Tommy Emmanuel

Real Name:
William Thomas Emmanuel
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Tommy Emmanuel, AM (born 31 May 1955, Muswellbrook, New South Wales, Australia) is an Australian guitarist, songwriter, and singer, best known for his complex fingerstyle technique, energetic performances, and the use of percussive effects on the guitar.

Currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

Appointed Member of Australian Order (A.M.) in June 2010.

Tommy and his brother Phil Emmanuel performed live in Sydney at the closing ceremony of the Summer Olympics in 2000. The event was televised worldwide with an estimated 2.85 billion viewers. When performing together the pair will sometimes share and play just one guitar with each having one hand free.

Carries C.G.P. after his name (Certified Guitar Player), awarded to him by Chet Atkins (Tommy's childhood hero and the reason he began playing at the age of 7) in July 1999.

Emmanuel has said that even at a young age he was fascinated by Atkins’ musical style – sometimes referred to as Travis picking – of playing bass with the thumb and melody parts with the first two or three fingers at the same time. This technique became the basis of Tommy's guitar style.
While Emmanuel has never had formal music training, his playing ability has won him fans from all over the world. He is known to play percussion parts on the body of his guitar. As a solo performer he never plays to a set list and uses a minimum of effects. He usually completes recordings in one take.

Emmanuel frequently uses his left thumb to fret bass notes on the 5th and 6th strings as well as playing chords such as Am and E with just two fingers. He uses a thumb pick mostly, a flat pick or just fingers. He also integrates amongst his trademark blazing runs and kaleidoscopic chord progressions a quick note / chord "dive," imitating a tremolo system effect on his fixed-bridge acoustic guitars, by pressing the palm of his right hand against the body of the guitar directly above the fret board close to the neck joint while maintaining forward pressure with his left (fretting) hand.

His main guitar is a small-bodied custom Maton EBG808, that is fitted with a pickup and an internal condenser microphone, to which he has given the nickname "Mouse" due to its quieter volume unplugged but massive sound when plugged into an amp. Two of his three main stage guitars, notably his signature TE1 Maton dreadnought, are battered and worn from his excessive playing and percussive techniques on them. He stated in 2008 at a workshop during his annual festival, Tommyfest UK (previously held in Windsor, UK and since 2010 in Harrow, UK) that all three of his stage guitars have been broken and repaired numerous times over the years.
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ABC LPX 0008 Philippe Gabbay With Julian Lee Orchestra, Tommy Emmanuel Philippe Gabbay With Julian Lee Orchestra, Tommy Emmanuel - Philippe Gabbay With The Julian Lee Orchestra / Tommy Emmanuel(LP, Album) ABC Transcription Service, Australian Broadcasting Commission ABC LPX 0008 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
Tommy Emmanuel - Up From Down Under album art Tommy Emmanuel Up From Down Under (Album) Artful Balance Australia 1987 Sell This Version
Tommy Emmanuel - From Out Of Nowhere album art Tommy Emmanuel, Pee Wee Clark And Friends* Tommy Emmanuel, Pee Wee Clark And Friends* - From Out Of Nowhere (Album) Trafalgar Records Australia 1990 Sell This Version
Tommy Emmanuel - Dare To Be Different album art Tommy Emmanuel Dare To Be Different (Album) Mega Australia 1990 Sell This Version
RP 209 Tommy Emmanuel - Dare To Be Different - Radio Special album art Tommy Emmanuel Dare To Be Different - Radio Special(12", MiniAlbum, Ltd, Promo) Mega RP 209 Australia 1990 Sell This Version
Tommy Emmanuel - Determination album art Tommy Emmanuel Determination (Album) Mega Australia 1991 Sell This Version
Tommy Emmanuel - The Journey album art Tommy Emmanuel The Journey (Album) Columbia Australia 1993 Sell This Version
478413 2 Tommy Emmanuel - Terra Firma album art Phil Emmanuel & Tommy Emmanuel Phil Emmanuel & Tommy Emmanuel - Terra Firma(CD, Album) Columbia 478413 2 Australia 1994 Sell This Version
COL 478002 2 Tommy Emmanuel - Initiation album art Tommy Emmanuel Initiation(CD, Album) Columbia COL 478002 2 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
481340 2 Tommy Emmanuel - Classical Gas album art Tommy Emmanuel & The Australian Philharmonic Orchestra Tommy Emmanuel & The Australian Philharmonic Orchestra - Classical Gas(CD) Columbia 481340 2 Australia 1995 Sell This Version
Tommy Emmanuel - Can't Get Enough album art Tommy Emmanuel Can't Get Enough (Album) Columbia Canada 1996 Sell This Version
Tommy Emmanuel - Midnight Drive album art Tommy Emmanuel Midnight Drive (Album) Higher Octave Music US 1997 Sell This Version
Tommy Emmanuel - The Day Finger Pickers Took Over The World album art Chet Atkins With Tommy Emmanuel Chet Atkins With Tommy Emmanuel - The Day Finger Pickers Took Over The World (Album) Columbia US 1997 Sell This Version
Tommy Emmanuel - Collaboration album art Tommy Emmanuel Collaboration (Album) Sony Music Asia 1998 Sell This Version
Tommy Emmanuel - Endless Road album art Tommy Emmanuel Endless Road (Album) Favored Nations Europe 2004 Sell This Version
Tommy Emmanuel - Live One album art Tommy Emmanuel Live One (Album) Original Works Australia 2005 Sell This Version
Tommy Emmanuel - Happy Hour album art Tommy Emmanuel With Jim Nichols Tommy Emmanuel With Jim Nichols - Happy Hour (Album) Original Works Australia 2006 Sell This Version
Tommy Emmanuel - The Mystery album art Tommy Emmanuel The Mystery (Album) Favored Nations Acoustic US 2006 Sell This Version
Tommy Emmanuel - Center Stage album art Tommy Emmanuel Center Stage Favored Nation US 2008 Sell This Version
Tommy Emmanuel - Only (Special Edition) album art Tommy Emmanuel Only (Special Edition) (Album) Original Works 2000 Sell This Version
SACD 2090 Tommy Emmanuel - Just Between Frets album art Tommy Emmanuel & Frank Vignola Tommy Emmanuel & Frank Vignola - Just Between Frets(CD, Album) Solid Air Records SACD 2090 US 2009 Sell This Version
Tommy Emmanuel - Little By Little album art Tommy Emmanuel Little By Little (Album) Sony Music US 2010 Sell This Version
none Tommy Emmanuel - Tommy Emmanuel & Friends Live From The Balboa Theatre album art Tommy Emmanuel Tommy Emmanuel & Friends Live From The Balboa Theatre(CD, Album) KPBS none US 2011 Sell This Version
none Tommy Emmanuel - All I Want For Christmas album art Tommy Emmanuel All I Want For Christmas(CD, Album) Favored Nations none 2011 Sell This Version
Tommy Emmanuel - The Colonel & The Governor album art Tommy Emmanuel, Martin Taylor Tommy Emmanuel, Martin Taylor - The Colonel & The Governor (Album) Mesa/Bluemoon Recordings Australia 2013 Sell This Version