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Best Acoustic Guitar Case for Airplane Travel?
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I have a Gator ATA case which I've used about a half-dozen times to transport an acoustic guitar as checked baggage.  Although I've never had a problem in the 6 or 7 times I've checked the Gator…Continue

Tags: Damage, Airlines, Case, Travel

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kerry Krishna Apr 29, 2010.

What's Up With Gordon Lightfoot?
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I was born in 1950, so I remember all the Gordon Lightfoot hits of the 70's, but though I liked his music, I never thought of him as a guitar player, and I certainly never associated him with…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by William Gray Jul 4, 2010.

Heavy Picks Anyone?
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When I started playing acoustic guitar about a year ago, I felt most comfortable with medium gauge picks.  Thins were clearly too flimsy and heavys just seemed too stiff.  But as time went by I…Continue

Tags: blanchard, tone, speed, picks

Started this discussion. Last reply by Arthur Knowler Feb 18.

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Getting back into old-time country and bluegrass music after many years lost in the wake of the British Invasion (you old folks will remember that!). I still love those great Beatles songs. But my family roots are in the hills of Tennessee and Virginia, and I think that music got in my bones somehow.

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At 12:30am on March 15, 2010, Steve Blanchard said…
Hi William,

Any chance we can get together and pick??? Let me know.

Steve
At 10:55am on March 15, 2010, Steve Blanchard said…
Hi William,

Yes, we should get together soon. Don't worry about where your playing is, just worry about where it's going to be. I never let my students set ceilings for themselves. Learning goes in stages and learning how to break things down in digestible forms..just like learning to read. I think I maybe able to help you make some real progress.

Thanks for the kind words about my playing and Prairie Flyer, I hope you make it out to somemore festivals this year. Give a call and lets set up some picking time...(503) 730-0005 Cell. All the best...Steve
At 1:52pm on March 16, 2010, Steve Blanchard said…
Hey William,

Come out to Forest Grove and we could have lunch and pick. Don't worry about your playing...besides I take on beginners if they are ambitious. Most beginners are just too lazy at first and I don't have the patience with them if they are wasting their time and my time. I sit with you and teach ya....just buy lunch.
At 1:01pm on March 17, 2010, Steve Blanchard said…
Hey William,

Let's shoot for 12:00-12:30 on the 18th ( tomorrow) or Thursday next week. Let me know...I couldn't remember when your gone to Mexico...Tomorrow is fine with me.
At 8:43am on March 24, 2010, Dan Miller said…
William,

I had my web guy work on the problem with the crosspicking FAQ and it is fixed now. Check it out and see if you can view the tabs now.
Thanks,

Dan
At 6:25am on March 27, 2010, ganon said…
William, saw your query on Norman Blake fans- for me, 'Back Home in Sulphur Springs' is right up there with WB4B.
At 2:30pm on March 27, 2010, ganon said…
Do you learn it (Jimmy Brown) just by listening and watching? That is still pretty much beyond me, but I need to try sooner (rather that later), and it might be a good place to begin.
At 3:50pm on March 27, 2010, ganon said…
Thanks William - sounds like a reasonable approach. Turns out I have the video ( on the DVD 'Legends of Flatpicking Guitar') and Dan Miller has a basic version in Flatpicking Essentials Vol. 2, and a more advanced improvisational version with Tim May in Vol. 5 (which really sounds a lot like quintessential Norman). So I'm well armed - just need to find lots of time.
At 2:15pm on June 1, 2010, Steve Blanchard said…
hey William,
Give me a call. 503 730-0005. I'll probably just drive to Spokane than take the train.

Steve
At 9:12pm on June 13, 2011, Michael Creamer said…

Cool picks at Elderly

http://elderly.com/accessories/items/PKAGJ-M.htm

this model is the same material as Clayton pics but I like the design and grip better.  the tone is very close to my fingernails, just bigger.

but I have no idea what tortoise shell sounds like...

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