For Fans of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine
You can check out where I am at on my journey with the Essentials of Flatpicking volume one at
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
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
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.
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…Continue
Added by Dan Miller on March 7, 2012 at 11:00pm — No Comments
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
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
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
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
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
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
I seriously doubt that anyone in this forum would NOT know all about what these guitars are. Sure, I'm doing some self promotion here, but the truth is that I would really appreciate feedback on it. In any case, I at least hope that nobody feels offended by me publishing blogs here that link to Hubpages.com articles that I produce.…Continue
Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on June 25, 2011 at 2:23pm — No Comments
I've never once put my hands on one of these things - not that I recall, anyway. I've been fooling with steel string acoustics since I was twelve years old though, and me and my grandfather used to hit every flea market within a hundred miles to buy them cheap, repair (if needed) and re sell them.
So likely I HAVE played a "C.F. Mountain" guitar, but the lack of ethics in the name and display is astonishing.
I know I know. You don't want to hear about Japanese guitars. I'm sorry, I recently played one that was so good a guitar that I have to talk about it. Hell, I created a nice webpage about Yamaki brand acoustic guitars because the one that my Uncle Thomas owns is so nice.
Martin Style dreadnought with nice appointments, but a Western Red Cedar top…Continue
Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on June 13, 2011 at 2:32pm — No Comments
The March/April 2011 issue of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine is now available! In this issue we present our second special fiddle tune issue (featuring all guest columnists). We presented the first special fiddle tune issue back a couple of years ago in Volume 13, Number 4 and it was so well received by our readers, we decided to do it again. In this issue our guest columnists present 2 arrangements each of twenty fiddle tune standards. So grab your guitar! It is time to expand your fiddle tune…Continue
Now, I live in Kaufman, Texas; but I doubt Steve has ever been there; but I wish he'd come around sometime. Steve Kaufman, IMO, is the world's leading Contest player and instructor. The only instruction that I know of on the level of…Continue
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