Free strokes / Rest strokes

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Free strokes / Rest strokes

Postby antzoul » Sun Jun 09, 2013 8:59 am

Hi,
First of all, I just discovered this board, it's great!
My question is : did Chet use rest strokes?
If so, when?
Thanks,
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Re: Free strokes / Rest strokes

Postby gmoseley » Sun Jun 09, 2013 10:21 am

Most certainly he did,,,anytime he wanted a certain to be louder or more pronounced - - (just like in classical playing).

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Re: Free strokes / Rest strokes

Postby keener » Sun Jun 09, 2013 3:20 pm

I've seen one YouTube of Chet in which at least 50% of the strokes are rest strokes. Can't remember which tune it was. I think he does a fair amount of rest stroking in Vincent. I've even seen him use rest stroke on his Country Gentleman (or a later model electric).

In addition to volume, the rest stroke can be used to change emphasis/expressiveness, and of course Chet was all about expressiveness.
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Re: Free strokes / Rest strokes

Postby antzoul » Sun Jun 09, 2013 4:05 pm

On his typical "boom tchick" songs (cheek to cheek...) he seems to be using mostly free strokes.
On the dvd "The guitar of chet atkins" I did not see him using rest strokes...
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Re: Free strokes / Rest strokes

Postby kwarren » Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:55 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlav47-gUSg

Check out the link above. Chet uses rest strokes throughout "Waltz ForThe Lonely."
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Re: Free strokes / Rest strokes

Postby BillB » Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:48 am

Chet's technique was impeccable.

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