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Making Sawdust replied to Russ Norton's discussion best way to practice to learn bluegrass solo breaks
"Muscle memory, connecting chords with runs,,,,the program TabEdit.....(the real secret)   and don't try to get fancy on breaks,,,just play the melody, most are real simple....once you start doing that, the hammer ons and pull off will just…"
Feb 22, 2015
Making Sawdust replied to Robert Naylor's discussion Camps (Kamps?)
"Some day,,,for now will just catch Steve when he is doing a workshop in the hood........Tim and company don't seem to come east anymore....."
Feb 22, 2015
Making Sawdust replied to Jim Samuel's discussion Starting Over - With Essentials in the group Flatpicking Essentials
"Trust and believe,,,you must,,,,must....find a group to jam with......somewhere around you is a jam group...bluegrass, Oldtime, folk,,,and all, yes,,,all of the jams I go to whether they are called bluegrass or Oldtime, play just about everything…"
Feb 22, 2015
Making Sawdust replied to Dan Miller's discussion Have Any Questions? in the group Flatpicking Essentials
"Well my friend, I am again a little confused, being a old person, but most Bluegrass songs are just 3 chords. The so called standards, fiddle tunes are all mostly 3 chords and a few are just 2 and even one. Now if you said I want to play Jazz, then…"
Aug 20, 2012
Making Sawdust replied to Dan Miller's discussion Have Any Questions? in the group Flatpicking Essentials
"One thing I think I picked up in your post is that you have been only playing a year? If that is true and you also mentioned fingerpicking, dude, slow down, Flatpicking, fingerpicking, struming, playing lead, way overload. I have been playing since…"
Aug 17, 2012
Making Sawdust and Bill Jester are now friends
Feb 15, 2011
Making Sawdust is attending Beppe Gambetta's event

Beppe Gambetta concert in Stockton, NJ at Prallsville Mill

February 18, 2011 from 8pm to 10pm
Solo concert
Feb 15, 2011
Making Sawdust commented on Beppe Gambetta's event Beppe Gambetta 1st Acoustic Guitar Workshop in Stockton, NJ
"I'll be there, just need the schedule. See you Friday nite at the concert."
Feb 15, 2011
Making Sawdust is attending Beppe Gambetta's event

Beppe Gambetta 1st Acoustic Guitar Workshop in Stockton, NJ at info: fedcalv@tin.it

February 19, 2011 at 2:30pm to February 20, 2011 at 5pm
Saturday February 19th, 2:30 pmSunday February 20th, 10:00 amSee More
Feb 15, 2011
Clay Hess and Making Sawdust are now friends
Dec 25, 2010
Making Sawdust replied to Tom Lewis's discussion Flatpicking Essentials V1 question
"For me now,,,just for me,,I'm just saying as far as learning anything new...when I stick with playing what's comfortable, I would still be strumming C,f,G, with a paper thin pick, and never trying the fingerstyle or flatpicking style, or…"
Aug 20, 2010
Making Sawdust commented on Beppe Gambetta's video

Dixie Breakdown

"Saw Beppe last night and I know he could play an Esteban and sound great!"
Jul 4, 2010
Making Sawdust replied to Todd McFarland's discussion What brand do you play?
"Ah just for the record,,now this is according to CF Martin; THEY HAVE never sued anyone regarding any design etc. They have of course guarded and sued over their trademark...CF Martin and people selling used guitars claiming they were life time…"
Jun 28, 2010
Making Sawdust joined ganon's group

Flatpicking Essentials: Freshman Class 2010

This group is for those that have recently started working with Dan Miller's Flatpicking Essentials Series, and want to share their thoughts and support each others development. General idea is, as a group, to actively work through F.E. together.
Jun 28, 2010
Making Sawdust commented on Beppe Gambetta's video

Dixie Breakdown

"Now just think how much better it would sound on a Martin....LOL.....love it..."
Jun 28, 2010
Making Sawdust is attending Beppe Gambetta's event

Beppe Gambetta in Bethlehem, PA at Godfrey Daniels

July 3, 2010 from 8pm to 10pm
solo concert
Jun 28, 2010
Making Sawdust and Kerry Krishna are now friends
Jun 27, 2010
Making Sawdust replied to lcarr's discussion campfire guitar
"LXM is the ticket,,,sorry folks,,,,I know you Martin haters wouldn't like'm, But for me every thing trys to be a Martin, so why not have a Martin...The LXM is what it is,,,much better than any backpacker, and has the Martin sound....and…"
Jun 27, 2010
Making Sawdust commented on John Bauman's blog post GuitarHelp Hotline
"Ha,Ha,Ha,Ha,Ha,Ha,Ha,Ha.........can't...Ha Ha Ha....stop.....love it......Ha..Ha..."
Nov 11, 2009
Making Sawdust replied to richard innis's discussion double down up technique/brad davis
"Check out Brad's web site for some pdf's etc of the exercise. 15 minutes a day, builds muscle memory. If a workshop is near you,,I drove 3 hours to get to one...go"
Nov 9, 2009

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Favorite Flatpickers
Clay Hess, Jack Lawrence, Ron Peterson, L.Juber ( ok maybe not a flat picker all the time but he can if he needs to.) Ed Bruce, and all the rest of them White, Blake, Rice, Doc, and of course Django Rinehart.
Favorite Flatpicking Tunes
That's why I'm here I am trying to learn some.
Favorite Guitars
Martins, Martins and did I mention Martins HD-28, LXM, DM
Tell us more about yourself (place a Bio here if you wish)
I would love to tell you about myself, but
Retired LEO.
Do you have a website?
http://yes, again private for now

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At 4:13pm on March 22, 2009, Dan Miller said…
Thanks for joining the Flatpicking Essentials Group!

At 5:35pm on March 29, 2009, Nanessence said…
Hi Making Sawdust....Yes there is an old time jam every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at the Center for the Arts at 68 S. Main St. in Phillipsburg, NJ, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. I missed the first one, but got to the second one last Tuesday. Old time is mostly fiddlers, of course, but there were other guitars besides mine, as well as some dulcimers, banjos, and mandolins. There are some other jams I've heard about that are more bluegrass oriented in Hellertown and Stroudsburg and there is a Celtic jam on certain Wednesdays at Hammerhead in Northampton, PA. Some of these I located by Googling. Others I found by joining Meetup.com. Good luck with getting linked up. Maybe I'll see you in one of these jams!
At 3:09pm on April 3, 2009, Nanessence said…
Hi Making Sawdust,
There's one in Stroudsburg, PA, that is a real BG jam.
Pocono BG & Folk Society
Elks Lodge, 260 Washington St., East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
570- 421-9140
Neil 570.424.2937 or John 570.992.2259, jcuuu@ptd.net
Shindigs: 1st Sundays Oct. thru May, Doors open 11 am

The above is one that I haven't attended yet but have heard that everyone must take a "break" in turn. That gives you a chance to do your individual thing. In old time music everyone plays together through the whole song. You don't have to sign up for the P'burg old time jam; just show up. The Pocono BG jam, which meets this Sunday, may cost some money. I'm going to stay home and play with my jam recordings until the sun comes out. Have fun!
At 6:45pm on July 18, 2010, Downtown Freddy Brown said…
Steal what you can my friend. If we were closer I'd be glad to show you. BTW...that ain't magic marker on my guitar LOL!

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