Tommy Emmanuel Teaches 4 Steps To Fingerstyle Guitar Technique | Reverb Learn To Play

Hi thrill-seekers, I'm Tommy Emmanuel
coming at you through my friends at, a wonderful company. So I've
been asked to teach how to get started in fingerstyle,
and it's a wonderful journey. It takes a little time and it takes a lot of effort,
it takes a lot of commitment and determination, but along the way you're
gonna learn so much, and you're gonna have so much fun getting started. The
main thing that I want to kind of stress to you now at this beginning level is
that what what we've got to achieve first is getting that thumb to be
independent from the fingers and create a steady groove. So in order to do that,
if you've never done it before, most people won't want to play the second
beat with their fingers right like this so you've got beat 1 then beat 2 beat 3, like that. If you do it that way it'll never work. Okay, so you can't do that.
What I'm going to show you is the right way to get started and that is get the
thumb to do all the backing – step one as I've come to know in my in my life that
there is a definite line. There are people on this side who say never anchor
down, you know, always keep your hand floating, and then there are people where,
which I'm on one of anchor down it makes you play more solid. So you know you have
to make that decision whether you anchor down or not. If you
watch Merle Travis or Jerry Reed or Chet Atkins, you'll see they all anchor down I
want to be on that team – the winners. Fingers down on the body and
don't let those rebellious digits up. You've got to get the thumb to do this –
spell out the chord, right. So, five, four six, four, five, four six, four Alright? Now, in order to
make that sound nice and go boom, chick, boom, chick, with the
palm of my hand here, I just take a little bit of the note out of the
string and kind of muted so you get: You see that? Now that's a better sound isn't
it? Now let me just say, the rule of thumb, if you'll pardon the pun, is the first
base note of every bar should be the root note of the chord you're in. So if
I'm in C, my first note should be a C. Here we go: Now to F, Alright? If you don't do that,
that it'll sound like this: And the bass note will be one one beat later. So don't
do that, it sounds weird. Unless of course you want to become a curiosity and get
yourself on television. Let's do step one: we put our fingers
down, we don't let them up, we're muting just slightly, now we're going to play C
and F and G and back to C and have the thumb do it totally independently. Here
we go: Up to F. G. Okay? Chet Atkins used to always say "Develop a steady thumb so you can do this all in any key", so I'm just gonna give you an example. So I'm gonna
play a little faster, I'm gonna go: F E, A Let's go up to D To G A Let's go to E up here You see what I'm doing? Now if you want to get
that Merle Travis sound, you can do that Travis used to kind of sweep his thumb down like a like a honky-tonk piano: It's a great sound, you can do that later
when you've gotten clever at this you know. what I'm saying? I think you do. Drum roll:
Step Two: We leave our pinkie down and with our three
fingers we spell out the chord like this: Right? Now, we keep the thumb going while
spelling out the chord. This is the very beginning of the independence between
the thumb and the fingers. Here we go. Okay? So spell out the chords, keep the
pinkie down, get the thumb nice and steady, and you can do that anywhere on
the fret board. Step three is a little harder. Now what I'm going to do
is I'm going to play a little accent or a kind of skip beat with the chord like
this – 1, 2, 3, 4, And that's directly against what the thumb
is playing. So now your hand has to get used to that little mental conundrum. So
you go: the thumb doing that, and now we go Somehow it already sounds like music.
Step four is where we get the fingers to spell out the chords in arpeggios. That's
a big word for an Australian, "arpeggio" That is while keeping the thumb going,
so it it looks like this: So now I'm gonna lay the thumb in a
little more, a bit more of a groove and keep the fingers going, so it'll sound
like this when you're doing it properly it should sound like this: Okay? So you do it slowly and get your
fingers doing that nice and steady until you can do, you know: You can do it! So, that's the four steps to getting
started playing fingerstyle. So in the next video, you lucky devils,
we're going to learn a song and play it together.

42 thoughts on “Tommy Emmanuel Teaches 4 Steps To Fingerstyle Guitar Technique | Reverb Learn To Play”

  1. ive practiced for hours on how to get this right, struggling hard but it just makes me respect tommy even more, amazing player and teacher

  2. amazing musician and guitarist but bad on commercials especially promoting his friend's company. He doesn't seem to be very happy to do this as this doesn't seem to be very much of his kind of thing as he couldn't say "no" to this request from his friend or whoever he was..

  3. It's a pity that Tommy simply buzzes from original artists from the past and has never written/composed a fresh composition for future artists to buzz from. It's not a shame, it's just a pity. He keeps original artists from the past fresh in our minds, but will be forgotten. More of a 'chat' than a 'Chet'.

  4. Regarding the anchoring down: I think Tommy is wrong about Jerry Reed. I just finished watching a bunch of videos of Jerry, and he never anchored even for one beat.
    But I never have, and now I’ve become a convert !

  5. I have a question
    In step 3 or 04:35
    Is each of 3 middle fingers playing a string ?
    I mean is ring finger playing lowest string and middle finger playing the one above it and so on ?

  6. I'm from Boston & its hard for me 2 say ahpagio,also its a MOTHER fuchin 2 get Rollin with a that thumin, thanx MR Thomas thumbing E🖒👍anchor the pinky!!

  7. Actually, the best way to learn finger-style is to get the book "Mauro Giuliani 120 studies for right hand development". They are patterns that use easy chords- they are all using the C chord and I think G7. Exercise on the them while you are watching sports on TV or whatever. Practice them 20 minutes a day and you will master fingerstyle. I played classical guitar for years and this book and "Andres Segovia Diatonic Major and Minor Scales" will strengthen your fingers and you will learn agility and eventually get good tone.

  8. Would love to see tabs with these videos! I've only been playing for about a year and a half or so, so I can pick up a few things but not everything. Reverb's videos have been such a great learning tool. They really do a great job of keeping you interested and moving along and expose you to things you might not be into yet

  9. I want to rest my little finger on the body to anchor down but it puts my other fingers too close to the strings, I would need to either fit a raised pickguard or buy a guitar that has a closer body.

  10. Hey rusty i know its been a year, so, did you learn anything from Tommy? If not, hows your style doin? Any better today than last year? Hows it workin for ya?

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