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Doug Fick
commented on 08-Nov-2017 03:44 PM
Hey Steve, I enjoyed your mandolin workshop in Frankfort last weekend and have since purchased the Bluegrass for mandolin book 1. You looked at my 42' Gibson A-50 since I had a concern about the frets. You noticed the bridge was high. The bridge is set high because during the winter, during periods of low humidity, I get some buzzing on the frets.You also noticed the neck had a hump where the body meets. Is there a fix for this? Any insight would be helpful. --------------------------------------------------------------------Hi Doug - You can have the neck planed down at the hump but you may just need to leave the action up to get over those hump high frets. Not much else to do there. Good luck.
Bob Schmitt
commented on 29-Dec-2016 10:41 AM
Recently stunned by Steve's extraordinary prowess. Too good. I just have an anal retentive question. Why would Steve sing the praise of his "yeller" Tortex pick then sell some "Blue Chip" pick for $40 on his site? Hi Bob - It's because for years I asked BlueChip to make a .73 mm pick and they could not. I love the feel of them and they don't wear out or break. Last year Matt Goins at BlueChip was able to get them down to .75mm and that is close enough for me. I love them but they are pricey. Everyone should have at least one.
Ron Smith
commented on 31-Jan-2016 07:39 PM
Hi, Steve; Enjoyed your workshop and concert again in Tempe AZ. I came away with some new tips on fine tuning my picking hand, especially for cross picking. Maybe that new Collings I purchased will help with the process. You are truly a champion player for us all to look up too.

Thanks for playing Home Sweet Home

Ron Smith Cottonwood, AZ.
Richard Delzenero
commented on 11-Nov-2015 09:50 PM
Hi Steve, I greatly enjoyed your two-day guitar workshop in Frankfort (Illinois) this past weekend! I am still having trouble getting my right had to obey my commands (it seems to have a mind of its own). You had mentioned on of your instructional DVDs had some info that might help me and I thought I had already purchased it, but I was wrong (oops). Could you perhaps let me know the name of the DVD? I'd really like to improve my playing. Thanks once again! -- Rich (front row center)................................ Hi Rich - Thanks for the note. The DVD I probably mentioned for right hand development is Picking Up Speed. Enjoy and see you next time. SK
commented on 09-Nov-2015 03:17 PM
Mr. Kaufman, Do you have a guitar humidifier you like and would recommend? Thanks,.....................................................Hi Anna - I like in 45% humidity in the winter so I don't use one but I think that D'Addario makes a few nice ones. They all have rubber with holes around a piece of sponge and you wet the sponge and insert it into the sound hole. We used to use a plastic soap box. Drill holes in the box and put a wet sponge inside. Good luck. Steve K
Phil Greenfield
commented on 13-Oct-2015 02:07 PM
Hi Steve, Guitar 201 student .. have a friend interested in playing Cedar Gap and wondering if you have any music for this? thx, Phil...................... Hi Phil - I've got it in a mandolin book - http://www.flatpik.com/instructional-materials/steve-kaufmans-favorite-50-traditional-american-fiddle-tunes-for-the-mandolin-volume-1 ............................Hope this helps
commented on 06-Feb-2015 09:44 AM
Hello Steve, I want to attend your band camp this year, will Gary Davis be teaching this year?.........................................Hi Mark- Yes the great Gary Davis will be with us along with Alan Munde, Dennis Caplinger and Chris Quinn. Hope to see you there!
commented on 29-Jan-2015 07:18 PM
Hi Steve, I'm thinking about bringing my Dobro up to Maryville Guitar Kamp. Any songs I can be working on since I'm at the beginner level?............Oh let's see - Cripple Creek, Old Joe Clark, Lots of singing songs, Salt Creek. Take a look on the Kamp part of the site. There is a link for Songs Some People Play at Kamp. See you in June....SK
Carl Brown
commented on 16-Dec-2014 05:41 PM
When will you return to play Merlefest?......................................... Hi Carl and thanks for asking. I will probably not return to Merlefest. I played it for about 9 or 10 years early on when it had a true purpose other than just putting money into the college. The last time I played there, they screwed me over and Dan Crary gave me great advice when he said "You don't need to take this from them. This is only one weekend in the year and if you can't find another place to play this one weekend, you're not doing your job." And I've worked somewhere else every year since and never missed the abuse they give the entertainers. Hope to see you somewhere else down the road buddy!
Phil Greenfield
commented on 02-Dec-2014 04:59 PM
Steve, Looking for a couple single song leads next time your looking for ideas; Eight more miles to Louisville & Paradise. Like the rendition that Norman Blake does for Louisville and something in 3/4 time for Paradise. Thx Phil for Portland West! ..................................................Hi Phil Those are all good suggestions buddy. On the Paradise song. It is in D. Start with your first finger on the 3rd string 2nd fret. 2nd finger on the 2nd string 3rd fret. Use the 3rd finger to find notes on the 4th and 3rd string 4th fret. You have all the notes to Paradise there now. Use the Bible Method....... Seek and Ye Shall Find. If you still have trouble let me know and we'll make it a Single Download Lesson. Cheers.... SK
commented on 09-Apr-2014 07:50 AM
Steve is there a way to learn the scales [ Power Flat Picking] I realize the patterns repeat. By the 3 time I get to the key of D I've forgotten G . . . Hi Kenny: Memorizing is different than "learning". The Power Book has the scale for the position we are going to play the "jam Break" to at the beginning of each position explanation. That scale should be easy to memorize through repetition. The musical patterns that follow would be a different story. It takes a while to fully memorize them. But on the other hand, those "songs" are a way to learn the different positions we play out of up the neck and also learn how to melodically connect chord shapes. When you finish the book by 50-80% memorizing each song in each position, start the book over again with the same enthusiasm but then try to play the same songs in different locations on the neck thus in different keys. There's a lot of Mojo in that book when it is finally understood and can be used as a tool. Enjoy, Steve K
Ron Smith
commented on 03-Feb-2014 12:08 PM
Hi, Steve,

