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Over the past 40 years that I’ve been a serious guitarist, I have been well aware of the music of the great Chet Atkins. In May of 2014 I randomly became completely obsessed with his playing style! Staying up until 3am every night practicing this new approach to the guitar, I now feel like I have something worth sharing. Look for more upcoming releases featuring this guitar style in 2015!

This arrangement of the Christmas classic Jingle Bells is in the Chet Atkins guitar style: the right hand thumb plays the bass and rhythm function while the remaining fingers play melodies and additional harmony. I’ve patterned this arrangement Tommy Emmanuel/ John Knowles’ lovely version which employs some beautiful reharmonization and clever key changes.


from Rob Michael's Christmas by the Fire, released November 26, 2011




Rob Michael & the Atmos Trio San Francisco, California

Rob Michael is "That Guitar Guy."

Whether collaborating with people the word over on their newest albums & videos, teaching guitar and arranging via video calls to playing online concerts via web as a solo performer or with The Atmos Trio, Rob is tireless in his quest to perpetuate the transformative experience that a connection to music provides. ... more

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