#Let’s Review | Essentials: Chet Atkins Style by Muriel Anderson and Truefire.com

Essentials: Chet Atkins Style by Muriel Anderson and Truefire.com

 

Author:         Muriel Anderson

Genre:           Acoustic

Style:             Fingerstyle

Level:            Late Beginner / Intermediate

Features:      Tabs (.pdf) & GP5 files

Lessons:      33 Videos (incl. introduction & conclusion) | 127 Minutes

1 – Essentials: Chet Atkins Style  (Introduction)

2 – Some Notes About Chet (Overview)

3 – Maybellish (Overview)

4 – Maybellish (Performance)

5 – Maybellish (Breakdown)

6 – Nashville Hammer (Overview)

7 – Nashville Hammer (Performance)

8 – Nashville Hammer (Breakdown)

9 – Love to Pick (Overview)

10 – Love to Pick (Peformance)

11 – Love to Pick (Breakdown)

12 – Doh’tcha Know (Overview)

13 – Doh’tcha Know (Performance)

14 – Doh’tcha Know (Breakdown)

15 – Waiting on the Weather (Overview)

16 – Waiting on the Weather (Performance)

17 – Waiting on the Weather (Breakdown)

18 – Jo Bangles (Overview)

19 – Jo Bangles (Performance)

20 – Jo Bangles (Breakdown)

21 – Rolling Hills (Overview)

22 – Rolling Hills (Performance)

23 – Rolling Hills (Breakdown

24 – Chet’s Train (Overview)

25 – Chet’s Train (Performance)

26 – Chet’s Train (Breakdown)

27 – Mr. Chester (Overview)

28 – Mr. Chester (Performance)

29 – Mr. Chester (Breakdown)

30 – A Fine Pickle (Overview)

31 – A Fine Pickle (Performance)

32 – A Fine Pickle (Breakdown)

33 – Essentials: Chet Atkins Style (Conclusion)

 

 

Essentials: Chet Atkins Style is part of the essentials series on Truefire.com. It’s considered to be a sum up on what may be considered crucial on a particular topic. In typical Truefire fashion you’re going to literally play yourself through the material, applying what you’ve just learnt to ten pieces that are designed to showcase essential techniques that can be seen as trademarks of Chet Atkins. Chet Atkins is one of the most influential players and one that had an impact on most fingerstyle players nowadays. Some of his key signatures, such as the electric guitar or the thumb pick were, among others, true to the sound he was recognized for and associated with.

In this course, you are going to get to know this amazing artist with the help of Muriel Anderson, who has some of the finest fingerstyle courses on Truefire. I always enjoy her clear explanations as well as proper technique. She clearly understands to break down complex material so that it becomes more approachable and accessible for players of varying levels.

Since this course is dedicated to players who have just passed the beginner stage and head towards the intermediate level you can expect a lot of detailed work in it. This course is aimed at players who have just nailed the basics of music theory and basic fingerstyle techniques to now delve deeper into the style of Chet Atkins.

The tunes in this course increase in difficulty the more you progress. You start out with Maybellish in which you underline your play with a very basic bass-chord accompaniment. The next on the list, Nashville Hammer, already goes a step further and introduces an alternating bass which helps you to grow your thumb independence, an essential skill among fingerstyle players.

Nashville Hammer

1.: Muriel Anderson in action on Nashville Hammer

However, there are also more difficult ones in there to put your skills to a test. One of those is Anderson’s own tune, Mr. Chester, in which you implement some of the techniques that you’ve been already introduced to by now following the curriculum of the course. Beside those you also get to know, “a chord form, that you see Chet using all the time. This little three finger chord.” (Muriel Anderson)

3 Finger Chord Form

1.: Three Finger Chord Shape Typical for Chet Atkin’s Play

I very much enjoyed this course, not only because I’ve been listening to Chet Atkins recordings as well as interviews about this fascinating and inspiring personality. Muriel Anderson certainly did him justice by covering essentials of his playing style, one that affected so many players who now play the wonderful style of fingerstyle guitar!

The course covers more than two hours of video footage as well as all ten tunes in tab and .pdf format, as always in high quality, as known from Truefire.com. That way you get enough possibilities to not only learn the pieces but also to further analyse it in order to enhance and widen your musical knowledge. I always loved the courses on Truefire since they allow you to literally play throughout the whole course, enjoying what you learn in a musical way.

If you are into fingerstyle it is almost guaranteed that you’ll draw a lot out of this course but Chet Atkins was more than just a fingerstyle player… he was inspirational and charismatic and that’s what he showed with his music. I really hope you may find this course useful the way I did and that you may also find your own sound.

Lukas Wedrychowski

Meridirh Productions – ‘cause music matters

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