"Hi William - I'm a bit behind on this discussion but have spent time on similar quests for the optimal pick. I've been really happy with Dunlop XL Jazz III series. Make sure you order the XL version since the standard series requires…"
A couple more for you:
Oyster Grass is in Kemmerer, Wyoming and is the Wyoming State Championship. It was last weekend
http://www.oysterridgemusicfestival.com/ The dates for 2010 haven't been announced, we will
have to let the organizers…"
"Hi Brian, just browsing profiles and trying to acquire an education as a newbie to this flatpicking bluegrass world. Thanks for naming names of flatpickers I can start listening to. I have college age music-minded son also, just about to graduate in…"
Django, Tony Rice, Roger Ferguson, Chris Thile and Mike Marshall (Yes they are mandolin pickers but its picking and its very very good).
Favorite Flatpicking Tunes
Anything that sounds good from any genre.
Martin D-28,35,&41 models, Nobel (wow!), Huss & Dalton TD models
Tell us more about yourself (place a Bio here if you wish)
I started playing 5-string banjo and dabbling in guitar and mandolin when I was about 14 years old in western Washington State. I continued that through college and grad school. Then family and career grew and there was neither time for nor continued interest in bluegrass. Fast forward 20 years when about 2 years ago I picked up a guitar and started to pick out tunes that I remember Roger Ferguson and others teaching me a long time ago. It was fun and a lot easier than it was when I was a kid, I don't know why. So now I'm playing guitar, taking lessons, and really enjoying it. Its a great hobby and maybe someday will be more than that for me. I live in Denver now with my wife. Our two college age sons are at home off and on. The youngest starts college as a music major in Fall 2009 and the other is a physics major and opera lover.
Summer 2009 update - Won the Wyoming State Flatpick competition, on to Winfield next week. Should be fun if nothing else.
Hi Brian, just browsing profiles and trying to acquire an education as a newbie to this flatpicking bluegrass world. Thanks for naming names of flatpickers I can start listening to. I have college age music-minded son also, just about to graduate in music (trumpet performance). He has a band and does gigs and all he thinks about is jazz - the one type of music I'm not all that keen on. Anyway, just looking to make friends on this site and start learning how to segue my rock and roll fingers into a new state of being. Cheers!
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"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…"