View Full Version : Absolflaminlutely Amazing Guitarist - Tommy Emmanuel

01-13-2009, 01:25 AM
Ever heard/seen this guy? Get ready to have your doors blown off. Check out his version of Classical Gass too...I'm speechless.


01-13-2009, 03:03 AM
Great performer haven't heard about him for years.

Not necessarily a great guitarist Technically and he has one main style he uses most of the time. But still a great performer especially live.

As to Classical Gas as someone who studied both cello, 14 yrs, and Classical Guitar 4 yrs and grew up playing Jazz guitar with Dad and his jazz Hammond Organ along with the rest of the Musicians from Kaman Aircraft(Many of the employees and engineers were serious musicians as well. Charlie Kaman the founder was a well known Jazz guitarist and had a big band (35 to 40 pcs) in the 50's and 60's as well as founding the company.) that helped to found Ovation instruments and Kaman Music, I hope you will check out some of the real good classical and jazz performances of this tune that are out there. Maybe even check out the J.S.Bach guitar study etude that CG seems to have been loosly based on. It is a right hand fingering excercise with some left hand bursts of difficulty mixed in.

Eric Clapton's versions of CG are technically better and to many sound better. As to a good Guitarist check out Segovia's most famous/favorite pupil, Charro. She can play classical, flamenco, and after joining Xavier's band also became good at Jazz and even blues.

Isn't You Tube Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D


01-13-2009, 07:41 AM
Wasn't Tommy Emmanuel a member of The Band?

01-13-2009, 11:07 AM
For the guitar players interested in working on a few T.E. tunes, here's a site that will keep you busy for a while:


He has lots of stuff on youtube. Some of his earlier work on electric guitar is interesting too.

01-13-2009, 11:15 AM
...as someone who ...helped to found Ovation instruments ..

Now, that is telling...:rolleyes:

ron ll
01-13-2009, 11:24 AM
Well, there went half my morning. :)

01-13-2009, 08:54 PM
I'll take that kind of enthusiastic playing over delicate perfectionism any day of the week. Yep, he knows how to boogie.

01-14-2009, 04:22 AM
Here is a clip of Bjørn Berge you can watch for some nice guitarplaying:

01-14-2009, 10:16 PM
Wasn't Tommy Emmanuel a member of The Band?

NO! Never.
That was Richard Manuel.
Died early 70s.