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Chet Atkins Vol. 6                      Guitar Phonics 'play guitar' original sound tracks and tab sheets to four Chet Atkins hit songs:
                                                                               Nine pound hammer - Red wing - Windy and warm - Hello my baby


                             PLAY GUITAR WITH CHET ATKINS VOL. 6 
                                     Chet Atkins shows you how to play 'finger style' lead:

                   Nine pound hammer - Red wing - Windy and warm - Hello my baby 



                                               BLP-16506 (mono)  BST - 17506  (stereo)  Vol. 6   (1967)

              PLAY ALONG WITH CHET ATKINS:  Select the song.....

Everything you tab diagrams and original sound tracks.....

Learn to play Chet Atkins lead to the following four songs....


           Nine pound hammer         

 Red wing

Windy and warm

Hello my baby 

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                          GUITAR PHONICS  'finger style' DIAGRAM EXPLANATION
                           If you are new to finger style playing, spend a few minutes with this section

                                                                  PLAYING MELODY

The Chet Atkins diagram is divided into two parts: the top half of the diagram shows you the correct finger placement for the chord.  The bottom part of the diagram shows the correct thumb and finger pattern to play lead.

BOTTOM HALF OF DIAGRAM...................................

The lower half of the diagram is for the RIGHT HAND.  In the lower half of the diagram, vertical lines represent the guitar strings.  The dotted horizontal lines, called TIME BARS, indicate 'beats' and are used to show where notes are played in regulation to the beats, and show time values and note playing sequence. (They are not 'fret' lines).

The black check marks (  >   ) show you when to pick the bass strings and in what order.

                                            READ DIAGRAMS FROM THE TOP DOWN.  


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When you place your fingers in proper position to form the chord, you will have also placed your fingers in position to play most of the melody notes.  To show where the melody notes are located on the Fretboard, we use numbered circles (1) (2) (3) etc.  These numbers are for referance.  In the lower part of the diagram when we show these same numbered circles, you will know where to place your fingers to play the correct notes.   When a number circle is shown on the 'nut', it is played as an open string.

In order to play some melody notes it is necessary to move a finger from the original chord position to an additional fret:  Example note (2).  This note is played at the third fret and is indicated by a blank 0.  Important: Always hold as much of the original chord as possible when making these non-chord notes.   The bass line is always played on the bottom of the chord. 

In the lower part of this diagram we show a 5-4-6-4 bass string pattern (this is the secrete to Chet's style), with melody notes on the high strings.  As shown, the (1) note, the open first string, is played on the first beat at the same time you pick the fifth string with your thumb.  You then pick the second bass note on the second beat, fourth string. Then you play the sixth string bass note and the note (3) together on the third beat.  Then, play the fourth string bass note and the note (2) together on the fourth beat.
NOTE:  If you have never played 'finger-style' guitar before, you may experience some difficulty at first mastering the basic technique.  Go slow, stay with it until it becomes easy!  Practice the alternating bass pattern, for this is at the heart of Chet's unique style of playing.  

The amazing secrete to Chet's style lies with the technique of playing bass  and melody notes together.  This is accomplished by regulating melody notes in sequence with the bass notes.  In simplistic terms, and for this album, we use four types of  'strums', or note patterns:  The whole note; the half note; the quarter note; and the syncopated eighth note (a note that falls between beats). Chet's music is created by mixing these strum patterns to create  complex melodies!


         TYPES OF STRUMS (thumb and bass note patterns)

THE SQUEEZE (Whole note, half note, quarter note)

WHOLE NOTE  -  When a melody note is shown on the same 'time bar' as a bass note, they are played together, on the same beat.  This is accomplished by using the thumb and finger in a squeezing movement.  Diagram one shows the first type of strum, a Whole Note, a melody and bass note picked together on the first beat.  The melody note sustains for the remainder of the measure, three more bass notes, creating a four count 'whole note'.

HALF NOTE -  In diagram two, we show two half notes, each half note receives two beats (two bass notes).

QUARTER NOTE - In diagram three, we show four quarter notes, each quarter note receives one beat (one bass note). 

EIGHT NOTE  (Syncopation) - The syncopated eight note falls between two bass notes (between two time bars). Eight eighth notes to every four bass notes.  Playing the eight note can be a difficult note to play, however it is this syncopated note, along wit the steady bass note, that transforms playing guitar into the true 'Chet Atkins' style!

SOUND TRACK  Demonstrating types of strums. Listen to Chet demonstrate these four type of  notes patterns.

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