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.
Old time fiddle tunes are at the core of flatpicking guitar repertoire. Eric Thompson is a master of the genre - he's set a benchmark for taste and tone for over forty years. Here he teaches fifteen great tunes in a variety of keys and shares invaluable fingering tricks to make them flow from your strings.
On the lesson CDs Eric patiently teaches you the tunes, line-by-line, lick-by-lick. The tunes, ranging from standards like Blackberry Blossom and Ragtime Annie to obscure gems Yellow Barber and Hell Among The Yearling, are all clearly notated. For the intermediate student.
Lesson One: COMPLEX FIDDLE TUNES: Blackberry Blossom, Say Old Man, Hell Among The Yearlings, Dusty Miller, Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss.
Lesson Two: CLASSIC FIDDLE TUNES: Ragtime Annie, Paddy On The Turnpike, Miller's Reel, Texas Gals and Forked Deer.
Lesson Three: OBSCURE GEMS: Yellow Barber, Fall of Richmond, Billy In The Lowlands, Thompson's Reel and Dubuque
Level 2/3 • 32 page tab/music book with three compact discs