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Tommy Emmanuel Live in Rome

Here’s a very cool 40 minute video of Tommy Emmanuel playing a concert live in Rome. I only discovered Tommy a couple years ago, but he’s quickly secured a spot right at the top of my list of favorite guitar players. Because of that, I’ve no doubt you’ll see more videos of him on this site in the future.

I believe that as a guitar player, it is always beneficial to watch other players and try to learn from how they do things. I’ve had players much better than me watch my lessons and tell me they’ve learned something, and I think that humility is what has made them such great players. Being willing to learn from anyone is truly the mark of a great player. We all have something to share, even if we don’t think so.

I watched through this whole concert, and Tommy is in top form, though unfortunately the audio quality isn’t the greatest at times. Watch what Tommy is doing, and how he plays. If you can pickup even one cool trick from this video, it will be worthwhile! Checkout how he uses harmonics, at 21:18 for instance. Watch his picking styles too; he’s a master both of the pick and of the thumbpick/fingers technique. He also uses a capo on several songs.

Whatever song he’s playing around minute 15 is really cool. As you can see watching this video, Tommy uses his fingers a lot, but when he really wants to go for extreme speed, its all about the good old pick. In my opinion, it is worth developing more than one style of strumming / picking the strings; sometimes one style is appropriate for a particular type of playing, and sometimes you just need something else to fit the bill.

About halfway through, he introduces his fiance, and they do a bunch of songs together. The guitar playing gets toned down a bit; however I think there’s probably something to be learned anytime Tommy strums that thing.

Alright, settle in, and enjoy.

Mark Knopfler – Sultans of Swing

Mark Knopfler is widely known as a great guitar player, so I thought it appropriate to post a video of him playing his iconic song Sultans of Swing. If you look closely, you’ll see in this video that Mark plays with his fingers, and some of the close up shots show you a bit of his technique.

As great as it is to have a guitar lesson teaching you something directly, at times it is just as valuable to watch how the best players go about playing. Watch what his hands are doing, try to figure it out on your own. What scale patterns is he using?

These are the kind of questions you can be asking yourself as you watch this short performance. Of course, it is a performance, so don’t forget to simply enjoy yourself a little too.


Lawson Rollins – Persian Night

Here’s a video of Lawson Rollins’ Persian Night that I came across the other day. As you’re watching this video – yes, he’s a classical player – watch the kind of moves he does. You’ll find shredding in here that would make Steve Vai or Yngwie Malmsteen grin in approval.

Watch how he uses his index and middle fingers for those amazing runs. Also notice his fingernails… a lot of players serious about using their fingers like cutting their nails in that long pointed fashion, while others use the fleshy part of their fingers instead.

If you can, try and take a single lick that he played and see if you can do it… even if it is only at a glacial speed!

Oh, and checkout those insane arpeggios around 2:30!


Tommy Emmanuel – Guitar Boogie

Here’s a great version of Tommy Emmanuel playing Guitar Boogie. The first time I saw him play this song it blew my mind, seeing what he does with an acoustic guitar. This clip is taken from a concert he did in St. Louis.

It’s great to see how comfortable Tommy is onstage and playing that guitar, cracking jokes the whole time.

Guitar Boogie is basically a 12 bar E blues… with a few frills. 🙂

I think if you watch closely enough, you’ll probably see the kitchen sink in there somewhere.

Unfortunately the video isn’t terribly big on closeups, but if nothing else, I hope you’re motivated watching Tommy Emmanual rip through this version of Guitar Boogie.