Windy and Warm Guitar Lesson

Windy and Warm (Tommy Emmanuel) Guitar Lesson and TABs

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.

Song Details:

  • Capo - 2nd fret
  • Key - A minor (without capo)
  • Tuning - standard 
  • Tempo - 155 bpm
  • Difficulty - advanced

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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Intro

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

Verse

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. 

Bridge

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. 

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2nd Bridge

For the second bridge things get a little harder.

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3rd 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. 

Ending

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

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Let me know what you thought of the lesson in the comments section below. Tell me what you found hard/easy and add any song suggestions that you may have.

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