Tommy Emmanuel Teaches Variations in "Freight Train" by Elizabeth Cotten | Reverb Learn to Play

Tommy Emmanuel is an Elizabeth Cotten fan, and his lesson on how to play her iconic “Freight Train” shows that the world should follow suit. The famed Australian guitarist runs through the melodic structure of this folk classic so you can try it out and add it to your repertoire.

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16 comments

  1. That bend at 7:27…. how does he do that? I find it impossible to do if my thumb is playing the bass.

  2. I have listened to him once playing Freight Train, and I played exactely like him on my first try, last night in my dreams. Don't know why, it didn't sound as good with my guitar this morning. It seems like if I forgot some notes.
    Thank you Mr.Emmanuel for taking the time to share your knowledge with us . Thanks to you, at 72, I'm finally enjoying playing guitar.

  3. Can someone tell me if his guitar here as Nylon strings?

  4. It is very difficult to get bored listening to Tommy Emmanuel with his extraordinary technique. Greetings. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cArPK16kJnM WHEELS Guitar cover by Billy Vaughn

  5. Tommy Emmanuel is one of the greatest and most versatile guitarists of our time, always present in major events. Congratulations and best regards. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOCU8X-34II FREIGHT TRAIN Twangy Guitar Version and rhythm.

  6. I would start with "railroad Bill" and "cannonball blues", once you got them down moving to "freight train" is easier until you come to incorporating "wilsons rag" into that

  7. The man is extremely gifted.

  8. Hey. So,I'm a beginner at fingerstyle guitar. How do you guys learn a new song?I've been trying to play 'river flows in you' for so many days but still I can't seem to get it right.Any advice?

  9. I am 58 now….maybe I’ll get it by the time I am 70…..love Tommy’s unassuming style. He is the best. Period.

  10. I'm new to this style of playing and I'm having a hard time playing the melody over a bass line.
    Anyone have any tips for me?

  11. Truly a genius on the guitar…

  12. That's soooo easy… …to watch ! 😉

  13. Oh so THATS how you hold a guitar… Now to learn how to tune it……

  14. Good Luck with that.. yeah right 🙂

  15. mr Guitar God..thanks a milion..

  16. WOW. Everybody wants to play like Chet…but I wanna play like Tommy.

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