Quanta italia in questo album, IL COMPLEANNO DI ANTONELLA, CANTINA SENESE, Ciao Emmanuele.


TOMMY EMMANUEL C.G.P. (Certified Guitar Player

Product Description:

The Mystery, Tommy Emmanuel's sixth US album, was inspired by Emmanuel's travels; each of the album's compositions is a musical snapshot or sojourn - a journey that brings us together with places and people - a journey into self discovery.

This transcription book shows all twelve tunes on the CD note-for-note in standard notation and tablature. Also included are detailed performance notes of each tune. 136 pages.

Product Number: 22000
Format: Book
ISBN: 0786681691
UPC: 796279109970
ISBN13: 9780786681693


Tommy's compositions and aITangements cover many styles and techniques. If you have studied the Mel Bay books for Tommy's CD's Only and Endless Road, you already have a head start in learning his mu ic. The tunes for this project are heard on the CD The Mystery. Also you can study the Mel Bay project, Emmanuel Labor with Tommy's discussions of pieces from the above three CD's. From The Mystery Tommy play and discusses "The Mystery", "Gameshow Rag/Cannonball Rag", "The Diggers' Waltz", "Lewis and Clark", and "Antonella's Birthday". There will be some slight variations between the video performance and the recorded tunes. Although he may not playa tune in performance exactly the same way each lime, these transcription will allow you to learn the recorded version, and will give you insight into his methods. These tunes range in difficulty from intermediate to very difficult. There are a few difficult stretches and also Tommy's technique involves some innovative moves, such as fretting the 5th string with the thumb. But whether or not ou perform these tunes, most of the enjoyment comes from understanding them and playing them for their beaut). Some tunes are played with a thumbpick, and others are played without a pick, resulting in a softer sound. Others are played in a hybrid style, using a flat pick, allowing for strong rhythm and interwoven melody note With this style, the right-hand index finger is no longer available for melody. The melody is produced by the pick and the middle and ring fingers. This technique may be difficult for you if you are based in traditional fingerpicking, but it is well worth the effort to learn it. If you read musical notation, the tablature will still be helpful as it points toward left-hand position on the guitar neck. And if you are relying on tablature, remember that left-hand fingering is found in the notation. Learning the hybrid style requires understanding the information given in the tablature. I have tried to indicate the pick stroke directions that are most important, while trying to avoid repeating the stroke directions to reduce the amount of clutter in the tablature. In the hybrid tyle, the thumb and first finger hold the pick, and in accord with classical notation this is shown by a "p". The middle finger will be "m" and the ring finger will be "a". These letters will be stacked when the middle and/or the ring finger pluck notes at the same time as the pick. At other times the pick (thumb and first finger unit) and ... 



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Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel has a professional career that spans over four decades and continues to intersect with some of the finest musicians throughout the world. A household name in his native Australia, Tommy has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide. Tommy's unique style - he calls it simply "finger style" – is akin to playing guitar the way a pianist plays piano, using all ten fingers. Guitar legend Chet Atkins was one of the first to inspire Emmanuel to pick up the guitar as a child. Decades later Atkins himself became one of Emmanuel's biggest fans. In 1999, Chet honored Tommy Emmanuel with the title of "Certified Guitar Player" for his lifetime contribution to the instrument, a rare honor shared by only three other people in the world (Jerry Reed, Steve Wariner and John Knowles). Atkins eventually recorded with Tommy in 1996 on 'The Day the Finger Pickers Took Over the World", for which Emmanuel received his first Grammy award nomination. This was also Atkins last recording.

