In this master class for advanced students, Richard Thompson breaks down the techniques behind his celebrated folk rock style, including his use of hybrid picking, a combination of flatpicking and fingerpicking, how to play melodies and solo lines over a moving bass, right hand tremolo and arpeggio techniques and the concepts behind his unique solo style, including his use of celtic modes and melodies.
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about the artist
Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson’s formidable and genre-defying guitar style has earned him immense acclaim among his peers as well as many of the industry’s most coveted awards, including the 2010 Mojo Les Paul Award, the Orville H Gibson Award and a spot on Gibson’s 2010 Top 10 Acoustic Guitarists list.
From his teenage years as a founding member of British folk rock pioneers Fairport Convention, to over 3 decades as a solo artist, Richard Thompson’s astounding body of work includes over 40 albums as well as numerous soundtracks including Werner Hertzog’s “Grizzly Man”. His most recent CD, Dream Attic, garnered a Grammy nomination and the subsequent live band tour received 5 star reviews across the USA and Europe. Capping a banner year, Thompson was named to the Queen’s 2011 Honours List as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his service to music.
In addition to being a world-renowned guitarist, Richard is also a critically acclaimed and prolific songwriter and composer. His songs have been recorded by a wide array of artists, including Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, REM, Los Lobos, Alison Krauss, David Byrne, Del McCoury and Bonnie Raitt.
“A Perennial dark-horse contender for the title of greatest living rock guitarist” – Rolling Stone
“In the guitar god firmament, Thompson easily takes a place beside Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. He has certainly been the most consistently imaginative English plank spanker of modern times.” – Daily Mirror
“Richard Thompson has been called the finest rock songwriter after Bob Dylan and the best electric guitarist since Jimi Hendrix.” – L.A. Times
For more about Richard, including tour dates and discography, go to: http://www.richardthompson-music.com/.
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