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slowfingers - Posted - 12/25/2019:  20:46:05


Hi Flatpickers, I'm from Australia and play double bass and fiddle. I've been strumming cowboy chords on guitar for years. I've also learnt some country blues fingerstyle from books and recordings, but want to take my playing up a notch or three with flatpicking. Not looking to set the world on fire with my guitar playing, but it would be great to be able to flatpick some of the common the bluegrass songs, and some fiddle tunes, etc. I've got time and patience.

bquinn328 - Posted - 12/26/2019:  03:54:23


Welcome Michael

Two resources that I’ve leaned on in my Flatpicking quest are:
“Flatpicking Essentials” found at Flatpick.com
And
Steve Kaufman’s many instructional tools at flatpik.com
Just remember Down up down up down up and practice with a metronome or practice track.

Dragonslayer - Posted - 12/26/2019:  07:37:28


Welcome Michael! Things are usually pretty slow around here, but I check the forum every couple days, not sure about the others. With a background in fiddle, you'll have a headstart cuz you already know the basic form of the music, I personally learned a ton from Youtube, and also banjo Ben Clark, go check him out, his website is great!

slowfingers - Posted - 12/26/2019:  23:58:48


Thank you. I've made a start with a few fiddle tunes, but I have a lot to learn.


quote:

Originally posted by bquinn328

Welcome Michael



Two resources that I’ve leaned on in my Flatpicking quest are:

“Flatpicking Essentials” found at Flatpick.com

And

Steve Kaufman’s many instructional tools at flatpik.com

Just remember Down up down up down up and practice with a metronome or practice track.






 

slowfingers - Posted - 12/27/2019:  00:02:26


Thank you Dragonslayer.


I've made a start with Red Haired Boy, Devil's dream and Blackberry Blossom. Red Haired Boy seems to fall under the fingers nicely, but I have a way to go on the other two.  


quote:

Originally posted by Dragonslayer

Welcome Michael! Things are usually pretty slow around here, but I check the forum every couple days, not sure about the others. With a background in fiddle, you'll have a headstart cuz you already know the basic form of the music, I personally learned a ton from Youtube, and also banjo Ben Clark, go check him out, his website is great!






 

Dragonslayer - Posted - 12/27/2019:  00:52:07


quote:

Originally posted by slowfingers

Thank you Dragonslayer.


I've made a start with Red Haired Boy, Devil's dream and Blackberry Blossom. Red Haired Boy seems to fall under the fingers nicely, but I have a way to go on the other two.  


 





That's a good group of tunes, red haired boy was my first real fiddle tune I learned. When you can play them decently I hope you'll share a video 

Frettinjim - Posted - 12/30/2019:  02:50:43


Welcome! I'm fairly new here as well and have been checking in frequently. I've been considering posting some of my scores here (if you haven't already, take a look at the tab library here under "Learn") in an attempt to get things moving, I would give you suggestions but I think the above posts have covered it quite well.

slowfingers - Posted - 12/31/2019:  18:13:48


Thanks Frettinjim,

I'm tripping over myself on Blackberry Blossom, even playing it slowly, so that one's going to take a while. But I've added Shove the Pig's Foot Into The Fire and Arkansas Traveller to the practice regimen. I've been playing fiddle for about 10 years, so there's a lot of fiddle tunes I'm revisiting.

Shove The Pic's Foot is a fun one that is relatively easy. Like Red Haired Boy it seems to just fall under the fingers and almost play itself.

Frettinjim - Posted - 01/01/2020:  04:22:20


Cool! I just uploaded my rendition of the intro solo to "Wabash Cannonball" to the Flatpicked Guitar Tab Library, it's fairly easy and fun to play. One of my students, a 14 year old girl, played it at our music school recital recently and it was a big hit with everybody.

slowfingers - Posted - 01/02/2020:  00:21:38


Thanks Frettinjim, I'll check it out.

chuckd - Posted - 01/17/2020:  10:14:25


I'd like to heap on another endorsement for "flatpicking essentials" flatpick.com



It is well laid out and progresses logically. I feel like I have really benefited from the materials.



I'll occasionally pay for a month of Peghead Nation and spend some time learning tunes from one of the flatpicking courses by Scott Nygaard.  I try not to use the tab, but whatever.

plowboy - Posted - 02/27/2020:  14:00:39


I always recommend singing while playing....the two together are a natural pair....if no metronome or drum machine....tap that foot. also plenty of timing machines on the net..... one I use a lot is Grove Scribe drum machine just type grove scribe

Dick Hauser - Posted - 05/12/2020:  09:34:00


If I had to evaluate the extensive library of guitar flatpicking instructional material in my possession, I would rate Steve Kaufman's "Bluegrass Guitar Solos That Every Parking Lot Picker Should Know - Series 1" would be at the top of the list. Talk is cheap, so here is some info -

1. 20 Popular Tunes. 3 versions for just about every tune. Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced.
2. Recordings (6 CDs) for all material in the book.
3. Before each version is played, the recording has the author describing how potential problems should be played. He "preps" the reader.

At 70$ (U.S.) or so, they seem expensive at first. But do the math and -

20 Tunes X 3 Version = 60 Lessons and $70 divided by 60 = $1+ for each lesson.

This sounds like an advertisement, but am just another music hobbyist. At one time or another I have owned all 4 books in this series. I currently own Series 1 and 2, and will be purchasing Series 3 - again. At one time I owned all 4 books. Here is a final piece of advice. DO NOT LOAN OUT THESE BOOKS !!!!

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