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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-09-2003, 02:52 AM Thread Starter
 
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Tommy Emmanuel

Just saw him perform this evening...stunning! One man and an acoustic guitar, and I was mesmerized for 3 hours. I realize fingerpicking acoustic players are not the craze around here, but this guy is phenomenal...and a great entertainer. Plenty of speedy playing, lots of taste, half the time sounded like two guitarists, quite a percussionist (banging every inch of his guitar). Anybody seen him?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-09-2003, 05:53 PM
 
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Yup, saw him many years ago.
He was big in Australia in the early 90's. Something new, different. His brother also plays but isn't quite as proficient.. Well that's what I think anyway.

So Tommy's in Texas hehe.. cool

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I've seen him six times in various settings (electric, acoustic, band, solo, duo). Always puts on a great show. When I was 16 I went along to his CD signing and gave him a tape of my guitar playing. Even though there were heaps of people in line waiting, when I gave him the tape he got up from behind the table to walk around and shake my hand and give me some words of encouragement. That meant a lot to me.

Phil Emmanuel is great too, I've seen him as many times as Tommy and got to know him a bit when I worked in the store owned by his keyboard player, but his style is very different to Tommy, more rocky, sort of Jeff Beck meets Van Halen, combined with a heavy Hank Marvin influence.
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Cool, I'll have to give Phil a listen. I saw on Tommy's website how he keeps his neck straight & action low...when I picked up one of his Matons after the show...he was not kidding! Action was extremely low and buzzed like crazy...but sounded great plugged in. May try that with my Taylor...it's a great idea to get an acoustic playing great.
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Speaking of aussie guitarists, what do you guys think of Jack Jones? I was amazed by his playing when I saw some old clips of some John Farnham live concert (IIRC, Jack was his guitarist on tour at some stage). Simply awesome technique, tone, and style.
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I haven't heard much of Jack Jones but he seemed to have some tasty shred-style licks. He replaced Mike Keneally in Z but I have a feeling that was because he wouldn't draw attention away from Dweezil like Mike.
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I'm a huge fingerstyle guitar fan........Don Ross, Tim Sparks, Duck Baker, Doyle Dykes, Stephen Bennet, Laurence Juber, Pat Donohue, Tommy Emmanuel, Robin Bullock are a few of my favourite artists. I also like genre specific guitarists like Al Petteway, Leo Kottke, John Fahey, Marcel Dadi etc.

Check out these videos of Tommy Emmanuel

http://www.gitaarnet.nl/video/fingerpickers/boogie.wmv

Check out those wonderful chord voicings at the end of the video.

http://www.gitaarnet.nl/video/finger...flageolets.wmv

Another great video demonstrating Tommy's command over lenny Breau style harp harmonics.
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Another great video demonstrating Tommy's command over lenny Breau style harp harmonics.
He taught me how to do that personally.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-13-2003, 02:02 PM
 
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Oh wow!!

*Beautiful* videos, thank you so much.


Just checked his website, I'll be going to his London show for sure.


It's so cool - I remember seeing this guy on a TV show about six years ago, I didn't know who he was, but I was seriously impressed then. Once I saw the video, and recognised his face, I almost fell off my chair! Nice when things like that happen, isn't it?
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