Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Windy and Warm

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Windy and Warm

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After Chet Atkins first recorded John D. Loudermilk's "Windy and Warm" in the spring of 1961, the guitarist made this bouncy instrumental one of his signature tunes. Bluegrass legend Doc Watson followed suit, and CGPs John Knowles and Tommy Emmanuel, among other distinguished players, also added it to their repertoires.

The transcription here is based on Atkins' best-known version, from his 1962 album Down Home. Atkins recorded it on an electric guitar with a capo at the third fret, but he often played it on an acoustic nylon-string without a capo. It will sound just as good whether you play it on, say, a dreadnought or a hollow-body electric-with or without the capo.

Taken at a moderate tempo, "Windy and Warm" shouldn't be overly difficult to learn- especially if you're already familiar with Travis picking. (To brush up on the basics of this approach, see Jamie Stillway's lesson at AcousticGuitar. …

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