"I don't have any expensive or "boutique" acoustics (I've been an electric collector for years), so all of my acoustics probably classify as "beaters". I do have a little Harmony H-303 that I carry in case of…"
"I am by no means an "expert", but I will share how I improvise on tunes that I don't really know. Some of the more expert pickers may not agree with my statements, but the scales that I mastered first were the pentatonic scales.…"
Doc Watson, Steve Kilby, Robin Kessinger, Steve Kaufman, Tony Rice
Favorite Flatpicking Tunes
Big Sandy River, Whiskey Before Breakfast, Blackberry Rag, Black Mountain Rag
Alvarez, Gibson, Henderson
Tell us more about yourself (place a Bio here if you wish)
My love of music stems from my family. My grandfather, Ken Powers, was an old time fiddle player and my uncle, Gary Shepherd, was the bassist for The Flat Ridge Boys. I taught myself the guitar at age 13 and it has been my life for nearly 10 years. I'm very eclectic when it comes to musical tastes. I'm an accomplished heavy metal guitarist, and I also love playing acoustic blues (fingerstyle). I got out of the competitions for a while and didn't do very much flatpicking at all, and now I'm glad to say that I plan on getting back in to this wonderful art. I play with Brossard Picks (www.brossardpicks.com), and prefer to use picks made of horn as well as ebony.
"Ralph, I learned more from your videos in two hours last night than i have learned in the past 6 months!! Thanks so much for your very excellent efforts. All fabulous stuff, especially the cross-picking. Sie Sind Hollandisch. Sprechen Sie…"
"Have owned D28VR, (80's) D35, (70's ) 0015 (early 2000's) and recently bought DR Centennial, marking first century of Dreadnaught production. Has Martin VTS artificially aged top and braces. Greatest sound I have ever heard! I…"
"Fabulous, Louis. Pee Wee King's brother, Gene, Used to run a rare record shop in Louisville some 40 years ago. Johnnie Cash's daughter cut an album entitled "King's Record Store" Magnificent job on a great tune for…"