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Flat-Pick Guitar "25 Tunes to Improve Your Playing" instructional E-book released!

Hello,

I just released an instructional E-book to help beginning and intermediate players become a better flat-picking guitarist.  It comes with over 50 pages of music and instruction, over 2 hours of practice tracks, full tabs with right and left hand markings, and licks from Tony Rice, Doc Watson, and Carter Family style songs!  You can take a look inside and purchase the book at …

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Added by Ryan Kimm on July 9, 2013 at 2:03pm — 3 Comments

Keith Kimbell & Joe McColley in concert

Joe McColley & Keith Kimbell will be playing at Hearts' Home Acoustics on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. Concert is free but a collection will be taken to support the artists. Jam Session earlier at 3:00 p.m.

http://heartshomeacoustics.com/keith-kimbell-joe-mccolley/

Added by Joe Gonzales on June 29, 2013 at 9:54am — No Comments

Listen Now! ...new cd ...I'm A Bluesman

Listen Now! ...new cd ...I'm A Bluesman

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/billyjonesbluez2

"This guy has what it takes ...the music oozes sexuality ...he is totally his own man with a show-stopping style!"…

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Added by billy jones bluez on March 22, 2013 at 9:10pm — No Comments

Sue West releases "Words Of a Friend" - traditional folk music

I have just released a new album, "Words Of a Friend." It features myself on guitar and…

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Added by Sue West on March 20, 2013 at 1:06pm — No Comments

What a guitar can do

Evening all.  Can't believe I'm writing instead of playing.  Like I might have something to say that is of interest to anyone else.  Spending time with an old acoustic friend just leads me to think of what all a guitar can accomplish.  Fact (or myth) has it that the first guitar ever in North America landed here in my locale in the late 1500's, arriving with the French Huguenots at nearby Ft. Caroline.  Something between a lute and the early gut-stringed classicals.  Even if the intonation…

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Added by Kevin Ellington on January 4, 2013 at 6:05pm — 2 Comments

Flatpick Swing

Any news on this CD as promoted on (I think) Podcast # 46 ? Can't find it listed on the site and that podcast whetted my appetite! Cheers, Derek

Added by Derek on December 8, 2012 at 8:33am — No Comments

November/December 2012 issue now available

The November/December 2012 issue of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine is now available! This issue features Carl Miner on the cover.  Carl is a former National Flatpicking Champion and is currently touring with the Greencards. In this issue we also feature Mike Cramer, a talented guitar player and teacher from Minnesota, and we highlight Eli West, the guitarist who is now actively touring the country with his musical partner Cahalen Morrison. Our regular columnist are here as always and many of…

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Added by Dan Miller on November 2, 2012 at 12:12pm — 1 Comment

buffalo ny flatpickers

I've been looking for jammers for a long time on whatever bluegrass instruments. Would like to hear from anyone interested. I have a decent repertoire and skills but need an outlet to make all the "woodshedding" worthwhile. .

Added by joseph ernst on October 16, 2012 at 6:21am — No Comments

Having fun with Volume One

I've been having great fun using the tune list to prepare for my Peter Wernick's Bluegrass jamming workshop at the Coombs Bluegrass festival to work through the homework assingnments Dan Miller has given in Flatpicking Essentials Volume One. I'm still pretty much on page 17. I'm having so much fun working with the metronome that I haven't even really worried about moving on yet. I''ll get there this week, though. You can see my musings about my progress or lack thereof at my blog…

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Added by Dave Harper on July 29, 2012 at 3:56am — 1 Comment

Adam Schlenker

The Adam Schlenker article in the recent Flatpicking Guitar magazine was great! Adam really knows his craft and explains it in a manner that's easy to grasp and apply. I hope to see much more from him in the future as he is the best!

Added by John M. Goble on July 28, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Latest Steps

You can check out where I am at on my journey with the Essentials of Flatpicking volume one at

flatpickdave.wordpress.com.

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

Essentials of Flatpicking Volume One - The Journey

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

flatpickdave.wordpress.com

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.

Dave

Added by Dave Harper on July 21, 2012 at 10:16am — 1 Comment

Rest in Peace Doc!

Our founding father, mentor, legend, teacher, and hero has passed.  We will miss you Doc!…

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Added by Dan Miller on May 30, 2012 at 8:38am — 6 Comments

Robin Kessinger Festival

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

Stuart Mossman and Mossman Guitars.

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.

http://wesmantoddshaw.hubpages.com/hub/SL-Mossman-Guitars

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

Vol 1

Great Stuff, Dan! Ive already had that Ah-Ha momment, I knew I'd have someday. Really enjoying the Bass Runs.....G-C-D..........I sometimes forget about the other keys ( homework ). Gotta practice those other keys.........



Also need to start picking up some speed and getting to know my Metronome, better ......( doesn't seem loud enough, could be a weak battery).........



Excited about turning every page........lovin it! Sounds like music, sorta......ha, ha".........I think… Continue

Added by Michael Johns on April 12, 2012 at 2:14am — No Comments

Improvisation Workshop with Dan and Tim

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 Incredible Rock City Band

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL50060B88ED577BD4

...in the early 80's american bluesman Billy Jones was the lead guitarist for an outstanding group of touring musicians who called themselves 'The Incredible Rock City Band'. ...this song is taken from…

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Added by billy jones bluez on March 28, 2012 at 5:44pm — No Comments

Flatpicking Guitar Magazine March/April 2012 Issue Now Available

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…

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Added by Dan Miller on March 7, 2012 at 11:00pm — No Comments

The Music Of David Grisman

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…

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Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on February 21, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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Found a solution to an often mentioned problem when having installed a piezo type bridge plate pickup transducer. The consensus of several Internet responders who have done this is that while the sound from strings 2 through 6 is good, the high e-string  is way too quiet with no real ring, sustain, etc. Some have suggested moving the transducer for that string away from a brace, Adding a 4th transducer, a not so easy job, etc.I recently installed a JJB pickup (jjbelectronics) in a 40 year old…See More
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