Tommy Emmanuel

William Thomas Emmanuel

Also known as Emmanuel, Tommy, Tommy Emmanuel C.G.P.
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Discography of Tommy Emmanuel:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Only 14 Audio 2002 Favored Nations
2 Endless Road 19 Audio 2004 Favored Nations
3 Higher Than Hope 2 Audio 1994 Mushroom
4 Determination 13 Audio 1991 Mega
5 The Journey & Terra Firma 30 Audio 1996
6 Endless Road 17 Audio 2004 Favored Nations
7 Little By Little 24 Audio 2010-11-16 Favored Nations
8 Up From Down Under 10 Audio 1987 Mega
9 Initiation 3 Audio 1993 Epic
10 Happy Hour 11 Audio 2006 Original Works
11 Live One 29 Audio 2005 Original Works
12 Dare To Be Different 13 Audio 1990 Mega
13 The Journey 12 Audio 1993 Columbia
14 Can't Get Enough 13 Audio 1996 Columbia
15 The Mystery 12 Audio 2006 Favored Nations Acoustic
16 The Very Best Of Tommy Emmanuel, C.G.P. 30 Audio 2001 Columbia
17 The Journey Continues 21 Audio 1994 Columbia
18 Big Brother 3 Audio 1994 Columbia
19 Villa Anita 5 Audio 1993 Columbia
20 Classical Gas 4 Audio 1995 Columbia
21 The Journey 3 Audio 1993 Columbia
22 Up From Down Under 10 Audio Artful Balance Records
23 Dare To Be Different 13 Audio 1990 Mega
24 The Mystery 12 Audio 2006
25 The Journey 12 Audio 1993
26 Initiation 13 Audio 1995 Columbia
27 Live One 29 Audio 2009 Sonic Rendezvous
28 Center Stage 24 Audio 2008 Favored Nation
29 Terra Firma 16 Audio 1994 Columbia
30 The Great 43 Audio 2004 Rajon Music Group
31 Live At Her Majesty's Theatre, Ballarat, Australia 16 Audio 2006 Favored Nation
32 Dare To Be Different 13 Audio 1990 Mega
33 Determination 13 Audio
34 Only 14 Audio 2000 Not On Label
35 Guitar Talk 3 Audio 2004
36 Determination 13 Audio
37 Live And Solo In Pensacola, Florida 17 Audio 2013 Not On Label
38 Center Stage 23 Audio 2008 Favored Nation
39 Labor 19 Audio 2008 Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
40 The Day Finger Pickers Took Over The World 11 Audio 1997 Columbia

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 [a=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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