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Inspired by his father's recordings and the gift of an early '50s Gibson acoustic, Michael O'Dorn began playing guitar when he was about six years old. He learned to play fingerstyle listening to records repeatedly until he was able to figure out progressions and licks. Michael's early influences included Merle Travis and Chet Atkins, and later Marcel Dadi. He would eventually meet all three of his guitar heroes.
When he was in his 20's, Travis encouraged Michael to "keep pickin'" and even showed him some of his original licks. Michael recalls, "I went home and practiced 'til my fingers fell off." Michael's diligence paid off in the form of an endorsement relationship with D'Aquisto Strings which lead to meeting Marcel Dadi at a NAMM Show. Marcel and Teddy Krause of D'Aquisto Strings arranged for Michael to perform at the 1994 Atkins Dadi guitar festival in Issoudun, France.
It was there that Mark Pritcher, the president of the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society, invited Michael to perform a concert set and teach a workshop on the music and style of Merle Travis at the annual CAAS convention in Nashville. Michael has been invited back every year since. In 1995 Michael and Marcel Dadi were driving around Nashville when Marcel asked him to pull over at a familiar mansion on Seventeenth Avenue. To his surprise, he spent the day with Mister Guitar himself-- Chet Atkins. Chet gave Michael a theory lesson and taught him his arrangement of Mister Bojangles.
Michael O'Dorn - Getting Into Travis Picking - Book and CD
This book will enlighten Merle Travis enthusiasts and fingerstyle pickers alike and will take you from an ordinary way of playing fingerstyle guitar to the extraordinary technique that Merle brought to the world. Based on the author's personal lessons from Merle himself, this book provides guitarists with a look into his techniques, riffs and rolls. Also included are in-depth studies on how Merle used his right-hand techniques and how he played his left-hand chords with his thumb over the neck. Each tune is presented as a simple version - then as a complete Travis picking solo guitar arrangement! Songs include: "You Are My Sunshine, Home On The Range, Mom's Melody, Jesse James, My Leah's Touch, Massa's In The Cold Cold Ground, Yankee Doodle Dandy".
Notation and tab...................................................................Price - $19.95
Michael O'Dorn Plays "Yankee Doodle Dandy"
Michael O'Dorn - Fun & Easy Fingerpicking Guitar Solos - Book and Online Audio
An international modern method of fingerpicking guitar techniques presented in a fun and easy progressive approach! Influences of Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, and Marcel Dadi are noticed throughout all of the songs in this book. These guitar solos were written to teach anyone learning to play guitar the joy of being a solo guitarist. Written in standard notation and tab to encourage guitar players of all levels of skill to enjoy this study of fingerpicking guitar solos the fun and easy way! The companion downloadable audio enables the student to hear and play along for easier learning. Songs include: "Amazing Ace, Dadís Old Guitar, Elisa Daniel, Golden Rule, Lilí Mommy Cat, Momís Melody, My Beautiful Linda, My Leahís Touch, Olí Friend James, Sky Bird, Spirit of Brother Marcel, Stone Clover, Tennessee Sunshine".
Notation and tab...................................................................Price - $17.95
Michael O'Dorn Plays "Mom's Melody"
Michael O'Dorn - In Concert - DVD
Songs include: "Rose Time, Saturday Night Shuffle, Cane Break Blues" -Merle Travis, "Yesterday" - Lennon & McCartney, "Je Te Veux" -Marcel Dadi, "Tuck Me to Sleep in My Old Tucky Home" -Lewis / Young / Meyer, "Drive-In" -Jerry Reed, "Freight Train" -Elizabeth Cotten, "If You Could Read My Mind" -Gordon Lightfoot, "Ready For the Times to Get Better" -Allen Reynolds, "I'll See You In My Dreams" -Isham Jones & Gus Kahn, "Jesse James, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Massa's In the Cold Cold Ground, Blue Bell" -arranged by Michael O'Dorn, "Amazing Ace, Mom's Melody, Spirit of Brother Marcel, Sky Bird, My Beautiful Linda" -Michael O'Dorn
(47 min)..................................................................................Price - $24.95
Michael O'Dorn Plays "Amazing Ace"
Guitarists who like Michael O'Dorn also like:
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Jazz Guitar Chords & Arpeggio Patterns - Stacy McKee
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