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  • Bryan Sutton: Live “Log Jam”

    Bryan Sutton: Live “Log Jam”

    The popularity of Bluegrass Music has been on the rise the last several years. You would think that for this small but loyal community of pickers/musicians/ purists this would be a good thing? Well for many Bluegrassers, this type of music that is gained popularity is not even Bluegrass.. Bryan Sutton’s “Log Jam” is a perfect example of a newer type of bluegrass that is crossover and not an art form that a lot of purist want to acknowledge as […]

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  • Russ Barenberg: Celtic Departure

    Russ Barenberg: Celtic Departure

    When we last looked at a video featuring Russ Barenberg (“St. Anne’s Reel”), the statement was made that his flatpicking style utilized the fingers of his right hand to add body and richness to the standard bluegrass style.  While not a unique approach, as pickers like Doc Watson and Earl Scruggs, among others, have performed songs with this approach, Russ is particularly good at it. This video, part of the same Transatlantic Sessions that also produced “St. Anne’s Reel”, shows […]

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  • Adam Palma – Fylde guitar and Some New Toys

    Adam Palma – Fylde guitar and Some New Toys

    Here’s a brand new vid by Adam Palma who is obviously psyched to have a new guitar along with some new effect pedals which also includes a looper (you will get to see him use it here). Adam wrote the following: ” Yesterday, I played a bit with my new toys: my new beautiful Fylde guitar and TC Electronics’ Polytune, Reverb and Ditto Looper. Here is a song that came up after a while, I called it ” Into Battle” […]

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  • Doc Watson & Jack Lawrence- Black Mountain Rag

    Doc Watson & Jack Lawrence- Black Mountain Rag

    The Youtube description says the following: “Doc Watson – 1991 – Black Mountain Rag. I’ve included Doc’s introduction and explanation of his background with this particular tune. I’ve always loved the interesting anecdote that Doc developed his now legendary flatpicking style while playing a Les Paul (electric solid body guitar) while he was playing in a Rockabilly band in the 1950′s. Additionally, I’ve heard that he actually didn’t even own an acoustic guitar at that time.  It’s interesting that this […]

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  • John Jorgenson: An Eclectic Musician

    John Jorgenson: An Eclectic Musician

    By Miche Archetto:   Her is John Jorgenson playing “Le Jour Des Gitans” (“The Day of the Gipsies”) backed by Brad Davis. John likes to play different styles, including jazz manouche country and bluegrass.   On wikipedia you can find that “John Jorgenson (born 6 July 1956 in Madison, Wisconsin[1]) is a US musician. Although best known for his guitar work with bands such as the Desert Rose Band and The Hellecasters, Jorgenson is also proficient in the mandolin, mandocello, […]

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  • Steve Morse and Rik Emmett: Classical Duo

    Steve Morse and Rik Emmett: Classical Duo

    By Miche Archetto: Here is Steve Morse playing live with Rik Emmet in 1987, in the Much Music studios in Canada. They play “Up in the air”, originally played by Steve Morse with Steve Howe in the album ”Industry Standard” by the Dixie Dregs. During the same show they played also ”Midsummer’s Daydream”, originally in Triumph’s album “Thunder Seven”. You can watch it in this other video.

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  • Tommy Emmanuel: Flatpicks Bluegrass

    Tommy Emmanuel: Flatpicks Bluegrass

    Mark Noad over at our facebook page recommended this video to me… It’s Tommy so, you know it’s better than good! I can’t really for certain tell that indeed Tommy Emmanuel is using a flatpick, but the technique and style is definitely what I’d call flatpicking, even though it has sort of an Australian sound to it!! (Hey, in this case, it’s a beautiful thing). Tommy mentioned that this original song was inspired by fiddle great Byron Berline .. someone […]

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  • Nazzareno Zacconi: Taming 12 strings

    Nazzareno Zacconi: Taming 12 strings

    By Miche Archetto: Here is one of the last videos of Italian guitarist Nazzareno Zacconi, playing his composition “Wild Gallop” on a Eko Mia 12-string acoustic guitar.   The official website of Nazareno is only in Italian. This is a rough translation of his bio: “I was born in Macerata in 1975 and started playing guitar when I was 9. I’ve been influenced by musicians such as Santana , BB King , Hendrix , and Clapton, and bands that have marked […]

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  • Jerry Douglas and Bryan Sutton: “Patrick Meets the Brickbats”

    Jerry Douglas and Bryan Sutton: “Patrick Meets the Brickbats”

    Jerry Douglas Band – Merlefest 2002 I’m not such a big fan of drums mixed in with acoustic instruments especially since the instruments that Bill Monroe picked do such a fabulous job at covering all sides of the rhythm. So with this instance, take away the drums, add a mandolin and you got your rhythm. Now this is not to say that this drummer is not right in there… Yes for certain, as there’s no way that Jerry’s settling for anything […]

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  • Jerry Douglas, Russ Barenberg, Aly Bain,Tod Parks: St Anne’s Reel

