A tune from a former Leeb student Matt Midgley
I take particular pleasure in featuring tunes of graduates from my acoustic guitar boot camp in Austria. Matt is an extremely powerful player and performer and I wanted to introduce you to his music with his song ‘Blood and Time’.
On the whole, this tune is fairly straightforward. As always, keeping the tempo steady is paramount and anchoring the bass/thumb notes should make everything else fall in place at the right time.
Most of this tune should be pretty self-explanatory, from basic picking to a combination of strumming and picking. I’d like to focus on the fiddly bit…
The A section is the main riff around which the song revolves. Matt says it’s a real challenge to play at speed (although he’s from Scotland and used much more colorful language) and gets exponentially harder at higher tempos. So approach this slowly to keep frustration at bay.
The key is to keep the left-hand second finger anchored on the sixth fret of the third string and pivot around it. The percussive clicks are ‘More Than Words’-style thumb slaps: click down the thumb on the bass string and keep it there in anticipation of the subsequent note played. In other words, don’t click down and lift it up and then maneuver the thumb back to the same place, just keep it there!
For the second half of bar 18, you’ll use your thumb to play the bass note. The final tapped harmonic in bar 20 requires quite a fast position shift, but as the phrase restarts with two hammers, you have plenty of time to get back to picking position.
We’ve also included the various loops that are used in this tune: as always, mistiming the step on the pedal is certain death.
Download tablature: Matt Midgley – Blood and Time