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This is the full guitar lesson for how to play Cannonball Rag. Cannonball Rag was originally written by Kennedy Jones but when Merle Travis recorded the song in the 1940s he received all the credit for it. Life can be so cruel!
This is a very popular song amongst fingerpickers and I personally can’t think of a better song to practise regularly for developing good technique, picking strength, dexterity and speed.
When at full speed it’s no doubt very hard to play but, like most things, when slowed down it’s not too difficult at all. This is why it’s such a good tune for working on techniques and why I encourage players of intermediate level and above to start working on it.
Alright, let’s start learning how to play Cannonball Rag!