How to Play Yankee Doodle Dixie by Chet Atkins (Guitar Lesson)

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Yankee Doodle Dixie

In this lesson Jim Deeming teaches a performance version of "Yankee Doodle Dixie." This version features both the verse and chorus of "Dixie" on top of "Yankee Doodle."

Taught by Jim Deeming in Songs with Jim Deeming seriesLength: 30:21Difficulty: 3.5 of 5


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feb52feb52 replied

I don't think the tabs are right, what your playing is different. It start off without the hammerons I can't find the bass runs etc.

bcgaraybcgaray replied

Jim im having trouble with the chorus. First I'm using soug tabs [email protected] I don't know about Soug pro or tab PDF. What are they? It seem to me that your starting point on the 9th fret and a hammer on the 10th 2rd string does not match the music or the tabs or is it just an old guy who can't see thanks for the help

jorismafjorismaf replied

Hey Jim, I have a question about the first note you play. The part wher you are doing a pull off with your pink from frat 5 to 2 on the b string. Wouldn' t it be much easier to just pick the high e string right below it in stead of the big pull off?

rgtabrgtab replied

Thomas Wiggins (1849-1908), aka "Blind Tom" Bethune, was one of the most famous performers of the mid- to late-19th century United States. A slave owned by the Bethune family of Georgia, he was considered an idiot savant and toured as a pianist and vaudeville act throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and South America. One letter from 1862 by a soldier in North Carolina described Wiggins and his performance: "He learned to play the piano from hearing others, learns airs and tunes from hearing them sung, and can play any piece on first trial as well as the most accomplished performer ... One of his most remarkable feats was the performance of three pieces of music at once. He played 'Fisher's Hornpipe' with one hand and 'Yankee Doodle' with the other and sang 'Dixie' all at once. He also played a piece with his back to the piano and his hands inverted. [...]"

davidhodgesdavidhodges replied

Hi Jim, I am new to JamPlay and I am very pleased with what I have seen here. I have spent some time with several of the instructors here and would like to say, I like your style of play and also your teaching style the best. Your teaching style fits me better than the others. I noticed that on most of the songs you teach the first part of the lesson was you playing the song before breaking it down. On Yankee Dooddle Dixie you went right to the break down, I would like to be able to hear the piece in whole. Thanks Dave

andrewlohandrewloh replied

Sorry Jim, I made a mistake. That chord is actually E9sus4 and NOT D6add9. My apology.....

andrewlohandrewloh replied

Hi Jim, I refer to the chorus where you played a chord which barred 5 strings on the 7th fret. You remarked that it is propably a jazz chord but don't know what it is. I've made research on a chord encyclopedia and found out that it indeed a chord. The chord is D6add9.

27eleven27eleven replied

Oh just found it in phase 2. Great lesson. Thanks Jim.

27eleven27eleven replied

Are you going to put up the tab for the polly wolly doodle section?

skittles_3skittles_3 replied

I almost drove everyone nuts learning it, but it is a very fun piece to play. It takes folks a second to figure out what's going on and then they get an amazed look.

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About Jim Deeming View Full Biography Jim Deeming got his first guitar when he was only six years old. His Dad was taking fingerpicking lessons, and Jim wanted to be just like him. The Mel Bay books didn't last very long before he strapped on a thumb pick and added the Chet part to Red River Valley so it sounded better.

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