RICHARD THOMPSON Teaches Traditional Guitar Instrumentals (1996)

CD---RT01Teaches Traditional Guitar Instrumentals (1996)
Now You Can Play Just Like RT!

A mid-90s instructional CD by the great Richard Thompson. Subtitled “Unique Arrangements of Irish, Scottish and English Tunes,” this 34 track collection is really only for collectors (or guitarists), as it features acoustic versions of eight Irish dance jigs and Scottish bagpipe tunes & reels (with variations) arranged for acoustic guitar by Thompson. The “uninterrupted” performances are typically about a minute or two in length. On the other tracks, Thompson plays and breaks down the songs in sections to explain the necessity of pull-offs, hammer-ons and ringing strings. If you can find one, there’s also a 3-cassette version available out there that features RT playing and teaching his own classic compositions. But, as for this, there are a few nice treats fans may enjoy, including “Rakish Paddy,” which RT used to play with a well-known combo called Fairport Convention back in the late 60s. Find the entire package (w/ tabs) at Amazon.

“Banish Misfortune” (0:25)
Intro & Tuning (2:45)
“Banish Misfortune” (2:10)
Techniques & Breakdown (9:06)
Slow Version (1:29)
“McCloud’s Reel” (1:26)
Techniques & Breakdown (3:50)
Slower Breakdown (2:22)
Slow Version (0:55)
Traditional OpenTuning (1:10)
“Maggie Cameron” (1:28)
Techniques & Breakdown (4:11)
Slow Version (1:32)
Tuning Explanation (0:38)
“Dargai” (1:25)
Techniques & Breakdown (1:58)
Variation (1:04)
Accompaniment (0:58)
Tuning & Techniques (2:29)
Variations (0:54)
“The Poppy Leaf Hornpipe” Slow Version (1:17)
Slow Version With Variations (1:06)
Accompaniment (1:06)
“Rakish Paddy” (1:31)
Techniques & Breakdown (3:57)
“Jenny Lind Polka” (1:12)
Techniques & Breakdown (3:31)
Slow Version With Variations (0:58)
Intro & Tuning (1:12)
“Strathspey” (1:00)
Techniques & Breakdown (4:26)
Slow Version With Variations (0:55)
Wrap-Up (0:49)
“Strathspey” (0:34)


  • Capt. Willard
    November 5, 2010 - 15:15 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • rap
    November 6, 2010 - 15:41 | Permalink

    So glad that you're not gone, pal. xoxoxoxox

  • Anonymous
    November 6, 2010 - 16:07 | Permalink

    Really glad to see you back!

  • Willard
    November 6, 2010 - 16:55 | Permalink

    Many thanks.

  • Anonymous
    November 8, 2010 - 08:09 | Permalink

    thanx, a rare treat! best wishes, ubique

  • Sean
    September 21, 2012 - 14:38 | Permalink

    Hey, thanks for doing whatever you did to get these links working again. Just got done listening and this is a SUPERB tutorial for advanced players, or even intermediate-level acoustic students who are willing to work a little harder. First track has Thompson smoking “White Summer” & everything else Jimmy Page ever did in the DADGAD tuning. Past experience has made me wary of instructional courses offered by “eclectic” guitarists… the one I purchased by Henry Kaiser a long time ago was basically just 90 minutes of Kaiser telling people to listen to a lot of world music (guess I was presumptuous to think it was going to be a guitar instructional video like it said on the cover). Anyway, this is still available on Amazon for $13 with tabs included and I’m gonna buy it, thanks for the preview!

  • Willard
    September 21, 2012 - 14:43 | Permalink

    Thanks for the reminder (and the comment). I added an Amazon link.

  • igotaheadache
    January 4, 2015 - 17:36 | Permalink

    Willard, you have a gift. I have never seen this.

  • 60sman
    September 25, 2015 - 20:34 | Permalink

    HI Willard. Could it be possible to re-up this one? Many thanks!

    • Willard
      September 25, 2015 - 21:27 | Permalink

      The link is working fine.

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