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Flatpicking Guitar Magazine

Flatpicking Guitar Magazine is a bi-monthly publication dedicated to helping guitar players, from beginner to expert, increase their proficiency flatpicking the acoustic guitar. Each issue contains comprehensive instruction on flatpicking techniques as pioneered by great guitarists such as Doc Watson, Clarence White, Norman Blake, Tony Rice, and Dan Crary. Instruction, sheet music and articles cover all musical genres including bluegrass, old-time, folk, Western swing, gypsy jazz, new acoustic music, and acoustic rock. You’ll also find interviews with top performers, including tablature of their favorite licks and breaks, as well as a wide variety of columns written by an impressive group of contributors. An optional companion CD which demonstrates the techniques described in each issue is also available.

Because the magazine focuses on instruction, you’ll want to hold onto each issue for future reference. You can also purchase back issues from our archive, which feature instruction on topics such as:

  • Crosspicking
  • Flatpicking fiddle tunes
  • Designing and playing lead breaks to vocals
  • Back-up and rhythm playing
  • Playing "up the neck" breaks
  • Hot licks
  • Building solos
  • Improvisation
  • Flatpicking slow songs
  • 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
  • Scales
  • Simple rhythm
  • Picking out the melody of a song
  • And more...

About the CD:

The audio CDs feature each of our columnists and/or artists playing the tunes that are transcribed in the magazine at both slow and fast speeds.

Click here to read about our columnists and contributors.