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May 2008 Blog Posts (27)

2008 Vandalia Flatpick Contest video

I have uploaded a video from this year's Vandalia Gathering flatpick contest. This is Adam Hager playing "Cottage Hill" and "Temptation Rag", 2 tunes I had not heard until this year. I didn't hear them announce the winner of the flatpick contest, but I was told that Adam won it this year, so that's the story I'm sticking with - he did a great job on these tunes! Here's the… Continue

Added by Jay Gill on May 28, 2008 at 5:21am — 1 Comment

Flatpicking

I have been reading FGM for several years and it is the best musicial venture of my life. Learning to play fiddle tunes has made my guitar playing so much more flavorable and interesting. The articles in the magazine are so informative and provide a lifetime of musicial material for studying. I am so glad I found this magazine and thanks to you Dan for the work you are doing.

Added by David on May 19, 2008 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

Acoustic Night 8 - Genova, Italy (produced by Beppe Gambetta)

"It has been a huge music celebration, a unique occasion to see, all together, four exceptional artists: Beppe Gambetta, Jim Hurst, Missy Raines and Bruce Molsky. The Acoustic Night n. 8 at the Teatro della Corte has been acclaimed by an enthusiastic audience that sold out all the available seats of the three concert nights, for a total amount of 3000 people. Beppe Gambetta invented the formula of the night dedicated to the acoustic music...Since 8 years the Festival was dedicated only to the… Continue

Added by Beppe Gambetta on May 19, 2008 at 6:40am — No Comments

Kessinger, Shafer, and Cosgrove Show

Last night Robin Kessinger, Robert Shafer, and Mark Cosgrove performed at the Peaceful Bend Americana Music Festival. The concert was filmed for an upcoming Flatpicking Guitar Magazine and FGM Records concert DVD release. The audience was treated to two shows of fabulous flatpicking music. Click Here to see photos from all performances at Peaceful Bend.

Robin, Robert and Mark are all Winfield National Flatpicking Guitar… Continue

Added by Dan Miller on May 16, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

Peaceful Bend Americana Music Festival

I'm on the road headed toward Missouri and the Peaceful Bend Americana Music Festival! I've started a new group on the network for this festival and I'll be posting news and photos all weekend. Robert Shafer, David Grier, Robin Kessinger, and Mark Cosgrove are already there and warming up for a great weekend of flatpicking. Other flatpickers who will be performing include Wyatt Rice, Robert Bowlin, Russ… Continue

Added by Dan Miller on May 14, 2008 at 8:08am — No Comments

Robert Bowlin's "Six String Soliloquy" now Available on iTunes

Robert Bowlin's phenomenal solo guitar CD, Six String Soliloquy, is now available for download on iTunes. Simply go to iTunes and search on Robert's name to find the CD.

Flatpicking Guitar Magazine reviewed a pre-release copy of this CD in Volume 11, Number 4. Since then Robert has gone back in the studio to re-record and add… Continue

Added by Dan Miller on May 10, 2008 at 12:23am — 1 Comment

Primal Twang hosted by Dan Crary

In September 2006 San Diego hosted the world premiere of Primal Twang: The Legacy of the Guitar — the first definitive theatrical journey through the guitar’s colorful and surprisingly controversial 3500-year history.

The story of the “instrument of the gods” was told through a combination of onstage narration, video projections of rare historical footage and electrifying live performances by world music legend, Dan Crary and… Continue

Added by Dan Miller on May 9, 2008 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

New DVD: Get To Know Your Acoustic Guitar with Marty Lanham

AcuTab Publications has released Get To Know Your Acoustic Guitar by noted guitar builder and repair specialist Marty Lanham of The Nashville Guitar Company. In this DVD Marty gives an inside look at the flattop, steel string guitar. Learn how the guitar creates its sound, and what each component contributes to the tone - plus what you need to know about common repair and maintenance of your guitar. 2 hour… Continue

Added by Dan Miller on May 9, 2008 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Tim May Teaching at Summer Camps

Flatpicker, and multi-instrumentalist, Tim May will be teaching a several summer camps this year. Those who would like to study flatpicking guitar with Tim can take classes from him at the Colorado Roots Music Camp in 1-7 June, at Camp Bluegrass, and at South Plains College in Levelland, TX, 20-28 July. Tim will also be teaching mandolin at the… Continue

Added by Dan Miller on May 9, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

South Heart (Poem by Nanessence)

Who picks and strums my old guitar

picking out the fiddle tunes I

half remember from some ancient time?



Who's twisting in the writhing wind

swaying with the blowing trees

shaping shifts and shimmers in that

eastern mountain sound?



Oh, the sound, south hearted sound

a ringing tang and metal twang

a thumping bass beast rising

like a pulsing heart beneath its wooden skin!



Who knows this gives to quiet truth

the ringing… Continue

Added by Nanessence on May 9, 2008 at 4:49am — 1 Comment

1 3/4 vs. 1 11/16.....or anything else....

