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yet another vid

posted another'n. Yes, retirement is good!Continue

Started by Kathy Barwick Jul 20, 2012.

The Golden Castle 7 Replies

I added another video....Continue

Started by Kathy Barwick. Last reply by ganon Jul 5, 2012.

new video 12 Replies

hey guys, I just posted a new video, check the videos page.well now that I'm retired and have a little more time.... time to get this group active again! (ha ha). What do you say?Continue

Started by Kathy Barwick. Last reply by Bryan Floyd Jul 5, 2012.

Of some interest for celtic/trad guitar players? 4 Replies

Seamie O'Dowd probably isn't well known outside Ireland but he's worth checking out - see…Continue

Started by Cathal Cusack. Last reply by Kathy Barwick Jun 19, 2012.

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Comment by Bryan Floyd on January 21, 2011 at 5:29am

A neat little site I ran across:




More celtic flatpicking :)



Comment by Kathy Barwick on January 21, 2011 at 9:07am
thanks Bryan! looks awesome.
Comment by Kathy Barwick on January 23, 2011 at 9:14pm

ok, here's a link to a little video I made of Jacky Tar: Jacky Tar


First time through is plain melody, then I added some pull-offs to fancy it up some. 

Comment by Bryan Floyd on January 24, 2011 at 1:04pm
Fantastic, Kathy!!  Excellent job!  Thanks for sharing this.  Even the straight melody sounds good flatpicked solo.  What tuning did you use?  And, what guitar is that - it sounds great.  Looks like a 00 or 000?
Comment by Kathy Barwick on January 24, 2011 at 1:08pm

thanks Bryan. Standard tuning... it's my Martin O18, 1957. Sweet little thing, I play it a lot around the house. Better than wrapping my arm around a dreadnought all the time!

So I was trying to demonstrate the process of first, learn the straight tune, then, what I do is look at each phrase and see if there are opportunities to get to the "target" note via pulloffs or hammerons. Actually, I'm not done with Jacky Tar yet.... I'll do another when I get some more stuff figured out.

I was wondering if for some folks it's better to learn it with the ornaments, from the start... my thought is, no, I'd rather learn the straight melody so I always have that to fall back on.

Comment by Bryan Floyd on January 24, 2011 at 1:38pm

Great advice Kathy, and I agree with you - melody first, ornamentation later.  I believe that a melody should be burnt into your brain.  Then ornamention will come more naturally and flowing.


I bet you're a proud owner of that '57 O18!!  It sounds just wonderful.  To be honest, I don't even play dreads anymore.  The largest I play now is a 000 but really have alot of love for 00's.  I'm really liking the shorter scale these days.  And, I have my eye on a new parlor that Eastman just released :)

Comment by Kathy Barwick on January 24, 2011 at 6:50pm

thanks again, Bryan! I was playing Jacky Tar again, finding lots of other possibilities. Might be a few days before I can record another vid, but I will....


yes, I love the O-18... we call him "Otto"... as in "aught-18"  My husband's named all my guitars... except the new Collings, it doesn't have a name yet. Still settling in....

Comment by Kathy Barwick on January 24, 2011 at 6:51pm
ps, you know, about Otto, I really love him, but... when I try to jam I always pick up a dread. Something about the rhythm....
Comment by Bryan Floyd on January 25, 2011 at 3:08am

Oh, don't get me wrong, playing in a jam situation with multiple instruments, a 0, or 00 most likely wouldn't cut it.  Thing is, I never get out to many jam sessions anymore so them smaller bodies fit me just right.  If I have a friend of two over, I'll still use a 000 as it cuts through with the smaller group still fine enough (unless one of the friends is a banjo player;)).


Looking forward to watching your new video when you get it done...

Comment by Dan Forney on January 27, 2011 at 8:34am

OK, one thing I struggle with is hearing chords to tunes I don't know. I know Jacky Tar is in Em, but can someone help me out with the chords?

Also if there is a good system to figure them out I'd appreciate any advice.



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