    Jerry Douglas, Russ Barenberg, Aly Bain,Tod Parks: St Anne’s Reel

    By Jim Weaver: This video, which appears to be from the early to mid-1990′s is a cross-over bluegrass/celtic song.  A young Jerry Douglas shines, but so does Aly Bain, Tod Parks and Russ Barenberg. “Russ Barenberg began playing guitar at age 13, taking lessons from Alan Miller, whose brother John Miller Barenberg would later play with. His style was heavily influenced by the flatpickingtechnique of Clarence White. He attended Cornell University and met Pete Wernick there in 1968. Together they joined to form Country Cooking, who released […]

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  • George Shuffler- Sweep Pickin’ Bluegrass

    George Shuffler- Sweep Pickin’ Bluegrass

    George Shuffler… if you are into bluegrass music, you should know this name. George was the lead guitar player with the Stanley Brothers and one of the first flatpicking guitarist to really use the crosspicking. But what I didn’t know is how George was picking it. I just assumed he was using down up down strokes… NO!!!!! George is actually doing a similar technique used by sweep guitarists like  Frank Gambale, or  jazz guitarists Chuck Wayne and Tal Farlow in the 1940s. The technique is only […]

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  • Mark O’Connor- Dixie Breakdown 1975

    Mark O’Connor- Dixie Breakdown 1975

    1975 Winfield National Flatpicking Championship. Mark O’Connor… a 14 year old kid gets on stage. Proceeds to flatpick the Dixie Breakdown…. no one has heard flatpicking like this before (unless you knew of Mark back then). Be prepared to get blown away. That’s the good news. The bad part of this video is…. it’s not a video. But then again .. lucky to at least have this recorded. This was a mind altering performance for anyone that played bluegrass at […]

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  • Mark O’Connor with the David Grisman Quintet: Dawg’s Rag

    Mark O’Connor with the David Grisman Quintet: Dawg’s Rag

    I can recall the first time I heard the David Grisman Quintet.. It was at a bluegrass party and a friend of mine just bought the new album. We put it on and  …. well WE’RE BLOWN AWAY! Talk about a life changing moment in music! Of course… had to have the album. It was played over and over again. The sound and tone of the acoustic instruments was just so beautiful, and the compositions just so exciting you know, […]

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  • Jerry Douglas: Going Out Of Bounds?

    Jerry Douglas: Going Out Of Bounds?

    Pushed Too Far – Jerry Douglas Band   “Telluride in 2003: Larry Atamaniuk/drums, Gabe Witcher/fiddle, Bryan Sutton/guitar, Derek Jones/bass.” When traditional bluegrass folks hear Jerry Douglas performing with drums and such… playing eclectic style songs …well I’m guessing that not to many are going to enjoy this particular video. But you can’t expect a guy like Jerry Douglas (the man that has redefined the dobro) to just play 3 – 5 chord bluegrass songs…. can you? Interestingly, this band is […]

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  • Dan Crary: Unique Method Of Holding Flatpick

    Dan Crary: Unique Method Of Holding Flatpick

    By John Hill:   Eclectic California flat picker Dan Crary performs a medley comprised of “Fishing Creek Blues,” “The Blackbird,” “Turkey in the Straw,” “Bonaparte’s Retreat” and “Arkansas Traveller.” From the DVD “Legends of Flatpicking Guitar.” About the artist: “Dan Crary (aka Deacon Dan Crary) (born September 29, 1939 in Kansas City, Kansas) is an American bluegrass guitarist. He is also a Speech communications Professor at California State University, Fullerton. He helped re-establish flat picked guitar as a prominent soloing […]

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  • Jose Feliciano: Mastering All Techniques

    Jose Feliciano: Mastering All Techniques

    Jose Feliciano – Flight of The Bumble Bee   Switching from Flatpicking to fingerpicking By Miche Archetto: Here is Puerto Rican singer and guitar virtuoso José Feliciano in his famous interpretation of the “Flight of the bumblebee” (originally composed for orchestra by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov). At 1:03 he gets rid of his pick and switches to fingerpicking. José Feliciano became very popular in the 60s for his guitar playing and singing. According to his official website, he has recently embarked in a world tour. […]

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  • Doc Watson: Old-Timey Concert 1967

    Doc Watson: Old-Timey Concert 1967

      There’s a lot of videos out on Doc Watson, but here’s one that I haven’t seen before. My friend and country music historian Phil Wells turned me on to this record back in 1977. I had no idea that there was film footage. For me, this is a real find! Features Doc Watson on guitar and vocals, Clint Howard, guitar and vocals, and fiddler Fred Price. “Old-Timey Concert is the title of a live recording by American folk music artist Doc Watson, Clint Howard, […]

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  • Stephen Mougin: Rockin’ with The Sam Bush Band

    Guitarist Stephen Mougin is quite the flatpicker. He’s got what I call that “snap” to his playing that creates so much excitement. I’m including two videos here of The Sam Bush Band, the first being a song entitled Blue Mountain. The owners of this footage made a point to say that it “was recorded at and belongs to The Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour in Lexington, KY.” Okay, thanks for sharing this and we are all very happy that you […]

