For Fans of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine
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,…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
If you play a D18-GE you must try out the Martin SP strings on it. I used D'Addario EJ17's for years. Richard Starkey (Nashville Martin guru) recommended that I try a set of the SPs after tweaking my Martin one day. He recently switched after years of playing EJ17s. They stay fresh longer, are more balanced, slightly brighter and the high end is silkier (to me anyway)...peace!
Added by Mark Stultz on September 2, 2011 at 8:25am — No Comments
I just read on the www.elderly.com site that CF Martin IV's signature is on the underside of the top of the Martin D18-GE's, so I checked mine with a mirror and light and it was there. Nice touch.
Added by Mark Stultz on September 2, 2011 at 8:24am — No Comments
The September/October 2011 edition of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine is now available. This edition is Volume 15, Number 6 of the magazine and features David Grisman's guitar player Grant Gordy on the cover. Additionally we feature Caleb Smith a picker from the mountains of North Carolina who performs with the band Balsam Range and we highlight a wonderful fiddle tune CD that features New Jersey flatpicker Van Manakas.…
Added by Dan Miller on August 31, 2011 at 12:50pm — No Comments
Holding the pick has to be the most fundamental starting point after taking the pick out of the box and tuning up. (If you store your pick by threading it between the strings, be sure to remove it before tuning up).
I have spent the last few weeks struggling with picks that keep twisting as I am playing, which makes it difficult to play with confidence.
Fortunately (maybe) I came across an instructional video by Scott Fore on blessi.com. Along with this there is a video of…Continue
For beginners or someone looking for a good travel guitar - I created this list of what I think are the best five flat tops for around $500.00 Of course finding one that's used cuts the price in half a lot of times - all of these are good guitars,…Continue
Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on August 13, 2011 at 7:49am — No Comments
Hello any and all, besides trying to break in my new old guitar, which had sat in my grandmother's closet for a decade or more - I'm also forever trying to make a living online. . . .which I tell you, is probably about as easy as would be trying to make a living as a Bluegrass guitarist. VERY HARD!
Anyway, I produced an article as a tribute to my love of Doc Watson, and hopefully you too share that love of Doc for not only his music, but for his CHARACTER as well. I've…Continue
Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on August 6, 2011 at 3:52pm — No Comments
Just published an article about these beautiful Martin D 50's. I can't imagine having the money to buy one, or buying one even if…Continue
Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on August 1, 2011 at 3:46pm — No Comments
I've got a new flat top, and I'm having some trouble finding out much about it. It sat in my grandmother's closet for years and years without being touched by anyone.
I've got the hundred and thirty first Santa Cruz ever made - and that guitar is just too special to me to carry around with me anywhere, or to keep in my travel trailer home. I just worry about it too much, as it's Brazilian rosewood. . . .and because people always think that it's a pre war D 28 when it's…Continue
Added by Dan Miller on July 2, 2011 at 8:40am — No Comments