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The Guitar of Doc Watson
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Doc Watson portrait taken in 1986.
(Photo courtesy of Peter Figen)


Doc's Guitar is dedicated to the guitar and music of Doc Watson. A master at both flatpicking and fingerstyle guitar, Doc's skills are legendary. Doc Watson had a profound influence in traditional, folk and bluegrass music ever since coming to national attention in the early 1960's. His recordings and performances have inspired generations of aspiring guitarists to explore the mysteries of his phenomenal playing.

Here at Doc's Guitar you will find biographical information about Doc, along with a listing of the honors and awards he has received. We also feature a complete discography of Doc's recordings, as well as a listing of instruction books, instruction videos and performance videos. You'll also find our song search page that allows you to look up a tune and see a where you and find that tune in Doc's recordings, instruction books and videos. If you're looking for free tablature of tunes performed by Doc Watson, be sure to visit our free tab page.

Our site has been updated since Doc passed away in 2012. This includes our Memory Book page, where you can share your thoughts, feelings and memories about Doc.

So sit a spell, have a look around and enjoy yourself!

New CD
Doc Watson Life's Work - A Retrospective
This 4-CD box set is a career-spanning compilation of Doc's work. It includes 101 songs, all extensive liner notes by author & producer Ted Olson, and an 88-page book insert featuring never before seen photos. This is a must have for all Doc fans and will be treasured for years to come.

A Tribute Album from France
Here's to You, Mr. Watson
A guitar duo from France recently wrote us about an project they recorded to honor the music of Doc Watson. Mathis Haug and Benoit Nogaret wanted to bring Doc's music to the other side of the Atlantic where it is not as well known. Their album demonstrates the widespread and lasting influence of Doc Watson. Click on the link to watch them perform songs from the album.

New Tab
Will The Circle Be Unbroken
This is a tab of the lead break of the title track that Doc plays on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band album Will The Circle Be Unbroken. These breaks are woven in between the vocals. When the band says "Come in Doc Watson" Doc proceeds with an energetic lead break that is a tour de force of his picking skills.