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Chet Atkins

    Chet Atkins is the best known, most influential and versatile fingerstyle guitarist of all times! Volumes have been written about him and his accolades are numerous. The following summary is by no means complete.

    Born in Tennessee in 1924, Chet Atkins grew up on a farm surrounded by musical relatives. He picked up mandolin, fiddle, and guitar very early in life. At the age of 18, Chet landed a job as staff guitarist at Knoxville powerhouse KNOX radio. In 1946, after marrying Leona Johnson, Chet worked briefly in Nashville with Red Foley at the Grand Ole Opry.

    After several other short-lived jobs in various cities, Atkins returned in 1948 to Knoxville to work with Homer and Jethro. This was followed by associations with The Carter Family and Fred Rose. Chet quickly became one of Nashville’s most respected session musicians. By 1953, Chet Atkins was doing a lot of session work for RCA. In 1954, Chet’s first LP, Gallopin’ Guitar, was released, and that same year he was given his own radio show on WSM. The following year, Gretsch invited Atkins to design his own signature guitar.

    In 1957, RCA opened its own stand-alone recording studio in Nashville and put Chet Atkins in charge of finding talent as well as producing and playing on records. He stayed in this position through the ‘60s while also recording many of his own albums. After helping create many hits for others, Atkins finally had his own Top-Five single in 1965 with “Yakety Axe.”

    In the 1970’s, Chet relaxed his duties with RCA and focused on developing musical relationships. Through the rest of his life Chet collaborated with a number of well-known players including Jerry Reed, Merle Travis, Les Paul, Mark Knopfler, and Lenny Breau among others. Chet left RCA and signed with Columbia in 1982. In 1997, diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor, Chet underwent surgery. Thereafter, he would only play with friends on occasion or make brief, non-playing public appearances at local events. Chet Atkins passed away on June 30, 2001. He will be sorely missed by all.

Chet Atkins - Get Started On Guitar - Book and DVD
Chet Atkins teaches you all the guitar basics including tips on tuning, changing chords and fingerpicking plus you'll have fun learning to play "Yesterday, Jambalaya, Country Roads, New Guitar Blues, In Tunisia, On Top Of Old Smokey, Playing For Scale, Greensleeves, Pickin Produce, A Quick Picker, Yankee Doodle Dixie". For each song you'll learn the chords, the melody, plus some of Chet's hottest licks - all carefully explained. Split-screen close-ups let you see exactly how each phrase is played.
Notation and tab............................................................................Price - $26.95

Chet Atkins - The Guitar Of Chet Atkins - DVD
In this outstanding instructional DVD, Chet Atkins ( Mr. Guitar ) performs and teaches in detail, phrase by phrase, the playing of nine of his unique solo guitar fingerstyle arrangements! Split-screen techniques allow you to carefully study both his left and right hand techniques and fingerings. Here is your chance to study with and learn from the most versatile fingerstyle guitarist in history! Songs include: "Maybelle, Petite Waltz, Happy Again, When You Wish Upon A Star, Londonderry Aire (Danny Boy), Young Thing, Bye Bye Blackbird, Mr. Bojangles and Lover Come Back".
(84 min) Booklet included............................................................Price - $29.95

 Chet Atkins Plays "Mr. Bojangles"

Chet Atkins - Pickin' Like Chet - Vol 1 - 2 DVD Set
Chet Atkins was a true master of the guitar. One of his greatest skills was his uncanny ability to discover songs that would "work" as fingerstyle arrangements and then use his musical genius to turn them into superb guitar masterpieces. National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion Pat Kirtley has assembled a unique collection of favorites from Chet's "Golden Era" and teaches you all the secrets of how to play them as well as how to duplicate the sound of the original recordings in this exciting DVD set! Pat carefully dissects each and every song and then puts them back together - step by step - so that you not only learn how to play them, but also get a sense of the feel and history of each unique solo guitar piece. Split-screen viewing allows you to study both the left and right hands in great detail. Tunes include: "Hidden Charm, Mystery Train, You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To, St. Louis Blues, Oh By Jingo, Chinatown My Chinatown".
(173 min) Booklet included..........................................................Price - $39.95

