As you learn to play Angelina, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.
D A D G B E
E major with capo (D without)
Angelina was written by the legendary acoustic fingerstyle guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, and the song appears on his 2005 album ‘Endless Road’ (a must-listen for all acoustic guitar players). In this lesson we’re going to learn how to play this truly beautiful piece of music from start to finish.
Angelina is by no means an easy song to play, requiring a tremendous amount of picking accuracy and strength/dexterity in the fretting hand. Having said that, once you do master it, it feels great under your fingers and is a real joy to play.
Bear in mind that you could play this song fingerstyle but Tommy actually employs the pick and uses a lot of hybrid-picking throughout. Personally I find that the gentle tap of the pick against the strings really helps to sweeten up the tune just that little bit more than fingers alone can do.
Alright, let’s get on with the lesson.
Structure: Intro, Verse, Bridge, Verse, Outro