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FGM Podcast 60 with Tim May and Pat Flynn

In this podcast our good friend Tim May interviews Pat Flynn.  Many of you will know Pat from his years with the New Grass Revival, his involvement in many studio projects in Los Angeles and Nashville, his touring and recording as a solo artist, or his popular flatpicking instructional video.  In this podcast Tim is talking with Pat about his new CD titled "reNew."  This is the third recording in a trilogy of Pat Flynn CDs.  The first two CDs were titled "reQuest" and "reVision."  You will also get to hear a cut from the new CD.

FGM Podcast 59 with Eli West

In this podcast Flatpicking Guitar Magazine editor Dan Miller caught up with Eli West at the Grand Targhee Music Camp back in August of 2014. Eli was featured in the November/December 2012 issue of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine. Since that time he has continued to perform and record with his musical partner Cahalen Morrison, but he is also now involved with Jayme Stone's Lomax Project. Dan and Eli talk about this new project and more during their visit and you'll get to hear a cut from his newest CD with Cahalen. I hope you enjoy this edition of the Flatpicking Guitar Magazine Podcast.

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Flatpicking Guitar Magazine is a bi-monthly periodical, and companion audio CD, dedicated to presenting all aspects of the art of flatpicking the acoustic guitar as pioneered by such great guitarists as Doc Watson, Clarence White, Norman Blake, Tony Rice, and Dan Crary. Our goal is to help you increase your own skill level and enjoyment of this fine art as it pertains to the musical genres of bluegrass, old-time, folk, Celtic, Western swing, gypsy jazz, new acoustic music, and acoustic rock. To that end, the magazine primarily focuses on guitar instruction. We also feature articles on rhythm guitar playing, guitar building and maintenance, and we also review flatpicking CDs and instructional books and videos. This network page is a place to share flatpicking news, photos, new music, videos, and more. To subscribe to the print magazine, click HERE To check out the digital version of the magazine, click here

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Posted by Mondy Herndon on July 16, 2014 at 2:00pm

Flatpicking Guitar Tab Index

At the request of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine readers, we've updated our FGM Tab Index and have formated it as an easy-to-navigate PDF file (all tunes listed in alphabetical order with alphabet links from the first page).

You can download it from the main page of the Flatpicking Network (click on the "FGM Tab Index" image in the right… Continue

Posted by Dan Miller on August 11, 2008 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

The Nashville Guitar Academy: May, Flynn, and Papasoff

The Musical Heritage Center of Middle Tennessee is pleased to announce that The Nashville Guitar Academy's first workshop will be held October 23 - 25, 2008 at The Fiddle & Pick building in Pegram, TN. The instructors for the first event are Tim May, Pat Flynn, and Stefan Papasoff. Tuition is $295; registration forms can be downloaded at http://www.thenashvilleguitaracademy.com .



The Nashville Guitar Academy is a new… Continue

Posted by Tim May on August 6, 2008 at 12:19am — 3 Comments

New at Flatpickdigital.com!

We have just added a few PDF instructional books, and the audio files to Brad Davis' popular Flatpick Jam accompaniment series, to the list of downloadable items at flatpickdigital.com. Two of the downloadable books are FGM compilations and provide the best Flatpicking instruction you'll find for the money (a ton of great material). You can check out the new additions here:… Continue

Posted by Dan Miller on July 31, 2008 at 7:41am

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Music Software

Can anyone suggest a good audio or music slow downer? I bumped into this software called Song Surgeon but I still want to compare other software…Continue

Started by Dylan Harper on Wednesday.

best way to practice to learn bluegrass solo breaks 8 Replies

I've searched high and low to find the "key" to practice and learning bluegrass brakes.. I've been playing for 35 years and still can't quite put the solos together...Continue

Started by Russ Norton. Last reply by Dylan Harper on Wednesday.

Camps (Kamps?) 1 Reply

Anyone going to picking camps this spring/summer? Already signed up for Kaufman Kamp at the end of June (2nd week bluegrass). Tim May is one of the incredible list of flatpicking instructors.

Started by Robert Naylor. Last reply by Making Sawdust Feb 22.

Performance Setup

Hey fellow pickers.  Recently I have started playing solo gigs around San Diego where I live.  As it continues to expand, I find the need to expand my setup more to control my playing volume between…Continue

Started by Travis Feb 12.

What brand do you play? 211 Replies

Hey everyone, I would like to perform a simple survey of all that will reply to this. I am very curious what brand and model of guitar is the most popular among the flatpickers here.  There are…Continue

Started by Todd McFarland. Last reply by Ken Richardson Dec 4, 2014.

World's Fastest Flatpicker? 3 Replies

Even so in my childhood and now adulthood, I've kept wondering and asking those about me; just who is the world's fastest flatpicker? I've grown up hearing some intricate melodic weaving, yet still…Continue

Started by April Ruth Jordan. Last reply by Mike Bunting Nov 29, 2014.