   
"Hidden Charm" As Played By Chet Atkins

Chet Atkins - Pickin' Like Chet - Vol 2 - 2 DVD Set
Chet Atkins was a true master of the guitar. One of his greatest skills was his uncanny ability to discover songs that would "work" as fingerstyle arrangements and then use his musical genius to turn them into superb guitar masterpieces. National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion Pat Kirtley has assembled a unique collection of favorites from Chet's "Golden Era" and teaches you all the secrets of how to play them as well as how to duplicate the sound of the original recordings in this exciting DVD set! Pat carefully dissects each and every song and then puts them back together - step by step - so that you not only learn how to play them, but also get a sense of the feel and history of each unique solo guitar piece. Split-screen viewing allows you to study both the left and right hands in great detail. Tunes include: "Alice Blue Gown, Down Home, Drive In, Makin' Believe, Rose Ann, Say Si Si, Side by Side, Somebody's Knockin' The Poor People of Paris, Trambone, Villa". Bonus performance by Chet for the following songs: "Makin' Believe, Say Si Si, Side by Side, The Poor People of Paris, Villa".
(122 min) Booklet included..........................................................Price - $39.95

 
"Down Home" As Played By Chet Atkins

Chet Atkins - Guitar Thumb Picking, Musicianship & Technique - DVD
The legendary Chet Atkins conferred the title "C.G.P." (Country Guitar Picker) on his close friend and Nashville pickin' buddy Steve Wariner. On this highly detailed instructional DVD lesson, Steve pays tribute to his mentor teaching ear-catching compositions and arrangements which demonstrate important elements of Chet's guitar styles and techniques! Songs include: "John Henry, Leaving Luttrell, I'm Already Taken, Holes In The Floor Of Heaven, Two Tear Drops and Reeding Out Loud (a special tribute tune for Jerry Reed)". Printable PDF file on DVD includes notation and tab!
(90 min).................
..........................................................................Price - $29.95

Chet Atkins - In Three Dimensions: Chet Licks - 2 DVD Set
Like having a private master class from a Master Coach, watch the author on DVD teaching and conveying his very special knowledge of guitar and Chet. Taught by John McClellan, with close-up views of the right and left hands, "Chet Atkins in Three Dimensions - Chet Licks" clearly explains and defines the musical philosophy and style that made Chet Atkins the "singular" figure of fingerstyle guitar in the 20th century. Virtuoso guitarist and friend of the Atkins family, John McClellan demonstrates Chet's techniques (alternating bass, slurs, cross-string scales, arpeggios, tone production, artificial harmonics, signature licks, runs and much more!) and discusses the key elements of Chet's musicianship. John uses graded musical examples from pieces such as "Avalon, Canned Heat, Take Five, Mainstreet Breakdown" and many others. Filmed with high quality video and audio, "Chet Licks" is a must for the guitarist who desires to learn unique playing techniques from this American master…Mr. Chet Atkins.
(123 min).........................................................................................Price - $29.95


 Chet Atkins Plays "Both Sides Now"

Chet Atkins - In Three Dimensions: 50 Years Of Legendary Guitar - Vol 1 - Book
This book presents 22 of Chet's greatest pieces (19 solos and 3 duets). It includes rare photographs, great music and interviews from the people who loved him the most, such as Chet's daughter Merle Atkins Russel, Jerry Reed, Eddy Arnold, Harry Warner and Vince Gill. Songs include: "Caravan, Black Mountain Rag, Minuet (J.S. Bach), Heartaches, Streets of Laredo, Lagrima, Take Five, Going Home, Music to Watch Girls By, Avalon, Minute Waltz, Mainstreet Breakdown, The Stars and Stripes Forever, Drive In, Jerry's Breakdown, Choro da Saudade, Recuerdos de La Alhambra, When You Wish Upon a Star, Oh By Jingo, Nashtown Ville, La Vie en Rose, Vincent (Starry Starry Night).
Notation and tab...........................................................................Price - $39.95

 Chet Atkins Plays "Vincent"

