For Fans of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine
I recently purchased FE #1 and am very pleased with Dan's approach to building fundamental skills in rhythm. I found FGM's website when the first issue was published and still have them all. However, while my granddaughter was taking piano lessons, so was I and along with my interest in fiddle and banjo, all that put a hitch in my guitar git-a-long. The FE exercises have gotten me back on track.
A comment on learning scales: As an older guy, I'm often awake at odd hours of the night. If I stir too much, I wake one wife, one dog and two cats. Sooo...I run the scales in my head from the key of C thru C#(Db), focusing on clarifying the chord tones( 135, 13b5, etc. I find when I'm working the scales they seem to flow much easier for me.
Lastly, I was also frustrated by Kaufman's "beginning" speed. I've worked my way through volumes 1 and 2 of his picking series for some years now and still have troubles getting a clean break through bpm at 130. I do find them good for working out chord changes and bass runs tho'.
Best to all, Ken