For Fans of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine
You can check out where I am at on my journey with the Essentials of Flatpicking volume one at
I am starting to actually have fun with the metronome. Go figure! Thanks Dan Miller!
Added by Dave Harper on July 27, 2012 at 5:56pm — No Comments
I have now completed my initial foray of one week into volume one of the Essentials Flatpicking book. I have worked through pages 13 to 17. My thoughts and ideas can be found at
I would be interested exchanging ideas with anyone else who is on this journey and is looking for a learning buddy, no matter where you are.
I just got back from the Robin Kessinger Festival. Lots of great guitar picking. I took a workshop with Steve Kaufman. Everyone in the workshop got to pick in an individual jam with Steve. It was great fun. It would have been even more fun if I hadn't been shaking in my shoes!
Added by Mark Thompson on May 13, 2012 at 5:01pm — No Comments
Sadly, I've never got to put my hands on one of these - I'd really like to give one a whirl for just a few minutes one day just to see, and say I did, of course.
I know Mark O'Connor plays one, and Dan Crary, of course.
Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on April 15, 2012 at 10:47am — No Comments
Added by Michael Johns on April 12, 2012 at 2:14am — No Comments
I went to the Improvisation Workshop with Dan and Tim in Heath, Ohio last night. Great workshop! Great in-person examples of the techniques. Thanks guys!
Added by Mark Thompson on April 6, 2012 at 6:24am — No Comments
The March/April 2012 issue of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine is now available. This is Volume 16, Number 3 of the magazine. This issue features Jake Stargel on the cover. During the past 5 years Jake has toured with The Lovell Sisters, The Greencards, Barefoot, Mountain Heart, and Sierra Hull. Additionally, this issue features Julian Lage, who is not a teacher at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and our CD…Continue
Added by Dan Miller on March 7, 2012 at 11:00pm — No Comments
Now everyone probably knows exactly who David Grisman is, he's only one of the finest mandolin players that acoustic jazz, bluegrass, etc - has ever known. In my mind David Grisman is right on par with someone like Ricky Skaggs, he's just more of a jazz and hippie sort than he is a traditionalist. I love them both, and besides their mandolin playing, both of those guys always have a band with one heck of a guitarist.
In the case of David Grisman - he brought…Continue
Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on February 21, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Another extremely fine and well known flatpicker that has been on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine in the past is Russ Barenberg. I've personally been affected by that fella's fine and tasteful music in the past, as the single largest audience I ever played in front of ...was treated to Barenberg's "Keep It Up/Prince Charlie" from my own fingers.
So Russ is important to me, and I took the time to create a bit of a tribute to…Continue
The January/February 2012 issue of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine is now available. This issue features Jack Pearson on the cover. Jack is well known in the blues and rock worlds, having toured with the Allman Brothers in the 1990s, however, he is out playing acoustic guitar these days and performing…Continue
Added by Dan Miller on January 15, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments
David Bromberg is a guy that we all here on this site should all know well, and he's quite a guitarist. David also happens to be the world's single greatest authority of American Made Violins. I thoroughly enjoyed the issue of Flatpicking Guitar dedicated to him, and if you did as well, then I think that you might also…Continue
Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on December 16, 2011 at 12:12pm — No Comments
I am going to be traveling to Memphis, Tn. area soon and I will be looking for a good jam to participate in, does anyone know of any in the area?
Hard to imagine someone more dedicated to the kind of music that this website is dedicated to than Ricky Skaggs, and it's harder still to imagine a musician with more musical integrity, and power within the…Continue
Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on November 18, 2011 at 11:32am — No Comments
Acoustic guitars are fragile things, and even the most cared for instruments suffer from wear and tear due to playing.
Fret jobs, set ups - those things just happen. This article is written on a basic info level - but if you happen to be in North Texas - then I've got links to a custom guitar builder and master repairman that I personally have used in the past for fret jobs and set up problems on my guitars.
Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on November 11, 2011 at 12:46pm — No Comments
I figure that everyone here knows all about Tony Rice's 1935 Martin D 28, and the history of the thing - but I wrote this article for people who might not know about it, and I hope maybe some folks here at flatpicking Guitar online will enjoy this as well.
It's really more about the Santa Cruz Tony Rice models though.
If you've never seen the super clip of Nine Pound Hammer presented here with Tony and the some of the best and most known bluegrass…Continue
Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on November 8, 2011 at 9:41pm — No Comments
Of course I know that most flatpickers prefer Martin style instruments - I certainly do, but I was raised with a flatpicking grandfather that mostly played Gibson.
Could be that some folk's have a particular style of playing that is best represented by Gibson Dreadnoughts or Super Jumbo guitars?
If so - then I want to hear about it, and if possible, hear you play as well!!!
Anyway, Gibson still makes great guitars - and who doesn't think the J…Continue
The November/December 2011 issue of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine is now availabe! This is a very special issue, one that has the intention and focus of getting you off to a good start if you are new to Flatpicking or bringing you back to an emphasis of the basics of the art if you have been picking for a while. Each of our talented columnists have presented a topic that is fundamental to your development as a flatpicking guitar player. They have each done an amazing job with…Continue
Added by Dan Miller on November 1, 2011 at 9:02am — No Comments
Winners of the 15th annual Black Swamp Blues Society Blues Challenge Solo/Duo category held on Saturday 10/1/2011 in Toledo, Ohio.
They will now move on to play at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn. at the end of January 2012. They'll be competing against about 90 other acts from around the world in the Solo/Duo category.
The dates for the 2012 International Blues Challenge (IBC) will be January 31 - February 4, 2012.
The competition will be…Continue
Added by BUCK69 on October 24, 2011 at 1:36pm — No Comments
I'm from and living in Texas - and I'm a rabid internet writer or "scribbler" if you prefer; and besides writing about music and guitars - I like to write about Texas. There's not a better combination of the three subjects than Collings Guitars that I can think of, and besides, I shook Bill…Continue
Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on September 27, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments