Eric Thompson took up the guitar as a teenager 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) and Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions. 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 (reissued on Rounder).
During the 1970's, Eric continued to play old-time music. He also took up the tenor banjo, organized the Graineog Celidh Band around two master musicians from County Clare, Joe Cooley and Kevin Keegan, and spent six months in the west of Ireland, visiting and learning from older traditional musicians there.
Eric is a knowledgeable and patient teacher, who has been a staff member at Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, Bluff Country Gathering, Augusta Heritage Old-Time and Cajun-Creole Weeks, Port Townsend Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Ashokan Fiddle & Dance Camp, and Lark In the Morning. His latest writing project is "Playing Bluegrass Guitar", published by Backbeat Publications. Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop distributes Eric’s guitar instructional materials. He is featured in the Mel Bay publication Flatpicking 2000 and has also written instructional columns for Flatpicking Guitar and Acoustic Guitar magazines.
Eric Thompson began performing bluegrass music in the early 1960's with the likes of Jerry Garcia, David Grisman and Jody Stecher. These CD lessons will expand your flatpicking horizons with thirteen challenging instrumental tunes and breaks to songs. You'll learn complex runs, bluesy hot-licks, and exciting cross-picking patterns, all illustrated and explained on the lesson CDs. For intermediate to advanced students.
Lesson One: CROSSPICKING: Banks Of The Ohio, Cross-Eyed Fiddler and Beaumont Rag.
Lesson Two: COUNTRY RAGS: The Oklahoma Rooster, Blackberry Rag, Dill Pickles Rag and The Panhandle Rag.
Lesson Three: BLUEGRASS AND CROSS-PICKING: Crazy Creek, Denver Belle, Stony Creek. Lonesome Wind Blues, I'm So Blue and I'm So Lonesome.
Level 3 • 32 page tab/music book with three compact discs.