Hole Notes: The Hybrid-Picked, Drop-D Delights of Richard Thompson
The following content is related to the September 2013 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our online store.
For an artist with such a vast body of work, Richard Thompson has spent much of his musical life under the radar. A founding member of Fairport Convention (he penned their anthem “Meet on the Ledge”) and the folk-rock duo Richard and Linda Thompson, he is also a critically acclaimed solo artist whose songs have been covered by numerous artists, including Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, David Byrne and R.E.M.
Thompson plays Martin, Lowden and Farrington acoustic guitars, and as we’ll see in this lesson, he favors hybrid picking (“pick-and-fingers” technique) and often opts for drop-D tuning (lower your sixth string’s pitch one whole step, to D). Today, with a career spanning almost 50 years, Thompson is still recording and touring, and is busier than ever. Let’s examine some of the things that make this picker tick.
You Might Also Like...
22 min 49 sec ago
43 min 8 sec ago
43 min 41 sec ago
Man of Steel with Steel Panther's Satchel: The Benefits of Simplicity, and How to Play “Community Property”45 min 54 sec ago
4 hours 16 min ago
19 hours 31 min ago
20 hours 25 min ago