Craig Dobbins

Craig Dobbins lives in Gadsden, Alabama, with his wife Julie, and son Craig Bennett Jr.  He is the author of many books and recordings on fingerstyle guitar, including two volumes on the music of Jerry Reed.  He has also written for such publications as Acoustic Guitar magazine, Fingerstyle Guitar magazine and Mister Guitar (journal of the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society). 

Craig's compositions have also been recorded by other guitarists, including The Richard Smith Guitar Trio (That's My Boy) and Pat Kirtley (Through the Tears). 

Craig also writes and publishes the instructional quarterly Acoustic Guitar Workshop, featuring arrangements and compositions by such greats as Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed, as well as originals and gospel songs.



Acoustic Guitar Workshop
Jerry Reed Edition
Book & CD

Complete transcriptions of three of Jerry's most famous songs.


  1. The Claw
  2. Jerry's Breakdown
  3. Steeplechase Lane


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5-String Banjo Styles
for 6-String Guitar
Book & CD

A collection of songs, licks and patterns using banjo style rolls for fingerstyle guitar players.  If you really want to incorporate rolls into your playing, then this is a book you cannot be without.


  1. Weeping Willow
  2. Lonesome Road Blues
  3. Old Joe Clark
  4. Lily Of The Valley
  5. Hang Loose
  6. Strike It Rich
  7. 19 Banjo Style Licks & Patterns 

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Christmas Time (2001)

This CD collection features 13 fingerstyle guitar solos and duets.


  1. Sand Mountain Sleigh Ride
  2. Away In A Manger
  3. Joy To The World / It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
  4. Angels We Have Heard On High
  5. Love Came Down At Christmas
  6. Appalachian Lullaby
  7. Deck The Halls
  8. Jingle Bells
  9. Toyland
  10. Jolly Old St. Nicholas
  11. I'll Be Home For Christmas
  12. Silent Night
  13. We Wish You A Merry Christmas

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Acoustic Christmas (2001)
Book & CD

"Craig Dobbins is a fine guitarist and arranger.  His recordings and books will be a valuable addition to your library.  His new Christmas collection is outstanding."

Bill Piburn
Editor: Fingerstyle Guitar magazine


  1. Sand Mountain Sleigh Ride
  2. Away In A Manger
  3. Joy To The World / It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
  4. Angels We Have Heard On High
  5. Deck The Halls
  6. Appalachian Lullaby
  7. Jingle Bells
  8. Toyland
  9. Jolly Old St. Nicholas
  10. Silent Night

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Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs (2000)

"Craig Dobbins is not only a fine guitarist but is equally gifted as an arranger.  As a fellow believer in the greatest story ever told - Craig says it well on his guitar"

Doyle Dykes


  1. Come Thou Fount
  2. Holy, Holy, Holy
  3. Glory To His Name
  4. Love Lifted Me
  5. Born Again
  6. What A Friend We Have In Jesus
  7. Are You Washed In The Blood
  8. O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing
  9. Sweet Hour Of Prayer
  10. There's Something About That Name
  11. My Jesus I Love Thee
  12. When We All Get To Heaven
  13. Jesus Keep Me Near The Cross
  14. Must Jesus Bear The Cross Alone

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Fingerpicking Gospel Solos (2000)

If you enjoyed Craig's "Hymns For Fingerstyle Guitar" book and CD, you will be thrilled with this latest collection.  If you enjoy playing lovely gospel songs and perform at your church, this is certainly a must have.


  1. Glory To His Name
  2. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
  3. Wayfaring Stranger
  4. Love Lifted Me
  5. When We All Get To Heaven
  6. Must Jesus Bear The Cross Alone?



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The Chet Atkins Collection (2000)

Craig's Chet Atkins collection contains note-for note transcriptions of some of Chet's all time classics. It is a book that any Chet Atkins' fan must have in his possession.  


