Scott Gantt, John Pappas, Steve Broitman, Lindsey Flexner, Kathy DePlaza ... and of course the Mentors: Doc Watson, Tony Rice, Jerry Garcia, Eric Clapton, Brian Sutton, Steve Kaufman, JP Cromier, Chet Atkins ... to name a few.
Favorite Flatpicking Tunes
Turkey in the Straw, Texas Gales, Jerusalem Ridge, Blackberry Blossom ... and about a thousand more.
I currently play a custom 1995 Bella Drednaught HD28 Style built by luthier Frank Finocchio of Finocchio Guitar Works, Easton, PA.
Tell us more about yourself (place a Bio here if you wish)
I'm "one of them Penns Grove guys" ... South Jersey born and raised. I started out playing electric guitar in high school in 1967. Some friends and I formed a rock band back then and we called ourselves "The Insites", which remained intact until somewhere around 1972. From '72 until 1996 I only picked up the guitar on occasion to jam a little bit with favorite tunes ... especially from my extensive Grateful Dead collection ... as time allowed between working full time, running a property management business, and raising my three kids ( ... along with all their cousins and friends).
Since getting back my "bachelor status" in 1998, I've been a serious student of acoustic music styles for stringed instruments. Today, I'm an acomplished flatpicker playing guitar, mandolin, and upright bass ... focusing mostly on the bluegrass and acoustic roots genres. I still make my home base in same neighborhead that I grew up in.
My band, "New Raccoon Creek", features Michele Green on banjo, Scott Gantt on guitar, Clayon Green on bass, and me on guitar, mandolin and vocals. I also am the mandolinist for the bands "Texas Rose", "Woodchuck Hollow", "Homespun Bluegrass", "Factory Seconds", I sub in occasionally for "Andalusia Jug Band" among others, and am the Music Director of the world renowned AFBA's "Hill People". My primary instruments are both Rhythm and Lead Guitar, Mandolin, and Upright Bass.
I play an active part in our regional Acoustic and Bluegrass Community, and am one of the major organizers/promotors here in the Delaware and Lehigh Valleys being instrumental in promoting Americana's acoustic and traditional genres to the seasoned community and introducing it to new enthusiests. I'm available for private lessons and group workshops in beginner through intermediate levels.
As the founder and host of the popular "Third Sunday Acoustic Jam"... now into it's sixth successful year ... we draw a regular gathering of musicians, friends, and fans from the four state DE MD NJ PA area who come to this monthly jam to enjoy afternoons of playing, picking, singing, and fellowship.
Associations include; Brandywine Friends Of Old Time Music, the Appalachian Fiddle and Bluegrass Association, of which I am also a staff member, and the Pocono Bluegrass and Folk Society.
I am a founder of Wilmington Wintergrass, Inc, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and a member of it's Board of Directors. WWG's purpose is to preserve and hand down this important genre of true American Music. We are presenting The Second Annual Wilmington Winter Bluegrass Festival happening on the weekend of March 13-15, 2009.
Thought you might be interested in hearing about Princeton Area Pickers, a new Meetup.com group . We hope to establish a regular bluegrass-old time-country jam in the Princeton area. Join us at http://www.meetup.com/Princeton-Area-Pickers/
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…"