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Style of Tommy Emmanuel

Artist Series Guitar Course from Jim Deeming

Tommy Emmanuel is one of the most prolific, talented and loved solo guitarists of all time. Drawing inspiration from Merle Travis, Chet Atkins and a host of other great musicians Tommy has created a style that is uniquely his own.

5 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.

Multi-Camera

Course filmed with 6 cameras for the perfect angles.

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Full Course Breakdown

Jim Deeming will walk you through the style of Tommy Emmanuel. He will talk about Tommy as a person, and introduce elements that make Tommy's music unique.

1

Tommy Emmanuel Interview

JamPlay was lucky enough to catch up with Tommy Emmanuel in Copper Mountain, Colorado for a lengthy interview.

59:41 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

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2

Series Introduction

In this lesson, Jim Deeming introduces the series and talks about his personal experiences with the great Tommy Emmanuel.

7:15 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty

3

The Basics

Jim covers the basics of Tommy's playing. He talks about the collective influence that Chet Atkins and Merle Travis have had on his playing as well as his guitar, fingernails, and choice of strings.

11:32 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty

4

Sample Intro and Melody

Jim showcases and examines a sample introduction and melody in the style of Tommy Emmanuel.

16:59 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

5

Key Change and Lick

Jim shows how Tommy uses key changes to add drama to a song and demonstrates a classic Tommy style lick.

16:07 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

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  • Berthoud, CO
  • Playing since 1969
  • 114 lessons at JamPlay
Jim Deeming got his first guitar when he was only six years old. His Dad was taking fingerpicking lessons, and Jim wanted to be just like him. The Mel Bay books didn't last very long before he strapped on a thumb pick and added the Chet part to Red River Valley so it sounded better.

Most of Jim's early learning was by ear. With unlimited access to his Dad's collection of Chet Atkins albums, he spent countless hours decoding his favorite songs. They were never "right" until they sounded just like Chet. Around the age of 12, Jim heard Jerry Reed for the first time and just knew he had to be able to make that "Alabama Wild Man" sound. The styles of Chet & Jerry always have been a big influence on his playing.

More recently he has pursued arrangements by Tommy Emmanuel and Doyle Dykes, in addition to creating some of his own and writing originals.

Jim has performed in front of a variety of audiences, including concerts, competitions, weddings and the like, but playing at church has always been a mainstay. Whether playing in worship bands or guitar solos, gospel music is deep in his roots and is also the driving theme behind his debut CD release, titled "First Fruits".

Jim has been playing for about 38 years. He also has taught private lessons in the past but believes JamPlay.com is an exciting and better venue with many advantages over the traditional method of weekly 30 minute sessions.

Jim lives in Berthoud, Colorado with his wife, Linda, and their four children. Although he still has a "day job", he is actively performing and is already back in the studio working on the next CD. If you wonder how he finds time, look no further than the back seat of his truck where he keeps a "travel guitar" to take advantage of any practice or song-writing opportunities he can get.

The opening song you hear in Jim's introductory JamPlay video is called, "A Pick In My Pocket". It's an original tune, written in memory of Jim's father who told him early on he should always keep a pick in his pocket in case he ever met Chet Atkins and got the chance to play for him. That song is slated to be the title track for his next CD, which will feature several more originals plus some of his favorite covers of Chet and Jerry arrangements.
Reviews & Feedback 100/100 with 22 ratings
Feorlin

Awesome interview with Tommy Emmanuel. I learned so much! Thank you for bringing this to us!

Boowana

Brilliant... Amazing... The BEST...

sadiesue

how due you get the tab jim is talking about?

ryanj34

Tommy is such an amazing person. I have seen his concert in Syracuse NY two times and attended a workshop in Skaneateles once. My friend Dick Ward wrote a book about his adventures with Tommy so check it out if you get the chance.

myjamplays

Would love to see an education series from tommy and live webcast by tommy event. Please