Saturday, February 14, 2009

Doyle Lawson's Mandolin

If you've ever listened to much Doyle Lawson, you'll have noticed he has a very distinctive style. It seems to me there are two parts to it: 1) a rhythmic approach that gives a strident quality that seems to cut across the established rhythm of the song and 2) repeating melodic patterns that flow up and down scales and across chords. I'll get into more analysis of both of these parts of his playing in later posts, but first off, listen to an album like The Original Band, and tell me you wouldn't like to just break into one of his solos whenever you felt like it.

Well, that's my first goal, to be able to do a quick Doyle Lawson break when I want to, and that's what's coming next.

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