Thanks again for another great workshop and concert in Tempe, AZ. It's always a pleasure to hear you play the guitar. You're such an inspiration to the rest of us. I'm getting ready to order some more of your CD's. I already have most of your DVD's. If only there was enough time to learn everything in them.

Thanks again,

Ron Cottonwood, AZ.
commented on 05-Nov-2013 04:04 PM
I really enjoyed the workshop and concert in Westport WA last week. Thanks for the tip about seeing you and Doc playing together on Doc's Guitar Jam. That DVD is a true treasure. You were great on all those jams.
Reggie Penberthy
commented on 16-Oct-2013 08:12 AM
Had a great time at the workshop in Springfield this past weekend. Lots of new stuff to work on. Thanks Steve for your patience and great teaching skills.
Keith Dunlap
commented on 09-Oct-2013 09:26 AM
Steve...your flatpicking workshop in Monhnton PA this past weekend was great. I learned more in two days than I had in the first six months of my lessons!
Frank Davis
commented on 22-Jun-2013 02:22 PM
Steve and Donna

Thanks for a great Kamp 2013....enjoyed every minute!

At Toronto airport enroute Nfld....waiting
at gate D41..!!!!
Steve Mallinson
commented on 28-May-2013 08:44 AM
Great to see you and Donna at Mary and Herman's for Memorial Day Pig Roast.
Please include me on your mailing list at steveomalli@yahoo.com.
Love your new website!
Carl Yaffey
commented on 22-Jan-2013 11:52 AM
Steve, I'm hearing nothing but rave reviews of the workshops. Thank you so much for sharing your skills with us.
Jeanne Dumond
commented on 20-Jan-2013 09:50 PM

