Tommy Emmanuel is a Certified Guitar Player, an honorific bestowed on him by fingerstyle legend Chet Atkins. Emmanuel has recorded over 35 albums, sells out venues across the globe, and is renowned for his virtuosic solo guitar skills. We explore his approach to writing and arranging; collaborating with fellow musicians; and what makes a great guitarist. (Hint: it’s not being an acoustic purist or mastering every bit of music theory.) We hope this conversation inspires you to pick up your guitar and let the music flow through you!

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The Acoustic Guitar Podcast is produced by the team at Acoustic Guitar magazine, including:

  • Publisher: Lyzy Lusterman
  • Editor: Adam Perlmutter
  • Managing Editor: Kevin Owens
  • Senior Editor: Blair Jackson
  • Creative Director: Joey Lusterman
  • Digital Content Director: Stephanie Campos dal Broi
  • Digital Content Manager: Nick Grizzle
  • Marketing Services Manager: Tanya Gonzalez

The Acoustic Guitar Podcast theme music is composed by Adam Perlmutter and performed for this episode by Tommy Emmanuel.

The show is hosted by Nick Grizzle, produced by Tanya Gonzalez, and directed and edited by Joey Lusterman.

Special thanks to our listeners who support the show on Patreon and to the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, California for their hospitality.


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