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 2 includes over 7 hours of multi-angle video guitar lessons presenting full performances and detailed breakdowns of Dixie McGuire, Waltzing Matilda, Stevie’s Blues, Amazing Grace, and Hope Street.
”In this second 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 Hope Street, Waltzing Matilda - Australia's unofficial national anthem - and Amazing Grace, a beautiful and spiritual song. We'll also work through Stevie's Blues, dedicated to the great Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Dixie McGuire, which I recorded with Chet Atkins. 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.”
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!