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Chet Atkins in Three Dimensions

50 Years of Legenday Guitar Volume 1

By John McClellan and Deyan Bratic

Guitar (fingerpicking) - Advanced
50 Years of Legenday Guitar Volume 1. Composed by John McClellan and Deyan Bratic. Solos, Style, Technique, Theory and Reference, Perfect binding. Country. Book. 208 pages. Mel Bay Publications, Inc #20385. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.20385).

Item Number: MB.20385

ISBN 9780786670451. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

This tribute contains twenty-two of Chet's greatest solos and duets along with interviews with his daughter, Merle Atkins Russell and close friends such as Jerry Reed, Vince Gill, Eddy Arnold, Don Mclean and many others. This book offers touching insight into the character of an American original, who did much to shape the course of music history and the guitar. Most importantly, Chet Atkins helped thousands of people over the course of his life through kindness and generosity. To quote Jerry Reed, There is only one. This book is a tribute to a special man, a special artist - a hero to the millions of lives he touched. The Atkins Family has shared many rare photographs which are presented in a special eight-page color insert. Selections include, Heartaches, Caravan, When You Wish Upon a Star (live version), Music to Watch Girls by, Stars and Stripes Forever, Jerry's Breakdown, Nashtown Ville and many others. All music is in standard notation and in tablature.

  • Preface 
  • Acknowledgements 
  • Introduction to the Music 
  • David Conrad - "It's a Wonderful Life" 
  • Caravan 
  • Black Mountain Rag 
  • Minuet - J.S. Bach 
  • Eddy Arnold - "Make the World Go Away" 
  • Heartaches 
  • Cy Coben on Chet - "Chet's Tune" 
  • Streets Of Laredo 
  • Tony Brown - "The King of Nashville" 
  • Lagrima 
  • Johnny Smith - "Walk Don't Run, Chet..." 
  • Take Five 
  • Going Home 
  • Bob Beckham - "I know That's Right!" 
  • Music To Watch Girls By 
  • Vince Gill - "I Was in Guitar Heaven" 
  • Avalon 
  • Minute Waltz 
  • Mainstreet Breakdown 
  • Merle Atkins Russell - "Thank You Very Little" 
  • The Stars And Stripes Forever 
  • Jerry Reed on Chet - "Hail to the Chief" 
  • Drive In 
  • Jerry's Breakdown 
  • Jorge Morel - "The Pure Artist of the Guitar" 
  • Choro da Saudade 
  • Recuerdos De La Alhambra 
  • When You Wish Upon A Star 
  • John McClellan - "A Boy's Tale" 
  • Ray Stevens - "I Haven't Got the Carrot Yet!" 
  • Oh By Jingo 
  • Don Light - "He Nailed it Again!" 
  • Nashtown Ville 
  • Harry Warner - "They Called Him, Sir" 
  • La Vie en Rose 
  • Don McLean - "Starry, Starry Night" 
  • Vincent (Starry, Starry Night) 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Ric Vince
    Yorkshire Dales
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  • March 20, 2009 Sad he is no longer with us.

    As with my review on Chet's volume 2, I have been a fan of Chet Atkins for well over 40 years and have played the guitar for even longer. Having decided it was about time I found out exactly how the master himself went about it I purchased both...

    Volume 1 and Volume 2. Some of his tricks of the trade are so simple it is unbelievable... an excellent book and one that I can most certainly recommend to anyone who just like me wondered how he did it. Sad he is no longer with us.

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  • 5

    Gotland, Sweden
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  • April 10, 2007 Nice but hard,,,

    This is for hardcore Chet fans. Nice storys mixed with accurate( as far as i can tell) tabbed chet tunes and a few Jerry Reed tunes as well.

    19 of 42 people found this review helpful.
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  • 5

    Dan Reid
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  • March 31, 2007 Chet,s the best

    Excellent look at the life of the man,how he was and the music and stars he created being humble in doing so.An excellent coffee table book.

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  • 5

    Edmonds, WA
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  • September 02, 2004 High Quality, Clear Effort

    This book features a number of pieces, some fingerstyle country, some classical guitar, and some electric playing as well. Interesting biographical information and testimonials by his friends are there to be read as well. As far as difficulty and technique are concerned, well that's all very subjective but at...

    times I think most anyone would be challenged by some of the pieces in here. "When you wish..." features a lot of artificial harmonics with simultaneous accompanied notes that really takes some getting used to. Not much by way of gigantic stretches(except choro de saudade, ugh, the part with the cross barre, ugh, you will know what i mean), but considerable dexterity is necessary most of the time as well as familiarity with tremolo, travis picking, typical country rhythms, etc. Nice pieces, good challenge, well researched, just a well rounded package and I eagerly anticipate the release of volume 2.

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