Tommy Emmanuel Acoustic Guitar Lessons on TrueFire (REVIEW).

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See if this sounds familiar-

You’re a fan of Tommy Emmanuel and you play guitar. You would love to be able to play his tunes even somewhat like him, but no matter how many tabs you find and YouTube videos you watch it never seems to come together.

Something is missing.

I know how you feel.

That was me before I stumbled on TrueFire’s Tommy Emmanuel guitar lessons.

Now, I don’t mean to give the impression that I can play acoustic guitar as well as Tommy Emmanuel. I doubt I’ll ever be that good. But I realize I don’t have the kind of time to devote to it that Tommy does.

What I can do since I’ve been using the TrueFire courses is play Tommy Emmanuel’s songs far better than I ever thought possible.

This is why…

Learn from the master himself!

TrueFire offers 5 different guitar courses taught by Tommy Emmanuel himself:

  • Certified Gems – Tommy teaches you how to play 5 of his classics (including Classical Gas).
  • Certified Gems Vol 2 – Learn how to play 5 more Tommy Emmanual tunes.
  • Little By Little – Learn how to play virtually the entire album!
  • Fingerstyle Milestones – Tommy will teach you the fundamentals to solid thumb-and-finger style guitar.
  • Fingerstyle Breakthroughs – This course builds on the fundamentals learned in Milestones so you can take your fingerstyle guitar playing to the next level.

For each song Tommy first shares a little background on his inspiration for the composition and then performs the tune in its entirety.

Next Tommy takes you through a detailed note-by-note breakdown covering every section of the arrangement and every technique he employs during the performance.

This part alone is worth every penny because you get all the tips, inside and out from the composer himself!

Tommy covers the intros, verses, choruses, outros and any improvisational sections. It’s almost like watching him as he composes.

This is the only way to truly learn the tunes because, as he states many times over the lessons, others often misinterpret the trickier passages. Even when you learn the passage from another instructor there is often an easier way to play it that Tommy has figured out.

Why not learn it straight from the man himself?

Tommy Emmanuel Acoustic Guitar Lessons on TrueFire

Fingerstyle Milestones

Fingerstyle Milestones is a 97 video course of foundational etudes (studies) and songs:

  • Beginner’s Blues
  • Buffalo Girls
  • Creole Belle
  • Yankee Doodle Dixie

Tommy Emmanuel is not only one of the most talented fingerstyle guitarists in the world, he’s also a gifted teacher. His passion for sharing his knowledge and craft is on full display in these lessons.

Tommy’s Fingerstyle Milestones guitar lessons are a perfect course for those looking to develop their fingerstyle technique as fast as possible. It’s an accelerated learning experience that will put you on the road you to where you want to be.

Fingerstyle Milestones is ideal for early intermediate to advanced guitar players who are ready to develop finger and thumb independence and explore the polyphonic wonders of fingerstyle guitar.

Tommy’s engaging, hands-on ‘milestone’ teaching approach will guide you through all of the fundamental principles and techniques required to play bass, rhythm and melody parts simultaneously. You’ll play your way through the course material and Tommy will have you up and running quickly without tedious theory or boring exercises.

The Fingerstyle Milestone course is broken into four sections, or milestones:

  • ORIENTATION
  • THUMB & BOOMCHICK
  • ADDING THE FINGERS
  • LEARNING SONGS.

SECTION 1: ORIENTATION

Tommy begins with the basics here. He discusses different types of guitars and how they relate to fingerstyle playing. He also covers string choice, thumbpick options, hand size and more.

SECTION 2: THUMB & BOOMCHICK

Here Tommy covers the anatomy of the boomchick sound. He covers using the thumb for bass, palm mutes, and thumbpick angle. You’ll learn to play “BoomChick” Etudes in E, C and G in open position and Barre chords.

SECTION 3: ADDING THE FINGERS

You will learn how to accompany your thumb by playing the melody with your remaining fingers. Tommy covers hand posture, timing, syncopation, chords and much more.

SECTION 4: LEARNING SONGS

The final milestone is the one you waited for. Here you learn the classic songs in fingerstyle by putting it all together.

