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The Guitar of Chet Atkins

with Chet Atkins

Taught by the the master of fingerstyle guitar himself, Chet performs and teachers nine of his classic arrangements, phrase by phrase.

"Ever since I first heard guitar music, I knew I had to learn to create that sound - the sound that I thought was the most beautiful music in the world. I still think so" -Chet Atkins


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  • Learn from the master of fungerstyle guitar himself!
  • Downloadable PDF of all arrangements
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19 lessons · 84m 04s

You have in front of you something unique and powerful - a guitar course taught by the master of fingerstyle guitar himself, Chet Atkins. These lessons are for intermediate and advanced fingerstyle guitarists.

In the lessons, Chet performs and describes in detail, phrase by phrase, the playing of nine of his classic arrangements. Multiple camera angles presented in split-screen will allow you to carefully study both his left and right hand movements.

"Someone once asked me to estimate how many guitar lessons I've had in my lifetime," Chet has said. "The answer is simple - none. There were no teachers in our neighborhood when I was learning. And if there had been I doubt whether they would have taught me with that shabby guitar of mine. But I kept a lookout for any stray 'picker' that wandered into town and if he knew any new runs I would learn them before he left." You are fortunate - your teacher for this lesson is one of the foremost fingerstyle guitar masters in the history of guitar.

INCLUDED tunes in this course: Maybell, Petite Waltz, Happy Again, Londonderry Aire, When You Wish Upon A Star, young Thing, Bye Bye Blackbird, Mr. Bo Jangles. Also, you'll have the downloadable PDF sheet music for each arrangement - check them out on the "Downloads" tab above.

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Student Reviews

Chet is so engaging and funny! 9 pieces played normally then explained by Chet. Including Mr Bojangles, Bye Bye Blackbird, Lover Come Back, Maybelle... Great pieces, well worth learning...
Richard R
It's a joy to experience Chet's love of the guitar. Players at any level can learn something from this.
...Chet plays the pieces and then breaks them down and gives a full run through of them at slower speeds. The split screen is excellent and gives you a very detailed view of both hands...Importantly, both the sound and picture quality are excellent throughout. I think almost anyone at any level can pick something up from these videos and Chet is very humble and makes me laugh several times.

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Chet Atkins

Known as "Mr. Guitar," Chet Atkins is the most recorded solo instrumentalist in music history. Atkins' signature picking style was inspired by Merle Travis. Other major guitar influences were Django Reinhardt, George Barnes, Les Paul and later Jerry Reed. His trademark picking style and musicianship brought him admirers within and outside the country scene, both in the United States and internationally.


As a studio musician, his string-tickling work has gilded the records of Elvis Presley, Kitty Wells, The Everly Brothers, Hank Williams and dozens of other Nashville legends. His style influenced such pop greats as Mark Knopfler, Duane Eddy, George Harrison, The Ventures, George Benson and Eddie Cochran, as well as thousands of country pickers. He has won nine CMA Awards as Musician of the Year, four Playboy jazz poll honors and thirteen Grammies, more than any other artist in the history of country music.



With more than 35 million copies of his 75-plus original releases sold, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner Chet Atkins was one of the most successful guitarists in history.



Without Chet Atkins, country music may never have crossed over into the pop charts in the '50s and '60s. During that time, he helped create the Nashville sound, a style of country music that owed nearly as much to pop as it did to honky tonks.



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