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Watch the The Welsh Tornado: 1 online guitar lesson by Tommy Emmanuel from Little by Little

This is a piece that I wrote dedicated to a young man from Wales by the name of Gareth Pearson, who a lot of you will already have heard of. He's an amazing guitar player and composer.

I remember when he first came to America. A lot of people said that guy came through here like a hurricane, like a tornado, and I had to get together with him. So Gareth and I were sitting around talking about boxing, and I asked him what he would call himself if he were in boxing and he said it would have to be "The Welsh Tornado." So it has a kind of double meaning here.

This song is in A minor. You'll notice that I have the capo on, and the reason is that I do a key change in this song and I flip the capo onto the second fret and continue the song up a tone. A lot of people would probably hear the recording and think that I stop and then drop it in and then play in B. Well, I don't do that. I actually play it live and I'll do that for you.

A few things to note. First is that you have to have a capo that you can grab quick and move. Second, be careful how you put the capo on. If you put it down too far, it will get in the way of your hand when you're trying to move around quickly. Lastly, this is a thumb picking song. I'll play it all the way through and see you at the other end.

NOTE! Tab & notation is not available for this course - it is currently pending licensing.