Mr Sandman was written by Pat Ballard, published in 1954 and popularised by The Chordettes and The Four Aces (with slightly altered lyrics). It found its way into the guitar classic hall of fame in the same year when Chet Atkins played it live on primetime television. It later went on to become a big hit for Emmylou Harris in 1981.
I was initially going to tab out the Chet Atkins version, but as I started playing it I found myself making various changes, altering some of the chords etc etc. In the end I came up with something more or less completely different but modelled on his picking style. My version is also suitable for solo jazz guitar, without any of Chet’s (beautiful) single line sections. So here for your learning pleasure is my Finale Guitar arrangement of Mr Sandman, with free guitar tablature! I hope you like it.
You will notice that the second and fourth beats of every bar are marked as being palm muted. They aren’t in fact, instead what you do is hit them with a down stroke of your fingernails, giving them a good percussive “thwack”. This sounds really great if you have an amplifier or pedal with good old fashioned spring reverb (see Chet’s version for an example of this). You can also slacken your fretting fingers slightly straight after playing the PM marked notes. This will give them an extra staccato, percussive quality.
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