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a chance to steal from the best. Chet Atkins, CGP


Boulevard
by John Knowles 3 On the Boulevard
When I begin writing a new tune, I considered calling the tune Strollin
On the Boulevard count on inspiration. Sometimes, a the Row. That title has great attitude
Inspiration, repetition title will get me going. Or, I stumble but Boulevard is more about elegance
and surprise 1 across a lick during noodle time. and style.
Maybe daydreaming will lead me to So at this point I had a phrase, a
a memory or an image. At its best, title and an image. Any more inspira-
The QUARTERLY inspiration is all of the above. tion would have just confused me.
An archive of I remember thumb-picking a C- Time to work out the rest of the tune.
fingerstyle music chord and playing a few notes that
and learning 1 were outside the C-scale. I ended up _ _
with the opening phrase of Boulevard. I depend on writing tools Ive
Chop Talk: (measures 1-4) The feel of that phrase developed over the years. For ex-
Taking chances 2 reminded me of going for a walk ample, I know that repetition hooks
on Music Row with Chet Atkins. I continued on page 2

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Music with TAB includes music of players like Chet
lenged me more through your
work than any other aspect
plus chord diagrams Atkins, Jerry Reed, Lenny Breau and of my personal or professional
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On the Boulevard We out here in the hinterland
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FingerStyle
appreciate the fine arrange-
a listeners attention. But I also know
ments you send to us through
that repetition leads to boredom so
the QUARTERLY. D.M
QUARTERLY I season it with surprise. Of course,
too much surprise leads to chaos. Its One of the things I like best
a balancing act. I finally settled on about the QUARTERLY is that
Publisher/Editor a second four-bar phrase (measures there is something different in
John Knowles 5-8) that has the original melody but each issue. Ive been playing
ends up on a different harmony. (A9) this stuff for more than twenty
Business Manager In measures 9-16, I add variety by years and still get a thrill from
Becky Knowles changing the lengths of phrases. I learning a new piece. WB
begin with a pair of two-bar phrases
Special Thanks to: and follow them with a four-bar
Chet Atkins
Jim Alley
phrase. This short-short-long pattern
is a classic thats been used by great
Chop Talk:
Eric Booth composers like Johann Sebastian Bach Taking Chances
Clyde Kendrick and Jerry Reed.
Not long after I moved to Nashville,
Kathy Boehm When I started Boulevard, I could Chet observed that I was playing my
have written anything at all. But now arrangements the same each time.
Contents 2012 John Knowles that Im halfway through, I have
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So he asked me what I did if I made
fewer options. Its the old dance a mistake or had a different idea
International copyright secured with the one who brought you prin- while I was playing. Good question.
ciple. Ill leave it to you to examine
He went on to say that he was more
the second half of the tune to see how
Order Online: I balanced repetition with variation comfortable not knowing exactly
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learn and enjoy my tune. Or maybe than one way to get through a tune.
Visa and MasterCard accepted. Its like driving home from work. You
give you the itch to start one of your
own. See you on the Boulevard. know several routes and you choose
one depending on your schedule, the
Were all mighty grateful for c scenery, the traffic, etc.
.com
the privilege of having you and You dont need to take your life in
your guitar music in our lives. your hands. Just play a chord in a
You can count on the fact that www. different position. Or, substitute an
you have a friend who stops steal from the best. Chet Atkins, CGP ending from a different tune.
every now and then to think
about you. E. T. _ _
After 13 issues youve sent me I remember Lenny Breau stopping
I am writing to thank you for
and four or five years of play- in the middle of My Funny Valentine,
the most beautiful arrange-
ing your music, I still really enjoy putting his guitar down, and order-
ment (and flawless playing) of ing a cup of coffee. When I asked him
Vincent Ive ever heard. Wan- the heck out of your songs. I
what was wrong, he replied, I had to
na-be players like myself owe have no doubt that Ive really
quit. I was about to disappear.
so much to people like you. I expanded and improved my
technique of playing by work- Now, thats taking chances.
think you touch peoples lives
more than you know. W. S. ing through your songs. T. V. c
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Boulevard by John Knowles
Copyright (c) 2004 by Gut String Music (BMI) International Copyright Secured All Rights Reserved


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