Levee Walking - Chet Atkins

Discussion in 'Gretsch-Talk Music' started by MrAstro, Apr 6, 2018.

  1. MrAstro

    MrAstro Gretschie

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    Mar 5, 2015
    Sydney, NSW
    This is a cover of Chet's arrangement of Levee Walking from the Album "My Favorite Guitars". It was written by Jerry Reed and Henry Strzelecki. It's not perfect but it's the best I could do for the moment! :)

     
  2. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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    Very impressive, Andrew. Great feel and playing technique! I really regret having all thumbs and no fingers when I see you play!
     
  3. MrAstro

    MrAstro Gretschie

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    Mar 5, 2015
    Sydney, NSW
    I wasn't real happy with this one - I just couldn't get it as smooth as I would like. The tempo of the banjo rolls was really pushing me. Thanks for the encouragement mate.
     
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  4. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

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    Nicely done!
     
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  5. brownie

    brownie Synchromatic

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    Oct 29, 2013
    Spain
    Very nice MrAstro.
     
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  6. Gretschman2

    Gretschman2 Country Gent

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    It sounded pretty perfect to me, good job !!
     
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  7. johnny g

    johnny g Country Gent

    Sep 2, 2017
    union, ms
    Amen, to what Gretschman2 says.
     
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  8. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    Alabama
    Awesome, Andrew, thanks!
     
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  9. Willie D

    Willie D Gretschie

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    Feb 11, 2018
    Seattle, WA
    Let me pick my jaw up off the floor so I can tell you that was awesome.

    Your harmonics game is tight, brother!
     
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  10. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
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    Nice work. That has to be a very challenging tune to play. I've always liked it; never taken a crack at it. I especially want to compliment you on the sound and feel (not that I found any of it lacking). Capturing that aspect of Chet's playing may be even more challenging than some of the technical hurdles.
     
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  11. Willie D

    Willie D Gretschie

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    Feb 11, 2018
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    The final piece after mastering all the technical skill, the groove and feel, and the sound is Chet's "not a bit of this is difficult" facial expression that makes his playing look like it requires the same effort as having a pulse.
     
  12. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
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    I think that the blank expression is part of the deal; when a person is so mentally fixed on the song that their face just sort of shifts into neutral. Johnny Smith was said to be the same way, playing three-octave arpeggios while appearing to be mentally somewhere else.
     
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  13. Sonny Strimple

    Sonny Strimple Country Gent

    May 8, 2011
    Western Maryland
    Nice jib Andrew!
     
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  14. Willie D

    Willie D Gretschie

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    Feb 11, 2018
    Seattle, WA


    This guy plays it almost as well as you!
     
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  15. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
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    Oh yeah, that guy. :) He was amazing.
     
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  16. Sonny Strimple

    Sonny Strimple Country Gent

    May 8, 2011
    Western Maryland
    The end of Chet's version is very close to what he played in "Jingle Bell Rock". Sounds great though.
     
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  17. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
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    Levee Walkin' is the summer version of Jingle Bell Rock. :)
     
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  18. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

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    Jun 6, 2008
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    Sounds just as good the second time around too Andrew!:)

    The first time i heard that tune it was on the Finger Pickin' Good album from my dads collection,i loved Back To Old Smoky Mountain from that album too ,i half-assed tried to play that ,my own way of course.:oops:
     
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  19. MrAstro

    MrAstro Gretschie

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    Mar 5, 2015
    Sydney, NSW
    Thank you very much guys it was actually very tricky. The arpeggios were all using different patterns and were rapid fire at a really quick tempo. Chet makes them look easier than they are of course :) Cool as a cucumber he was! (I sounded like Yoda there I think haha).
     
  20. Shadowy_Man

    Shadowy_Man Electromatic

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    May 18, 2020
    Chicago
    Old thread, but I just wanted to say, excellent take! This is on my list of songs to learn.
     
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