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Discuss the Guitar lesson: Black Mountain Rag in C

This is one of my favorite pickin’ tunes of all time! It’s actually the first flatpicking song I ever learned on guitar, but I’d be embarrassed to put that version on the site. Ha! This one is more in the style of the late, great “Doc” Watson, and includes the extra part he would often play, though most versions I hear omit it. This version is written in the key of C and played with no capo, however it’s often played in D. No problem there…just slap a capo on the 2nd fret and you’re good to go!

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Is the lesson preview in 220 BPM? That the 240 BPM audio clip provided feels really fast. I can keep up with your preview, but not so much the 240 :grinning:


Hi Eric @brahbean If you install the Free Audacity Software you can download the Mp3 File and use the App to slow down/speed up the playback

Checkout the link below

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You’re right, those are different speeds. I don’t know why I don’t have the 220 rhythm track, but there are options to get any speed you need with free software like @Archie mentioned.


Thanks so much. Audacity is good idea.

It was more a sanity check than anything :grin:Thanks again!