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Bluegrass, Anyone?

Does anyone out there have any suggestions on how to play bluegrass guitar? Any hints you'd like to teach online? I found an interesting online radio station out of Washington D.C.--I think the link is http://bluegrasscountry.org/ I'm not sure how to make that a hyperlink here, but if you get to that site, look for the left column if you want to check it out.

If you've tried some bluegrass guitar books, what do you recommend? What's available on a basic level, and what's available on an intermediate level? I would be interested in hearing what WNers have checked out in this genre.

I look forward to your reply!

-Rik.
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Re: Bluegrass, Anyone?

5/16/2008 12:09 AM

Chris Bond II (2841) wrote:

Bert Casey is probably the best at beginner instruction to intermediate, I think he is under the "homespun" umbrella.

Steve Kaufman has an intense 4 hour workout package. I can't speak for it personally because I haven't tried it, but he is the only 3 time world flat picking champion.



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Re: Bluegrass, Anyone?

5/16/2008 5:36 PM

Rik Eischen (960) wrote:

Thanks, Chris!

I googled Bert Casey's name, and found a link to this cool website:

http://www.freeguitarvideos.com/guitar_lessons_fp.html

If anyone else is interested in tryin' a little bluegrass, there are some neat things at that site. Some is pretty basic, but it never hurts to check it out!

-Rik.

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Re: Bluegrass, Anyone?

5/16/2008 6:01 PM

Bill North (12505) wrote:

Rik,
You are in the greater Chicago Metro area so look at Chicago Old Town School of Folk Music. They used to teach bluegrass there as well as have bluegrass ensembles. I haven't been there in a few years so I don't know their current curriculum. They have an internet presence, so just google them.

Good luck!
Bill~~~



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Re: Bluegrass, Anyone?

5/19/2008 1:15 PM

Rik Eischen (960) wrote:

Thanks, Bill. I'll have to check it out.

-Rik.



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5/19/2008 1:31 PM

Rik Eischen (960) wrote:

I'm afraid the distance wouldn't work for me. Otherwise, I googled, and while I didn't see a "Bluegrass Guitar" course per se, they did have some great stuff listed in their curiculum. Wish it weren't so far a way, or that my schedule & finances allowed for the trip.

-Rik.

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Re: Bluegrass, Anyone?

5/20/2008 9:41 PM

Ken Richardson (9051) wrote:

I have been sitting in with some people at a jam at a coffee shop.. everyone is really nice, and many of them are quite talented.

They are always willing to show you a run or a chord, and one guy let me use his tuner the first night I was there.

I also have a book - Bluegrass Fakebook

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Re: Bluegrass, Anyone?

5/21/2008 9:12 AM

Rik Eischen (960) wrote:

Thanks, Ken. I'm glad you have that opportunity.

I wish we had the same out here. I can try googling to see if there's any bluegrass jam in my neck of the woods, but I suspect its not likely.

In Minnesota there was a great place called the "Pickin' Palor" by the Twin Cities. It was a bit of a drive for us, but we stopped in every once in a while. Later this year we'll be in Virginia. In the neck of the woods we'll be visiting, I'm sure something's available.

But for my hometown, It'd be great if such a thing existed. But thanks for the idea.

-Rik.



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5/24/2008 3:44 AM

Ken Richardson (9051) wrote:

What part of Virginia will you visit? There is lots of old time and bluegrass going on here!



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Re: Bluegrass, Anyone?

6/16/2008 6:16 PM

Rik Eischen (960) wrote:

We were in the Western part of the state. You're right, there is Bluegrass, etc. going on out there if you know where to look. A free brochure from Virginia clued us in on some of this.

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Re: Bluegrass, Anyone?

5/21/2008 9:34 AM

Rik Eischen (960) wrote:

Thanks, Ken.

I think I found something via Google.

-Rik.