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Jul 5, 2018 - 10:16:35 AM



427 posts since 1/26/2009

hi folks i sat in on a gospel sunday ..after our weekend picking event ,,and i played o great tho are on my dobro ..all by my lonesome .and man i was bricking it ..but every one there, where very complementary towards me and asked me to play some more ..sorry to my shame thats the only gospel tune i know .so would any one out there have the tab for the old rugged cross as we meet up again in 5 /6 weeks and maybe just maybe and peace haza

Jul 5, 2018 - 11:34:26 AM
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2725 posts since 7/27/2008

I will send you a pdf of the TAB for the Rob Ickes version. I'll try to put it in a PM and see how that goes. If it doesn't work, I can send it to your email address.

When Rob was in Blue Highway he had a solo portion to his show where he would one tune, and this is what he chose the vast majority of the time. I saw him play it live probably eight times. He's on his own for the first two minutes then the rest of the band comes in. 

There are a number of YouTube videos of Rob playing the song, below is the version recorded on Blue Highway's stellar gospel album, Wondrous Love.  I'm sharing this one because it's studio quality and you can really hear what he's doing -  with practice you might be able to get about 50% of what Rob does!wink It seems right off to be relatively simple, but trust me - it ain't. 

Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 07/05/2018 11:35:00

Jul 5, 2018 - 12:14:05 PM



427 posts since 1/26/2009

hi mark thanks so much for that but but i can not watch the vid .nor can i see the tab .but thanks again for taking the time to send .as for rob and blue highway i went a long to didmarton fest here in the uk to see rob and blue highway ,,half hour before they came on i went out side for fresh air and in the distance i could hear a lone dobro i wandered over and it was rob going over stuff ,we chatted for awhile and he told me he always as half hour or so to himself before going on stage ...mark i may have deleted some of what you sent you thing you could send to my email please love and peace haza

Jul 5, 2018 - 12:42:17 PM

2725 posts since 7/27/2008

Send me your actual email address in a PM and then I will email the TAB to you as an attachment. I think it will have a better chance of being successful. 

Jul 5, 2018 - 5:03:55 PM



27 posts since 3/2/2018

Hi Mark, I loved that arrangement of Rob Ickes. Is it possible to get a copy of that arrangement?

Jul 5, 2018 - 7:27:27 PM
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2725 posts since 7/27/2008

Here you go folks. TAB attached.

A great thing about this arrangement is Rob's copious use of the 5th and 6th strings, and this is  characteristic of a good portion of his playing. I recall many years ago in a conversation with him where he pointed out that for a long time dobro players didn't spend a lot of time on the bottom two strings because on many of the old Dobros the bass wasn't particularly strong. But with the more modern guitars (like his Tim-built Scheerhorn) the 5th and 6th strings can be more useful.

I think it's been three or four years since I had this tab in front of me to give it a run through. It's a wonderful treatment of a classic old hymn. I love in the recording and having seen it played live how the band subtly comes in around the 2:00 minute mark for the remainder of the piece.

Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 07/05/2018 19:29:52

Jul 6, 2018 - 2:01:02 AM



427 posts since 1/26/2009

hi mark thanks again for that i did send you a pm all is good love and peace haza

Jul 6, 2018 - 9:45:30 AM

787 posts since 9/23/2014

check out dobrojoe
he has a couple hymns up on his site ( Just a closer walk with thee ) and The Garden
and videos of him teaching em
unless you are determined to do old rugged cross which is a good un
it gives you options
if you can play how great thou art
old rugged cross should not be a problem

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