Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Master of Acoustic Guitar: Tommy Emmanuel

On February 26, Tommy Emmanuel will be performing at the Egyptian Room in Indianapolis.  If you missed your chance to purchase a ticket, his virtuosic artistry (and sense of humor) are well known on youtube.  Perhaps his most famous youtube video is his TEDx Talk: My Life as a One-Man Band. His fingerpicking technique, based on the style of Chet Atkins, covers bass notes, chords, and melody, and he uses the guitar as a percussion instrument.  Who needs a band?

For more, check out his CDs from The Music Collection:

It's Never Too Late:  Compact Disc 22653

The Day Finger Pickers Took Over the World
(With Chet Atkins): Compact Disc 22806

The Guitar Mastery of Tommy Emmanuel CGP:  Compact Disc 22599

All I Want for Christmas:  Compact Disc 20791

Note:  CGP is a special designation awarded to Tommy by his hero, Chet Atkins.  It means "Certified Guitar Player," and was awarded to only five guitarists (including himself) before Atkins's death in 2001.

If you want to learn the "finger-picking" technique for yourself, check out these how-to books and songbooks:

Contemporary Acoustic Guitar, by Eric Paschal
MT 585 .P38 C6 1999

Fingerpicking Love Songs
M 1630.18 .F56 2011

Fingerpicking Wedding
M 1630.18 F58 2011

Acoustic Artistry: Tapping, Slapping, and Percussion Techniques for Classical & Fingerstyle Guitar, by Evan Hirschelman
MT 588 .H57 A3 2011

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