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Guy Babusek

Basic Fingerpicking Techniques


I did a little video with some real basic concepts on how I fingerpick. Not "the" way to do it of course, just some ideas from my way of playing:...
@Guy Babusek started 6 years ago - replies: 12
Rachael

Fingerpicking Melody within a Pattern


Greetings fellow fingerpickers, The following has troubled me for a long, long time!  I so hope someone will be able to provide an answer that...
@Rachael started last year - replies: 4
Rachael

Ultimate Fingerpicks-Anyone ever heard of them?


So, today I heard of these really unusual fingerpicks, and I find them to be quite intriguing!  Anyone ever tried them?...
@Rachael started 11 months ago - replies: 2
Guy Babusek

Sean O'Dwyer of the Glen


Hi all! It's been too long since I've been on here. Life has been packed!  It's great to read all the posts on the new FOTMD site. I finally got...
@Guy Babusek started 5 years ago - replies: 1
Guy Babusek

Green Stubble Fields of Autumn


Here's a a little finger picking for you.  Working on a lot of new music now that my hand is100% healthy!
@Guy Babusek started 5 years ago - replies: 6
Bill in NM

To pick, or not to pick?


I come from a classical guitar and folk banjo (clawhammer) background, and I never used a pick.  Always finger pickin'. Now that I am learning...
@Bill in NM started 2 years ago - replies: 3
Theresa

1 1/2 fret


Hi,I am thinking about adding a 1 1/2 fret to my dulcimer. Is there any reason why this would be a bad idea? I would appreciate any advice on this...
@Theresa started 5 years ago - replies: 27
sleepingangel

EBONY or MICARTA for fingerboard overlay?


Hey all,  Just curious your thoughts on Micarta vs ebony for fingerboard overlay. The Ebony is almost 3 times the cost of the micarta.  Love to...
@sleepingangel started 4 years ago - replies: 6
Mary MacGowan

Positioning the thumb...?


I'm working on my fingerpicking skills and my thumb is starting to hurt! Ow. Any advice? Where do you place your thumb - you press the strings...
@Mary MacGowan started 3 years ago - replies: 3
Kay Bolin

what fingers to use on right (picking) hand


Well, I've been finger picking for a couple of years - not enough to show off, but some. I've been using my thumb on the melody string and pointer...
@Kay Bolin started 5 years ago - replies: 7
Linda Jo brockinton

Tutorial on sustain in your music


Have had several inquiries about how to get the slower songs to have moresustain instead of being choppy. This will be applicable to all styles...
@Linda Jo brockinton started 7 years ago - replies: 26
Linda Jo brockinton

Clean hammer ons and pull offs


I was asked by Laura about doing clean hammer ons and pull offs. I am adding a tutorial on them on the videos . Would be interested to hear any...
@Linda Jo brockinton started 7 years ago - replies: 15
Deborah Hinz

Finger-picking or flat_picking


I would love to start to learn fingerpicking but I have very thin, soft and brittle nails. I have to use gloves for any chores around the house,...
@Deborah Hinz started 5 years ago - replies: 5
Sam Edelston

Bluegrass dulcimer - Foggy Mountain Breakdown


Earl Scruggs classic, "Foggy Mountain Breakdown." To me, for something to be bluegrass, you need a banjo. So I'm playing the banjo part on...
@Sam Edelston started 5 years ago - replies: 9
Theresa

What are you learning now?


Hi, Just was wondering what everyone is working on right now. I thought it would be interesting to see the range of music that is covered. It...
@Theresa started 5 years ago - replies: 10
Gary McNaughton

warm ups for finger picking


Hello! Are there any good methods for training your fretting hand and coordination with the picking hand as perhaps a 10-20 minute warm up prior to...
@Gary McNaughton started 6 years ago - replies: 20
Theresa

26" VSL dulcimer


Hello, I have been playing a 26" VSL cherrywood dulcimer since October 2014. I play fingerstyle with bare fingers. I prefer slow Celtic and...
@Theresa started 5 years ago - replies: 25
Cindy Stammich

Fingerpicking the banjammer


This may seem a bit silly, but I wanted to share it with you all. I have been picking on my banjammer and trying to figure out what sounds the...
@Cindy Stammich started 6 years ago - replies: 15
Theresa

Strings


Hi,I noticed that several people have mentioned Elixer bass strings. I would like to try one on my dulcimer. I am having trouble finding individual...
@Theresa started 5 years ago - replies: 16
Theresa

Second dulcimer


Hello and happy holidays to everyone. I began playing the mountain dulcimer in the fall and I love it. I am playing fingerstyle and I use my bare...
@Theresa started 6 years ago - replies: 32
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