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 —
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 —
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 —
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.
Added by Phil Burt on May 8, 2008 at 3:46pm —
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.
Added by sk on May 8, 2008 at 8:42am —
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.
Added by Dan Miller on May 7, 2008 at 9:23pm —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
Russ Barenberg will be teaching workshops at several places throughout the summer. He will be a featured instructor at Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamp
in Maryville, TN in June. He will be teaching in Nashville in early July as part of the National Guitar Workshop
. He will be teaching at the Rocky Grass Academy
in Lyons, CO, later in July. And he will be… Continue
Added by Dan Miller on May 6, 2008 at 12:23pm —
Cody Kilby, lead guitar player for Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, has just released a new solo CD titled "Many Roads Traveled
". "Many Roads Traveled" is an incredible musical journey featuring many Grammy-winning artists and musicians such as Bruce Hornsby, Ricky Skaggs, Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Darin Vincent & Jamie Daily, Andy Leftwhich, Barry Bales, Stuart Duncan, Adam Steffey, Rhonda Vincent, Sally Jones, Sharon White &… Continue
Added by Dan Miller on May 5, 2008 at 9:00pm —
I'm trying to find some flatpicking contests near AR, OK, MO, TX area. I live in Fayetteville, AR. I don't know of any contests in AR, but there's one in Grove, OK. That's the only one I know of currently. If you know of other contests around PLEASE lemme know!!! Thanks!
Added by Jonathan Trawick on May 5, 2008 at 1:20pm —
Congratulations to the 2008 Merlefest Contest winners. This year's guitar contest was won by Seth Taylor. Seth, from Bryson City, North Carolina, is one of those youngsters who has been burning up the contest circuit with both the guitar and banjo during the past few years (for more information about Seth, visit www.sethtaylor.net).
In this year's contest Tyler Grant came in second place, and Buddy Dunlap placed third.…
Added by Dan Miller on May 4, 2008 at 2:30pm —
Our good friend Jim Nunally, is one of the finest bluegrass guitar players in the business (currently performing with John Reischman and the Jaybirds, the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, and Due West). Jim has just released a new rhythm guitar instructional DVD titled Jim Nunally: The Art of Rhythm Guitar Strums.
Added by Dan Miller on May 4, 2008 at 12:00pm —
Flatpicking Guitar Magazine had the vendor booth set up at the 2008 Merlefest event in Wilkesboro, North Carolina during the 24th through the 27th of April. Check out the photos taken by Flatpicking Guitar Magazine editor Dan Miller. Thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth to say "hello"!
Added by Dan Miller on May 3, 2008 at 10:21pm —
On February 19th, 2007, Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, in partnership with Simple Folk Productions, presented Chris Eldridge, Andy Falco, and Josh Williams performing at the World Famous Station Inn in Nashville, Tennessee. The show was part of an ongoing series of flatpicking concert performances that Flatpicking Guitar Magazine has filmed and presented on DVD.
Andy, Chris, and Josh performed as a trio, in different duo configurations, and each of them also performed solo. For the last three… Continue
Added by Jared Ingersol on May 2, 2008 at 5:00pm —