Mystery Train Taught by Pat Kirtley Part 3/3
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Written by Junior Parker and Sam Phillips, a hit for Elvis Presley, here is the Chet Atkins version of "Mystery Train" taught by fingerstyle legend Pat Kirtley. This is the third of three parts. From the 2 DVD set "Pickin' Like Chet." More info at http:/


Mystery Train Taught by Pat Kirtley Part 3/3 Now for a variation, instead of playing this up here which I got tired of hearing it so many times, I am going to play it down here the same thing. So I am making a B7 sound here, it’s the same exact notes but it’s an active lower, it sounds different. And if I want, I can play this chord which is actually an A chord but it doesn’t look like one. It’s an A7th weird looking A7th, it sounds good. And to make a melody on top of it, I can take this thing finger and rock it back and forth to make a bar. And back to E, second time, and then I do this. This A chord fingered with these two fingers. This finger is available and it’s going to go right up here on the third fret, strange weird sound and chord which I love the sound of. And I am going to play like these. [Demonstration] What I am doing here by the way is this sis a little bit of a Jerry Reed right hand technique. So, if you pay attention to the right hand for a minute. I am using the second finger and third finger on the top two strings, on the base string. And on the fourth string, I am using my thumb. And then on the third string, I am using my first finger. And it’s Jerry Reed when he does that technique calls it clawing like claw so he’s got a song of you may heard of called the claw. It’s a good technique. It’s worth practicing if you don't mind annoying the people who live in the house with you, you could play that for like 15 minutes or so, it would really annoy them but it will teach it to you. And by the way these techniques I would hate to think that you have top learn anything on the guitar and only use it one time in one song in one place. It’s much nicer if you can think, “Oh, I can use that in XYZ arrangement of whatever song.” It’s a technique that you can use over and over again so this is definitely one of those. And not just in this chord and in this key either, it’s a right hand technique. Okay then now for the last run through of this, we’ve played through the song three times and now we’re going to play through it one more time. And what seems to always work after you’ve done all these variations, you go back to the plain old exact melody that you played the first time through and it sounds completely different because your ear got tuned in all these others stuff so you just go back to the same original melody. And so on ending with—and by the way when you play this part here an A, everytime you can do it differently. If you want it, you could play. [Demonstration] Simply this little thing where you go between the sass and the 7th, like that and then the very last time through, we need an ending so we’re going to make an ending like this kind of just slow and down the Mystery Train to a stop. So, we’re going to go. And I am just going to play a little blues ending on it, like that. Now, I just made that up. It’s different in Chet’s ending, I don't even remember what ending it was but it was different because it was arranged with the band and with Jerry Reed and there was all the stuff happening. So, I kind of like this ending and I think it works for it, so slowly and you can change it in any way that you want it, make it yours, do your own thing with it but that’s what’s happening. Now, what we’re going to do is split the screen and slow it down and play it through the whole arrangement of Mystery Train. [Demonstration]