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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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. 


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. 


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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  1. Brian Clarke left a comment on 7th January 2020 at 4:21 pm

    It’s just taken me about 6 weeks to learn “what a wonderful world” .
    I reckon this one will take me a whole year ! And only then if I can keep my interest that long .
    Here go’s .
    Thanks Chris .

  2. Nacho left a comment on 3rd May 2020 at 6:58 pm

    Hi Chris!
    One question, what kind of strings do you recommend for an acoustic guitar like yours? Nowdays I use D’Addario Silk and Steel (011/047, light gauge), and I would like to know if it’s right for fingerpicking.
    Thanks in advance,

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 8th May 2020 at 10:12 am

      Hi Nacho, I recommend the strings that you find the best for your playing. Try lots of different ones and then decide for yourself what you like. I like D’Addario and I like martins too, among others.

  3. Nacho left a comment on 9th May 2020 at 8:45 am

    Thanks for your quick answer Chris.
    See you!

  4. Spencer left a comment on 4th February 2021 at 9:26 pm

    Thanks so much for the awesome lesson! This one was tough to learn (and to teach, I’m sure), but it’s super fun to play. I just finished learning it and the melody has been stuck in my head for days (I even hear my roommates humming it sometimes after I play it). Thanks again!!

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 5th February 2021 at 10:23 am

      Haha, I know what you mean, the songs I learn are always going round and round in my head. Glad you like the lesson.

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