"Thanks Jay! That other guy's name is Spencer Strickland. He is currently playing in a duo with Gerald Anderson. You may know Gerald through the name Wayne Henderson. Gerald and Wayne used to make instruments together back when Wayne first…"
"Great job Karl! That's one of those tunes I'd like to build some speed on, along with several dozen others (too many tunes, not enough "free time"!) I don't know the fellow playing mandolin, but kudos to him, too. The way he…"
"People our age who like this kind of music are rare in VA. I play mostly Old TIme music, ragtime, and irish. The standard flatpicking faire a-la Robin Kessinger. I posted a video on this site, but I also have that same video on youtube. Just search…"
I just became a member of this website and I was looking at your little ad on here. I'm curious as to what you do teach and which side of Richmond you're located on. I'm 23 years old and i live in Charlottesville. I've…"
Heya Karl, I enjoyed all your videos! You were asking about my Thompson guitar - I really love it, I'm not sure how to compare this one with the one Robert Shafer has, I didn't get to play his hardly at all. Mine looks almost identical to Robin K's, except his is a "Thompson", where mine is a "Bob Thompson" (Bob's son made Robin's). They sound almost identical. I don't remember for sure, I think I gave $2600 for it. My only complaint at this point is the action is a tiny bit high up near the nut - I will probably make my own bone nut & saddle for it when I get the chance, and adjust the action a bit.
You gonna do Echoes this year? Barry already called and asked me to room with him - I won't know for sure til the end of this week if I can get that week off, but I'll probably go if I can. I might do Augusta, too, if I can afford it - Robin tells me you will be doing "official functions" there - cool!
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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
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