"I agree with Greg. I would get a bunch Claytons in various gauges and figure out which gauge you are most comfortable with. I love the clayton gold .96, but you know, we all are different and like what we like.
Just came across your query into playing like Norman Blake. It's been my experience that there are few who can play just like him, but some who can emmulate what he does to a pretty good degree. I agree with Steve that you are more than…"
Norman Blake, Russ Barenberg, Doc Watson, Robin Bullock, Craig Vance
Favorite Flatpicking Tunes
Whiskey Before Breakfast
Older Martins (pre-1970 especially D-18s), Old Gibsons (I own a Century of Progress)
Tell us more about yourself (place a Bio here if you wish)
Learned much about music playing rhythm to an old time fiddle player named "Blackie". We played for the Ralph Case Cloggers. My other influence and mentor is Craig Vance whom I was introduced to by Norman Blake. I am now the lead guitar and mandolin player for a group called the Mill Run Dulcimer Band.
Randy Wood Guitars has added the ability to live stream their weekend shows from the Pickin' Parlor. Friday night at 8pm he will have have Town Mountain streaming for FREE. Great young band out of Asheville and a great music venue, if he gets enough viewers watching he will keep these streams going every weekend. Link below if you want to check it out. http://new.livestream.com/saltymoss/townmountainSee More