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Comment by Daily Dose on August 18, 2008 at 11:40am
Greetings...I have been taking some lessons from Phil Campbell here in the Bay Area, solid player, and I started somewhere near square one (string bass player convert who needed a smaller "fiddle" to lug around)...happy to be here. Learning every day.
Comment by Craig Kent on August 26, 2008 at 11:35am
Greetings all .... I'm a new member and it sounds like a lot of us are in the same boat. I've been a strummer and lead player for almost 40 years and am just now going back to my "first love." I fell in love with the guitar and flatpicking when I first heard Doc and Merle back in the 60's. Told myself that's what I want to play. But I got sidetracked for almost four decades with rock and blues. Just recently decided to try to learn to flatpick before I die or the arthritis in my hands gets too bad. I've got a DVD by Dix Bruce called "Basic Country Flatpicking Guitar" from Stefan Grossman's library. It seems pretty good. Anyone else used that? The only frustrating thing is my slowness to learn. I'm anxious to get up to speed 'cuz I don't know how many years I got left in me.
Comment by Gary Foster on August 31, 2008 at 11:04am
Howdy Folks! Just joined up and checkin all this out. Been workin at it for 4-5 years and slow going but it's goin. Thanks to Chad Fette my "new" teacher. I live in the KC metro area
Comment by Chuck Rice on October 23, 2008 at 12:54pm
Hi folks. It's really interesting to see how many of us have been playing for many years but are just now getting into flatpicking. I spent a couple of years trying to flatpick then gave it up in about 2002 but in the past 5 or six months have started back trying to get a handle on it. It's tough but lately I'm actually seeing some improvement. I have a lot of Steve's materials and have found the "Figuring Out The Fingerboard" DVD to be eye opening. I wish I could find a one on one instructor in my area because I think I might do better with that than with the printed/recorded material. Anyway, it's great to have this forum of beginners to fall back on. - See ya!
Comment by Chuck Rice on October 27, 2008 at 11:28am
Hey! I've been seeing a lot of activity in the Recording and Gear groups but none from any of y'all beginner flatpickers. I guess you're too busy workin' on your down-ups!..What are you working on? I'm currently trying Orrin Star's version of Devil's Dream from the Sept/Oct FGM. Using the ring finger on the first string 3rd fret then using the second finger on the second string 3rd fret kinda opened up some possibilities for me. I'm used to trying to play in positions but this moves away from that and really works very well. I was able to apply it to the second part of Blackberry Blossom as well. Don't let all that fancy talk fool you. I'm still struggling with it and probably will be from now on but I'm trying to embrace something Steve K. said in one of his videos (and I'm paraphrasing)" it's all about the journey, not the destination." I'd like to be a great flatpicker but I'm going to enjoy the trip because I'll never reach that destination....- See ya!...- Chuck
Comment by Nancy on November 6, 2008 at 8:43am
Hello! I have been playing guitar for years, and have Minimal (notice the Capital "M" when I say MINIMAL) experience in flatpicking. I went to my first Jam in Long Beach, and had too much fun. I am just beginning to build a repertoire of songs to learn-- does anyone have any suggestions of a cd to purchase that would be helpful in learning some of the staples of bluegrass?
Thank you!
Comment by Chuck Rice on November 6, 2008 at 9:13am
Hi Nancy. Yes, start with Steve Kaufman's "Bluegrass Guitar Solos That Every Parking Lot Picker Should Know, Vol. 1". You can get it over at his site at http://flatpik.com. I have no financial interest but I've used his learning material and it has been very helpful.
Comment by Nancy on November 6, 2008 at 9:32am
Thank you, Chuck, I'll definitely check it out! -- it sounds great, I always wanted to be a parking lot picker!-- those people seem like they can play anything!

P.S. Are there any Scottish flatpickers out there?
Comment by Art Headley on December 31, 2008 at 10:01am
Hi there, I was just getting around to writing you and noticed that you had left a reply. I feel that I was overly rash in my response to your goals. I apologize. I was preaching to the choir (myself)
I'm one of those people who can easily come up with 10-12 New Year's resolutions. In fact, my goal for today is to pare down and consolidate my 2009 goals.
Rolly's stuff is, IMHO, really good stuff. For the way I learn, he is prob. the best teacher I have ever had.
Have a great 2009! Art
Comment by Chuck Rice on December 31, 2008 at 1:34pm
Warren. I've been trying Orrin's Devil's Dream out of several positions beginning with the way he had it, out of C and also out of D the way you are doing it. I've improved on it but still have a long way to go.
My 2009 resolution as far as my guitar playing is to learn several more new tunes and try to get to where I can get through some tunes at respectable speed (not full speed, not yet anyway). I have seen a lot of improvement in my playing this year and if I can say the same thing at the end of 2009 then I'll be happy.
Have a Happy New Year y'all!
- Chuck

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