase the tempo of a looped section or the entire song so you can build your technique. When you select "Memory-Train", Tunefox will make the notes disappear from the tab each time the song loops, so you’ll learn how to get off the tab with ease. To isolate a section of the tune, simply click on the measure and it will loop.
Use Tunefox’s backing tracks to practice this bluegrass guitar version of Watson Blues with a real-sounding band. Go to the Settings menu to mix the volume of the guitar, band or metronome to your liking.
What to learn some variations on the melody of Watson Blues? In each arrangement of this song you’ll find multiple licks that you can switch out to explore and discover new ways to play the song and learn about different styles along the way. Use the lick switcher by clicking on "Original Measure" above certain measures. To see a completely new arrangement of the song, click on "Shuffle Licks" in the bottom right corner of the page.
Members can export their arrangements into PDF, allowing them to print and bring them to their next jam session.