"I played a lot back in the late 60's and up to about '75, so I was much younger but my hand cramped too after playing lots of barr chords. Like hard exercise, it got better. I stopped playing completely and picked it back up again after 35…"
"Thanks a bunch ganon. I agree with one of your posts that one of the best things about this site is the exchange/feedback from everyone. I never realized the syncopation until I saw this. Thanks also for the upstroke tip. Being experienced in other…"
"Hi again flatpickers. Time to pick your brain a little. I have been working with vol.1 lessons 7,8 and really wrestling with my boom chika. Been playing for 9 - 10 years and this is something that should be really easy, but I'm finding out it…"
"Thanks for the input John. I tried moving the pick back to almost the thumb joint and it felt solid, but weird. I will have to really work at it to get used to that, but I kind of feel like everything is starting over in a sense. There were a…"
"Hello again everyone. First of all, thanks to everyone who contributed to my search for the "Right" pick. In my prior lifetime (late 60's-early 70's) rock n' roll guitar player, I used a medium hard pick, but we all know,…"
"Hello everyone. Just cracked open volume 1 and started working. Wow. Simple stuff I thought I could do is pretty sloppy when I focus on doing it right, so lot's of room for improvement. Ok. Here's my question; I have a handfull of picks…"
"Ed, you don't keep great programs down for long. The Buckeyes will be back. I have used a metronome before and its not as easy as you think it might be. I got the book yesterday and I'm finishing up the history part, which is pretty…"
"Thanks for the encouragement Ed from Ohio. My copy should be arriving any day now and I'm ready to get moving forward. The plan is to stay with vol.1 start to finish before moving on to vol2. I have a bad habit of buying more books than I can…"
"Without having received my copy of volume 1-flatpicking essentials yet, I recognized my flatpicking skills being very weak after spending the last several years studying fingerstyle guitar. My first inclination was to do chromatic scales up and down…"
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just ordered vol. 1 of flatpicking essentials, ready to dive in. spent the last several years working on fingerstyle so my weak area is flatpicking. Ready to fix that. Love jazz, blues, any good guitar.
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"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…"
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"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…"
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