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Ken Bellingham
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Ken Bellingham commented on John Wilson's group 12-String Guitar
"Michael,   I'm deeply sorry to read of your wife's passing.  I was aware some time ago - on another thread, I believe - when you announced that your wife had been given a serious medical diagnosis.  Although I watched for…"
Sep 18
Ken Bellingham replied to Martin van Dooremalen's discussion A/B/C on the 12's I was considering in the group 12-String Guitar
"   John's website says that his Norman, Seagull and Patrick & Simon guitars are priced from $465 to $675 USD.  That price includes his in-house preparation and voicing.  That is the only way he sells them, i.e. after…"
Feb 12
Ken Bellingham replied to Martin van Dooremalen's discussion A/B/C on the 12's I was considering in the group 12-String Guitar
"Yes, Martin, I was aware when I posted to you, that shipping costs, foreign exchange rates, California taxes, and possible import duties would probably mitigate against such a decision.  My only point was that, if you were to end up buying a…"
Feb 12
Ken Bellingham replied to Martin van Dooremalen's discussion A/B/C on the 12's I was considering in the group 12-String Guitar
"Martin, you probably are reluctant to consider purchasing a guitar on-line, but it seems you are already familiar with and like the Godin line of guitars, so there is nothing to lose in contacting John Mello at…"
Feb 11
Eddie Charles replied to Ken Bellingham's discussion What was your introduction to bluegrass music, and what is your current involvement? in the group Bluegrass (Pickers)
"My first Martin was a 000-28NB.  However I soon acquired a D-41 relegated to bluegrass.  I've also acquired a J-41Special and enjoy this as a bluegrass guitar also.  I think both the D and J bodies are flat picking boomers.…"
Jan 18
Adriaan N Roggeveen replied to Ken Bellingham's discussion What was your introduction to bluegrass music, and what is your current involvement? in the group Bluegrass (Pickers)
"Since we seem to have come in about the same time, musically; I was wondering what model Martin guitar you started with. I received a Martin 0-18NY as a Christmas present around 1959 after I had been playing about 4 years on my own and a D12-20…"
Jan 18
Eddie Charles replied to Ken Bellingham's discussion What was your introduction to bluegrass music, and what is your current involvement? in the group Bluegrass (Pickers)
"My involvement in bluegrass took a long round about way.  My first intense interest in music was in the folk scare.  My first concert was the Limelighters followed by Baez, The Kingston Trio, and PP&M.  I was finger picking…"
Jan 18
Jim Yates replied to Ken Bellingham's discussion What was your introduction to bluegrass music, and what is your current involvement? in the group Bluegrass (Pickers)
"As a teenager I attended the first Mariposa Folk Festival in 1961.  There was a street dance downtown and the music was provided by The York County Boys.  This was my first exposure to Bluegrass music.  Part way through the night, a…"
Jan 16
Ken Bellingham commented on Michael Robertson's group DADGAD
"There are abundant resources for bluegrass tablature.  Here are just a few that I have accessed: www.homespuntapes.com www.flatpick.com www.flatpik.com www.bluegrassbooksonline.com www.musixnow.com www.jacktuttle.com www.banjobenclark.com Of…"
Dec 24, 2013
Ken Bellingham replied to Michael S. Jackson's discussion Need Help with Bridge Pins in the group Martin Owners
"   It lifted my spirits to see this sustained levity here.  Thanks and blessings to you all."
Apr 1, 2013
Ken Bellingham replied to Diamond Dave's discussion Tortex vs. Gravity picks in the group Flatpickers
"   That is an interesting test.  I probably don't have very discerning hearing, but I didn't notice a significant difference between the picks.  I did hear a difference between the guitars with the Seagull sounding…"
Feb 16, 2013
Ken Bellingham replied to Mark Kennedy's discussion New to Fiddle Tunes in the group Flatpickers
"Hi Mark,    Now that the holidays are past I was wondering if you were able to begin your study of fiddle tunes.  Did you select one or more to begin with?  How are you progressing?  Have you encountered any particular…"
Jan 4, 2013
Ken Bellingham replied to Mark Eldridge's discussion Looking For A Budget 12-String in the group 12-String Guitar
"John Mello of Kensington, CA, (http://www.johnfmello.com/about.html) is a luthier of long experience who really knows his craft.  In addition to making his own highly prized instruments, he maintains an inventory of affordable production…"
Jan 3, 2013
Ken Bellingham commented on James Sennett's group Martin Owners
"Hey Greg,    Thank you so much for those videos.  Very cool, and that little travel guitar has surprisingly good tone, resonance and projection as Pat plays it up and down the neck."
Dec 21, 2012
Ken Bellingham commented on James Sennett's group Martin Owners
"You do beautiful work, Greg.  I'd love to hear how they sound.  And what is the binding on the rosewood / spruce model?"
Dec 21, 2012
Ken Bellingham replied to Mark Kennedy's discussion New to Fiddle Tunes in the group Flatpickers
"Hi Mark,    One consideration may be whether or not you are planning to participate in a jam circle.  If not, you could probably start with any fairly straight-forward tune that is melodically pleasing to your ear.  I think many…"
Dec 16, 2012

Profile Information

Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Amateur or recreational musician
How many years have you been playing guitar?
20-30 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
Martin D-35
Martin D-28-12
Froggy Bottom F-14
Evergreen Mountain Instruments (Jerry Nolte) custom auditorium 6-string
Martin America's Guitar Limited Edition 175th Anniversary
What type of music do you like to play?
Americana roots, country, folk, Celtic, bluegrass, folk rock
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At 1:59pm on April 21, 2012, Phil Manuel said…

Thanks for the kind words Ken.  Keep in touch, I value my friendships too!

At 12:48pm on September 28, 2011, james said…
thanks kenny. keep pickin .
At 3:22pm on July 21, 2011, PaDuff said…

Hey Ken ,PaDuff is fine, 10 grankids in my tree so far.

PaDuff

At 1:59pm on March 22, 2011, James P. Royle said…
My wife would have something to say about that, psychotherapist that she is!LOL
At 12:51pm on March 22, 2011, James P. Royle said…
Even having one good one is such a beautiful thing!
At 11:51am on March 22, 2011, James P. Royle said…
Thank you sir, I don't have many! I would be honored to be your friend!
At 9:21am on March 11, 2011, Michael S. Jackson said…
You're right, of course! After I sent that I realized what I had written but I had already turned the computer off and thought no one reads my stuff anyway. I did not mean to write bpm (which would be rediculous). What I meant to write was NPM or Notes Per Minute. The time signature is no different, it's just that a fast banjo player can crowd a lot of notes into each beat! Thanks for catching it. I wasn't aware that I had made the same mistake twice... I'll correct it.
At 1:34pm on February 28, 2011, Shaun Porter said…
Thanks once again Ken for responding.It is appreciated.
At 5:00am on January 23, 2011, steven picheta said…

Welcome to Bluegrass (Pickers).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

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