Flatpicking Guitar Magazine
is a bi-monthly periodical, and companion audio CD, dedicated to
presenting all aspects of the art of flatpicking the acoustic guitar,
as pioneered by such great guitarists as Doc Watson, Clarence White,
Norman Blake, Tony Rice, and Dan Crary. Our goal is to help you
increase your own skill level and enjoyment of this fine art as it
pertains to the musical genres of bluegrass, old-time, folk, Celtic,
Western swing, gypsy jazz, new acoustic music, and acoustic rock.
To that end, the magazine
primarily focuses on guitar instruction. We also feature articles on
rhythm guitar playing, guitar building and maintenance, and we also
review flatpicking CDs and instructional books and videos.
Featured topics include such concepts and techniques as:
- Flatpicking fiddle tunes
- Designing and playing lead breaks to vocals
- Back-up and rhythm playing
- Playing "up the neck" breaks
- Hot licks
- Building solos
- Flatpicking slow songs
- Flatpicking songs outside of the traditional bluegrass realm:
(western swing, cajun, celtic, folk, acoustic rock, etc.)
- Performance tips
- Efficient and effective methods of practice
- Dual guitar breaks
- Intros and endings
- Guitar building, set-up, and maintenance
- And a column for beginners which includes:
- Basic ideas on chords
- Simple rhythm
- Picking out the melody of a song
- And more...
The first issue was mailed out in September of 1996; in September of 1999, we began publishing a 68-minute companion audio CD.
About the CD:
the audio CDs, we have each of our columnists and/or featured artists
play the tunes that are transcribed in the magazine at both slow and
fast speeds. Subscription to the audio version of FGM is
separate from the subscription to the printed magazine. We cannot
afford to give the audio CD away for free with each issue and we can
not simply raise our subscription rates and send it out with every copy
since some subscribers may not opt to get the CD.
A subscription to the audio version of FGM
is only $32 per year (in the US). Breaking that down, subscribers only
pay slightly more than $5 per CD when they get a one year subscription
to the CD. This price includes all shipping, packaging, and handling
From the beginning, our goal was to make Flatpicking Guitar Magazine
a valuable instructional tool that would provide readers with practical
information that could really help make them better guitar players and
musicians. We wanted substance, not fluff. With the addition of this
audio CD, we have better achieved that goal. It is certainly much
easier to learn a new tune if you can hear what the tune's supposed to sound like!
CURRENT ISSUE & BACK ISSUES
The hard copy version of the current issue is Volume 16, Issue 4. It is now available at Flatpicking Mercantile.
The downloadable digital version of the current issues is available at www.flatpickdigital.com.
You can also grab Back Issues at Flatpicking Mercantile, dating back to Volume 1. Or download any of our back issues at www.flatpickdigital.com.
SUBSCRIBE TO THE MAGAZINE
To subscribe online using our secure server, please select the country in which you reside:
To subscribe by phone, please call toll free: (800) 413-8296. We accept: Visa, Mastercard, and Discover.
You can also mail a check or money order to: High View Publications, P.O. Box 2160, Pulaski, VA 24301
Subscription costs are as follows:
Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, and the accompanying audio files are both now available for digital download.
For more information about the digital subscription, go to www.flatpickdigital.com.
GET A FREE COPY
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Guitar Magazine, with its companion audio CD, PLUS a FREE copy of the
Hot & Spicy CD (a total value of $25 FREE!). All you have to do is
pay a $5.00 shipping and handling fee. This offer is only for those who
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CONTRIBUTORS TO FLATPICKING GUITAR MAGAZINE
The following flatpickers contribute to our magazine. Click an
underlined name to find out more information about a contributor or to
access that contributor's website:
Check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for answers to commonly asked questions that beginning flatpickers have.
Check out artists we have profiled over the past years at this link.
ADVERTISING IN FLATPICKING GUITAR MAGAZINE
Flatpicking Guitar Magazine offers opportunities for ads in the magazine. Here are the magazine ad rates and sizes:
Homepage Ads: $30.00 per month
Size: 208 X 75 Pixels
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or e-mail us at Dan@flatpick.com .