Doc Watson’s first Gallagher, “Ol’hoss,” was presented to him in 1968. A G-50 model with a cracked side, it was never intended for sale, but Doc fell in love with

Doc Watson’s first Gallagher, “Ol’hoss,” was presented to him in 1968. A G-50 model with a cracked side, it was never intended for sale, but Doc fell in love with it. It’s been in the Country Music Hall of Fame since 1975, and recently returned to the Gallagher factory for a tune-up. Stephen Gallagher reports that after a new set of strings it was in perfect playing condition. The back and sides are Honduras mahogany with ivoroid binding; top is Sitka spruce; the neck is mahogany with rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Ol’hoss is serial number 68001, the first guitar built at the Gallagher factory in 1968. Grandpa Jones got the last Gallagher made in 1968.

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Diatonic sequences are powerful tools. Here’s how to use them wisely.

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Beginner

• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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Knowing how to function in different keys is crucial to improvising in any context. One path to fretboard mastery is learning how to move through positions across the neck. Even something as simple as a three-note-per-string major scale can offer loads of options when it’s time to step up and rip. I’m going to outline seven technical sequences, each one focusing on a position of a diatonic major scale. This should provide a fun workout for the fingers and hopefully inspire a few licks of your own.
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