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I have just returned from a concert with the Australian acoustic guitar wizard Tommy Emmanuel here in Oslo.

At a concert one should enjoy the music, not look at the players’ technique. But being a guitar nerd I could not help doing both. If there is one kind of message from the concert to all guitar players out there, it is: Don’t restrict yourself.

We are often given the advice that we should concentrate. Be the best in what you are good at, and forget about the rest. You cannot do it all. But Tommy Emmanuel did it all – almost. He fingerpicked with and without a thumbpick, he flatpicked, he did hybrid picking (flatpick and fingers) and he played with the thumbpick as if it was a flatpick. And he used his guitar as percussion. I have never heard anyone getting that much out of an acoustic guitar.

If you are trying to make a career, it may be an idea to play on your strength and not end up as a jack of all trade. But you can also think of building a repertoire of techniques, and use what is best suited for the situation.

For a person like me, who has never had any ambitions more than playing for my own pleasure, it is good to know that I do not have to restrict myself to just one basic technique. But I will never be able to play like Tommy Emmanuel in any of the techniques I use.

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Saturday, 20th October, 2007

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