Steve Wariner "Up Close: Secrets Of A Hot Nashville Picker"

Steve Wariner "Up Close: Secrets Of A Hot Nashville Picker"


Steve Wariner
Up Close: Secrets Of A Hot Nashville Picker
The Story
Take a private lesson with one of country music's most renowned stars. On this "Up Close: Secrets Of A Hot Nashville Picker", Steve Wariner dissects his award-winning guitar style, with its ear-catching riffs, beautiful melodies and complex harmonies. Playing his Fender electric, Steve analyzes his unique approach to fingerstyle guitar. He covers some of the instrumental tunes from his hit CD "No More Mr. Nice Guy," as well as some of the songs from his earlier albums.

In a tribute to Chet Atkins, he shows the chord inversions, vibrato, hammers, pulls and multiple variations that are reminiscent of Chet's distinctive sound. Blues players will dig into Steve's groove-oriented showpieces, while fans of his ballads will enjoy playing his more melodic material.

Switching to his acoustic/electric Takamine signature model (the Steve Wariner 341), Steve adds his distinctive touches to a medley of fingerpicking gems, featuring traditional alternating bass rhythm with treble melody lines.

Throughout this session, Steve's focus on scales, banjo-like rolls, bluesy licks and picking techniques will help you build speed, fluidity and an arsenal of exciting ideas. The songs you'll be playing include "Baby I'm Yours," "Prelude/Practice Your Scales Somewhere Else," "For Chester B.," "Sails," "Next March," "I Should Be With You," "Back Home in Indiana" and "Copper Kettle."

Special DVD features include: Stereo, Enclosed Tab.

DVD Video, NTSC, Regions: All

Additional Facts
One of country music's most versatile performers, Steve Wariner grew up in suburban Indianapolis, interested in the Beatles on the radio, as well as Chet Atkins and George Jones, the artists his father listened to most frequently. He started playing music in his dad's band, and by his high school years, he was playing local clubs. At age 17, he caught the ear of Dottie West, who persuaded him to join her band, and in that position he ended up playing bass on her classic 1973 single "Country Sunshine." He moved on to work as a sideman for Bob Luman and signed a singles deal with RCA Records in 1976. His career developed slowly, and in the beginning, the low-tuned guitars and wide range of his singles brought frequent comparisons to the early Glen Campbell hits.

His first really successful single was "Your Memory," which peaked in the country Top Ten in early 1981, followed by "By Now" and "All Roads Lead to You," which topped the country charts in December. RCA released another couple of singles before finally issuing his debut album, Steve Wariner, in the fall of 1982. He returned to the country Top Ten in 1983 with "Midnight Fire," which became the title track of his second album, and "Lonely Women Make Good Lovers."