Here's a song by Richard Thompson, "The Poor Ditching Boy," off
_Starring as Henry the Human Fly_. fortunately, this album has been
rereleased by Rykodisk. It's definitely worth the money.
It's in open-g: dgdgbd (drop 6, 5, 1 one whole step--notice that this makes
your guitar have the same shape as an a major open chord)
You should embellish these chords as much as you feel confident to do and/or
is tasteful. Richard certainly does. The nature of the alternate means that
the open strings will never be dissonant with each other or notes in the g
major scale, so if in doubt they will be ok. I'm not entirely sure what he
does in this song as he has a violin player as well as his guitar. It
works nicely with two guitarists, though. Best way to get a feel for this
is to listen really carefully to the song. I don't think Richard plays the
bits exactly the same way each time through.
Tab (notes given relative to open g tuning):
g variant 1 x05035
g variant 2 x00000
a minor 7 x02012
a minor 7 sus 4 variant 1 x02010
b minor 7 minor 6 x04232
d 7 sus 4 x04010
a minor 7 sus 2 variant 2 x20010
The astute reader will note quickly that the a minor 7
doesn't have an a in it! Perhaps I should have called it a c major. :)
Lyrics and chord outline (verses are all the same as the first one):
Has there ever been a winter so cold and so sad,
g1 (or g2) a min 7
A river too weary to flood?
The storm and the wind cut through to my skin,
g 1 (or g 2) a min 7
But she cut through to my blood.