About Tommy Emmanuel’s Certified Gems, Vol. 1
Learn How to Play 16 Tommy Emmanuel Fingerstyle Guitar Songs
Few would argue that Tommy Emmanuel is the most charismatic, soulful, and technically brilliant fingerstyle guitar player walking the planet today. Learning to play any of Tommy’s songs, as Tommy himself would perform it, is no easy task for we mere mortal guitar players, but the learning adventure is rich with rewards.
Tommy’s Certified Gems includes 52 multi-angle video guitar lessons presenting full performances and detailed breakdowns of Mr. Guitar, Classical Gas, Borsalino, To B or Not To B and Cowboy’s Dream.
”In this first edition of Certified Gems we’ve picked 5 songs for you – some of them I’ve been performing at my concerts for quite a while, some of which people have written to me and asked to do an instructional video about. We’ll learn Mr. Guitar, Classical Gas, Borsalino, To B or Not To B and Cowboy’s Dream. First I’ll tell you a little about the song – where it comes from, why I wrote it – and then I’ll perform the song for you, after which I’ll break it down and teach you how to play it.
These are songs that I’ve thought about carefully because they’re all songs that I love to play and wonderful songs to learn. When I tour, people are always asking me “Can you play ‘Classical Gas’? Will you play “To B or Not B’?”, and I just wanted to share them with you. I’m also so excited about the fact that we’ve got this new technology where you’ll be able to get any kind of camera angle you want. We’ve got different ones on the left hand, different ones on the right hand, we’ve got a wide shot, and even a composite view. I want you to have fun with this and I’m really, really thrilled that we’re able to bring you this kind of teaching method that is really thorough and done properly, and I just hope you get as much enjoyment out of it as I’ve had bringing it to you. So, enjoy!”
For each of the 5 tunes, Tommy first shares a little background on his inspiration for the composition and then performs the tune in its entirety. Tommy then steps you through a detailed note-by-note breakdown covering every section of the arrangement and every technique he employs during the performance; intros, verses, choruses, outros and even the improvisational sections – you get it all straight from Tommy.
Tommy is extraordinarily inventive on the fretboard, which makes learning his songs, and playing them correctly, challenging because it’s difficult to discern exactly what Tommy is doing with both his right and left hands. That’s why we include a variety of angles and close-up views of both hands, plus a wide and a composite view for each of the 5 songs in the course. You won’t miss a thing!
Ready to start your Tommy Emmanuel learning adventure? Grab your guitar, pick your favorite Tommy tune and lets dig in with the master himself!
NOTE! Due to licensing restrictions, tab & notation is only available for Cowboy’s Dream and Mr. Guitar.
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