“John Hardy” | Traditional – Doc Watson Style Intermediate Guitar Lesson with TAB


A lesson on the classic old-time fiddle tune “John Hardy”. In this lesson, I wanted to explore the backbeat feel that is central to bluegrass style music. We’ll be looking at the Doc Watson style version, taking an in-depth look at the A part, B part and the Rhythm for this classic tune. ​This tune is in the key of G and uses an A-B form but the B part is actually 6 measures long, making the melody a total of 10 measures. This is one of the all-time classic fiddle tunes and a great one to have in your repertoire.

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You get streaming access to three (3) MP4 video files, four (4) MP3 audio practice tracks (two (2) with metronome), one PDF tab sheet and one TEF tab file. This lesson also includes SoundSlice Player integration so you can slow down, pause and rewind the transition run and the solo for this song in real time with the tab!

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Videos (Streaming)

Part A – 11:33
Part B – 16:20
Chords & Rhythm – 4:08

PDF Tab Sheets (Streaming and Download)

– John Hardy.PDF

TEF Tab Files (Download)

– John Hardy.TEF
(Use this file with TablEdit or TEFview.)

Audio Backing Tracks (Streaming and Download)

80 BPM – 5:43
80 BPM with Metronome – 5:43
90 BPM – 5:10
90 BPM with Metronome – 5:10
100 BPM – 6:14
100 BPM with Metronome – 6:14