Chet Atkins - In Three Dimensions: 50 Years Of Legendary Guitar - Vol 2 - Book
Here is the much-anticipated second book in the highly acclaimed series that showcases personal insights into the life and music of “Mr. Guitar.” Chet Atkins was a man of many layers: producer, record executive, friend and one of the greatest all-round guitarist in music history. This book is dedicated to the musicians and songwriters that meant so much to him. Interviews include: Dolly Parton, Steve Wariner, John D. Loudermilk, Mark Knopfler, Paul Yandell, Jerry Byrd, Janis Ian, Boots Randolph, Wayne Carson and many more of Chet’s closest friends. Volume 2 provides definitive transcriptions (many for the first time) of 26 of  Chet's greatest solos and duets including: “Liza, Muskrat Ramble, Smile, Frankie and Johnny, La Madrugada (The Early Dawn), Embraceable You, Estudio Brillante, Black Mountain Rag, Flop-Eared Mule and Other Classics, Gallopin' On The Guitar, Winter Walkin', Sweet Georgia Brown, The Entertainer, Long Long Ago, Stump Water, Autumn Leaves, Levee Walking, Alice Blue Gown, Dark Eyes, Little Music Box, Rainbow, Canned Heat, Cancion del Viento (Song of The Wind), Mister Sandman" and the tour de force piece- Jerry Reed’s “Lightning Rod” (a work recorded by Jerry Reed and produced by Chet Atkins). Rare photographs, loving tributes and great music are the heart of this wonderful volume-a must for all fans of the guitar.
Notation and tab (375 pages).......................................................Price - $49.95

 Chet Atkins Plays "Mr. Sandman"

Chet Atkins - Almost Alone - Book
Songs include: "Big Foot, Waiting For Susie B, A Little Mark Musik, Jam Man, I Still Write Your Name In The Snow, Pu, Uana Hulu, Happy Again, Sweet Alla Lee, Maybelle, Mr. Bojangles, Cheek To Cheek, You Do Something To Me, Ave Maria".
Notation and tab / Fingerstyle...................................................Price - $19.95

 Chet Atkins Plays "The Stars & Stripes Forever"

Chet Atkins - Best Of Chet Atkins - Book and CD
A step-by-step breakdown of the guitar styles and techniques of  "Mr. Guitar" taught by Chad Johnson. Explore the groundbreaking styles of one of the world's most legendary guitarists - Chet Atkins! Each piece is accompanied by full performance notes and explanations and all are included in the accompanying CD. Songs include: "Big Foot, Blue Angel, Cascade, Chinatown My Chinatown, Country Gentleman, Galloping On The Guitar, A Little Mark Music, Mister Sandman, So Soft Your Goodbye, There'll Be Some Changes Made, Yakety Axe, You Do Something To Me".
Notation and tab...........................................................................Price - $22.95

 Chet Atkins Plays "Country Gentleman"

Chet Atkins - Contemporary Styles - Book
Songs include: "Alisha, Avalon, Blue Angel, Cascade, Chinook Winds, Cosmic Square Dance, Imagine, Jethreaux, Knuckle Busters, Mockingbird Variations, My Song, Please Stay Tuned, Which Way Del Vecchio, Windy And Warm".
Notation and tab / Fingerstyle...................................................Price - $19.95

 Chet Atkins Plays "Beatles Medley"

Chet Atkins - The Chet Atkins Guitar Method - Book and CD 
Contains numerous picking studies, chord etudes, and great Atkins style guitar solos. Written by Chet Atkins and Tommy Flint, this method book features transcriptions of some of Chet's finest recorded solos including: "Long, Long Ago, The Marine Hymn, Martha, Tiptoe, Our Boys Will Shine, The Caissons Go Rolling Along, The Blue Tail Fly, Bicycle Built For Two, Oh My Darling Clementine, My Mountain Home, The Wayfarin' Stranger, America The Beautiful, Old Folks At Home, Home On The Range, Red River Valley, Waltz in E Minor, March Majestic, Prelude in D Minor, Mist In The Valley, The Streets of Laredo, Smoky Mountain Lullaby, Drink To Me Only With My Eyes, Love Song, Tenting Tonight, Careless Love, Ode To Bob, Chopin's Prelude, Spanish Fandango, Just As I Am, John Henry, Me And  Merle, Wimoweh, Liebestraum, Czardas".
Notation and tab / Fingerstyle...................................................Price - $26.95

 Chet Atkins Plays "Autumn Leaves"

Chet Atkins - Vintage Fingerstyle - Book
Songs include: "Arkansas Traveler, Blue Echo, Chinatown My Chinatown, The Claw, Lady Madonna, Lover Come Back To Me, My Little Waltz, Oh By Jingo Oh By Gee You're the Only Girl For Me, Slinkey, Trambone, When You Wish Upon a Star, Wobegon (The Way It Used To Be), Yankee Doodle Dixie".
Notation and tab / Fingerstyle...................................................Price - $19.95

 Chet Atkins Plays "Arkansas Traveler"

