The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #35731   Message #489992
Posted By: Jim Krause
22-Jun-01 - 05:58 PM
Thread Name: What the 'F'! The sequel.
Subject: RE: What the 'F'! The sequel.
OK I'll be serious, 53. I play a Mossman Tennesee Flattop made in 1976. I am the original owner, and a better guitar for fingerpicking I have not found. I also have a funky old round neck Dobro made in about 1935 that I inherited from my maternal grandfather. That thing is unplayable above the fifth fret, so I use it from time to time for bottleneck.

Whenever I can, I use the Thumb-over-the-neck technique to fret the sixth string when I need that moveable F chord shape. That way, I have my little finger free to fret the second or first string when the melody lies on those strings. I'm told that Merle Travis used this technique, and that he learned it from Ike Everly.

Looks like it's time to shut down. So I'm going home.