Finger Style Guitar

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Finger-Style Guitar
Finger Style Guitar 1.jpg
Cover of the original release of the LP
Studio album by Chet Atkins
Released 1956
Recorded Oct 22, 1956 - Nov 29, 1956, Nashville, TN
Genre Country, pop, classical
Length 27:16
Label RCA Victor LPM-1383
Producer Chet Atkins
Chet Atkins chronology
Chet Atkins in Three Dimensions
Finger-Style Guitar
Chet Atkins at Home
Alternative Cover
Cover of the second release of the LP
Cover of the second release of the LP

Finger-Style Guitar is an album by American guitarist Chet Atkins, released in 1956.


The original LP consisted of a light rhythm section on the first side and Chet solo on side two.

The four Frank Loesser tunes on the re-release are from the 1956 musical The Most Happy Fella with vocals by Eddy Arnold, all released on an RCA Victor EP. Also included are two duets with Hank Snow and a single released by The Rhythm Rockers. "Blue Echo" was co-written with Boudleaux Bryant, who also co-wrote "How's the World Treating You" and others with Chet. "Blue Echo" was later covered by Lenny Breau on his album Boy Wonder.

Finger-Style Guitar was recorded in one day.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [2]

Allmusic music critic Richard S. Ginell praised the album and wrote "In general, the tunes with rhythm on side one are more ingratiating than the unaccompanied pieces on side two, yet they all display a relaxed, confident musicality at all times."[2]


  • Finger-Style Guitar was re-released with an additional 10 tracks in 2006 as Finger-Style Guitar.. Plus on the Universe label.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Swedish Rhapsody" (Hugo Alfvén) – 2:30
  2. "Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away)" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Gus Kahn) – 2:45
  3. "In the Mood" (Joe Garland, Andy Razaf) – 2:15
  4. "Heartaches" (Al Hoffman, John Klenner) – 2:05
  5. "The Glow Worm" (Paul Lincke, Johnny Mercer) – 2:14
  6. "Dance of the Golden Rod" (Merle Travis) – 1:58

Side two[edit]

  1. "Petite Waltz" (Traditional) – 2:48
  2. "La Adelita" (Francisco Tárrega) – 1:35
  3. "Gavotte in D" (François Joseph Gossec) – 1:39
  4. "Unchained Melody" (Alex North, Hy Zaret) – 2:55
  5. "Waltz in A Flat" (Johannes Brahms) – 1:47
  6. "Malaguena" (Ernesto Lecuona) – 2:45

Additional tracks:

  1. "The Lady Loves Me" (Giese, Heather, Long, Moesser)
  2. "New Spanish Two Step" (Bob Wills) (guitar duet with Hank Snow)
  3. "Reminiscing" (Snow) (guitar duet with Hank Snow)
  4. "Warm All Over" (Frank Loesser)
  5. "Big D" (Loesser)
  6. "Don't Cry" (Loesser)
  7. "Standing on the Corner" (Loesser)
  8. "Trambone" (Atkins)
  9. "Peanut Vendor" (Wolfe Gilbert, Moises Simons, Marion Sunshine) (with The Rhythm Rockers)
  10. "Blue Echo" (Atkins, Boudleaux Bryant)
CD cover of re-issue of Finger-Style Guitar... Plus



  1. ^ Atkins, Chet and Cochran, Russ. (2003). "Me and My Guitars". Milwaukee. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 0-634-05565-8.
  2. ^ a b Ginell, Richard S. "Finger-Style Guitar > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 2, 2011.