I'm just thinking, I have 3 guitars that are 1 and 7/8 or bigger, some that 1 3/4...and some 1 11/16...It's a bit difficult to go from one extreme to the other in a short period of time, but I haven't had a real problem. Seems like some folks are selling guitars because they want the 1 3/4 and have the 1 11/16....I just can't really tell the difference after I get a few minutes of playing in. My 1925 0018's neck is a bit like a club...bigger than my GE....but it sure feels good after a few… Continue

Added by Jim Turpin on May 8, 2008 at 8:52pm — 2 Comments

This week at NGC

Thank you, Dan for setting up this neat website - it looks like it will be fun and it's sooo easy to use. Well I have strung 2 new instruments this week and they are unusual for my shop. One is a deep body baritone uke made with Koa and Engleman spruce. I made the uke for Nashville songwriter Tom Littlefield and he uses it for his craft. Come to find out that many famous songwriters use the uke. Tom is the grandson of Woody Herman the great band leader and he played me a knock-out version of… Continue

Added by Marty Lanham on May 8, 2008 at 4:15pm — 2 Comments

Peaceful Bend Concert

I like to say "Hello" to all that stop by. If any of ya'll are going to the Peaceful Bend Concert next week May 15-18, I'll be there and I really hope to meet you. I will be wearing my Flatpick-L hat (Green) all of the time. I'll be one of the old fellers taking abunch of pics.
Hope to see ya and maybe pick a couple.
phil

Added by Phil Burt on May 8, 2008 at 3:46pm — 3 Comments

Need help

I'm looking for a really great player to push me beyond my current limits as a guitar player. I live in South Carolina but I'll be in Oklahoma for six weeks this summer. If anyone knows a great player/teacher in SC or OK I'd appreciate a heads up.

Love this forum idea. Love this site. Can't wait until it grows into everyone in our community.

Cheers.
-sk

Added by sk on May 8, 2008 at 8:42am — 2 Comments

Composite Acoustic to release Tim Stafford Model

Composite Acoustic Guitars gave Tim Stafford a prototype for a new signature guitar they're planning to release at Summer NAMM in Nashville. Tim said, "CA, as the Company is known, has revolutionized the carbon fiber composite guitar, building instruments that are comparable to new top-end wood guitars." The Tim Stafford model

has an enlarged soundhole and new bracing pattern and will have a few extra goodies when it hits the market in June.

(… Continue

Added by Dan Miller on May 7, 2008 at 9:23pm — No Comments

New Performance & Teaching Venue near Nashville

Flatpicker Tim May and his fiddle-playing wife Gretchen Priest-May have recently opened a very nice instruction and performance venue in Pegram, Tennessee called the Fiddle & Pick. This venue, at 456 Highway 70 in Pegram, is located in a 100+ year-old newly-restored building, and is also the home of the Musical Heritage Center of Middle Tennessee . Founded by music educator and Pegram resident Gretchen Priest-May, it is a place where people old… Continue

Added by Dan Miller on May 7, 2008 at 11:39am — No Comments

Guitar Lessons

Well after 40 years I have decided to take some guitar lessons. Eddie Collins is our local Bluegrass ambassador. I just took my second lesson with Eddie and am surprised at how helpful it has been. Which is not a commentary on Eddie. I have assumed for some time if I sit at home and pluck around on my own, I will get better. (Though the concept of getting better has never really been my objective. Learning new songs is good, but I don't want to feel the pressure of getting better or reaching a… Continue

Added by Chet Gentry on May 6, 2008 at 6:08pm — No Comments

Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, May/June 2008

The May/June 2008 issue of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine (Volume 12, Number 4) is now available. This issue features Dudley Murphy on the cover and also includes articles about Florida native Mickey Abraham and Steve Alexander of Vancouver, Canada. Our regular cast of columnists also all contribute their always informative articles. As always, this… Continue

Added by Dan Miller on May 6, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Win a Gallagher Guitar!

The Gallagher Guitar Company is hosting the Watrace Music Fest on the 30th and 31st of May, which also includes a guitar contest. The contest will be held in the Walking Horse Hotel Music Hall in Wartrace. The music hall seats 150 people. The competition is limited to 30 contestants. Pre-registration begins March 1, 2008.… Continue

Added by Dan Miller on May 6, 2008 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Orrin Star in California and Nevada

Flatpicking Guitar Magazine columnist Orrin Star will be touring California in May, conducting both mandolin and guitar workshops (both lead and rhythm workshops) and performing. He starts in Sacrmento on the 15th of May and ends the run in Corte Madera on the 24th, hitting Reno, Burlingame, Berkeley, and Palo Alto in-between. To check out all of the dates, visit Orrin's schedule page on Orrin's website.

Added by Dan Miller on May 6, 2008 at 12:33pm — No Comments

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