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I am the editor and publisher of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine and have been playing acoustic music on guitar, banjo, mandolin, and bass for nearly thirty years. I've owned and operated my own publishing company since 1988 and owned FGM Records since 1997.

I was born and raised in Northern Virginia, graduated from Annandale High School in 1978, and entered the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. In 1982 I graduated from the Naval Academy with a BS in Mathematics and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. I served as a Communications Officer in the Marine Corps until 1992. While in the service I also earned a MS in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

During my time in the service I began publishing a martial arts newsletter, which eventually led to me starting my own publishing company in 1988 while I was still in the service. The small newsletter gradually grew into a journal, which focused on the Chinese internal martial art of Pa Kua Chang (also romanized Ba Gua Zhang).

After leaving the Marine Corps in 1992, having achieved the rank of Captain, I began publishing full time. In addition to publishing the Pa Kua Chang Journal, over the next five years I also published eight books and ten instructional video on various Chinese martial arts subjects. After my first daughter, Emily, was born in January of 1996, I thought that the four to five week-long research trips to China would be hard on my new family and I decided to start a new publication which would be more family oriented. In September of 1996 the first issue of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine (flatpick.com) was published. In June of 1997, my second daughter, Sara, was born.

My two children, and the guitar magazine, were all born while I was living in Monterey, California. In 1998 I decided to move the business to Pulaski, Virginia. Although the business office remains in Pulaski, I moved back to California in 2005 and now live in Rocklin, just east of Sacramento. My aunt, Connie Miller and her sister Jackie, run the day-to-day operations of the business office while I focus on publishing the magazine and producing music CDs and instructional books and DVDs for acoustic guitar players.

In conjunction with publishing Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, I also own FGM Records (fgmrecords.com) and Flatpicking Mercantile (flatpickingmercantile.com). Currently the record label, which specializes in various styles of acoustic guitar music, has produced 32 CDs and 6 live concert DVDs. Additionally we have produced instructional material for guitar and sell it through Flatpicking Mercantile. To date Flatpicking Mercantile has released fourteen instructional books and twelve instructional DVDs.

I also play the upright bass with a number of touring bands. For the past several years I have worked primarily with the Brad Davis Band and I have toured as a duo, playing guitar, with Tim May.

Tim May, Brad Davis, and I conduct workshops all around the United States, about 70 per year. To find out more about these workshops, please see our workshop schedule at the following web address: http://www.flatpick.com/workshops
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Flatpicking Guitar Magazine Nov/Dec 2013 Issue Now Available

The November/December 2013 edition (Volume 18, Number 1), of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine features Joey McKenzie of The Quebe Sisters Band on the cover and some of Joey's great Western swing back up. Additionally, we highlight Michael Daves who has recorded and toured in a duo with Chris Thile. Michael, originally…


Posted on November 6, 2013 at 11:57am

Check Out Our Upgraded Website at www.flatpick.com

We haven recently upgraded and updated the Flatpicking Guitar Magazine website at www.flatpick.com.

Please check it out!  We have added a lot of new instructional items for the acoustic guitar player and guitar accessories like cases, capos, strands, straps, strings, picks, and much more.  Please check it out at www.flatpick.com



Posted on November 6, 2013 at 11:54am

November/December 2012 issue now available

The November/December 2012 issue of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine is now available! This issue features Carl Miner on the cover.  Carl is a former National Flatpicking Champion and is currently touring with the Greencards. In this issue we also feature Mike Cramer, a talented guitar player and teacher from Minnesota, and we highlight Eli West, the guitarist who is now actively touring the country with his musical partner Cahalen Morrison. Our regular columnist are here as always and many of…


Posted on November 2, 2012 at 12:12pm — 1 Comment

Rest in Peace Doc!

Our founding father, mentor, legend, teacher, and hero has passed.  We will miss you Doc!…


Posted on May 30, 2012 at 8:38am — 6 Comments

Flatpicking Guitar Magazine March/April 2012 Issue Now Available

The March/April 2012 issue of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine is now available. This is Volume 16, Number 3 of the magazine. This issue features Jake Stargel on the cover. During the past 5 years Jake has toured with The Lovell Sisters, The Greencards, Barefoot, Mountain Heart, and Sierra Hull. Additionally, this issue features Julian Lage, who is not a teacher at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and our CD…


Posted on March 7, 2012 at 11:00pm

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At 11:50pm on May 3, 2008, Rex Flottman said…
Thanks Dan!
I just got home from a little gig recon trip to Wichita!
I can't hang out with all those pickers that come to town in September and not have to get out there and give it the old college try!
We'll keep a light in the window for you!
At 9:16am on May 4, 2008, Daniel Wheeler said…
Hey man ya this is a pretty cool thing you made here. As far as suggestions. Let's see what about a one stop contest and festival directory but more specifically contests. And maybe a builder database and or a classifieds section.
At 1:28pm on May 4, 2008, Joe McColley said…
Hi Dan,
Another good idea from your magazine! Is this like facebook for old guys? I am competing in the Texas Flatpick contest in a couple of weeks - wish me luck. Hope to see you at Kamp Week2.
At 3:13pm on May 4, 2008, Peter Fryefield said…
Sounds good to me, my friend.
At 5:07pm on May 4, 2008, Eric Wall said…
And thank you dan for doing so much for flatpicking music for somany people. I bet you don't hear that appreciation enough. Your magaizine is really a quality product. I've learned a lot of tunes and others from it over the years.
At 8:18pm on May 4, 2008, Mojo1 said…
Hey Dan! I'll try to keep you posted... as long as I'm paying attention to where I'm going to be!!!!!

Be well! We'll talk soon!

At 11:27am on May 5, 2008, Eric Lambert said…
Thanks Dan!Glad to be here!
At 12:26pm on May 6, 2008, Pete Huttlinger said…
Thanks Dan! Thanks for starting the network.
At 12:47pm on May 6, 2008, Steve Hall said…
UK subscriber here. Still a beginner but loving it. Site looks great, thanks for extending my flatpicking world.
At 1:09pm on May 6, 2008, Tony Watt said…
Thanks Dan! It was nice to see you too. Thanks for setting this thing up! -Tony

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