Really enjoyed the two flatpicking workshops this weekend in Columbus and Westerville, OH. You are perhaps the greatest group teacher I have ever met. Flatpicking is something I had no experience with before this weekend and I have to say I am hooked. You made something that sounded daunting easy and approachable. Thanks a bunch!
commented on 25-Oct-2012 07:12 PM
I enjoyed your concert at Grandview Stage on Sunday-awesome music with some humor too!
Frank Bright
commented on 16-Oct-2012 09:45 PM
I played an acoustic guitar some in the late '60s, then no more until retirement a few years ago. A jam buddy loaned me your Basic Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar DVD and I will be working on it (I did buy my own copy after keeping his for way too long) until I am 80, I suppose. It is perfect for me. Thank you for that and for being so gracious to Kent Gustavson, who is the son of good friends. I hope to meet you one day. Best wishes.
Paolo Cimmino
commented on 10-Sep-2012 09:32 AM
Greetings from Italy! A couple of weeks ago I bought your "Get Started on the Mandolin" dvd (instant download). I had tried others courses before, but this one is REALLY great for me. I find your instructions suit perfectly my skill as a guitarist. And
in addition, you keep it very simple and funny: it's nice to watch a smiling teacher! Thanks a lot. Ciao.
commented on 29-Jul-2012 11:29 AM
Steve, when I saw you in January you mentioned a particular guitar case which is good for airline travel and lighter than my old Mark Leaf case. Can you let me know where to look for it? . . Hi Richard - I use the Calton Case made up in Calgary or in England.
You can try Janet Davis Music in the States or try www.Acousticguitar.net and Mike will hook you up. Cheers SK
Debbie Reed
commented on 27-Jun-2012 11:16 PM
My Brother Bob and I attended the traditional flatpicking camp in June and had the time of our lives. You can bet we will be back next year and will try out the bluegrass week. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality and hard work that you both do to
make the camp an incredible experience for everyone. See you next year!
Rob Heckathorne - Alaska & South Carolina WRKSHPS
commented on 30-May-2012 06:23 AM
Greetings Steve, My thoughts and prayers go out to you on this day as I learned of the passing of friend and Mountain Music great, Doc Watson. I recall the passion, affection and admiration you have had for Doc and know his music continues to live on through
you and the students you lead. Peace Thanks. yes it's a sad day for us at Flatpik Central and the rest of the world with the passing of the great Doc Watson. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Fran Winckel, "your greatest fan"
commented on 22-May-2012 09:43 AM
Hi Steve (my "Guitar Hero"), I attended your workshop in Tempe in January and had a blast! You make learning so much fun because you are so entertaining! I just signed up for the 2013 Tempe mando and guitar workshops, and I hope to make it to your Music
Kamp next summer.
Bill Thornton
commented on 29-Apr-2012 12:16 PM
I would like to try guitar boogie as done by Tommy Emmanuel, if you would tab it and publish it. Thanks. That's a song I am sure Tommy has written out. Now if you want a version by me, I might be more inclined (g). Cheers SK
Jan in Kansas
commented on 05-Apr-2012 12:34 PM
I've written a few bluegrass songs. I need a book or something to help me put words and melody together. Any suggestions? Thanks You might want to look through the Mel Bay site for something like that. I am sure you would find it
Dan O
commented on 05-Apr-2012 09:09 AM
Steve, Perhaps you would consider doing some workshops/concerts in the Atlanta area. I would love to see you and attend a mandolin workshop. One possible venue could be Everetts music barn. Suwanee,Ga. www.everettbrothers.com/ Thanks Dan - I'll check them
out. I will be in Albany GA in November. Hope to see you then /SK
Salvatore Colajanni
commented on 04-Apr-2012 06:47 AM
Hi Steve, yesterday I bought one of your books and I started to study. Next 15 April I'll go at a workshop of Beppe Gambetta here in Milan. Greetings from Italy and sorry for my english.
Ron Smith
commented on 30-Jan-2012 12:11 AM
Hi, Steve; Just got home from your workshop and concert in Tempe, AZ. I've been an admirer of your guitar skills for a long time, and it's easy for everyone to see why you're a flat picking champion. You inspired me to work harder on my guitar playing
and also thanks for allowing me to play a tune with you. It really made my day. Hope to see you again. So now, I guess I'll go grab one of your DVDs', tune up, and get with it. Many more Thanks
Richard Copeland
commented on 17-Jan-2012 11:00 AM
Hi Steve, It was great to see you again at the Clermont, FL workshop and concert. I found the workshop a real refresher course and looked through the two books I bought. I plan on working through them soon. The concert was great and I appreciate you allowing