After a recent recuperative rest, resulting from an exhausting touring schedule, Tommy is now completely rejuvenated and embarking on a full tour schedule in 2008. A new double live CD and DVD, "Center Stage" filmed in High Definition and recorded at the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico, California will be commercially released in Spring '08. The DVD portion will also air on Public Television affiliates all over the United States. Every element of modern technology was used in the production of both the DVD and CD. Tomm's record producer, Kim Person, recorded and mixed the audio tracks, while long-time Sierra Nevada video producer/ director Peter Barlow tied the entire package together in state-of-the-art quality. It makes for a stunning package, both aurally and visually. The double disc Live CD "Center Stage" contains many fan show-stoppers, including Emmanuel's BeatIes Medley, Mombasa, and Initiation - the aboriginal tribute song that has evolved over the years and never sounds the same on any recording - or during any show. Tommy also introduces four never-before recorded tracks, "Ruby's Eyes", "Lenny Bro''', "The Jolly Swagman" and "Papa George" (inspired by George Harrison). Also, included are several arrangements of popular traditional tunes like "House of the Rising", "Nine Pound Hammer", "Amazing Grace" - and for his Japanese fans, "Sukiyaki" This new CD is a great mix of the rare, the new, the traditional and the favorites. Emmanuel's music and life are legendary in Australia. He began playing guitar at age 4, by learning to play by ear without any formal instruction. Emmanuel and his older brother Phil were child prodigies, starting their professional career in the 1960s. By the age of six, Tommy was already working as a professional musician. Shortly after his father's death in 1966, the Emmanuel family was approached by Australian country music star Buddy Williams, who took the family on the road until they were forced by the Australian child welfare department to stop traveling. The Emmanuel children were then sent to a regular school. During these years, Tommy was playing in "The Trailblazers" (with siblings Chris on drums and Virginia on slide guitar) on weekends. He also taught guitar and made numerous television appearances in musical competitions. Emmanuel's first brush with fame came when The Trailblazers won two televised talent contests and produced an EP. He and his siblings worked hard ... 


Antonella is one of my dearest friends from Soave, Italy and I wrote it early one morning as the golden sun
streamed through the windows onto my bed. Antonella was making breakfast downstairs and when I found out
it was her birthday, I dedicated it to her, with all my heart. She's a true friend.

Tune the 5th string down to G and the 6th string down to D. The tune is played with a flat pick in a hybrid
style, using the pick ("p") and the middle finger ("m"), and the ring finger ("a"). These letters will be stacked
over the corresponding strings in the tablature. Natural harmonics are used extensively. With your left-hand
finger lightly touch the string at the fret indicated in brackets, <7> for example. In the notation the notehead
will be diamond shaped. Then strike the string with the pick to obtain the harmonic or chiming sound.
Remember that the harmonics should always ring freely, creating a "cascade" effect. In order to notate the tune
correctly, the first note of the song is played as the last half of the last beat of the first measure. That is necessary in order to be in the right place when you play the last note of measure 9. That harmonic on the 5th string
could be considered the first real note of the melody, but it continues into the next measure with an eighth note
rest. There is another way to think of it. If you are tapping your foot, you start just after the first note of the
tune, and by the beginning of measure 10 you will be tapping on the the tied note, and the melody will fall in
place "in time" throughout the rest of the tune. As usual with this style, pay attention to the pick strokes, 
for downstroke and "V" for upstroke. Sometimes, as in measure 11, a downstroke can play many strings in a
strum motion. In measure 21, the right-hand finger letters are stacked over the notation in the first beat. meaning
that the pick plays the third string, the middle finger plucks the second string, and the ring finger pluck
the first string. For the last beat of that measure it is understood that the pick plays the slide on the fifth string.
and it is written that the middle and ring fingers play the other two strings. On the lowest string of a chord.
there is not always room to show the downstroke symbol. (And that is the case throughout the book.)

Song Title: Composer/Source:

And so it Goes - Tommy Emmanuel
Antonella's Birthday - Tommy Emmanuel
Cantina Senese - Tommy Emmanuel
Cowboy's Dream - Tommy Emmanuel
Footprints - Tommy Emmanuel
Gameshow Rag / Cannonball Rag - Tommy Emmanuel
Keep it Simple - Tommy Emmanuel
Lewis & Clark - Tommy Emmanuel
That's the Spirit - Tommy Emmanuel
The Digger's Waltz - Tommy Emmanuel
The Mystery - Tommy Emmanuel
Walls - Tommy Emmanuel


Every day we experience "The Mystery." It's in our love for each other, it's in our feelings ofr others, in our music, it's in the kindness of strangers, in the parade of people who seem to appear at the right moment to help or to encourage us through tough times, in the wonders we see around us when we travel or just the feeling we are doing something good for our brothers and sisters. It's all around us, in us, ahead of us and lighting our way. It's God's awesome love for his children. Get it? Got it? Good!

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