Jerry Douglas

My Sir Aly B Journey

Since its release in 2005 on Best Kept Secret (still one of my favorite JD albums) I have loved Jerry's tune "Sir Aly B" - just a gorgeous tune. Then of course it came out again on Transatlantic Sessions 3 in 2007 - maybe even more beautiful (those haunting vocals at 3:05 or so behind the fiddle solo - amazing).

Starting back a number of years, I decided to try to learn the song, which is not so much technically challenging (like say "Who's Your Uncle") - but it was more about the form of the melody and the irregular length phrases and so on. 

Back in 2008, James Church sent me a PDF of TAB for the tune - hope he's OK with me sharing this scanned copy - it represents a lot of work on his part:

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Some live Jerry Douglas on from Chicago - 2016-05-21

Jerry Douglas - 2016/05/21 - Old Town School Of Folk Music - Chicago, IL

This appears to be an audience recording. I'd classify it as very good in audio quality.

No song names are given. Most of the selections are a medley of one or more songs.

It's pretty impressive that he can play a whole concert solo like this and keep it interesting.

What strings?

I watched this clip of Jerry and noticed his strings look like they are not Bronze. Any ideas what he is using, or is it an optical illusion?

Resosummit 2015 follow up discussion

What a great Resosummit! 15 teachers, 113 students, three nights of high quality concerts at the Station Inn, a visit from Jerry Douglas, and much more!

About 44 people were attending for the first time, with people from places as far away as New Zealand, Israel and Canada. Every kind of resonator guitar you could think of was represented. I'd say the largest number of guitars I saw people playing were Scheerhorns, but Beards are catching up quickly.

Both Tim Scheerhorn and Paul Beard (and Howard Parker) spent the entire time upgrading, setting up guitars, installing pickups, etc. in addition to hosting classes on how to set up and maintain your instrument.

WIth such an amazing lineup, there are always regrets. I didn't get to take classes from Randy Kohrs, Jimmy Heffernan or Mike Witcher this time.

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