Looking forward to participating in this group. Like many others I've enjoyed your FGM column for years. I've mainly been a Bluegrasser but have been really immersing myself in jazz and swing lately, so the current series…"
A companion forum to my column in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine. Discussion will include fingerboard harmony, practice techniques, swing and jazz styles, all with a goal of achieving constant improvement.
Doc Watson, Norman Blake, Dan Crary, Clarence White, Tony Rice, Russ Barenberg, Steve Kaufman, Tyler Grant, Steve Kilby, Allen Shadd, Dudley Hill
Favorite Flatpicking Tunes
St. Anne's Reel, Red Haired Boy, Soldier's Joy, Whiskey Before Breakfast, Blackberry Blossom, Black Mountain Rag, Beaumont Rag, Old Joe Clark, and many more!
I love Martin mahogany dreads and am privileged to own a D-18 Authentic and a 1958 D-18, 1998. I also love my '98 Collings D2H Brazilian/Adirondack and my maple 2001 Collings SJ
Tell us more about yourself (place a Bio here if you wish)
I started playing guitar during the folk revival in the early 60's. I started gravitating towards Bluegrass when I heard Glen Campbell's 12-String Guitar albums and The Dillards. The defining moment for me was the first time I heard Doc Watson playing Black Mountain Rag from the '63 Bluegrass at Newport album. I had never heard anyone play like that before, and I took up my flatpicking journey right then and there. I put my guitar away for many years when I started my work career, but took it up seriously again in the mid-90's. Music is a journey for me, and an integral part of my life now.
Yeah, playing ole hoss was a bit surreal. I grew up on that
Will The Circle Be Unbroken album, and hearing Doc and Merle Travis talk about it. It is a seriously great guitar and a true piece of guitar history.
Welcome to the Flatpicking Guitar Network ! We are all truly "Honored"
to have you as a friend. Steve Thanks to you for helping other guitarist
via your wonderful web site : Bluegrass Guitar Homepage.
"Ralph, I learned more from your videos in two hours last night than i have learned in the past 6 months!! Thanks so much for your very excellent efforts. All fabulous stuff, especially the cross-picking. Sie Sind Hollandisch. Sprechen Sie…"
"Have owned D28VR, (80's) D35, (70's ) 0015 (early 2000's) and recently bought DR Centennial, marking first century of Dreadnaught production. Has Martin VTS artificially aged top and braces. Greatest sound I have ever heard! I…"
"Fabulous, Louis. Pee Wee King's brother, Gene, Used to run a rare record shop in Louisville some 40 years ago. Johnnie Cash's daughter cut an album entitled "King's Record Store" Magnificent job on a great tune for…"