As you learn to play Mister Sandman, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.
In this lesson we’re going to be learning how to play Chet Atkin’s version of Pat Ballard’s 1950s hit song ‘Mister Sandman’.
There’s no doubt that this is a fiddly piece to play and really requires some fretting hand strength. The song has complicated and demanding chords throughout, so you’re going to have to grip each one just right whilst simultaneously playing the melody line. For that reason, really take your time and if you feel a lot of strain in your hand take a break.
I’ve transcribed and taught the live version of Chet playing Mister Sandman in this lesson. The song comes in at just under two minutes but it’s full of twists and turns and there’s an awful lot to remember.
Alright, let’s start learning how to play Mister Sandman!