One Day Guitar Tab

One Day by Tommy Emmanuel Guitar Lesson (Tabs)

In this lesson we're going to be learning Tommy Emmanuel's cover of Martin Taylor's beautiful instrumental 'One Day'.

Martin Taylor wrote One Day after his son tragically died. When he first heard it, Emmanuel instantly fell in love with the song and quickly set about writing his own arrangement of it.

The key thing to focus on when playing this song is the delicacy of it. If you don't mean it when you play it, it's going to sound stiff, and you just can't let that happen with something as meaningful as One Day. Once you have the techniques down, focus heavily on how good you can make every single note sound.

It's one of the most beautiful guitar instrumentals that I've ever heard, and I hope you get a lot of pleasure from playing it.

One Day is no. 58 on my Top 60 Fingerpicking Songs of ALL TIME list. If you've not seen the list be sure to check it out and sign up to my weekly email lesson. That way you won't miss learning any of these great fingerstyle songs.

One Day Guitar Lesson

Song Details:

  • Tuning - drop D (D A D G B E)
  • Capo - 2nd fret
  • Key - E
  • Time signature - 6/8
  • Difficulty - advanced


To start things off, here's a demo through the whole song.


The intro to the song is very moving so, as mentioned above, you really want to put some emotion into the notes you play.

Learn more about the techniques used in this song.

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An absolutely stunning bridge, some of which is very similar to the verse so that will help a bit. Watch out for the really big stretch in bar 6.


Finally we arrive at the ending, you're not quite out of the woods just yet though.

Recent Fingerstyle Song Lessons:

Neon (John Mayer), God Only Knows (The Beach Boys), Never Going back Again (Fleetwood Mac), Don't Fear The Reaper (Blue Oyster Cult, Papa George (Tommy Emmanuel, Classical Gas (Mason Williams).

If you want to make sure that you're really on the right track with fingerpicking, then try one of my fingerstyle guitar courses - find out more here.

If you have any questions or want to share anything at all, then please leave a comment below.

I hope you've found this lesson useful and thank you for reading.

  1. Kellie left a comment on 24th October 2020 at 2:22 pm

    I was so excited to see this piece on your site. I think it is my new life goal to learn to play this as beautifully as you do someday. Haha! I would be happy to purchase the tabs, but I don’t see a link for them. Is that an option? Thank you for these amazing lessons, Chris!

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 30th October 2020 at 10:27 am

      Thanks Kellie, yeah this has to be one of the most beautiful guitar pieces I’ve ever heard. TAB will be available in the coming weeks/months. Thanks again.

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