The Entertainer Lesson 2 Tab -Advanced Fingerstyle
The Entertainer tab Part A, by Scott Joplin at Ultimate-Guitar-Online.Com, arrangement by Chet Atkins
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I have always loved this song and the arrangement that Chet Atkins gave it an how he played it is truly an inspiration to any fingerstyle guitarist. This part of the the sone includes the introduction and the verse or first half of the song. If you are an advanced fingerstyle guitarist, you will not have a lot of trouble with the arrangement. If you are intermediate, this will be some real finger gymnastics for you. If you are a beginner - don't try this song as it will only discourage you. Come back after you are able to play more complicated pieces.
The Essential Chet Atkins - Chet Atkins: Here is an MP3 of Chet playing the Entertainer as tabbed out on this page. There are some minor differences, but it is essentially the same arrangement by Chet Atkins. Enjoy this version of The Entertainer.
While chet plays this on a classical, there is no reason you can't play it on a good acoustic fingerstyle guitar either. I will admit that his choice of playing this on a great sounding classical guitar was the right one though. I play it on both classical and steel string acoustic and it sound really cool on both of them!
Chet played this on the classical guitar in what is called 'Dropped D" tuning. This is regular tuning on the first 5 strings and the 6th string is tuned down 2 frets to a low "D". Just turn the tuning machine backwards and match the 6th to the 4th string only one octave lower than the 4th string. This gives the guitar an incredible bass response and every time you hit that open 'D', it will give you tingles!
This lesson material will be presented to you in at least 2 parts. The first part will include the TAB and Guitar Pro file for the introduction and the PartA or the verse. The second lesson will finish with the PartB or Chorus and the ending. In the third lesson, we will discover alliterative breaks to this song.
The Entertainer Lesson 2 Tab - Guitar Pro File - Note: This is a free download for you! The file has all of the notation, TAB, left hand fingering, rhythm chords and more. Turn on RSE and you can enjoy listening to the song as if it was really being played! Amazing sound.
The Entertainer Lesson 2 Tab - PDF File - Note: This is a free download for you ! This will include the full tablature of the song, notation, rhythm tracks, fingering and lots more. Plus you can rearrange the song to suit your tastes and playing level. We also include the Tab Notes teaching system, in these lesson in which you can turn the Tab Notes Layer of the PDF file on or off to use it when you need it. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader V6.0 or above to access this feature.
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First things first: This song is played in drop D tuning. This tuning keeps the first 5 strings in standard tuning and you tune the 6th bass string down to a 'D' note, which is 2 frets or a whole step below the standard tuning of 'E'. Simply strike the 6th string while you are lowering the string and compare it to the 4th string open, which is also a 'D' note, but one octave higher. You can also use a tuner to tune it down to the proper 'D' note.
The Entertainer Lesson 2 Tab - Chet Atkins: This is the second part of this great song. This is the chorus of the song and I have departed from Chet's arrangment to some degree. For one reason, this way is, I believe a bit easier to play and secondly, I think it sounds really nice and is much smoother. We will explore Chet's version in the next lesson, so if you are a dedicated Chet Atkins person, don't fret :-)
The Entertainer Lesson 2 Tab A good portion of this part of the song in played in the upper positions. Typically that is quite hard to do,especially when you keep the alternating bass notes going on the beat. The open D tuning helps with this quite a bit, but there are some very difficult passages to watch for. One hits you in the 21st measure. Note how the open bass notes continue even while playing the double notes in the higher positions.
The Entertainer Lesson 2 Tab 22nd Measure & 24th Measure: In the 22nd measure use the open 5th string to transition your hand position. These are lifesavers when playing in the upper positions as these open notes give you time to move your hand very smoothly and keep the timing very smooth. In the 24th measure there is a very hard transition from you to make. This jumps from the 2nd fret all the way to the bar at the 7th fret. If it is easier you can play the double notes that I show on the 7th, down to the 2nd fret on the first string. I will cover this in detail in the next lesson.
The Entertainer Lesson 2 Tab 27th Measure & 28th Measure: This is one of the biggest challenges of this part of the song. To make it somewhat easier, use a 4-string bar chord on the first 4 strings with your LH first finger here. Hold it right up until the open 1st string at the end of the measure. Another 4-string bar in the 28th measure to play this arpeggio-type chord.
The Entertainer Lesson 2 Tab 30th Measure: The pull-off at the end of the 30th measure is combined with an alternating bass note. Chet does a lot of this and once you get used to it you will no longer have problems doing this.
If you are not familiar with reading Guitar Tab, click HERE for a quick tutorial. If you are not familiar with reading notation click HERE for some online lesson material we have put together. There are a few more areas that you can brush up on to really get going on this song. I have summarized them below. Just click the links and you can go to that particular article.
Having problems with that flat pick? This article gives you lots of info on proper techniques - Right Hand Techniques.
Having trouble with the fingering? Take a look at Left Hand Techniques and get some help there.
If you desire help with your fingerstyle technique, visit our Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons section.
Make sure to memorize your songs. What is the easiest way to do this? Unless you have perfect pitch, you will have to learn one section or measure at a time. Once you can play flawlessly move on to the next measure and add it to what you have memorized. Continue this and make sure you can play the first half of the song, including the second ending.
Once you have the first half memorized, move on to the second half, doing the same thing with the second half of the song.