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Welcoming Tommo to the Cracking the Code Team!

By March 6, 2020 March 26th, 2020 News
Tommo playing Vinnie Moore's Into the Future

If you’ve spent much time on our forum, you know Tommo for his amazing covers of the likes of John Petrucci and Vinnie Moore.

Here’s one of the best, a cover of Vinnie Moore’s “The Thinking Machine”:

Another of our favorites is this classical-style tremolo etude, a stunning variation on Recuerdos de la Alhambra:

What is significant about this arrangement is that Tommo is using strategic hybrid picking to make an impossible thing possible using downward pickslanting mechanics. And having an overt understanding of the actual mechanics, as we’ve investigated them, is rare even among great players.

This should be no surprise, considering that Tommo is also an impressive scientist. In his post as a theoretical physicist at the University of Nottingham, he studies such things as quantum optics and mathematical physics that frankly make calculating pick trajectories sound a bit like child’s play!

From posting generously detailed writeups on his recording projects, to sharing suggestions for how to rearrange passages for more efficient mechanics, to the above-mentioned virtuosic show and tells, Tommo has been a prolific member of the community here for quite some time.

In his role at Cracking the Code, Tommo will continue to offer his expertise here on the forum, now in a more official capacity. He’ll be helping with technique questions, video critiques, and contributing to upcoming lesson ideas.

Please join us in welcoming Tommo as part of the Cracking the Code Team!

Top Comments

  1. I’m so happy for you @tommo!

    Good job on CTC for offering him a role, well deserved is an understatement!

    Tommo has helped me a lot with my technique over the past few months, he’s a great teacher and a great guy, not to mention his playing. :smiley:

  2. Awesome news! Definitely has helped me with my technique. Welcome.

  3. Avatar for kgk kgk says:

    I’m excited to see @tommo research and teach in plectrum science as well physics!

  4. Avatar for tommo tommo says:

    Thank you for the great support everyone :slight_smile:

    I’ll do my best to contribute to the coolest project in the history of guitar education \m/

  5. Avatar for tommo tommo says:

    Just one more note to let you know how happy I am to have received so many positive comments, both here and in the comments section of my youtube channel. And perhaps surprisingly, no trolling yet :smiley:

    The minimum I can do is to repay you with a pearl of wisdom.

    It goes like this:

    When you are a few days into a new Guitar Job do not, under any circumstances, revise the Martin Miller seminar.

    About 10 notes into it I thought “wait, can I even play this thing”?

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