I'm also in the DC area. Just yesterday at my lesson with Orrin Star we were working on Norman and Tony's solos from the D18 Song. We had the audio playing on my Mac and Orrin was helping me figure out the solos. I can sort of…"
Just came across your query into playing like Norman Blake. It's been my experience that there are few who can play just like him, but some who can emmulate what he does to a pretty good degree. I agree with Steve that you are more than…"
You need to get flatpicking lessons with someone in your area who can show you what you want to learn. You are probably a visual learner verses an audio learner. If you don't trust your ears at this juncture, you definitely need…"
Thanks for the come back. I do have a slow down software called Transcribe, that is really great. It shows the whole song in anlalog sign wave. Any section can be isloated right down to one note. Also you can slow the piece down or…"
"There's a free download called Audacity available at http://audacity.sourceforge.net that also lets you slowdown a tune and loop it. That's how I learn many of my tunes. From there it's just trial and error to try to figure out how…"
"hi tom, as i mentioned to eric, i use the software called "amazing slowdowner" by www.ronimusic.com it's not too expensive , downloadable and just a wonderful tool for learning tunes. as you can both slow down tune and also form loops…"
Hello everyone. I just found this site and of course immediately signed up. I'm another fan of Norman Blake. I live around the Washington, DC area and over the years have seen him in small venues a couple times.I have been flailing away on my Martin box on and off for some years, all totaled I don't see a lot of improvement. The point is I love it so much it offsets the talent part.I was wondering if you trade how he does it licks and such.For instance, I love his version of under the double…See More
"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…"