Chet Atkins - Certified Guitar Player - Book
The high standards set by Chet Atkins as a performer, recording artist, and record producer continue to inspire others. Complementing the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's exhibition Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player, this book honors one of America's most influential musicians. To provide insight on the legend and his music, the Country Music Hall of Fame invited several experts to prepare essays, including Michael Cochran, Rich Kienzle, Walter Carter, and John W. Rumble. Chet only bestowed his degree of “Certified Guitar Player” on four other guitarists over the years: Tommy Emmanuel, John Knowles, Jerry Reed, and Steve Wariner. Reed passed away in 2008, but the other musicians have shared special memories of Chet in these pages. Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player is a heartening read of essays and reminiscences that provide a revealing picture of Chet Atkins and his extraordinary life!
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.............................................................Price - $19.95

 Chet Atkins Plays "Steeplechase Lane"

Chet Atkins - Certified Guitar Player - DVD
As seen on PBS. Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player is a concert tribute to Chet Atkins, performed by Chet and many giants in the music business: Mark Knopfler, The Everly Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Michael McDonald, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson, backed by Nashville's premier studio musicians. Great music, great fun, and a moving experience as a joyful document created about Chet Atkins' importance in the history of music, and to everyone on that stage. The DVD: includes the magical salute to Chet Atkins by some of music's biggest stars in a one hour performance, and includes the special BONUS footage of moving interviews with Chet and those stars. An historical, fun, musical document of Chet Atkins' work and his influence on music and musicians that will last forever.
(80 min)...........................................................................................Price - $24.95

Chet Atkins - Legends Of Country Guitar - DVD
This compilation of concert performance footage features Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, Doc Watson and Mose Rager. The program includes:  Mose Rager: "I Am a Pilgrim"; Chet Atkins: "The Entertainer," "Jerry's Breakdown," "Beatles Medley," "Black Mountain Rag," "This String," "Rainbows," "Kentucky," and "Until It's Time for You to Go"; Merle Travis: "Travis Medley," "Mutual Admiration," "Muskrat," "Dapper Dan From Dixieland," and "Guitar Rag"; and Doc Watson: "Freight Train Boogie," "I Don't Love Nobody," "Windy and Warm," "Streamline Train," and "Travellin' Man".
(60 min)...........................................................................................Price - $24.95
 
Chet Atkins Plays "The Entertainer"

Chet Atkins - Rare Performances 1955 - 1975 - DVD
Performances from the Purina Show, 1955: "The Poor People Of Paris, Side By Side, Makin' Believe", Ozark Jubilee, 1958: "Villa, Say Si Si", Norway, 1963: Levee Walking, Wildwood Flower, Yes Ma'am, Malaguena, Medley: Greensleeves/Streets Of Laredo, Peanut Vendor, Tiger Rag", Nashville Cavalcade, 1973: "Alhambra, Black Mountain Rag, Medley: Windy & Warm/Back Home In Indiana/Country Gentleman/Mr. Sandman/Wildwood Flower/ Freight Train, Medley: The Three Bells/I Can't Stop Loving You/Java/He'll Have To Go/When You're Hot You're Hot/Oh Lonesome Me, Just Another Rag, Mr. Bojangles, Missionera, Wheels" Porter Wagoner Show, 1973: "Muskrat Ramble" , Pop Goes The Country, 1975: "Vincent".
(60 min)...........................................................................................Price - $24.95

 
Chet Atkins Plays "Various Songs"

Chet Atkins - Rare Performances 1976 - 1995 - DVD
In this second DVD, we see Chet's tonal palette draw varied colors from electric guitars, nylon-string classics, and even a resophonic guitar. Foremost in this collection are his traditional strengths as a tasteful soloist, but we also see him swap licks with the fiery Jerry Reed and Larry Carlton. The overall impression made by these performances is one of a master quietly demonstrating his continued primacy in his field and doing so with a calm assurance unabated by needless grandstanding. Tunes include, "I'll Say She Does, Hawaiian Wedding Song, Cascade, Don't Think Twice It's All Right, Kentucky, Stars and Stripes Forever, You Needed Me, Dance With Me, Malaguena, Sukiyaki, Me and Bobby McGee, Knuckle Buster, Sunrise, I still Can't Say Goodbye, Rainbow, There'll Be Some Changes Made, Yankee Doodle Dixie Medley: Windy & Warm/ Mr. Sandman/Wildwood Flower/ The Bells Of St. Mary's/ In The Good Old Summertime/ Freight Train/ Yakety Axe, Young Thing, Happy Again, Lover Come Back".
(71 min)...........................................................................................Price - $24.95

