An Invitation From Tommy Emmanuel
Hello friends! It’s been quite the year, hasn’t it? Perhaps the one thing I’ve missed most is that incredible sense of community that happens when we get together in person to share our love of playing music. With that in mind, I’d like to personally invite you to join me at my upcoming Tommy Emmanuel Guitar Camp USA, taking place September 23, 24, 25, and 26, 2021 at the new Virgin Hotel on Music Row in my adopted hometown of Nashville, TN.
My Guitar Camps are a great experience for everybody, including us, the instructors. It will be four full days of lessons, workshops, and live performances. In the morning, I’ll work with the entire group for a few hours. I will talk, demonstrate, and answer questions. Then, the campers will break off into four small groups with instructors that I have handpicked myself. The groups rotate with the teachers so every day you’ve got lessons from three different teachers. Then, in the evenings, we’ll have concerts. I’ll feature all of the instructors, I’ll do my thing, and we will play together too. On the last night, we’ll do a special concert where all of the student campers will get a chance to play on stage. I know a lot of players can be hesitant or nervous about that, so this is the time to break the spell. That’s really what it’s all about. It’s about you getting your own experience and benefiting from mine and the instructors’ experience and knowledge.
As usual, I’ll be joined by an incredibly talented and equally diverse group of guest instructors, including British fingerstyle specialist Richard Smith, Nashville session favorite Pat Bergeson, harp guitar master and all around amazing human Stephen Bennett, and Australian-born Golden Guitar Award winner Stuart “Stuie” French. What’s more, the one and only Jorma Kaukonen will be my Special Guest at Guitar Camp Nashville. We try to find teachers that are really diverse, have their own style, and that I know will be amazing teachers for you. There’s a bit of everything so each teacher can give the students things they can take away and use on their own musical journey.
We’ll teach classic fingerpicking songs, some of my tunes, and some Chet Atkins tunes. I try to choose songs that are doable for all the students. There’s no judging here. We don’t care if you suck, we don’t care if you’re great, or anywhere in between. As long as you love playing, we will do anything to help you. That’s really the main purpose of these camps!
Nashville is an amazing city so there’s a lot of extra things we’re going to do together, like visiting the Historic RCA Studio B. I’m going to do a special show at the Ryman Auditorium with Jorma joining me as a special guest. The students will get a chance to tour the Ryman, see the soundcheck, and go backstage. The photos backstage alone are definitely worth the trip!
I’m an example of somebody who makes a living playing the guitar. That’s all I do. So I have experience that I can speak from and try to instill in all the students. This camp is completely unique, there’s no doubt about it. I know it’s going to be a blessing for everybody and we’re really glad that Virgin Hotels Nashville could be involved and give us a perfect venue to stage it at. It’s literally located on Music Row in the heart of Music City. It’s an absolutely beautiful place so I’m really looking forward to that.
I know we’ve all had a tough year but I very much hope you’ll join me for this next Guitar Camp USA. See you in Nashville!
Tommy Emmanuel CGP