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Lesson notes

After a recent test drive on Ruby’s Eyes, I figured it was about time to get to an instrumental piece by Tommy Emmanuel. There are a few big obstacles to playing this song. One is that it never needs to be played note-for-note exactly, it is simply a chord progression with a beautiful melody played over it.

Another is Tommy’s extensive use of using the left thumb to fret notes on the sixth string. The lesson shows alternate ways of playing most of those part, as well as some of the variations you can use to pull the melody out of the chords. You must be comfortable with free-form right hand technique, like we find in James Taylor songs for example, before tacking this piece.