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Jun 23, 2022 - 11:05:02 AM
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3 posts since 6/23/2022

I have been playing guitar since 1970's off and on. I can play most chords easily. I want to learn how to flat pick for bluegrass music. A friend and I are starting up a bluegrass band so I need to learn more then chords. I have seen a bunch of books/cds on Amazon. I want to know what are tried and true books. Thanks

Jun 24, 2022 - 4:55:09 AM

297 posts since 4/22/2009

I've found most beginner flatpick books start you off with a simple melody and then go off on a tangent with fiddle tunes. When I first started learning to flatpick, I bought several different books and that's what all of them did.

Best way I learned to flatpick, and I'm talking mostly vocals, melody here, is to pick out the melody by yourself and then add riffs at the end of a musical phrase or end of the song. As long as you get used to the down, up, down, up with the pick, you'll probably be okay.

If you want to learn fiddle tunes, then you might look at Steve Kauffman's beginner book. It has several fiddle songs in it.

Jun 24, 2022 - 9:12:51 AM

3 posts since 6/23/2022

How do you figure out the riffs?

Jun 25, 2022 - 4:52:10 AM

297 posts since 4/22/2009

There are books, tabs, MP3s that give you riffs and you just plug one in and see if it fits and sounds right. If you know other guitar pickers, they may be able to show you some of their riffs and where they fit in a song.

Jun 26, 2022 - 8:05:03 AM

1 posts since 6/21/2022

Hi Mike,
I have "Teach Yourself Bluegrass Guitar" by Russ Barenberg, which I think is very good. It covers the basics, has Bluegrass songs with both tab and music, and a play-along CD.
Hope this helps.
BTW, I was born in Waterloo, so nice to "talk" to another good ole Iowa boy! ;)

"You can't score if you don't shoot."

Jun 26, 2022 - 8:20:38 AM
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3 posts since 6/23/2022

I was born in Waterloo too. Most of my family still live there. Thanks for the reply.

Jun 26, 2022 - 10:25:17 PM

Tony O Rourke


31 posts since 2/13/2016

I don't know if it's still in print but Orrin Starr's ''Hot Licks For Bluegrass Guitar'' was full of picking ideas.

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