“I´m the Indiana Jones of the guitar world, i´m making it up as I go along” says Tommy Emmanuel, acoustic guitar virtuoso, who never received formal training yet has toured since age 6.
Two-time GRAMMY nominee Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia’s most respected musicians. With a professional career spanning five decades, Tommy has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide. By age 6 he was working as a professional musician in the family band (variously named The Emmanuel Quartet, The Midget Surfaries and The Trailblazers). In 2001, Tommy released his first solo-acoustic album, ONLY http://bit.ly/17FQnNA and his popularity has grown by leaps and bounds aided by a non-stop touring schedule and increasing exposure in the media.
His album The Mystery http://bit.ly/VSwM0o earned him another Grammy nomination, and in 2008 Guitar Player Magazine and Acoustic Guitar Magazine named him Best Acoustic Guitarist and Gold Medalist in the in the Readers’ Choice and Players’ Choice Awards. Guitar Player’s 2010 Readers Choice awards named him Best Acoustic Guitarist for the second time! Chet Atkins honored Tommy with the title of “Certified Guitar Player” for his contribution to guitar music, a very rare distinction shared by only four other people in the world.
In all, Tommy’s catalogue includes over 20 musical recordings of solos, duets, ensembles, cover tunes, originals, utilizing both electric and acoustic guitar. He has made 6 live performance DVDs, 6 additional instructional DVDs and CDRoms, and he regularly teaches master classes while on the road.
Touring since age 6
Game of learning the guitar
Accompanist for his mom
Music was my teacher
Never had any formal training
Chet Atkins made him want to be a musician
The story of Angelina
Respecting all music
Dealing with hecklers
You gotta ask yourself “Is it good enough”
“I´m the Indiana Jones of the guitar world, i´m making it up as I go along”
“I´m ready and willing to learn from anybody”
“What other people think of you is none of your business”
FAVORITE ICE-CREAM: Ben and Jerry´s Chunky Monkey
Being an open book
Putting ego aside
SONG OF THE SHOW
“Angelina” by Tommy Emmanuel
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