Tommy Emmanuel Shreds Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix on Acoustic Guitar

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A YouTube user who goes by the name Chickadee ’n Cockadoodledoo captured this amazing performance by Tommy Emmanuel in 2012 in which he plays Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Stevie’s Blues” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” solo on acoustic guitar.

The clip was recorded while the photographer was standing and was captured using a telephoto lens without a tripod—hence the shaky camera work. (If you’ve ever worked with a telephoto, you’ll have some sympathy.) In addition, the camera used, a Nikon D90, permits only mono sound and a five-minute limit—hence the crossfade that occurs at the 5:08 mark as the two clips are joined.

Regardless, Emmanuel’s amazing guitar work is captured and is here for us all to watch in awe.