How to Get the Most Out of Alternate Tunings by Richard Thompson

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Guitar legend Richard Thompson demonstrates how to get a richer, fuller sound out of your guitar using alternate tunings and Elixir® Strings. Watch and learn as this Fairport Convention icon performs licks and chords in DADGAD, as well as some hybrid picking virtuosity in open C major 9 tuning – CGDGBE – while playing an excerpt from his 1991 classic, 1952 Vincent Black Lightning.

Richard Thompson performs this lesson on his Lowden Richard Thompson Signature Series guitar, strung with Elixir Phosphor Bronze Strings with NANOWEB® Coating, Light Gauge. These strings provide a rich and full tone and a smooth feel.

Between my sweaty hands and a typical concert environment, even the best strings would deteriorate and lose top end in as little as 30 minutes. But then I tried Elixir Strings.

I love them for their tone, playability and that I can keep them on my guitar a really long time. Elixir Strings are the best out there.” – Richard Thompson

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