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May 2009 Blog Posts (7)

Howdy from a new member to the Flatpicking Guitar Network!

Hi Folks,



I just wanted to introduce myself and say Howdy as a new Member of this Flatpicking guitar network. I am the guitar player for Western Lights, a Bluegrass and Western Swing band from Sacramento, CA. We have been around for about 15 years and have recorded 2 CD's. I have been a fan of flatpick guitar magazine from way back close to the beginning. I invite you all to check out my profile page and I look forward to participating, sharing and learning more about guitar playing… Continue

Added by Bill Ward on May 30, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

Out of the hospital

I spent half of April in the hospital and am just recovering at home. Sorry I haven't responded to your posts but thank you all for your nice comments. I hope to get back to picking soon. I'm still a little weak and the stamina in the fingers just isn't there. I look forward to your comments and contributions. Thanks

Added by Ron Warren on May 29, 2009 at 3:27am — No Comments

New FGM Podcast

We've just posted a new FGM Podcast interview with Tyler Grant, the 2008 National Flatpicking champion and the 2009 Merlefest contest winner. In addition to talking about the contests and his performance schedule, Tyler plays his contest arrangement of "Beaumont Rag." Check it out!

Added by Dan Miller on May 27, 2009 at 5:23pm — 1 Comment

Added K&K Western Mini Pickup to my Martin D18 GE and love it!

I just wanted to post about the pickup I had added to my Golden Era. The K&K pure western mini sound so natural and has a lot of output for a passive system. Ellie and the fine folks at Artisan Guitars in Franklin TN recommended this pup and installed it for me. I had a RBII in a Gibson J45 that was nice, but still had a tab bit of the under the saddle brittleness/crunch, way warmer than most, but I wanted to take it to the next level for a purer sound and I think i have it here. I played… Continue

Added by Mark Stultz on May 24, 2009 at 3:03pm — 11 Comments

Evinrude



Evinrude the boat from shore, Halleluiah

Evinrude the boat from shore, Halleluiah



Wind it up and pull the rope, Halleluiah

Putt-putt, pull again and hope, Halleluiah



Hold the choke when it's chilly and cold, Halleluiah

Back the throttle when the spark takes hold, Halleluiah



Grab the handle, steer from the dock, Halleluiah

Blessed days off of the clock, Halleluiah



Fishing's just…
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Added by John Bauman on May 19, 2009 at 3:35am — No Comments

Jam Tracks

Hi, Anybody have a suggestion concerning follow along jam tracks, for bluegrass music. I'm a beginner and am interested in doing breaks, solos, lead, whatever.Where should I start.

Howard

Added by Howard Vanover on May 17, 2009 at 6:54pm — 1 Comment

Freja is soon coming home again

My daughter Freja has had a great year at ETSU. It was tough in the beginning, but she has slowly learned how things are organised at a University. The other day she found a clip of herself on Youtube. First week she arrived at the school, she had the chance to sing one song with the schools Bluegrass Band at a show in Kingsport. We didn't think we would have a chance to see that, but someone had filmed it and it showed up on Youtube. The school has a great band as you can see. Here is the… Continue

Added by Thorsten Jakobsson on May 2, 2009 at 1:22pm — 1 Comment

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