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

Welcome!

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
Songs Doc Didn't Sing
This album features 15 instrumental gems from Doc and Merle's Flying Fish Records period in the 1980's. It is the first album released by FLi Records, a new record label from Folklore Productions, Doc's long-time agents. Doc and Merle are joined by a host of stellar musicians in these tracks, and their musicianship really shines.

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.

New Tab
Peartree
This is an old-time fiddle tune that appears on the Songs From Home and Memories albums. Doc's father-in-law Gaither Carlton played this one at square dances. The recording has a fiddle lead with the guitar playing rhythm backup. This tab has the lead melody arranged for guitar.