David Rawlings and Kenneth Pattengale



Devin Bustin

David Rawlings and Kenneth Pattengale

I love the music of David Rawlings with Gillian Welch and Kenneth Pattengale with the Milk Carton Kids. How do you learn to flow like these guys? I've been playing cross-picking and looking into Norman Blake and Doc Watson's styles, but I want to play like Dave. It's not easy! Besides his interview in the magazine, got any hints?


Posted 1 year ago by Devin Bustin - 2 replies

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Scott Nygaard

I think that if you really want to play "like" someone, whether it's Dave or anyone, the best thing is to transcribe and learn some of their solos--as many as you can. Or start by just learning a few of your favorite licks or phrases. And by transcribing them yourself instead of just reading someone else's transcription, you'll start to hear things the way they did.


Reply posted 11 months ago by Scott Nygaard


Devin Bustin

Thanks, Scott. I went back and studied Blake and Watson, but I'll transcribe the guys now and stop waiting for someone else to do the work.


Reply posted 11 months ago by Devin Bustin



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