Watch the Breakdown 6 - 8 online guitar lesson by Tim Sparks from Roots, Rags & Blues

Victory Rag is the first fingerstyle song I learned as a kid, mimicking Mother Maybelle. Of course, Doc Watson's version set the bar for me. This video segment shows a simple version to start with.The form is A A B A. I've cobbled together an amalgam of Doc's and Mother Maybelle's versions, with some jazzier chords in places and a couple of breaks based on Bugle Call Rag for the next segment. As in Mississippi Blues and Amazing Grace, this segment in video and tab can be played by rote or freely manipulated to create alternate versions.

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