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Watch the The Entertainer online guitar lesson by Tommy Emmanuel from Fingerstyle Breakthroughs

In this segment Tommy shows you how to play the song "The Entertainer".

This was written by Scott Joplin, who has several rags that are favorites of Chet and other fingerstyle guitarists. This song has elements of everything - humor, sadness, reflection, and joy; "the entertainer" being someone who can make us both laugh and cry. When playing this song, try to keep both the sweet tenderness and fun alive in the melody.

This version of "The Entertainer" uses drop D tuning, and has been changed around a bit so it's more accessible and easier to learn, especially as this piece has been taken from the piano and adapted on the guitar. Try to emulate a piano as much as you can here to capture the feel of the tune.