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This is a place where we can discuss the flatpicking of Clarence White and the Kentucky Colonels. Feel free to talk about his technique and how Clarence played specific songs. We can also discuss the various re-issues of his material that are on the market, and anything else Clarence-related that you'd like to discuss.

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Comment by Michael Gurzi on January 24, 2009 at 7:39pm

My copy of The Essential Clarence White book arrived today. Hats off to Roland, Diane and Michele for a great book! A must have for all CW fans...

Comment by Greg Morton on February 12, 2009 at 12:36pm
Hi Friends,
I have recently recorded a couple of tunes with Roland White in the Tradition of Appalachian Swing on my New CD "Greg Morton When Pigs Fly." As a Tribute to Clarence White.
Clarence Fans may enjoy this CD.
Check out; Greg Morton CDBaby.com
Greg Morton
Comment by robin jones on February 13, 2009 at 4:13pm
Here's the link to both of Greg Morton's disks. They are excellent.
Comment by Richard Spratt on March 25, 2009 at 1:37pm
I recently became a fan and want to learn as much as possilbe about Clarenece as well as his style of playing.
Comment by Doc Rossi on April 20, 2009 at 8:03am
I was just reading the notes to the White Lightnin' CD. When asked about making the switch from acoustic to electric, Clarence is quoted as telling an interviewer "I had to learn from scratch with my lft hand; I'd done most of my playing in open tuning, using a capo - so as well as learning up all the conventional chord structures and scales, I had to learn the whole neck." I know he dropped the A string to G for New Soldiers' Joy, and dropped the top e to d for Nashville West, but I had no idea he had regularly played in open tuning. Does anyone have any info about this?
Comment by Allen Shadd on April 20, 2009 at 10:35am
Doc, I think you may have misunderstood the comment. Playing in open tunings, using a capo- in bluegrass most guitar players play A by capoing the 2nd fret and playing a G chord- with open strings. Playing in B means the same thing with the capo on the 4th fret. Electric players mostly don't use capos a lot, but will play closed string bar chords, therefore he would have to learn how to play in chord structures other than G formation. I could be wrong, but as an acoustic and an electric player, this is how I interpret those comments.
Comment by Doc Rossi on April 20, 2009 at 10:54am
Thanks Allen - I know what you're talking about - we all do that - but that's not what I'd call playing in open tuning. Since Clarence did use some alternate tunings - he even had Keith tuners on his Tele to change tunings - I thought he really meant an open tuning, like open G, for example, which would be very interesting. I know he dropped his top e for a lot of things, at least on electric, but a bluegrass flatpicker playing in open G would be something new, especially in the early 60s, and I would have been very surprised that no one had picked up on it until now. It does make more sense that he meant using G and C shapes in standard and moving around with a capo. Too bad - I thought we were going to have to take a fresh look at everything.
Comment by Steve Kilby on May 31, 2009 at 9:02pm
Did any of you see this video?

Comment by Brian Friend on February 2, 2010 at 6:29am
Glad to be here at the Clarence White fan group! I run the Clarence White forum (http://www.clarencewhiteforum.com). It's been on the 'net since 2001. Stop by there if you like ;-)
Comment by Rick Schmidlin on February 7, 2010 at 1:23pm
I plat a Roy Noble in tribute Clarence.


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