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Tommy Emmanuel Teaches His Picking Style

A few years ago, Tommy Emmanuel stopped by the Acoustic Nation studio.

Luckily for you, we didn’t let him leave without passing on some valuable picking tips!

Emmanuel has an uncanny ability for thumb and fingerstyle picking, and it’s our guess that hanging around Chet Atkins certainly helped too.

Above, the guitarist offers some advice for players new to this style of picking.

Find out more at tommyemmanuel.com.

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Acoustic Nation is written by Laura B. Whitmore, a music industry marketing veteran, music journalist and editor, who has contributed to Parade.com (opens in new tab), Guitar World, and others. She has interviewed hundreds of musicians and hosts the She Rocks Podcast. As the founder of the Women’s International Music Network (opens in new tab), she advocates for women in the music industry and produces the annual She Rocks Awards. She is the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Positive Grid, making the world safe for guitar exploration everywhere! A guitarist and singer/songwriter, Laura is currently co-writing an album of pop songs that empower and energize girls.