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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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Jam with Grammy Award Winner Brad Davis!

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Posted by Mondy Herndon on February 27, 2014 at 10:27am

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Posted by Mondy Herndon on February 18, 2014 at 12:00pm


We had a great time at the NAMM show last week in Anaheim CA.  We caught up with good friends, saw some great performances and checked out fantastic new products.

Brad Davis and John Jorgenson…


Posted by Mondy Herndon on January 28, 2014 at 9:04am

Flatpicking Guitar Magazine Volume 18, Number 2

Volume 18, Number 2 of the magazine features David Rawlings, who as most of you will know is the long-time musical partner of Gillian Welch. We also feature Mountain Heart's current lead guitar player Seth Taylor and we highlight the acoustic guitar player in country star Alan Jackson's band, Scott Coney. We…


Posted by Mondy Herndon on January 7, 2014 at 9:06pm


What brand do you play? 203 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 Jim Stevens on Tuesday.

Flatpicking Contest in River Falls, WI

There are still a few spots left in this year's Upper-Midwest Flatpicking Guitar Championship, Saturday, April 5th.  This year's grand prize is a Larrivee D-50 valued at 3k.  Cash prizes for 2nd and…Continue

Started by Chris Silver Mar 24.

long black train

Hi:  I am looking for a very easy arrangement of Long Black Train in the key of C.....thanks.....DanContinue

Started by dan cole Mar 15.

What are your favorite Bluegrass Festivals? 4 Replies

From Telluride to Winfield, there are lots of great Bluegrass Festivals.  We want to collect a list of the very best.  What are your favorite festivals and why?Continue

Tags: Festival, Bluegrass

Started by Mondy Herndon. Last reply by Tim Waugh Mar 9.

tips on picking out rhythm 9 Replies

hello everyonejust looking for some advice on sussing out rhythm parts.I find it reallyhard to hear what the rhythm guitar parts are doing on a lot of the recordings i've got.I tend to keep playing…Continue

Started by tam. Last reply by Jacob Burleson Feb 19.

Scott Law joins staff at acoustic music camp in Julian, CA 1 Reply

Just a note to let all you flatpickers know that Portland's Scott Law will be the main guitar instructor at the acoustic music camp in Julian, CA this April.  Called the…Continue

Started by R. Avery Ellisman. Last reply by Mondy Herndon Feb 3.

Hand Pain... 2 Replies

I'm learning. The base of my thumb hurts every morning and is slightly swollen to the point I need ice and pain meds to get rid of it.Am I doing something wrong or is this normal?I asked a friends he…Continue

Started by April Ruth Jordan. Last reply by Joe Gonzales Jan 30.

campfire guitar 24 Replies

Anyone have a favorite "beater" that they wag around in their car for emergencies?IContinue

Started by lcarr. Last reply by Clyde J.Ortego Jan 2.

Lessons in OKC?

Still very much a beginner here - have been working through FP Essentials book and some videos on my own for a few months and am enjoying it a ton, but also thinking it would really help to have some…Continue

Started by Patrick O. Dec 11, 2013.

flatpicking instruction 4 Replies

hi everyone. my name is brian and i've been a chicken picker for quite a few yrs. really into johnny hiland,brad paisley,ect. BUT,i have recently become very interested in all the great flatpickers…Continue

Started by brian rancourt. Last reply by Ernest Allen Nov 6, 2013.


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