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A place to get together and talk and play Bluegrass.

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Latest Activity: Apr 16

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Martin and Bluegrass ... Why? 15 Replies

Just looking for input on a question that I get asked frequently.Why is it that probably 98% of all Bluegrass pickers play either a Martin or a specially made Martin clone?Thanks to Doc Watson, you…Continue

Started by Jud Hair. Last reply by Michael S. Jackson Jan 19.

What was your introduction to bluegrass music, and what is your current involvement? 13 Replies

   Since I am introducing this topic, I suppose I should lead by example and answer my own question.  My entre into bluegrass was probably just the reverse of most folks.  My experience with others…Continue

Started by Ken Bellingham. Last reply by Eddie Charles Jan 18.

Learning Bluegrass Tunes - Resources, Links, and Advice... 4 Replies

Though I've been exposed to bluegrass music most of my life, I really never learned how to really play it.  I don't have a lot of interaction with Bluegrass players, and find myself on the 'needy'…Continue

Started by Phil Manuel. Last reply by Phil Manuel Jul 19, 2012.

Earl 2 Replies

MARCH 29, 2012 Dear Diary – I awoke a bit earlier than usual today because it is my birthday. Not that I look forward to getting older, now that I have significantly fewer Winters in front of me than…Continue

Tags: Banjo, Bluegrass, Gibson, Scruggs, Earl

Started by Michael S. Jackson. Last reply by Michael S. Jackson May 10, 2012.

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Comment by Michael & Kody on February 11, 2011 at 2:23am
Although, I enjoy a lot of genre(s), I've always been envious of the Bluegrass Method. Seems to me the Music is more detailed (note for note) pickin', can't fake it, like you can rock an roll and it always seems to be upbeat ( happy )........stirs up images of the Real Americana.........
Comment by Michael S. Jackson on February 10, 2011 at 9:14am
Thanks, Steven. So... what is written on the guitar in the picture? If you don't mind me asking.
Comment by steven picheta on February 9, 2011 at 3:39pm
All are wecome, just like to hear from people with common interests. I am kinda new to guitar and very new to online community stuff.
Comment by Michael S. Jackson on February 8, 2011 at 6:45pm
Ya'll might be interested in several posts I made at the group "The Music Link Acoustic Instruments," One of the entries is on the Recording King banjo. However, there are also posts on three guitars that are pretty good deals.
Thanks - m
Comment by Ken Bellingham on February 8, 2011 at 1:21pm

Hi Michael,

   Welcome to the group.  It might be presumptuous of me to speak for the group, but I am glad to see you here, and I expect the others are as well.  Steven just began the group fairly recently, and we remain small in number, and so far, fairly inactive.  However, I would expect it to have great potential among guitar players, so I am hoping to see it flourish.  Possibly, many others consider that it has too much overlap with the "Flatpickers" discussion group to require a separate division, but flatpicking as a playing technique is applicable to many genres of music.  Bluegrass music, or acoustic string music which has developed out of bluegrass is what I listen to most often and what I am most interested in learning to play.  With your thirty years of experience, I expect you will have much to contribute. 

   Thus far, the five of us here are also members of the "Martin Owners" discussion group, so in that sense we are already somewhat acquainted.  Your interest prompts me to initiate a new discussion topic that might enable us to become better acquainted.

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on February 8, 2011 at 12:06pm

If you'll have me, I'd like to join this group. I've been playing bluegrass for 30 years, primarily banjo and guitar but also a bit of fiddle, mandolin, and dobro.

I'm curious what is written on the guitar in the picture....?

Comment by steven picheta on February 4, 2011 at 4:23am
Thanks Ken, I'm going to start looking over these web sites.
Comment by Ken Bellingham on February 3, 2011 at 7:46pm

For CDs, check out www.bluegrasssupply.com

   www.acousticdisc.com (David Grisman)

   www.fgmrecords.com (Flatpicking Guitar Magazine)

 

CDs, guitar tablature, and instructional material available at:

   www.flapickingmercantile.com  (Flatpicking Guitar Magazine)

   www.musixnow.com  (Dix Bruce)

   www.flatpik.com  (Steve Kaufman)

   www.homespun.com  (Happy Traum)

 

A couple of guitar tablature books I have really enjoyed learning from are by:

      Jack Tuttle  www.jacktuttle.com

and Rick Williams   www.bluegrassbooksonline.com

 

Flatpicking Guitar Magazine provides a lot of tablature in every issue, and you can get an accompanying CD with each issue to hear what is printed on the page.

 

Also, explore these websites:

     www.theguitarport.com/instruction.htm

     www.flatpickerhangout.com

 

This is hardly an exhaustive list, but it will get you started.

Comment by steven picheta on February 3, 2011 at 5:50pm
Hello all, Anyone now where to find Bluegrass CD's and/or sheet music?
Comment by steven picheta on February 3, 2011 at 3:40pm
I favor Martins, but like Ken wrote make sure your new guitar is easy for you to play Linus28.
 

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