1952 Vincent Black Lightning – Verses and Main Theme
1952 Vincent Black Lightning – Simplest Version
1952 Vincent Black Lightning – Interludes and Ending
1952 Vincent Black Lightning – Verse Variations
Almost certainly Richard Thompson’s most popular song, it’s renowned both for it’s moving lyrics and innovative guitar work. The Travis Picking in this style is typical of Thompson’s dronal techniques where he changes chords relatively infrequently while playing sophisticated variations on riffs interwoven with his picking patterns. Especially at the speed of his more recent performances of this song it’s quite challenging to play, and not to be done lightly given the heavy subject matter of the song.