Flatpicking Guitar Network

For Fans of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine

So what happened, I took advantage of a free offer that FGM were running - a copy of the magazine, the associated CD, and a copy of a flat-picking CD too. All for some ridiculously low price that included P&P across the ocean and, after conversion into Sterling, worked out less than the cost of a pint of good beer. Not only was the value incredible, the magazine was too - by chance it happened that the issue I received was the swing issue. It was as if the scales had dropped from my eyes.

 

You see, I've been playing for some 35 years. Pretty much from day one I've been doing a bit of flat-picking. But I've also been finger-picking and strumming. Flat-picking was just another style. One of the first books I ever bought was Arlen Roth's Nashville Guitar and from there I learned a few flat-picking tunes, a bunch of blue-grass licks, some Clarence White solos. I still have the book. I still use it.

 

Later I played in bands that played a bit of Western Swing and a few fiddle tunes such as Beaumont Rag, Red Haired Boy, Kitchen Girl, and so on. I've been to my share of bluegrass jams. But I also played country and blues and rockabilly and ragtime and, well, everything. The last few years I've developed a huge love for jazz, swing, and, in particular, Gypsy Jazz. 

 

When I received that copy of FGM, and when I bought a few more copies (yes, that loss leader worked, Dan!) and when I listened to the wonderful podcasts I realised that all the music I loved - swing, gypsy, fiddle, bluegrass, jazz, western swing, blues - was all contained within the flat-picking canon. What a revelation!

 

So here I am. I'm looking forward to learning lots and sharing what little I know. I'm looking forward to one day getting a proper guitar made of solid wood (I have a Yamaha FG335 from about 1980). Most of all, I'm just looking forward to playing more.

 

Kind regards,

Derek

Views: 61

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

HI Derek...you're on slippery slope, looking for a new guitar...welcome to the "dark" side. mike
Mike's right Derek, I started looking for "a new guitar" 10 guitars ago. Still looking :)

Hi Derek, I too was sucked in by that swing issue, bought five more issues at a very low price considering the great stuff they contain, and went to a workshop yesterday put on by Dan Miller, Tim May and Brad Davis. The workshop is just like the magazine, a lot of info packed into a small format. I have so much to work on now I only have myself to blame if I can't play something. Keep picking! Mac

 

RSS

Don't Miss These!

Badge

Loading…

Latest Activity

Matt Harlow updated their profile
Jan 4
billy jones bluez updated their profile
Dec 26, 2021
Marlana Fury updated their profile
Jun 24, 2021
Wendell Greason posted photos
May 6, 2021
Louis Ruoti commented on Louis Ruoti's video
Thumbnail

Wildwood Flower - Louis Ruoti - Flatpick Solo

"Thank you kindly, John. Much appreciated!"
Apr 1, 2021
John David Hanke commented on Louis Ruoti's video
Thumbnail

Wildwood Flower - Louis Ruoti - Flatpick Solo

"wonderful version, very nice..."
Apr 1, 2021
John David Hanke updated their profile
Apr 1, 2021
terry thompson shared Russ Barenberg's blog post on Facebook
Mar 3, 2021
terry thompson posted a discussion

Download Digital Academy onto new device

I have the Flatpicking Guitar Digital Academy on one device with videos I have downloaded but I was to view them on another device. How do I do this? Thanks TerrySee More
Mar 3, 2021
billy jones bluez posted a video

.♪♫•*¨*•. . Liar . .♪♫•*¨*•. ~ . deep swamp re-mix ~ Billy Jones & Delta Blues Outlaws

.♪♫•*¨*•. . Liar . .♪♫•*¨*•.~ . deep swamp re-mix .Billy Jones & Delta Blues Outlawshttps://youtu.be/b1SL2_Ma5I4https://www.facebook.com/TheBillyJonesBand/vi...
Jan 19, 2021
David Helm updated their profile
Nov 21, 2020
Profile IconMichael Murphy, John Hawkins, Kevin Williams and 8 more joined Flatpicking Guitar Network
Jun 10, 2020
Wendell Greason posted a photo
May 29, 2020
TAKA posted a status
"In 2020!!"
May 28, 2020
Profile IconRyan Orr, Bob Gordon, Rick Lewis and 26 more joined Flatpicking Guitar Network
Mar 18, 2020
WR Mesher updated their profile
Jan 22, 2020

© 2022   Created by Dan Miller.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service