 
Chet Atkins Plays "The Hawaiian Wedding Song"

Chet Atkins & Jerry Reed - In Concert At The Bottom Line - DVD
Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed in concert together - what a treat! These two masters of the guitar complemented each other so well that it is hard to imagine one without the other! Their careers intertwined for almost 40 years. They were in the limelight again as a duet in 1992 with another Grammy award wining album, "Sneakin' Around". That CD led to several show dates together, including this performance at the Bottom Line. The instrumentals that were shared by these two guitar giants will be played and studied as long as there are guitarists on this planet. Titles include: "Copper Kettle, Waltz For The Lonely, Bye Bye Blackbird, Don't Think Twice Its All Right, Pushin', Down Home Music, Reedology, There'll Be Some Changes Made, PMS I Guess, Hormones, Sneakin' Around, Georgia On My Mind, I Still Can't Say Goodbye, Summertine, Medley: Windy and Warm/ Mister Sandman / Wildwood Flower/ I'll See You In My Dreams / Freight Train / Yakety Axe, The Claw, Vincent, Three Little Words".
(84 min)...........................................................................................Price - $24.95

 Chet Atkins Plays "Three Little Words"

Chet Atkins & Mark Knopfler - Neck And Neck - Book
Songs include "I'll See You In My Dreams, Just One Time, The Next Time I'm In Town, Poor Boy Blues, So Soft Your Goodbye, Sweet Dreams, Tahitian Skies, Tears, There'll Be Some Changes Made, Yakety Axe".
Notation and tab............................................................................Price - $19.95

 Chet Atkins Plays "Yakety Axe"

Chet Atkins - Off The Record - Book
Songs include: "I'll Say She Does, Me And Merle, Yankee Doodle Dixie, Mr. Bojangles, Walk Don't Run, Wheels, The Odd Folks of Okracoke, Yellow Bird, Windy and Warm, Just As I Am, John Henry, Spanish Fandango, Wimoweh, Liebestraum, Czardas".
Notation and tab / Fingerstyle...................................................Price - $12.95

 Chet Atkins Plays "Yellow Bird"

Chet Atkins - Plays Back Home Hymns - Book
Songs include: "Take My Hand Precious Lord,  Amazing Grace, Will The Circle Be Unbroken, In The Garden, When They Ring The Golden Bells, Just As I Am, Further Along, Just A Closer Walk With Thee, The Old Rugged Cross, Lonesome Valley, God Be With You, Were You There".
Notation and tab...........................................................................Price - $14.95

 Chet Atkins Plays "Humoresque"

Chet Atkins - Solo Guitar Arrangements - Sheet Music
This exclusive collection of Chet Atkins solo guitar arrangements was transcribed note for note from numerous Chet Atkins recordings and includes approximately 180 of Chet's best guitar pieces written in tab notation for the fingerstyle guitarist! These beautiful Chet Atkins solo guitar arrangements can now be purchased individually, allowing you to "hand-pick" which songs you want to learn. These are the full-length versions of each song exactly the way Chet played them on his legendary record albums!
Tab notation..................................................................................Price - $3.00
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Chet Atkins - Guitar Play Along - Book and CD
The Guitar Play-Along Series will help you play your favorite songs quickly and easily! Just follow the tab, listen to the CD to hear how the guitar should sound, and then play along using the separate backing tracks. The melody and lyrics are also included in the book in case you want to sing, or to simply help you follow along. The audio CD is playable on any CD player. For PC and Mac computer users, the CD is enhanced so you can adjust the recording to any tempo without changing pitch! This volume includes 8 songs: "Country Gentleman • Dizzy Fingers • Down Hill Drag • Galloping on The Guitar • Mr. Bojangles • Mister Sandman • Trambone • Yakety Axe".
Notation and tab..........................................................................Price - $16.95
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Chet Atkins - Play Like Chet Atkins - Book and Online Audio 
Study the trademark songs, licks, tones and techniques that made Chet Atkins a legend! This collection book comes with a unique code that will give you access to audio files of all the music in the book online. This compilation looks at 14 of Chet Atkins' most influential solo guitar pieces including: "Alabama Jubilee, Black Mountain Rag, Blue Angel, Cannon Ball Rag, Cascade, Chinatown My Chinatown, Dizzy Strings, Down Hill Drag, The Entertainer, Galloping On The Guitar, Mister Sandman, Trambone, Windy And Warm, Yakety Axe".
Notation and tab..........................................................................Price - $19.95

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