"Hey dr. mikey, great to hear from you. I emailed Skip on his band email account but didn't hear back so I thought I would try you. I haven't been playing much but have started back and am taking lessons from Andy Hatfield her in Peoria.…"
Norman Blake, Russ Barenberg, David Grier, Bryan Sutton, Tony Rice, Doc Watson, Steve Kaufman, Mark Cosgrove, Jim Hurst
Favorite Flatpicking Tunes
Cattle in the Cane, Twisted Reel, Huckleberry Hornpipe, Rebecca, Jerusalem Ridge, St. Anne's Reel, Temperance Reel, Salt Creek, The Gold Rush, Whiskey, Black Mountain Rag, Durang's Hornpipe
NGC (Marty Lanham) 000 Bonnie, Proulx dread, Randy Lucas SJ wedgie, Gallagher A-70, Dudenbostel SJ
Tell us more about yourself (place a Bio here if you wish)
I learned three chords on a friend's Stratocaster when I was a freshman in college (about 40 years ago). I played acoustic six-string for about 25 years, then attended a Steve Kaufman workshop. Strangely enough, even after that workshop, I still thought I knew how to play. Just slow to get the message, I guess.
Steve told me about a flatpicking "camp" that he was starting at Maryville College, so I attended that very first year. I realized in pretty short order that I did NOT know how to play the guitar. So I've been back every year trying to figure it out. So far, no success, but I have so much fun I keep returning year after year. Any year now, I expect to find self actualization as a player.
I wish I could come and see you all, it's been so long! Unfortunately with the price of gas, and no one to see to all the animals, I am afraid it is a no. I am still picking, and in fact have a jam session here every Sunday afternoon, so I am still learning new tunes etc.
Please remember me to every one at Kamp, and have a great time!
Hi Dr. Mike
Quite the mug shot. I told everybody in canada
that you were my friend since I saw you in bluegrass
unlimited magazine. Just getting even.
hope to see you guys at kamp.
Found a solution to an often mentioned problem when having installed a piezo type bridge plate pickup transducer. The consensus of several Internet responders who have done this is that while the sound from strings 2 through 6 is good, the high e-string is way too quiet with no real ring, sustain, etc. Some have suggested moving the transducer for that string away from a brace, Adding a 4th transducer, a not so easy job, etc.I recently installed a JJB pickup (jjbelectronics) in a 40 year old…See More
I play two-thirds of a guitar. I have some wrist issues with fretting the 6th string. I enjoy finger picking but have been an avid follower of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine for about 6 years. I find Dan Huckabee's beginners arrangements great for the bari-uke. I have also found much of Adam Granger's work suits my DGBE tuning.I once took a class from Dan Miller in Palo Alto, California and he told me that his daughter was playing the baritone uke. I have e-mailed Adam about his new FGM…See More
"I have a left handed Blue Chip TAD 3R 40 pick and I find it a great pick to use, no scraping and quick on the strings. The only problem is that the tone is quite bass-y which is great for lead picking or Mandolin but not so good for rhythm…"