For Fans of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine
Hello, before flatpicking I studied classical guitar way back 1985 for 2 years, then I stop completely, it was in 2010 that I started to learn again the instrument. So here are the books I have on my shelves before going to flatpicking: Hal Leonard Guitar methods book 1 to 3, it teaches you how to read notes. William Leavitt Modern Method for Guitar, it uses the flatpick all thru out. Theory for the contemporary Guitarist, this is all about scales, modes, chords, inversions better have a pencil to answer the worksheets. Finally the bible for the beginning flatpicker Dan Miller Essentials Flatpicking volume 1 to 8. It cost me a lot of paper and inks to have this PDF lessons place on the music stand instead of viewing it on the computer. I also have Homespun instant access for steve kaufmans lessons. Now my problem is time management and focus. My wife gets angry if I'm always holding the guitar instead taking care of my 2 grandsons.
If I were to recommend a beginners material, like several in this thread I would have to say, hands down, it'd be FP Essentials series. Does an excellent job of explaining the theory as well as "why?". Plus it explores and highlights runs and various styles by some of the flatpickn greats!
When using the metronome you're not only working on the rhythm, but as Dan Miller would say "you should be able to play this repeating pattern over and over with fluidity, accuracy, confidence, and eventually, speed." I feel I'm getting what I paid for and then some. Through repetition your ear becomes accustomed to hearing various runs in some of your favorite tunes, and the fingers instinctively go through the fretboard.