Strap on your favorite thumbpick and take a trip to the woodshed with Fingerstyle Milestones and you will become a fingerstyle player far quicker than you ever imagined.

Here’s a demo:

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Fingerstyle Breakthroughs

Continue your fingerstyle guitar studies with Fingerstyle Breakthroughs : 59 video guitar lessons.

Songs including:

  • Sweet Alla Lee
  • Spanish Fandango
  • Back Home Again In Indiana
  • House of the Rising Sun
  • Tennessee Waltz
  • Liebestraum
  • Waltzing Matilda
  • Lime House Blues
  • The Entertainer
  • Avalon
  • Golliwog’s Cakewalk

Fingerstyle Breakthroughs is Tommy Emmanuel’s newest acoustic guitar lesson course. In this course you will learn even more of Tommy’s tips and techniques.

Fingerstyle Breakthroughs* picks up where Fingerstyle Milestones left off.

”On our journey as fingerstyle players, we start out learning the importance of thumb independence, boomchick bass, chords, melodies and harmony. In Fingerstyle Milestones we worked on your basic fingerstyle skills, and now with Fingerstyle Breakthroughs we’re going to learn 11 songs and new techniques such as inversions for boomchick patterns, muting techniques, classic fingerstyle licks, and how to build thumb speed.”

This course is broken into 3 sections:

    • 2 new songs
    • ‘breakthrough’ techniques
    • Tommy’s original fingerstyle arrangements of 9 more songs

SECTION 1:

In this section you will learn Sweet Alla Lee and Spanish Fandango. Tommy first plays the each song through at tempo, then breaks it all down for the instructional, just like the other lessons.

These two songs teach bass muting techniques and sustaining the melody (keeping the higher notes ringing out).

SECTION 2:

Learn Tommy’s Boomchick Inversions, Muting Techniques, Classic Fingerstyle Licks & Exercises, Bringing Out The Melody, Building Thumb Speed, Quick Chord Changes, 4 Stretching Exercises & Playalongs, and Key Changes.

This sets the stage for section 3.

SECTION 3:

Here you will learn to put it all together by playing the following songs:

  • Back Home Again In Indiana
  • House of the Rising Sun
  • Tennessee Waltz
  • Liebestraum
  • Waltzing Matilda
  • Lime House Blues
  • The Entertainer
  • Avalon
  • Golliwog’s Cakewalk.

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Certified Gems

Tommy Emmanuel’s Certified Gems includes 52 multi-angle video guitar lessons comprised of full performances and detailed breakdowns of the follow songs:

  • Borsalino
  • Classical Gas
  • Cowboy’s Dream
  • Mr Guitar
  • To B Or Not To B

”In this first edition of Certified Gems we’ve picked 5 songs for you – some of them I’ve been performing at my concerts for quite a while, some of which people have written to me and asked to do an instructional video about. We’ll learn Mr. Guitar, Classical Gas, Borsalino, To B or Not To B and Cowboy’s Dream. First I’ll tell you a little about the song – where it comes from, why I wrote it – and then I’ll perform the song for you, after which I’ll break it down and teach you how to play it.

These are songs that I’ve thought about carefully because they’re all songs that I love to play and wonderful songs to learn. When I tour, people are always asking me “Can you play ‘Classical Gas’? Will you play “To B or Not B’?”, and I just wanted to share them with you. I’m also so excited about the fact that we’ve got this new technology where you’ll be able to get any kind of camera angle you want. We’ve got different ones on the left hand, different ones on the right hand, we’ve got a wide shot, and even a composite view. I want you to have fun with this and I’m really, really thrilled that we’re able to bring you this kind of teaching method that is really thorough and done properly, and I just hope you get as much enjoyment out of it as I’ve had bringing it to you. So, enjoy!”

~ Tommy Emmanuel

 

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Certified Gems Vol 2

Tommy’s Certified Gems 2 includes 52 multi-angle videos guitar lessons.

