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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Eric Thompson - Flatpicking Workshop NYC 3/29/09

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Flatd7 - Posted - 02/04/2009:  08:01:07

On Sunday, March 29th 2009 it will be my pleasure to host ERIC and
SUZY THOMPSON to the New York area for the first time in nearly twenty

on Sunday, March 29, 2009 in NYC. Eric will share the secrets of his
approach to flatpicked lead guitar, drawing on licks, breaks, and
tunes from Don Reno, Doc Watson and Clarence White, all of whom
inspired his own playing. You'll learn about right and left hand
technique, position shifts, and cross-picking patterns. Eric will also
show you how you can embellish the melody and give you some new ideas
about improvisation. While aimed for the intermediate to advanced
player, beginners will learn a lot even if they feel they aren't
keeping up. An audio recording device is encouraged, but no video
please. Tuition is SIXTY DOLLARS and requires advance registration.

Eric Thompson has been considered a pioneer in the bluegrass guitar
world since his teenage years in Palo Alto, California in the early
1960's, at a time when very few folk guitarists were playing more than
basic rhythm guitar. Among his earliest bands were the Black Mountain
Boys (with Jerry Garcia and David Nelson). He quickly became
nationally known as an exceptional lead flatpicker, winning the World
Championship Cup at Union Grove, North Carolina with the New York
Ramblers (which also included David Grisman and Winnie Winston) and
flying to Nashville, Tennessee to record Beatle Country with the
Charles River Valley Boys. Eric's first solo LP, "Bluegrass Guitar",
featured an all-star band including David Grisman and Tony Rice, and
was released in 1979 on Kicking Mule; it has been reissued, with
additional duet tracks with David Grisman, as "Thompson's Real". A
duet album with guitarist Alan Senauke, "Two Guitars", featured a more
eclectic mix ranging from American bluegrass to Irish reels to Greek
rembetika, pre-figuring today's "world music" genre.

Pre Registration required


ERIC and SUZY THOMPSON will headline a stellar lineup at the JALOPY
THEATER on Sunday, March 29, 2009 that will include Seattle's Guitar
Queen DEL REY and local artists THE SECOND FIDDLES. The Jalopy Theater
is located at 315 Columbia Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The cost of
the evenings entertainment is $15 and will begin at 8 PM. Please join
us for this special evening at one of the premier venues for arts and
music in the New York area.

Jon Vesey
The Second Fiddles
Ragtime, Blues, Hokum & Swing Music

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