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Inspired by his father's recordings and the gift of an early '50s Gibson acoustic, Michael O'Dorn began playing guitar when he was about six years old. He learned to play fingerstyle listening to records repeatedly until he was able to figure out progressions and licks. Michael's early influences included Merle Travis and Chet Atkins, and later Marcel Dadi. He would eventually meet all three of his guitar heroes.
When he was in his 20's, Travis encouraged Michael to "keep pickin'" and even showed him some of his original licks. Michael recalls, "I went home and practiced 'til my fingers fell off." Michael's diligence paid off in the form of an endorsement relationship with D'Aquisto Strings which lead to meeting Marcel Dadi at a NAMM Show. Marcel and Teddy Krause of D'Aquisto Strings arranged for Michael to perform at the 1994 Atkins Dadi guitar festival in Issoudun, France.
It was there that Mark Pritcher, the president of the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society, invited Michael to perform a concert set and teach a workshop on the music and style of Merle Travis at the annual CAAS convention in Nashville. Michael has been invited back every year since. In 1995 Michael and Marcel Dadi were driving around Nashville when Marcel asked him to pull over at a familiar mansion on 17th Avenue. To his surprise, he spent the day with Mister Guitar himself-- Chet Atkins. Chet gave Michael a theory lesson and taught him his arrangement of Mister Bojangles.
Michael O'Dorn - Getting Into Travis Picking - Book and Online Audio
This book will enlighten Merle Travis enthusiasts and fingerstyle pickers alike and will take you from an ordinary way of playing fingerstyle guitar to the extraordinary technique that Merle brought to the world. Based on the author's personal lessons from Merle himself, this book provides guitarists with a look into his techniques, riffs and rolls. Also included are in-depth studies on how Merle used his right-hand techniques and how he played his left-hand chords with his thumb over the neck. Each tune is presented as a simple version - then as a complete Travis picking solo guitar arrangement! Songs include: "You Are My Sunshine, Home On The Range, Mom's Melody, Jesse James, My Leah's Touch, Massa's In The Cold Cold Ground, Yankee Doodle Dandy".
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Michael O'Dorn Plays "Yankee Doodle Dandy"
Michael O'Dorn - Killer Technique: Fingerstyle Guitar - Book and Online Audio
Mentored by three legendary guitarists, Michael O'Dorn is the living repository of not only the Merle Travis thumbstyle technique but also the fingerstyle legacies of Chet Atkins and French guitarist Marcel Dadi. This book contains a discussion of the differences between fingerstyle and thumbstyle technique as well as some of the most advanced exercises and tunes of any of the author's books. This book begins with a series of progressive picking patterns with practice points that guide the player through intermediate and advanced licks and techniques. The harmony of each exercise was intentionally left unresolved so that it can be repeated to perfection. Soon you will be playing O'Dorn's challenging Travis/Atkins/Dadi inspired licks and compositions using left-hand hammer-ons, pull-offs, and thumb-over techniques, as well as the right-hand thumb rake and palm mute. Contains the following full length solos: "Martha Panzerell, My Blue Eyed Son And Me, Going To Poalillo Vineyards".
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Michael O'Dorn Plays "Going To Poalillo Vineyards"
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