Intermediate Flatpicking Guitar with Greg Blake

In Intermediate Flatpicking Guitar we'll build on playing simple melodies and fiddle tunes by learning how to:

  • incorporate slides, hammer-on's  and pull-offs

  • include simple 'cross-picking' patterns around basic chordal shapes

  • choose notes within the chordal scale as 'pick-up' and 'grace notes

  • utilize a handful of tasty 'riffs' and 'lics' as a foundation for improvising

Maybe we'll do some singing, too!

Greg Blake was born in southern West Virginia and, from there, acquired his love for bluegrass and mountain-flavored music. With many musical influences such as Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, George Jones, the Louvin Bros., Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Tony Rice, Doyle Lawson, J.D. Crowe, Greg began playing and singing at age seven.
While in Kansas City, Greg joined up with The Bluegrass Missourians. He was a member of that band for nearly 15 years, having the opportunity to open for great bluegrass acts such as Bill Monroe, The Osborne Brothers, Jim & Jesse McReynolds, J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson and Ricky Skaggs. He also traveled with a Kansas City based male gospel quartet (“The Harvest Quartet”) for 3 years. Greg is a Kansas State Flatpicking champion and, at one point in his career, was selected Bluegrass Guitar Performer of the Year 5 years in a row by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA). He was nominated for that honor a total of 9 times, as well as being nominated twice for Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year. Greg now lives in Conifer, CO. It is there he founded the Colorado-based group, Mountain Holler, before joining Jeff Scroggins & Colorado in 2011.  Greg also performs with KC Groves in the duo Blake and Groves.


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