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arthd - Posted - 02/03/2009:  15:43:25

Hello all,
I started playing the guitar in High school and then took a break when I had to sell the guitar for is now ten years later(I know long break) I have started playing again, I'm just a strummer-singer right now but I have always desired to learn flatpicking. I was just wondering what is the best way learn. I live in a small town and no one offers guitar lessons. Is there a good vid, book website..... Where should I start?????
Your advice is greatly appreciated!!

musekatcher - Posted - 02/03/2009:  16:27:10

I think there's some instructional material on this site, and some book and video recommendations. I'd say the first thing to do, is not get overwhelmed with the incredible speed and range of today's wizards. Select material and tunes that have some space, and don't require PEENS (Pick Every Eighth Note Syndrome) that is really driven by a lot of fiddle tunes. Redwing is a good example of a traditional tune that has space. Also, a guitar played with a pick is a really flattering sound. You don't have to play Gold Rush at 240 beats per minute to make a great throaty sound on a guitar. All of that can come later. I'm sure some others will have some good input for exercises and methods. Welcome!

Jim Holland
Athens, AL

Edited by - musekatcher on 02/03/2009 16:27:53

Dave_E - Posted - 02/04/2009:  19:21:38

Hey Arthd,

Go to: Flat picking guitar forum, ( They have all the instructional material you could ever want, more than you could use in a lifetime. Visit Orrin Star's home page, he has a couple good DVD's. Mel Bay's site has a gozillion books and methods and DVD's.

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