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Comment by Nanessence on May 16, 2008 at 8:47pm
Hi Matthew,
I have the same DVD plus the 4-hour Bluegrass Workout he just released. What tunes are you working on? I have five memorized: Black Mountain Rag, Temperance Reel, Billy in the Lowground, Mighty Dark to Travel, and Brown's Ferry. Now I'm working on Angeline the Baker from the Bluegrass Workout CDs. I have the tempo up to 144 BPM, according to my metronome, for most of them. In the Bluegrass Workout, Steve's tunes are 160 BPM slow, and (I think) 210 for the fast version, but he says they have to be faster than that for your average square dance. Did you play guitar before you started flatpicking?
Comment by Randy Mellberg on May 22, 2008 at 4:20pm
Just getting serious with my flatpicking.....can't seem to really find anybody local to jam with or share info....looks like a good place to start
Comment by Nanessence on May 27, 2008 at 6:13am
What kinds of drills do you find most useful?
Comment by KLas Eriksson on May 28, 2008 at 1:51am
Hi- I have a youtube tip

Really great tone, doesnt anchor his pinky- I`ve been experimenting on that-anyone else have a comment?
For rhythmplaying I found Orrin Stars DVD useful.
Thank you Matthew for startingh this group!
Comment by Jaime on May 30, 2008 at 7:32am
Steve's stuff is great to learn from. I have several of his books. He's just about the only guitar "teacher" I've ever had.
Comment by Steve Burton on May 30, 2008 at 8:27am
I have Steves,You can teach youself to flat pick and learning the fretboard dvd and both of them have helped me a bunch. Complete flat picking and the first volume of songs for parking lot pickers will be my next buys.Thanks for the group!! this should be a great resoruce.
Steve
Comment by Marty Henrickson on June 2, 2008 at 12:26am
I'm a beginning flatpicker who's been playing guitar for nearly 20 years. I'd say my best resource is a good teacher. I've been taking lessons from Glenn Tolbert (who Tony Rice called a "highly underrated flatpicker") since January, and it's made a huge difference in my playing.
Comment by Dave Engel on June 14, 2008 at 5:05pm
Hi All,

Just joined the forum and this looks the place I need to be. One of those "been playing forever guys" just picking up flatpicking. Started off with Mel Bay's Complete Flatpicking Guitar by Steve Kaufman, CD and DVD included. Look forward to learning with you all.

Dave
Comment by Randy Mellberg on July 18, 2008 at 6:35am
Does Anybody know where I could find some backing Tracks to practice or play along with.... I have no local Bluegrass players.... And this would be a great tool.

Thanks
Comment by Rich Guilmette on August 15, 2008 at 1:40pm
I'm also new to flatpicking after playing and singing for 40 years. I have most of Steve's books but a recommendation is to get a TASCAM Guitar Trainer. I load Steve's tune into it, then slow it down to my speed to play along. As I get better, I increase the speed until I finally match it. I have the same problem with very few people to jam with. Steve's Workout Books are my jamming partner. Going to Steve's Kamp the last two years has also helped with new practice tools.

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