Full performances and detailed breakdowns of these songs:

  • Dixie McGuire
  • Waltzing Matilda
  • Stevie’s Blues
  • Amazing Grace
  • Hope Street

”In this second edition of Certified Gems we’ve picked 5 songs for you – some of them I’ve been performing at my concerts for quite a while, some of which people have written to me and asked to do an instructional video about. We’ll learn Hope Street, Waltzing Matilda – Australia’s unofficial national anthem – and Amazing Grace, a beautiful and spiritual song. We’ll also work through Stevie’s Blues, dedicated to the great Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Dixie McGuire, which I recorded with Chet Atkins. First I’ll tell you a little about the song – where it comes from, why I wrote it – and then I’ll perform the song for you, after which I’ll break it down and teach you how to play it.”

~ Tommy Emmanuel

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Little By Little

This course is 162 videos totaling 5 hours of guitar lessons. It’s essentially a video songbook of the entire Little By Little album.

  • Halfway Home
  • The Jolly Swagman
  • Locomotivation
  • Haba Na Haba
  • Waiting For A Plane
  • Tears For Jerusalem
  • The Finger Lakes
  • The Welsh Tornado
  • The Mighty Mouse
  • Rubys Eyes
  • Moon River
  • Jack Magic
  • Papa George
  • Mountains Of Illinois
  • Countrywide
  • Smokey Mountain Lullaby

”Hello thrillseekers! I’m excited to offer you 16 video song lessons from my album, Little by Little. Take that title as your mantra, because that’s the way you’re going to learn these things properly; a bit at a time. All the instruction you need is on here and I’m also so excited about the fact that you’ll be able to get any kind of camera angle you want. We’ve got different ones on the left hand, different ones on the right hand, we’ve got a wide shot, and even a composite view. In this Little By Little Video Songbook we’ve included video lessons for 16 songs on my Little By Little album.

 

First I’ll tell you a little about the song – where it comes from, why I wrote it – and then I’ll perform the song for you, after which I’ll break it down and teach you how to play it. This is a wonderful teaching method, and I’m really thrilled to be a part of this whole program for your benefit. So, I wish you all the best in your journey learning these songs, and I hope that it improves your playing, improves your life, and inspires you. What we need to be is inspired! Got that? Good luck!”

~ Tommy Emmanuel

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Why you should consider TrueFire (my personal story).

I’ve seen programs like this in the past and the courses are usually poor quality, or very expensive – or both! This is not the case with TrueFire. The courses are all high quality and most contain 3 camera views so you can see the left hand front two angles and the right hand all in sync to get the best view for what you’re learning. The price of  downloads typically ranges from $12 to $30, but they have frequent sales and I’ve even gotten a number of courses for $5 during “12 days of Christmas” and similar sales.

I hate spending money on something I’m not going to use and I had been bitten in the past by various “online guitar classes”, so I was cautious about TrueFire in the beginning. But I have to say that they have been the best use of my time and money, next to having a 1-on-1 in-person lesson. I’ve gotten about 20 different courses that suit my style interests and skill level and I’ve made more progress as a player in the 10-20 minutes a night that I use these course than I had in the first 10 years of playing!

TrueFire

TrueFire is the perfect platform to learn fingerstyle guitar lessons from Tommy Emmanuel. The reason is their mult-camera recording technique and interactive lesson player.

An artist like Tommy is notoriously difficult to catch in his native environment. He is simply too phenominal to catch in the act. You need to have detailed video and slow motion in many cases and that isn’t possible from a concert performance.

This is where TrueFire comes in.

The TrueFire learning platform features:

  • multi-angle interactive video
  • looping
  • zooming
  • standard tab, standard notation, Guitar Pro files
  • text narrative and other handy learning tools and controls.

The multi-angle video is killer. You can watch your choice of wide angle, right-hand, left-hand and composite views of all lessons.

Ever wonder what it is that Tommy is doing with his left hand when he plays an inverted chord with hammer-ons?

Now you can slow it down and zoom in to see for yourself!

The looping feature is pretty much essential for deciphering his outro licks. I swear I would have worn out the player learning Mr Guitar and Borsalino if it wasn’t digital.

TrueFire offers their lessons online or via a desktop or mobile app. The great thing is you buy the course and it’s yours – watch it from whichever device you want at any time!

Plus the new desktop interface tracks your progress and allows you to set any lesson or course as a favorite, for easy access in the future.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your guitar and head over to TrueFire now!

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