ExamplE RichaRd thompson
The 6/8 time signature and drop d tuning are favourite Thompson devices. We are playing in the traditional folk form of a jig here, so ensure you are comfortable with the rhythmic feel before progressing through this one.
Being a self-accompanist Thompson really values the importance of bass notes, so you’ll often find ascending or descending basslines being played against his chords. it is the luxury of the fingerpicker to be able to create this ‘two instruments at once’ illusion but it can also result in tricky fingerings!
embellishing the sequence with quick pull-offs and hammer ons (as in bar 8) is a common feature of Thompson’s style so make sure the fretting hand is fully warmed up so you can execute these at the required speed.
as you’ll have noticed, although we have a straightforward chord sequence many of the voicings are not standard shapes, they are ‘enriched’ by the addition or exclusion of certain notes. These rich voicings are part of what defines Thompson’s style as a guitarist and songwriter.