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searching for chords for merle travis's natural born gamblin' man
« on: September 02, 2006, 02:35:24 PM »
hello all,i just picked up merle travis's 2cd hot pickin' and there was 2 songs on there in paticular i am trying to get down;"natural born gamblin' man"and "done rovin".i have been searching for the chords for them.i play travelin' man to me which seems similar to natural born gamblin' man but a little different and done rovin to me reminds me of a early hank williams sr. melody but my memory escapes me.i like the instumental break on that one.thankx for any help,chad

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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2006, 06:47:57 PM »
Maybe post MP3s of the tunes? I have some Travis in my CD collection, but not those 'uns.


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Re: searching for chords for merle travis's natural born gamblin' man
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2006, 12:04:49 AM »
I can't remember for sure off hand, but I think the basic progression's just the I, IV, and V chords, with a II thrown in. It's in D, if I remember rightly. Mostly this post is to mention that there's video of Merle playing this on the first volume of the Travis video from Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop. Good video (also someone may have posted it on youtube). You can see how he plays it on there.

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