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Wall of Death - Richard Thompson
Wall of Death has Richard's characteristic potpourri of picking techniques that are notoriously difficult to pin down. There is a simplified lesson that includes the iconic riffs and focuses on a basic interpretation of the song without oversimplifying.
The song was originally released on Shoot Out the Lights in 1982 and has since been performed many times by Richard in live shows.
On Acoustic Classics
McCarter Theater from Afar, 2013
It's helpful to understand the chord shapes and develop a simplified interpretation of the song which you can then expand on. Copying Richard's performances is extremely difficult due to the constant variation in performances and the noisy style of picking/strumming the song.
Current Playing Level of the Song
Minutes in Practice Room
Link to Song Performance