Tommy Emmanuel, Finger-Picking Good The Australian-born guitarist has spent the past 45 years fine-tuning his techinique. His dedication, and the inspiration he received from friend and mentor Chet Atkins, has enabled him to branch out into a wide variety of musical styles.

Tommy Emmanuel, Finger-Picking Good

Tommy Emmanuel, Finger-Picking Good

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Emmanuel... and Atkins

'Cantina Senese' from 'The Mystery'

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'The Mystery' from 'The Mystery'

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'Tiptoe Through the Bluegrass' (with Chet Atkins) from 'The Day Finger-Pickers Took Over the World'

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Friend and mentor Chet Atkins once called Australian-born Tommy Emmanuel "One of the greatest players on the planet."

Famous for their finger-picking style, Atkins and Emmanuel were nominated for a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance.

The song "Smokey Mountain Lullaby" was from their duet album, The Day Finger Pickers Took Over the World.

Emmanuel has spent the past 45 years fine-tuning his techinique. Such dedication, along with inspiration from Atkins, has enabled him to branch out into a wide variety of musical styles.

His latest album, The Mystery, has him on tour throughout the United States, New Zealand and Australia.