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.
Found a solution to an often mentioned problem when having installed a piezo type bridge plate pickup transducer. The consensus of several Internet responders who have done this is that while the sound from strings 2 through 6 is good, the high e-string is way too quiet with no real ring, sustain, etc. Some have suggested moving the transducer for that string away from a brace, Adding a 4th transducer, a not so easy job, etc.I recently installed a JJB pickup (jjbelectronics) in a 40 year old…See More
I play two-thirds of a guitar. I have some wrist issues with fretting the 6th string. I enjoy finger picking but have been an avid follower of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine for about 6 years. I find Dan Huckabee's beginners arrangements great for the bari-uke. I have also found much of Adam Granger's work suits my DGBE tuning.I once took a class from Dan Miller in Palo Alto, California and he told me that his daughter was playing the baritone uke. I have e-mailed Adam about his new FGM…See More
"I have a left handed Blue Chip TAD 3R 40 pick and I find it a great pick to use, no scraping and quick on the strings. The only problem is that the tone is quite bass-y which is great for lead picking or Mandolin but not so good for rhythm…"