My Music in and around the 60's 2 Replies

Yes, I was there and, yes I remember it. I was playing a few clubs here in the UK and festivals. I also carried a camera and recorded some events, friends also took photos of me. Mainly Cambridge…Continue

Started by kenneth Cooke. Last reply by kenneth Cooke Oct 14, 2014.

Guitar straps and end pin jacks 10 Replies

Anyone else have problems fitting the guitar strap over the electric end pin jack on acoustic/electric guitars? I've asked music stores and strap manufacturers and neither seem to think it's a…Continue

Started by Downtown Freddy Brown. Last reply by Jim Yates Oct 13, 2014.

You Don't see many of those around? 1 Reply

Levin Guitars that is. My first real guitar was a blonde Levin Goliath. This supposedly is Beth OrtonContinue

Started by kenneth Cooke. Last reply by Jim Yates Oct 13, 2014.

picks 20 Replies

I'm looking for a good pick to get sterted with. Anyone have any thoughts on blue chip verses red bear ?Continue

Started by Daniel J Thomack. Last reply by Jim Yates Oct 13, 2014.

 
 
 

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Dylan Harper posted a discussion

Music Software

Can anyone suggest a good audio or music slow downer? I bumped into this software called Song Surgeon but I still want to compare other software maybe there is a better one out there or this could be a good one already.See More
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Dylan Harper replied to Russ Norton's discussion best way to practice to learn bluegrass solo breaks
"Consider also on using software that will help you do that bro, Everything that I learned I use the power of software that will help me learn anything about music. "
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Dylan Harper and Mish S are now friends
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Robert Naylor replied to Russ Norton's discussion best way to practice to learn bluegrass solo breaks
"Sawdust - was that TablEdit? Website info looks good. I jammed for 2.5 hours with someone yesterday that just moved to our area from DC (said its a great bluegrass scene up there). Traded songs back and forth - just a blast. He had "stock…"
Feb 23
Making Sawdust replied to Russ Norton's discussion best way to practice to learn bluegrass solo breaks
"Muscle memory, connecting chords with runs,,,,the program TabEdit.....(the real secret)   and don't try to get fancy on breaks,,,just play the melody, most are real simple....once you start doing that, the hammer ons and pull off will just…"
Feb 22
Making Sawdust replied to Robert Naylor's discussion Camps (Kamps?)
"Some day,,,for now will just catch Steve when he is doing a workshop in the hood........Tim and company don't seem to come east anymore..... "
Feb 22
Making Sawdust replied to Jim Samuel's discussion Starting Over - With Essentials in the group Flatpicking Essentials
"Trust and believe,,,you must,,,,must....find a group to jam with......somewhere around you is a jam group...bluegrass, Oldtime, folk,,,and all, yes,,,all of the jams I go to whether they are called bluegrass or Oldtime, play just about everything…"
Feb 22
Robert Naylor posted a discussion

Camps (Kamps?)

Anyone going to picking camps this spring/summer? Already signed up for Kaufman Kamp at the end of June (2nd week bluegrass). Tim May is one of the incredible list of flatpicking instructors.
Feb 22
Robert Naylor replied to Russ Norton's discussion best way to practice to learn bluegrass solo breaks
"Let's try and pick a night in the next couple weeks. Wednesday's are out - lesson/jam night. Happy to send a song list I'm working from. Robert@trianglecf.org"
Feb 17
Russ Norton replied to Russ Norton's discussion best way to practice to learn bluegrass solo breaks
"I'd love to jam with you, maybe pick up some pointers... I have a loop pedal that I hook to my amp so I can jam with myself...also I use loopy on iPad ..very cool app..been playing g scale in different positions, some YouTube lessons,…"
Feb 17
Robert Naylor replied to Russ Norton's discussion best way to practice to learn bluegrass solo breaks
"More succinct version of my previous reply. The Miller/May books are working for me. I also work a few minutes daily on scales and folded scales in G, C and D with a metronome. I recently signed up for weekly lessons with a local instructor to stay…"
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Hey fellow pickers.  Recently I have started playing solo gigs around San Diego where I live.  As it continues to expand, I find the need to expand my setup more to control my playing volume between rhythm and picking.  Watching the Pros, i have noticed that a lot of them use a volume switch of some type, either via a volume pedal or a stomp switch, to increase and decrease volume from the setup depending on the playing mode. Does anyone have any feedback they can share on these types of…See More
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Russ Norton replied to Russ Norton's discussion best way to practice to learn bluegrass solo breaks
"I get started on the first couple of measures and just crash... I can play some fiddle tunes ok, but  I want tobe able to improvise and just play the music... you know, not be a robot about it.."
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