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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 Rick Schmidlin on February 7, 2010 at 1:24pm
I ment play
Comment by Brian Friend on February 7, 2010 at 1:51pm
With regrad to Allen and Doc's conversation on the meaning of 'open tuning'. Allen is correct. I've transcribed alot of Clarence's electric Telecaster and B Bender work and there are no 'open-tuning' in the traditional sense. It is as Allen described...a bluegrass player giving up his capo for playing all over the neck.. Additionally...in all the recorded works of Clarence using his Tele with the Scruggs tuners... The only place he ever used them was the high E to D-drop tuning for Nashville West and the other Scruggs tuner was on the A string and Clarence used that as an effect dropping A down to G during live versions of Chestnut Mare, 8Mikes High etc... In other words his use of them was rare and not necessary for his signature sounds or repitoire on a Telecaster.
Comment by William Gray on March 26, 2010 at 9:15pm
I have a Martin D-28CW which is a heck of a guitar, though I prefer my HD-28V. I have a Roy Noble Spruce & Mahogany dreadnaught coming my way---should arrive next week. I bought it online so haven't heard it or played it first hand, but from all accounts it should be a phenomenal guitar. It was the Clarence connection that got me interested in the Nobles. Though I have a feeling he could have played on a broke down Harmony and made it ring like heaven. : )
Comment by William Gray on May 10, 2010 at 3:56pm
Are you high, Spence?
Comment by Jeff Morrison on May 11, 2010 at 1:35pm
Hi Guys,
I don't understand. I got into this because Clarence is one of my favorite guitar players who I had the pleasure of seeing when I was a college student in southern California in the late 60s and early 70s. But after a long dry spell I get two emails today telling me there were comments made from Clarence White group members. One of them was some non-sensical rant and the other asked the ranter (correctly) if he was high. I am disappointed and would hope that those who really don't care all that much go somewhere else to vent. Let's please keep the dialogue on a higher level. I remember a lot of guys from that period and I want to tell you Clarence was "off the charts" ahead of anyone I recall seeing. I was listening to Doc for years when I first saw/heard Clarence. I was absolutely amazed at the syncopation and still am over thirty years later. I was actually a finger picking student of Bob Baxter when I first heard Clarence. I traded in my finger picks for a flat pick and haven't gone back since. I only wish I had the natural talent that some of these guys have but I'll keep trying until someone takes all my guitars away. There, I've said my piece and feel a whole lot better for doing so . I look forward to some intelligent conversations about a guy we all admire. Thanks. Jeff Morrison
Comment by Brian Friend on May 16, 2010 at 9:50pm
Hey Guys....I love any Clarence forum and this one is cool too...but don't forget to check out the clarencewhiteforum.com We've been on the net since 2001. Honest no spam Clarence talk 24-7...
Comment by Evan Robert Morgan on February 10, 2012 at 11:21pm

   Listening to Clarence when I was 15 was what ignited my interest in really learning about tone, timing and of course cross-picking. I have also been able to adapt his pick/finger-picking combination. He also made it "ok" for me to become an electric guitarist as well.....thank you Clarence and Roland.

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