Everyone . . . I am in awe of anyone who has put in the time and effort necessary to learn to play well. However, I am particularly fond of John Moore.
Favorite Flatpicking Tunes
I like most everything.
Martin D-42, a Gretsch White Falcon, and a Stelling Mandolin
Tell us more about yourself (place a Bio here if you wish)
I am a recently retired College Professor. Although I have been involved in music all of my life, I have never been able to give it the time that I wanted. Now, I am finally able to devote all of my time to playing and learning.
I put my way through College in the 60's in San Francisco playing in a rock band. I recently played mandolin with a local Bluegrass Band, 'The Foggy Memory Boys'. Right now, I am not playing with anyone. I am studying music theory and trying to improve my playing skills.
One of my ongoing interests is finding ways to improve the teaching of music . . . particularly as applied to learning the guitar. I think pedagogy has been overlooked in favour of the teacher's playing skills. They don't necessarily go hand in hand.
I will try and put some MP3's of my playing on my website. There is currently only one example and it is an old recording. I will try and find something newer as soon as possible.
"I recently came across a steel string parlor guitar made by P. Benson, in Minneapolis. It's really a nice little instrument--well built, comfortable, very much like an old Martin 00-18 (mahogany, slotted headstock, pyramid bridge, ladder…"
"My gear is much better than my skill - for straight flatpickin', I play a Martin D-18 Authentic 1937. My go-to guitar for just about everything else (and it flatpicks just fine, thank you) is my Huss & Dalton D-RH with a Red Spruce top.…"
"Hey Craig. Thanks for the kind comment. The credit for this version should really go To Steve Kaufman who's arrangement it is. Good luck with your bluegrass studies, it's wonderful music and great fun to play. I look forward to…"
"Thanks Mike. I have to prove to myself that I can play the material as written but once I've done that I start to allow myself some leeway to have fun and drop in my own bits. There's not too much space to do that in SK's version of…"