"My first knowledge of Marcel Dadi came around 1973. Here was a guitarist who despite thousands of miles had figured out what it was all about." – Chet Atkins
"Marcel Dadi is a master of the guitar styles of Merle Travis, Jerry Reed and Chet Atkins." – Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine
In this unique series of DVD lessons Marcel Dadi presents the guitar arrangements of Merle Travis, Jerry Reed and Chet Atkins. These three titans of the guitar have defined and established country fingerstyle guitar. Their influence on the music and players of Nashville and beyond over the last fifty years is without bounds. Each has his own distinct approach, sound and style.
"I try to play their music note-for-note," said Marcel. "They are so good -- how could you do better? They are the best in their fields. If you play a tune by Chet Atkins, you should play it like Chet Atkins. The same for Merle and Jerry... If you want to teach this style of guitar playing you have to be as close as possible to what the original musician was playing."
Titles include: Jerry Reed's music is featured with The Claw, Kicky, Winter Walkin', Baby's Coming Home.My Old Kentucky Home by Merle Travis is presented along with Oh By Jingo! Oh By Jee! by Chet Atkins.
62 minutes • Level 3/4 • Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD
Review: Essential learning tool for aspiring thumbpickers. If you're serious about learning to play guitar in the styles of Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, Jerry Reed or Tommy Emmanuel, this is a great place to start. The late Marcel Dadi, an extraordinary French guitarist, very clearly and patiently documents his detailed knowledge of thumbpicking in these DVDs. It's obvious Marcel was a person who loved to learn, and he was kind enough to share his experience with us. His demeanor throughout is charming, humble and sincere. His English is very good with a slight French accent and the instructions are precise and very easy to follow. That doesn't mean you'll be able to play all of the songs right away, though - the material ranges from just above beginner's level to REEEALLY hard. Almost every song contains some snag that will keep you practicing and improving for months. The only downside to this DVD is that you'll probably wear it out before you're done learning from it. – Marten Sanden/Amazon Customer Review