Tony Rice, Bryan Sutton, Doc Watson, Kenny Smith, David Grier
Favorite Flatpicking Tunes
Whiskey Before Breakfast; Honeysuckle; Soldier's Joy; Reuben; Lonesome Fiddle Blues; Bill Cheatum: etc, etc.
'97 Collings D2H Winfield
Tell us more about yourself (place a Bio here if you wish)
I started strumming and picking a little bit of guitar age age 16. I even had a book by some guy named Steve Kaufman that I learned some strumming and Carter-style picking from, but I didn't know much, if anything, about flatpicking at that point. So I put the Kaufman book away for several years.
At age 23, I first paid attention to flatpicking when my dad bought me a CD called "Flatpicking '98". Shortly thereafter, my dad had me listen to a CD he had just bought called "Bluegrass Rules" (Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder). I got chills when I heard a guitarist named Bryan Sutton tear through the breaks on the CD...I was officially bitten!
I dug out my old Steve Kaufman book and started working up tunes. Then I found out that the "Flatpicking '98" CD actually came from a compilation of tunes covered in a magazine called Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, so I immediately subscribed to it.
I've come a long way, but have a long way to go towards being a really good guitarist. My main regret is that I ignored all the advice to work on rhythm earlier on. I am really concentrating on my rhythm right now. New pickers, WORK ON THAT RHYTHM! (hint: there's more to it than "boom chick") ;-)
"I recently came across a steel string parlor guitar made by P. Benson, in Minneapolis. It's really a nice little instrument--well built, comfortable, very much like an old Martin 00-18 (mahogany, slotted headstock, pyramid bridge, ladder…"
"My gear is much better than my skill - for straight flatpickin', I play a Martin D-18 Authentic 1937. My go-to guitar for just about everything else (and it flatpicks just fine, thank you) is my Huss & Dalton D-RH with a Red Spruce top.…"
"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…"