By Ron Forbes-Roberts
"Mr. Guitar" Chet Atkins known as Lenny Breau (1941-1984) "the maximum guitarist who ever walked the face of the earth." Breau begun enjoying the tool at age seven, and went directly to grasp many kinds, specifically jazz. among 1968 and 1983 he made a sequence of recordings which are one of the such a lot influential guitar albums of the century. Breau's unbelievable virtuosity inspired numerous performers, yet regrettably it got here on the price of his own relationships. regardless of Breau's attention-grabbing lifestyles tale and his musical value, no full-length biography has been released formerly. Forbes-Roberts has interviewed greater than a hundred seventy five humans and heavily analyzed Breau's recordings to bare an drastically proficient guy and the interior workings of his song.
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He invented nicknames [for musical terms]. Like a chord sequence that goes “1-3-6-2-5-1” has been used in a zillion tunes, and variations of it happen all over the place. ” When you’re looking at specific tunes, you start seeing chord patterns that cover the whole of each new composition. So I’d say, “We’ve got to really understand that within one scale, [an example of] a chord pattern that would really make sense would go 1-4-3 minor, 6 (either a minor or with a dominant 7th), minor 2nd to the 5 chord—the dominant 7th—and back to the 1.
Before that if I played a Dm9 chord, I didn’t know what it was called . . At first I didn’t want to be bothered with all of that. I just wanted to learn by ear without knowing all the details. ”2 During this process, the two men would become close, lifelong friends bound by their love of jazz and a deep mutual respect and affection. “I considered Lenny to be my very best friend,” Erlendson says. “He was jolly to be around. When we were talking music, it was intense, but he was fun-loving and always cracking jokes.
Lenny came to town and drove everybody crazy with his guitar playing,” Willis says. “He was a super guitar player even back then, playing in the Atkins and Travis style. ” Lenny backed his father on the old country standards and hokum tunes that were the backbone of Pine’s act. ” Pine often introduced his son with “He’s the best in his field. ” Lenny took it all amicably, just happy to be working on stage with his father. On the Trail of the Lonesome Pine A southerner named Curtis Johnson joined the group around this time.