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(4329) Swarann Singh
Sun, 7 September 2014 14:53:15 +0000

Heyy Tommy. Your work blows my mind and I am pretty sure all indian guitarist look forward to you for inspiration. I would like to take this opportunity to request you to coming to India for performance. The capital, New Delhi shall be an ideal location to draw crowd pan India.

Looking forward to see you soon. :-)

(4328) Dylan
Sun, 7 September 2014 11:13:30 +0000

Hi Tommy!

I'm a 16 year old from Sydney and I've only been playing guitar for two years, but as soon as my local guitar store (Sunburst Music) posted your TED Talk on Facebook, I was more inspired than I can describe.

It took a while, but I eventually worked out parts of your Beatles medley arrangements. I loved the challenge of playing multiple parts at once, especially when percussive layers were involved.

I quickly found out that Youtube is littered with inspirational guitarists (many of whom are fingerstyle guitarists), from you to Per Olov Kindgren to Adam Rafferty to Andy McKee, and recently, I've started making my own arrangements of songs.

I write to you to ask the following:

With your percussive playing style, which you have maintained for so long, have you ever had to alter the way you play in order to prevent injury? Or is there any advice that you would give on how to avoid injury? I know of another Maton playing legend who got RSI from his extremely percussive playing and had to change a lot.

I can't thank you enough for being the inspiration that you are. No one else has ever inspired me to turn my amp up to 11 ;)

From
Dylan

(4327) Jack King
Sun, 7 September 2014 10:10:05 +0000

Your work has touched my heart, very inspirational, thank you.

(4326) tony southall
Sun, 7 September 2014 09:40:09 +0000

Hi First of all thanks for the music . i try to play the guitar but enjoy watching other great players, you however inspire with your techniques.I have may i say stole a couple of things to put into what i do.I find it more comfortable to do my own music - probably because it cannot be judged against the original.the problem i have is am i a blues player or a melodic player -i cannot seem to follow one or the other. one day i am concentrating on blues then the following day melodic style. any suggestions? .Thanks again for the music you truly inspire and with your playing you get the feeling of the tune inside hats off to you sir


(4325) Mick Dickson
Sat, 6 September 2014 08:10:09 +0000

Hi,

WE are coming to your gig at The Sage Gateshead on 21st Jan and was wondering if it would be at all possible to do a rendition of 'The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)'.

My wife Sandie absolutely adores your version of this and given that it is our 40th wedding anniversary a couple of weeks later it would be the cherry on the cake of seeing you live again.

Best regards

Mick Dickson

(4324) Don Mitchem
Fri, 5 September 2014 13:37:59 +0000

Tommy,

My wife and I are so looking forward to your appearance in Davenport, IA next Wednesday. We live in the neighboring town of Bettendorf. I am an active acoustic guitarist and singer, and we have been inspired by your artistry, your joy & enthusiasm, and your humble, gracious spirit. Your PBS specials, your appearances on WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour, and your CD's have been our sources for seeing and hearing you. Next Wednesday
we'll have the blessing of meeting you in person (at the "meet & greet" session) and experiencing your live concert.

Although much media attention is given to your hard-driving, high-energy, "flashy" repertoire, my favorite pieces are your sensitive artisitic ballads (e.g. And So It Goes, Ruby's Eyes, Questions, etc.)-- so filled with expression, thoughtfulness, and comfort. I especially want to thank you for your volunteerism and support of PBS and other similar causes. We watch and support WoodSongs and have had great fun attending four WoodSongs live tapings in Lexington (I've enjoyed performing the preshow in the lobby twice). I know that everyone involved in WoodSongs, including Michael Jonathan and the performers, are volunteers, so I thank you for volunteering to be a valuable part of that unique "roots music" program.

You'll be in my prayers for safe travels and for an enjoyable and inspiring experience in Davenport next Wednesday.

Don Mitchem -- Bettendorf IA



(4323) Lucie Oliver
Thu, 4 September 2014 13:56:28 +0000

Any plans of touring in New England, USA in 2015?

Thank you.


(4322) Harold Alomia
Tue, 2 September 2014 22:31:08 +0000

American Dad Season 9 Episode 18 "Permanent Record Wrecker" 19:31, the last minutes of the episode that is totally you playing Classical Gas, the sound is impossible to confound. It was a pleasant surprise to hear you playing, indirectly that is, through "Roger", character in the show. Thanks for sharing your talent with the world, Good luck and God bless in all your concerts. Just discovered your FB page also, liking back! Harold Alomia.

(4321) dieter
Tue, 2 September 2014 21:00:25 +0000

Tommy,

an old friend of me wheedled me to accompany him to your concert on Nov 11th in Bad Aibling. I gave in finally just to see my old buddy back again on that evening.

Though, as a preparation to that evening, I was just watching some of your youtube movies and I am happy I can let you know:

I am really looking forward now to that concert.

Last song was Michelle and I loved it. And most immpressing: your additions and variations. Today' s music business would make 10 songs out of it without quoting the original.

Your play is not only good but also respectable.
Looking forward.....
:-)

Dieter

(4320) Fred M
Tue, 2 September 2014 15:02:19 +0000

I saw you at Infinity Hall (for the 3rd time) in Norfolk, CT on 8/13/14...fantastic!! I was the last person to shake your hand before you, Angelina and Sam Adams got into the car and drove off. Anyway, I recently heard a song on XM radio and could only imagine you doing it. The song is "One for Shorty" by a group called Acoustic Alchemy (I found it on youtube). There is opportunity for all the interesting things you do with a guitar. I know lots of musicians are always looking for new material, so if you never heard this song, give it a try. Hope to see you again at Infinity Hall.
Fred M