The Cannon Ball Rag

by adammormolsteinmusic

One of my favorite things to do is to take a song I really like, slow it wayyy down, and then figure out how to play it.  Note by painstaking note, to try and figure out exactly what is going on in that recording.  I feel as though I learn way more about playing/technique/phrasing/taste/and all other musical elements by doing this than any music book ever taught me.  This is what has happened here with The Cannon Ball Rag by The Amazing Merle Travis.  I slowed it way down, and tried to pick apart exactly what he is doing.

Travis’ picking is so clean, and precise and fast that it’s really hard to emulate, but here is my best effort.  I need to keep practicing.