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Comment by Jon Finley on December 12, 2009 at 1:08pm
You know... I've been playing guitar for quite a while now... I started out as a kid wanting to be the rock star.. (stop laughing) and later on took up fingerstyly guitar and really enjoyed that immensly and the technique served me well in all of my playing situations.. but I had to rely so much on using nails... and then I ended up getting involved in brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and had to eliminate the nails... so I just stopped playing... 5 years later after fumbling around with a pick I've been bitten by the flatpicking bug... I have no idea why I didn't enjoy this before... crazy... I'm just amazed at what I see flat pickers do with just a flat-top and a pick... I'm hooked...
Comment by Chris on February 2, 2010 at 5:15am
I have been playing now for over 10 years mostly strumming and fingerpicking which until now have been fine for the odd jam. I need to step up my playing and would like a basic knowledge of flatpicking as it just sounds great. The speed accuracy and power in the melodic playing has got me hooked. It started in the Original Transatlantic Sessions I got at Christmas there. Russ Barenberg playing the Big Bug Shuffle and Big Scioty i thought what is that type of playing, which has led me on to Flatpicking. So, I need some real beginners tips, im approaching this like a new player so that i do not pick up any bad habbits...hopefully.
Comment by Dan Miller on February 2, 2010 at 6:01am
Tim May and I put together an eight-volume course called "Flatpicking Essentials" that starts off with solid flatpicking rhythm instruction in Volume 1 (bass runs, fill licks, etc) and then moves from volume-to-volume in a very step-by-step method designed to gradually build your flatpicking skills. You can check it out at flatpickingmercantile.com.
Comment by Jason Gorss on February 2, 2010 at 6:11am
Chris, it sounds like we are in the exact same spot. I just picked up the first volume of Dan's "Flatpicking Essentials" and it has already been a huge help. The hardest part is forcing myself to work through it methodically without skipping ahead. Really good stuff.
Comment by Dan Miller on February 2, 2010 at 6:12am
Thanks Jason!
Comment by Jim Samuel on February 2, 2010 at 6:52am
In addition to Dan's and Tim's Essential series, I recommend Jeff Troxel's "The Guitar Player's Right Hand Workout." I've just started using it and there are a lot of good exercises in it that will help your right hand technique. Despite the title, the exercises are good for your left hand too. Here's the link:

The Guitar Player's Right Hand Workout

Comment by Chris on February 2, 2010 at 7:18am
Thanks Dan, Jason & Jim for the help. I think ill pick up volume 1 and reckon ill have to force myself to go through it methodically also Jason!..using a metronome at all times also!?
Comment by Jim Samuel on February 2, 2010 at 7:28am
Chris...after getting the right-handed workout book, I started using a metronome and it is very helpful.
Comment by Nancy on February 2, 2010 at 12:03pm
okay, I'm totally out of the loop! Where do I find this fantastic "Flatpicking Essentials" series?
Comment by Tony on February 2, 2010 at 12:06pm
They are all listed here: (Hope the link works)



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