me to play the 3 tunes with you on stage. Richard
Allen Lewis
commented on 16-Jan-2012 09:48 AM
Hi Steve, I've been a fan and a student of Bluegrass music since I bought my first banjo in 1980. Banjo is my favorite but I finally bought a decent guitar a couple years back and I'm using your books to help me make the thing sing; having loads of fun
in the process. Just ordered your Picking up Speed; and Banjo Tunes DVDs for flatpick guitar. Your instructional materials are a great help. Thanks.
Rick Underwood
commented on 27-Nov-2011 04:22 PM
Steve, I attended the workshop and concert yesterday in LAHASKA. Thank you so much for your time and tips during the workshop. as a beginner and my first workshop it was a pleasure.
commented on 19-Nov-2011 11:25 PM
Steve; I just left your Amarillo concert and just want to say thank you very, very much for coming to Amarillo. I hope it was successful stop for you and that you will, in fact, be back. I was tied up with Jack Williams and could not fit your workshop
in, but most certainly will next time. We very much appreciate it when people like you come to our little town. Please come back.
Jerry Padgett
commented on 09-Nov-2011 08:02 PM
Hi Steve... I Missed your workshop in Tempe, AZ last year...hope to make it this year... I'm still working on your songs... I wish flatpicking was as easy as playing the banjo... Jerry Padgett Arizona Bluegrass Association
Sam Kilpatrick
commented on 19-Oct-2011 09:55 AM
Thanks for a great evening in Birnam on 8th October - a real pleasure and a real treat As we say in Glasow ' Pure Dead Brilliant'
Elliott Boyle
commented on 09-Oct-2011 04:01 PM
Hi Steve, Great nights entertainment and to your excellent performance.
Murray MacLeod
commented on 07-Oct-2011 07:19 PM
Thanks for two superb evenings, in Edinburgh and Birnam (7 Oct 2011 and 8 Oct 2011 respectively). Everything you played was superb, on bith evenings, but your encore at Birnam of "Black Mountain Rag" was simply stupendous. Enjoy Ullapool, and the rest
of your stay in the UK, and a safe journey home.
Eric Thompson
commented on 06-Oct-2011 12:33 PM
Hi Steve - Suzy & I are looking forward to seeing you guys next summer. thanks, Eric Thompson
Joe Paulovkin
commented on 05-Oct-2011 06:32 PM
Hi Steve! I thank you for putting together a fantastic collection of instructional Books, CDs and DVDs. NO EASY TASK! They truly work. I'm having fun and am inspired, and I am slowly learning the Bluegrass repertoire! Awesome! Maybe one day we can play
a song together. THANK YOU!!----------------------- I look forward to it buddy!- Best - SK
Steve K
commented on 29-Sep-2011 04:05 AM
Hi Bob Sorrento was as always, a great time. I had a blast with my class. They were all perfect for the levels and a joy t work with. If you ever have any questions just shoot me a hote to steve@flatpik.com Cheers my friend and see you next time I hope
or at Kamp in June! /sk
commented on 26-Sep-2011 11:40 PM
Steve... The Sorrento workshop was huge. Learned more in one week than in the past 10 years. Love the DVD on picking up speed.
John Greene
commented on 05-Aug-2011 02:42 PM
Hi Steve, Greetings from Kansas City. Hope you have a chance to make it back here some day. New site looks great. All the best!
Nitza Rosario
commented on 02-Aug-2011 08:29 PM
Had a great time at Kamp, Steve. Have been listening over and over to my recording of the performance of "Beautiful Nothing" with those awesome 14 seconds of silence. One of the most moving things I've ever heard. STEVE: Not sure what "Beautiful Nothing"
is but glad you had a good time.
Paul Soule
commented on 27-Jul-2011 05:06 AM
Steve, New website is great. Had a great time in kamp. The instructors were awesome. Already counting the days until next year.
Connie Clemmer
commented on 26-Jul-2011 07:09 AM
Hello, Steve!! Love your website! This is the first time I've been here. Got your new email address put into my account. Thanks! Hope you, Donna, and Mark are having a great summer!
dave eyles
commented on 20-Jul-2011 08:56 PM
hi steve great to see the new site up and running.. all the best to you and yours still enjoying "goodnight waltz"anything new in the pipeline? cheers dave
David Rowe
commented on 20-Jul-2011 07:36 PM
Nice new look for the website. Awesome camp, can't wait to come back next year for my second year.
Al Petteway
commented on 19-Jul-2011 08:42 AM
The new website is great. Congrats.
Mike Ferguson
commented on 11-Jul-2011 01:57 PM
Steve, the website looks great, hope you had a great Kamp. I'm saving my money for a future Kamp. Mike Ferguson
Raymond Dechesne
commented on 09-Jul-2011 10:53 AM
Web site looks great! Our first time at kamp. By Tuesday afternoon, we were already making plans for next year. Thanks a million and see you then!
Bob Comeau
