Pat Donohue is a natural entertainer who possesses bundles of charm and wit. Concerts by this St. Paul, MN resident are a model for combining playfulness
with pure craftsmanship. A masterful guitarist and talented singer-songwriter of blues, folk, and jazz, Donohue inhabits his songs, performing them
with equal parts of skilled technique and raw emotion. His excellent guitar chops offer a balance of gentle, sensuous strumming and a deeper, bluesier
touch. His devotion to acoustic guitar has made him an American standard, as he echoes the tones of Robert Johnson, Blind Blake, Merle Travis or Muddy
Waters. Chet Atkins called Pat one of the greatest fingerpickers in the world today; Leo Kottke called his playing "haunting."
In this lesson Pat teaches five of his original tunes. Besides being great songs the arrangements offer the guitarist a panorama of techniques and styles.
From the syncopated stumbling bass of Blind Blake to the sophisticated country alternating bass of Chet Atkins. From a swing jazz accompaniment to
a blues with echoes of the Irish Washerwoman!
There's lots of enjoyable and challenging guitar ideas that Pat explains and teaches phrase by phrase, followed by the arrangement played slowly on a split screen so that you can carefully study both his left and right hands. A detailed PDF tab/music booklet of the arrangements can be found on the DVD.
Titles include: The Road To Kingdom Come, Stealin' From Chet, Jazz Names, Buddy The Blues and The Irish Blues
77 minutes - Level 2/3 - Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD
Review: Talk about a ringing endorsement. Mr. Guitar himself-Chet Atkins-personally heaped praise upon Pat Donohue's fretsmanship, underscored by their sprightly stage and studio encounters. The most enticing bait Donohue offered was "Stealin From Chet." The praise song, stacked floor-to-ceiling with pocketed Atkins-isms, equates to a capo, a fretboard kaboom and a cloud of dust. It's gentlemanly shredding-but shredding nonetheless. Not only does the Grammy-winning fingerpicker with his own signature Martin guitar-the Pat Donohue OM-30DB Custom Edition-patiently reveal how to play this gem. But the longtime member of A Prairie Home Companion's house band also delivers the blueprints to four more of his own best string boilers. And by no means does Atkins' style pervade the rest of the set. "Buddy the Blues," in fact, bows in crisp homage to Blind Blake. Jiggy and comical is "The Irish Blues," a flipside to the genteel pondering done along "The Road to Kingdom Come." Different still is "Jazz Names," an astute tally of the genre's coolest monikers that bounces on notes as much as swinging from them. By openly sharing the play-by-play behind such technical wizardry, "Stealin' from Chet" actually turns into a productive 'Stealin' From Pat' lesson. Thankfully, the best part about all these fingerpicking fireworks is that, from Donohue's mouth to your fingers: "It's easier than it sounds." - Dennis Rozanski/Blues Rag