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/
"Hi! I'lm in a similar position as I recently started taking Bryan Sutton's online video lessons. So far, the experience has been transforming, but also difficult as I realized I had to unlearn a few bad habits. I, as well, used to rest my…"
Hey FPers!Could use some advice, or just start a discussion, on the merits of strum patterns that go both up and down, versus Boom-Chuck with straight down strokes.I bring this up as I have recently broken the habit of resting my wrist on the bridge after many years of struggle. The result is that I am faster, cleaner, and am now able to play with a heavier pick. I now imitate the Brian Sutton model with a pinky posted to the pick guard.While this has made my speed on fiddle tunes and…See More
"I got my Wegen Bluegrass Picks and started using them - and I can really see the difference - very happy I made the switch!. With the beveled edge, this forces me to maintain the correct grip rather than the way the medium pick was moving in…"
Tom Meier is now a member of Flatpicking Guitar Network
"I have noticed that others have shared what I have experienced - when it is a fiddle tune or lots of single string runs, I drop the pinky - but when its straight rhythm with strums - I go free hand. I really like the way my D-28 rings out when…"
"I'm still using the Wegen TF-120. I have yet to find anything that produces a better tone on my Martin acoustics, and the last so much longer than standard picks do, they're worth the price.
I started playing electric guitars…"
"When I first got started, I got one of the Steve Kauffman Homespun tapes where he recommended a medium pick, so that's what I've always used. However, now that I am reading these posts and trying to really improve rather than just…"