Dig­i­tal de­light: Richard Smith

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Head over to Gig Per­for­mance Space at 7:30 p.m. on Fri­day, April 10, to wit­ness the fan­tas­ti­cally fleet fin­gers of Richard Smith. The gui­tarist is con­ver­sant with the tech­niques and mu­si­cal ideas of Chet Atkins, Django Rein­hardt, Joe Pass, and Scott Jo­plin, to name just a few. A na­tive of Kent, Eng­land, he be­gan play­ing at five, when his fa­ther showed him chords for a song by Atkins and Merle Travis. At eleven, he was in­vited to share the stage with Atkins at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Lon­don; the vet­eran gui­tarist later said, “He can play any­thing I know, only bet­ter.” Now based in Nashville, Smith is a stel­lar prac­ti­tioner of fin­ger­style gui­tar. Ac­tu­ally, he is ac­cus­tomed to us­ing a thumbpick and four fin­ger­nails, also us­ing the thumbpick as a plec­trum when flat­pick­ing is more ap­pro­pri­ate to the song — in short, he can play just about any­thing, re­ally fast. Ad­mis­sion to the gig at Gig (1808 Sec­ond St., www.gigsantafe.org) is $20. — Paul Wei­de­man

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