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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 31 May 1955Australia
Nicknames Tommy E
The Human Band
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Tommy Emmanuel is one of the most talented acoustic guitarists worldwide, his skills to use a guitar as a percussion as well as a stringed instrument makes him unique. He started playing guitar when he was six and started playing shows at an early age. He was awarded C.G.P By Chet Atkins and now signs his autographs with CGP. He performed in front of hundreds of thousands at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. He is currently touring the world. Tommy has the award of being the greatest living acoustic guitarist and comes number 3 in the world's greatest acoustic guitarist (living and dead).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Douglas Fender

Trivia (1)

Given the "CGP" (Certified Guitar Player) Award by Chet Atkins in July 1999. Only four guitarists received this honor from Chet.

Personal Quotes (3)

I like all kinds of music as long as it's got soul and it's telling people something. But the greatest thrill is playing your own songs.
[on most of his shows being solo performances] I realized I could probably make that work overseas because I couldn't afford to fly ten people around. So I've done a lot of that since I first started playing North America in the 1980s. Now I'm looking at playing more in South Africa, East Asia and South America.
[on his performances] Everything is by ear. When I was a teenager learning solos from Merle Haggard records or trying to figure out Django Reinhardt I realized that I could hum and visualize improvising. It clicked when someone told me to play what I could sing or hum and try to do it spontaneously

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