"Thanks Jake. I've have heard 3 different Clarence versions - and they all blew me away. There is a video of him playing it live on YouTube, the CD that the White family released that has 33 tunes CW used for lessons, and also the version on The…"
"Nice playing! I like the Django like chromatic runs. Reminded me hearing Clarence play that tune, his version in unbelievable. I look forward to seeing some videos of you playing with your son. Since he is just 2 it might be…"
"That's awesome. Harmonies were great. Great playing and cool that your hanging with your dad. I play with my kid too, but he's not even 2 yet and so he sometimes strums his uke, and other times uses it as a hammer.
Clarence White, Tony Rice, Steve Kaufman, Banjo Ben, Jim Nunnally, Brad Davis, Dix Bruce, and Dan Crary
Favorite Flatpicking Tunes
I like any tune that I can remember, but especially prefer ones that go outside of the 1/4/5 world. Ok, maybe just throw in a 7th chord and I'll be satisfied.
I have a great Breedlove American D/SM that I love, but when I die and go to heaven I want a R. Taylor Style 3 Cherry Sunburst.
Tell us more about yourself (place a Bio here if you wish)
I have been playing guitar since about 1978 or 9. I only just got into this style and had no idea that people were still into it! That makes this even more fun. I have a band and we play a ton of charity events in our community which has been really fun, and life giving. Playing for people in jails, rehab homes, hospitals, etc has been a great time and a huge blessing for me (and I hope for them too!)
These contests pit guitar players against mando players and banjo players. I won the California State Open Picking Championships four times total, the last three being consecutivley 2007, 2008, and 2009. They only let you win three times in a row and then you have to sit out a year. I have won the Western Open three times now although last year I took second to an incredible mando player out of southern California. It would be great to meet you.
I have been uploading some videos to youtube (search under: jr3316). If I get the time I'll try isolating some of my contest videos for you. Although I have never competed there, Tehachapi CA has a contest called something like, Fiddling Down the Tracks that occurs about the same time as the Weaverville contest. It is a larger contest than Weaverville.
"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…"