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  • Smokin’ Joe Robinson: Acoustic Medley Featuring Misty

    Smokin’ Joe Robinson is perhaps the second best Australian guitarist behind his hero and fellow countryman Tommy Emmanuel, but he’s certainly got a lot to say on his guitar and, more than most. In this video, the YouTube description only mentions Chet Atkins song Borsalino which was written by Delamoe Bolling and Fishman. But on this video, Smokin’ Joe does the following songs… (little snippets) Jerry’s Breakdown: Done a little too fast in my opinion, but he only does a short burst of […]

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  • Tommy Emmanuel- Backstage Without a Thumbpick

    Tommy Emmanuel- Irish Flatpicking I’ve said this in earlier posts featuring Tommy Emmanuel- An entire website could be devoted to this genius.  It seems there’s nothing on the guitar he can’t do (except play bad)…. In this video, the scene is set backstage at a workshop in Newberry South Carolina in May 2010.  The person that shot the video says “it’s not the best  (the video) but it was just too good to keep it to myself.” Yea, a little Irish […]

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  • Sierra Hull: Guitar is her “Second Instrument”

    Sierra Hull: Guitar is her “Second Instrument”

    In this living room video, Sierra Hull is joined by mandolinist Carl Berggren and I believe Sierra’s father on bass, on the bluegrass standard Roanoke. Now if you are not familiar with Sierra, she is very famous in bluegrass for her mandolin playing…. after you are done watching this video, do check this out… She is outrageous. So, this is Sierra on guitar… call it her “second instrument” I’ll tell you this… if you flatpick, just try getting out that first […]

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  • Doc Watson Playing An Arnold Jimmie Rodgers Weymann Guitar

    Doc Watson Playing An Arnold Jimmie Rodgers Weymann Guitar Since the passing of Doc Watson, it seems I can’t get enough of anything he does, which includes recordings, performance videos, and now a tryout of an Arnold Jimmie Rodgers Weymann Guitar. This guitar is not in my opinion something that Doc would have regularly used, as it just doesn’t have the sound conducive for flapicking. But it does sound great on those Jimmie Rogers style songs and,,, guess Doc knew […]

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  • Brad Davis: Double Down- California

    The “double down” technique is something that guitarist Brad Davis has become quite well known for… Here’s a video that features him playing his original instrumental tune “California.” This performance displays just how valuable this technique is for getting out fast lines without breaking a sweat. Imagine asking Doc Watson or Tony Rice to play up to speed note for note on this song. It would be impossible without using this technique. Okay you ask, what is double down? Well […]

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  • Tony Rice – This is a “Few Of My Favorite Things”

    Tony Rice – This is a “Few Of My Favorite Things”

    When the Tony Rice Unit records came out, I thought… well, this seems to be a spin off of David Grisman’s Dawg music, only with Tony being the headliner. Well, not quite, but the music was just about the best thing I had ever heard. This particular video was filmed at the Berkshire Mountain Bluegrass Festival “20 some odd years ago” with Tony’s younger brother Wyatt on second guitar and bassist Mark Schatz. I believe the first of Tony’s jazzgrass Cd’s […]

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  • Tony and Wyatt Rice: “Little Sadie” Instructional “Simplified”

    Tony Rice Teaches “Little Sadie” (with Wyatt Rice and Happy Traum) Here’s guitar brothers Tony and Wyatt Rice teaching a simplified version of “Little Sadie.” Tis video is an excerpt from one of the famous Happy Traum’s Homespun video instructional series. I use the word simplified for this video because Tony is not doing exactly at first what he did on his Manzanita album. He then gets into it a little more and explains how he embellished it and also took some notes from […]

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  • Doc Watson: “DOC” umentary- and a Lot of Pickin”

    By Fred Robbins: “Here’s an old documentary – worth seeing mostly for the quiet glimpses of Doc at home. Warning: 99% of the picking is on banjo and I wish there were even more of Doc speaking. Still…” Thanks Fred for sharing this with us. The vid is 34 minutes but has a lot of info on Doc…

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  • Roberto Dalla Vecchia “Grateful”

    Chiara Sbicego shared this video of Roberto Dalla Vecchia at our facebook page with a song entitled “Grateful” from the Soave Guitar Festival 2010. Chiara additionally writes: “Hi everyone! I’ve just discovered this amazing page. Really great stuff here so many incredible guitar players… I’d like to share with you all a song by Roberto Dalla Vecchia. Do you know him? He’s a great italian flatpicker. I love this tune! Check it out!” Well Chiara, the answer is yes, I have run across […]

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  • Beppe Gambetta – Solo Flatpicking and Then Some

    Here’s Beppe Gambetta, a flatpicking guitarist that has taken the art form of Flatpicking to a whole new level. I personally call this “Solo Flatpicking” Perhaps I should create a new category on the right for this except, Beppe would be the only artist in it. What he is able to do with a pick is more reminiscent to that of a fingerpicking guitarist, utilizing the guitar to it’s fullest with chords and melodies rather than just single flatpicking notes. […]

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