One of the most influential guitarists of the 20th century, as well as a legendary musician and producer within country music. Without Chet Atkins, country music may never have crossed over into the pop charts in the '50s and '60s. Although he recorded hundreds of solo records, Atkins' largest influence came as a session musician and a record producer. During the '50s and '60s, he helped create the Nashville sound, a style of country music that owed nearly as much to pop as it did to honky tonks.
Guaranteed the quickest and easiest way to get into playing the real country guitar! Happy Traum will get you started in this popular American guitar style and get you ready to move on to more advanced studies. You'll learn to handle a flatpick, play a basic scale, then master these techniques: accompanying songs in straight and waltz time; picking out melodies while strumming chords; adding bass runs, hammer-ons, pull-offs and other variations, and playing the famous bluegrass "G Run." Songs: "John Hardy," "Bury Me Beneath The Willow," "All The Good Times Are Past And Gone," "East Virginia," "Wildwood Flower," "Mama Don't 'Low," "Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms."
Master the basics of bluegrass, plus learn the standard tune "Whiskey Before Breakfast." This lick pack will teach you standard strum accompaniment patterns in the keys of C and G, alternating bass lines, walk-ups, hammer-on and pull-off embellishments, flatpicking melodies, banjo-style forward and backward rolls, "old-timey" and traditional Irish fiddle–-style licks with unison notes and "floaters," and much more.
One of America's most renowned bluegrass musicians imparts wisdom and advice based on decades of experience playing in bands from Bill Monroe an d the Blue Grass Boys to Old And In The Way. With Peter Rowan's help, you'll improve your lead singing and establish an authentic bluegrass guitar sound. Peter's invaluable tips on breathing, phrasing, vocal improvisation, and his exercises to increase your power and range, will help you excel as a lead singer. His guitar accompaniment techniques show you how to back up your singing wiht a strong sense of time, add bluegrass style bass.