  1. Back to Old Smoky Mountain
  2. The Bells of St. Mary's
  3. Freight Train
  4. I'll Fly Away
  5. Jingle Bells
  6. Road to Gundaghi/Waltzing Matilda --  Chet's part
  7. Road to Gundaghi/Waltzing Matilda --  Tommy Emmanuel's part
  8. Waltz No. 10 in B Minor
  9. Whispering



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The Guitar Style Of
 Jerry Reed (1994)
Book/Cassette (optional)

Chet Atkins has said that Jerry is one of the most copied guitar players in the world; he just doesn't get credit for it.  It is Craig's hope that this book will help to give Jerry the credit he deserves.

  1. Swingin' 69
  2. Swarmin'
  3. Stumpwater
  4. Nut Sundae
  5. The Mad Russian
  6. Jerry's Breakdown
  7. Picky Picky Picky
  8. Two-Timin'
  9. Steeplechase Lane
  10. Funky Junk
  11. A Major Attempt At A Minor Thing
  12. Firstborn


No Longer Available
Out Of Print





The Jerry Reed Collection (1999)

Craig's latest Jerry Reed collection contains note-for note transcriptions of all instrumentals from Jerry's new album Pickin', plus 5 classic Reed instrumentals, including the original 1967 version of The Claw.

  1. Baby's Coming Home
  2. Blues Land
  3. Hellacious
  4. Honkin'
  5. Lottie
  6. My Gypsy Heart
  7. My Priscilla
  8. Reed's Rag
  9. Sassy
  10. The Claw


No Longer Available
Out Of Print






Hymns For Fingerstyle  Guitar (1997)

Craig has assembled an outstanding collection of hymns for the intermediate fingerstyle guitar player.  A must have for everyone.

  1. O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing
  2. At The Cross
  3. 'Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus
  4. The Old Rugged Cross
  5. Sweet Hour Of Prayer
  6. What A Friend We Have In Jesus
  7. Since Jesus Came Into My Heart
  8. Amazing Grace
  9. Leaning On The Everlasting Arms
  10. In The Garden
  11. Jesus, Keep Me Near The Cross
  12. There Is A Fountain


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Down Home Picking (1998)

Chet Atkins and Merle Travis have given all of us a standard at which to aim.  With his new book, Craig makes a fine contribution to the art of fingerstyle guitar playing.  I know you will enjoy it.

Paul Yandell

  1. That's My Boy  2:09
  2. Walkin' Shoes  1:56
  3. Chester   2:44
  4. Hang Loose  2:46
  5. The Wavular Sidestep  1:14
  6. au Contraire  2:17
  7. The Ballad of Fred Smith  2:17
  8. Just Takin' My Time  2:34
  9. Summer Walks  1:24
  10. The Crawl  2:26
  11. Are You Washed In The Blood  1:03
  12. Headin' Home   1:32


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Fingerpickin' Guitar Solos (1994)

A wonderful collection of original songs that demonstrate Craig's composing and playing talents.  You will certainly find it a listening pleasure from the first song to the last.

  1. That's My Boy
  2. Streetwise
  3. Julie
  4. Chester
  5. The Wavular Sidestep
  6. Hang Loose
  7. Once Again
  8. The Ballad of Fred Smith
  9. Through The Tears
  10. The Crawl

    No Longer Available



Hymns for Fingerstyle Guitar
     Book/CD: $22.95 postpaid
Down Home Picking
Book/CD: $20.95 postpaid.
The Chet Atkins Collection 
     Book: $23.95 postpaid.
Fingerpicking Gospel Solos 
     Book/CD $12.95 postpaid
Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs
    CD: $18.00 postpaid
Acoustic Christmas 
    Book/CD: $23.95 postpaid
Christmas Time 
    CD: $18.00 postpaid
5-String Banjo Styles  
     Book/CD: $20.95 postpaid.
AGW Jerry Reed Special Edition
     Book/CD: $17.00 postpaid.

Alabama residents please add 8% sales tax on books and recordings.

Foreign orders are payable in US funds drawn on US bank/International check or money order.  Shipping and handling for foreign orders: Please enclose $3 extra per book or book/CD set, and $2 extra per tape or CD.

Please make your check or money order payable to 

Craig Dobbins
PO Box 8075
Gadsden AL, 35902

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