Tommy Emmanuel

Tommy Emmanuel

Real Name:
William Thomas Emmanuel
Born: 31/05/55, Muswellbrook, New South Wales, Australia.

Currently lives in the UK.

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

Tommy and his brother Phil 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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Tommy Emmanuel Discography


468819 2 Tommy Emmanuel Dare To Be Different (Album) Mega 468819 2 Australia 1990 Sell This Version
468820 2 Tommy Emmanuel Up From Down Under (Album) Artful Balance Records 468820 2 Australia 1987 Sell This Version
RP 209 Tommy Emmanuel Dare To Be Different - Radio Special(12", MiniAlbum, Ltd, Promo) Mega RP 209 Australia 1990 Sell This Version
469132 2 Tommy Emmanuel Determination (Album) Mega 469132 2 Australia 1991 Sell This Version
BK 57865 Tommy Emmanuel The Journey (Album) Columbia BK 57865 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
474489 5 Tommy Emmanuel The Journey Continues(Cass, Album) Columbia 474489 5 Australia 1993 Sell This Version
478413 2 Phil Emmanuel & Tommy Emmanuel Phil Emmanuel & Tommy Emmanuel - Terra Firma(CD, Album) Columbia 478413 2 Australia 1994 Sell This Version
474489 9 Tommy Emmanuel The Journey Continues(2xCD, Album) Columbia 474489 9 Australia 1994 Sell This Version
COL 478002 2 Tommy Emmanuel Initiation(CD, Album) Columbia COL 478002 2 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
481340 2 Tommy Emmanuel & The Australian Philharmonic Orchestra Tommy Emmanuel & The Australian Philharmonic Orchestra - Classical Gas(CD) Columbia 481340 2 Australia 1995 Sell This Version
485457 2 Tommy Emmanuel Can't Get Enough(CD, Album) Columbia 485457 2 Australia 1996 Sell This Version
CK 67915 Chet Atkins With Tommy Emmanuel Chet Atkins With Tommy Emmanuel - The Day Finger Pickers Took Over The World (Album) Columbia CK 67915 US 1997 Sell This Version
491738.2 Tommy Emmanuel Collaboration(CD, Album) Sony Music 491738.2 Australia 1998 Sell This Version
none Tommy Emmanuel Only (Album) Favored Nations none 2000 Sell This Version
FNA5070-2 Tommy Emmanuel Endless Road (Album) Favored Nations FNA5070-2 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
TE01-OW Tommy Emmanuel Live One (Album) Original Works TE01-OW Australia 2005 Sell This Version
FNA5130-2 Tommy Emmanuel The Mystery (Album) Favored Nations Acoustic FNA5130-2 US 2006 Sell This Version
0206OW6 Tommy Emmanuel With Jim Nichols Tommy Emmanuel With Jim Nichols - Happy Hour(CD, Album) Original Works 0206OW6 Australia 2006 Sell This Version
FNA5140-2 Tommy Emmanuel Center Stage Favored Nation FNA5140-2 US 2008 Sell This Version
FN2700-2 Tommy Emmanuel Little By Little (Album) Sony Music FN2700-2 US 2010 Sell This Version
none Tommy Emmanuel All I Want For Christmas(CD, Album) Favored Nations none 2011 Sell This Version
2307 Tommy Emmanuel, Martin Taylor Tommy Emmanuel, Martin Taylor - The Colonel & The Governor (Album) Mesa/Bluemoon Recordings 2307 US 2013 Sell This Version
none Tommy Emmanuel C.G.P.* Live And Solo In Pensacola, Florida(CD, Album + DVD, NTSC) Not On Label none US 2013 Sell This Version
95453455-2 Dodi Battaglia, Tommy Emmanuel Dodi Battaglia, Tommy Emmanuel - Dov' È Andata La Musica (Album) Più In Alto 95453455-2 Italy 2015 Sell This Version
CGP-002 Tommy Emmanuel It's Never Too Late(LP) CGP Sounds CGP-002 US 2015 Sell This Version

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