Watch the To B Or Not To B: 9 online guitar lesson by Tommy Emmanuel from Certified Gems, Vol. 1
To B Or Not To B is a beautiful, beautiful song written by Chet Atkins and Randy Goodrum. The tune was recorded by Chet and me on our album, The Day Fingerpickers Took Over the World.
The story behind the song is that Chet said to himself one day that "there's not much music written in the key of B, I think I'll go exploring and see what I find" and then wrote this beautiful little masterpiece that I really love.
When Chet wrote the song he played it up higher on the neck. Chet sent me a recording of it and I learned it from listening to the recording but I put it in a different place on the neck. I took a little license with it but when I played it for Chet he loved it and said that he "saw that I had changed it but that was okay because I played the melody as the composer intended it." So here it is, To B or Not To B. It's in the key of B. There is a key change to C.