commented on 08-Jul-2011 09:15 AM
Hi Donna and Steve...Great new site Congratulations......home a week,from my fifth Kamp and I got the 'Blues'...sooo much fun with you all..looking forward to next year...thanks for every thing ..I'm living a dream....Bob Comeau
Sheri Matascik
commented on 08-Jul-2011 08:36 AM
Nice new site, Steve! And a big hello to Donna and you, too. Looking forward to another great year at the Palace. www.palacetheater.com
Larry Frederick
commented on 07-Jul-2011 11:25 PM
Steve, Thanks for everything you do to "share your musical talents" with the rest of us. SKAK was incredible and some of the best fun I've had in a long time! It's awesome being surrounded by like-minded people who have a passion for acoustic music! The
website is great. Keep up the passion!
Kathleen Hall
commented on 07-Jul-2011 07:44 PM
It was my 4th Kamp and thanks for a great time as usual. I like the new web site. Can't wait until next June
Angie Turner
commented on 06-Jul-2011 10:57 PM
Really like the new site. I was a first time kamper and can't wait to come back! Thanks so much for a wonderful experience!
judy blazer
commented on 05-Jul-2011 12:13 PM
Hey Steve!!! This is so fancy and way cool, CONGRATS ya Big MAN YA!!!!!! All best, Judy Blazer (jiblazer@gmial.com)
George Barnett
commented on 05-Jul-2011 12:05 PM
Great looking site, Steve. My experience at Kamp (2010) was one of the hi-lites of my musical journey. Thanks to you and all who made it so.
Lou Gross
commented on 05-Jul-2011 11:17 AM
Neat looking new site - hope to get to hear you again soon.
Claudia Campazzo
commented on 05-Jul-2011 10:53 AM
Beautiful website, Steve!
Jim Gairns
commented on 05-Jul-2011 10:51 AM
Thanks for a great Kamp. As I first timer, I am already looking forward to next year.
Neal Billetdeaux
commented on 05-Jul-2011 09:38 AM
Great time at kamp, see ya next year.
Roberto Dalla Vecchia
commented on 05-Jul-2011 09:24 AM
Great job Steve! And great Kamp too, thank you
Jane Robinson
commented on 05-Jul-2011 09:01 AM
I look forward to exploring your website. Looks great!
Julien Wilkinson Switzerland
commented on 05-Jul-2011 08:58 AM
Nice looking Site Steve - good to see you moving with the times .. :O))
Bruce D. Weber
commented on 05-Jul-2011 07:56 AM
Cool site Steve! Haven't had a chance to go through the whole thing, but I know i will.
lauren weinstein
commented on 05-Jul-2011 07:46 AM
Luv the new web site !
Jim Warner, Alcoa Kiwanis
commented on 05-Jul-2011 07:27 AM
Thanks for all your philanthropic efforts. Enjoyed your Kamp Koncerts.
Carl Yaffey
commented on 05-Jul-2011 06:54 AM
very nice web site!
Deb Maupin
commented on 05-Jul-2011 06:52 AM
Morning Steve, The website looks awesome. Thanks for the years of great music, teaching and friendship. Take Care Deb M
Michael Hughes
commented on 05-Jul-2011 03:55 AM
Great web site and great camp this year!
Bob Wilson
commented on 05-Jul-2011 03:19 AM
Hope to catch you when you come to England
Kathy Chiavola
commented on 05-Jul-2011 03:17 AM
What a fantastic camp this year! Thanks, Steve!
Mark McCluney
commented on 05-Jul-2011 02:55 AM
A splendid and joyful new website -quite an improvement!
Chris Thiessen
commented on 04-Jul-2011 11:06 PM
Great redesign!
Kathy Anderson
commented on 04-Jul-2011 10:53 PM
website looks good!
Maurice Desjardins
commented on 04-Jul-2011 10:42 PM
great website,Steve
Chris Proctor
commented on 04-Jul-2011 09:17 PM
Happy to see your new site
Valerie Leroy
commented on 04-Jul-2011 09:13 PM
Great new site. I can't wait for my second year on Kaufman Kamp!
Jim Pittman
commented on 04-Jul-2011 08:50 PM
Great 2011 Kamps, marvelous new website!
Rob Heller
commented on 04-Jul-2011 08:34 PM
It's a classy web site, Steve. Best of luck.
Frank Baker
commented on 04-Jul-2011 08:26 PM
The new site is excellent, Steve. Great design, easy to naigate.
Suzanne Kaufman
commented on 04-Jul-2011 08:18 PM
Great website bro!
Kay Archer
commented on 04-Jul-2011 08:10 PM
Like your new site.
Sean Jones
commented on 04-Jul-2011 07:33 PM
Nice improvement to the site
Bill Klein
commented on 04-Jul-2011 07:30 PM
Hi Steve, Great looking site!
James Cave
commented on 04-Jul-2011 07:18 PM
I like the new site.
Joe Henderson (joehenderson@bellsouth.net)
commented on 04-Jul-2011 06:57 PM
Great improvement in the web site!
Jimmie Sorrels
commented on 03-Jul-2011 11:14 AM
Great looking site Steve.
Carolyn Davis
commented on 02-Jul-2011 11:00 AM
Enjoyed looking around! Hope to visit often.
Rusty Smith
commented on 01-Jul-2011 11:31 PM
Very nicely done web site.
Steve Carr
commented on 01-Jul-2011 05:20 PM
Congratulations on the new web site, Steve. Looks great!
The Winlock Guitarist
commented on 01-Jul-2011 02:18 PM
Great Site Steve! Comes in loud and clear here in Winlock even
commented on 30-Jun-2011 04:37 PM
Good Luck with the new site Steve!

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