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Windy and Warm Guitar Lesson and TABs

Tommy Emmanuel







2nd fret


155 BPM


A minor (without capo)

Windy and Warm was originally written by John D. Loudermilk and was first recorded and released in 1961 by the great Chet Atkins.

Since then it’s become a classic instrumental song and a very popular tune for fingerstyle players to learn. One person who was heavily inspired by the song is Tommy Emmanuel, and in this lesson we’re learning his version of it.

Although it may seem an easy song to play when you first listen to it, I can assure you that Windy and Warm is actually really quite hard at times and will very likely require some serious practice. However, don’t let that deter you as there’s so much to learn from it.

Learn To Play Windy and Warm

Windy and Warm (Performance)

As you learn to play Windy and Warm, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.


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There’s a short four bar intro to kick things off.


The verse is just two chords – Am and Em and is a little tricky at times. For instance, the bend you have to do with your pinky can be pretty tough at first but overall it isn’t too hard to play.

Also, watch out for the alternating base line outlining the chords throughout. You may want to practise just the thumb on its own to begin with.

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Here we have the first of three bridges, this one is by far the most straightforward of them all. It may even be the easiest section of the whole of Windy and Warm.

Second Bridge

For the second bridge things get a little harder.

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Third Bridge

Things get really hard for the third bridge of Windy and Warm, there’s all sorts going on here.

You may find the diminished run at the end particularly difficult, I know I did.


The real hard work is done now thankfully, but you’re not out of the woods just yet.

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