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Jim Deeming

Key Change and Lick

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

Taught by Jim Deeming in Style of Tommy Emmanuel seriesLength: 16:07Difficulty: 3.0 of 5


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Jlandon90Jlandon90 replied on November 2nd, 2013

Cracking lesson!! Beautiful progression and great tips!! Jim, any idea how Tommy hits those 12/8 timing licks? Particularly on Lady Madonna in the Beatles medley between the main verse? Any chance of a Beatles medley lesson? you did a great version live!!

raynobleraynoble replied on May 19th, 2013

Great lessons Jim. I have had the pleasure of seeing the great man many times over the years. He also had a lot of time for his fans after each gig until he had to cut down on that on doctor's orders. I remember the first time and couldn't stop talking about him. My nephew who is a great rock shred guitarist said he was faster than Steve Vai and that was on acoustic. Would love to see more lessons on Tommy's songs.

em325cem325c replied on May 15th, 2013

Hi Jim, thanks for a great lesson set. Answered so many questions I had about this style which I love and am endeavouring to learn. The rewind and replay buttons sure get a work out though. You make it look so easy. Hope I'm half as good as you are one day...

tommylamtommylam replied on March 16th, 2013

As a tommy follower ,Jim gave us a lot of tommy guitar playing skill thanks and make more lesson plz. Man with the green thumb

klouxkloux replied on May 3rd, 2011

Yes! Great lesson Jim as always! I was just learning this song by ear and now I can finish it with the missing parts I couldn't figure out properly. Thanks and keep the Tommy lessons coming please!

Style of Tommy Emmanuel

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

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.



Lesson 1

Tommy Emmanuel Interview

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

Length: 59:41 Difficulty: 2.5 FREE
Lesson 2

Series Introduction

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

Length: 7:15 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 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.

Length: 11:32 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

Sample Intro and Melody

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

Length: 16:59 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 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.

Length: 16:07 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only

About Jim Deeming View Full Biography 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.

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