News and Specials from Flatpik Central

March E-Blast

Flatpicking Hotline Newsletter

Celebrating 41 Years and Two Months Teaching and Touring!
What??? No Gold Watch??? 


 In This Exciting Issue:

  • Registration for Kamp Now Open - Info HERE
  • New SK DVD - Read Below
  • Kamp Scholarship Program Now Open. Hurry - Register HERE
  • Steve's Upcoming Touring Schedule - Buffalo, NY and Norfolk, VA
    Full Schedule HERE
  • April Online Flatpicking Classes now Posted HERE
  • Special Online One Time Mandolin Class Added -
    March 18, 11-12noon EST - Tunes and Techniques. More info HERE
  • Special of the Month - Learn to Flatpick Vol. 3 DVD
  • Special of the Week - Flatpicking Banjo Tunes DVD
  • Africa 2017 - "Jamming in Africa" is our Theme.
    Read about it HERE - New Location!
    Room still for Two Couples
  • Steve is looking for new places for the 2017 and 2018 season- Stores, Associations, Private Individuals to host his Gold Award Winning Workshop and Concert Series - - Any Ideas?    
    Write to
  • For Sale By Owner - The Palace Theater - Downtown Historic Maryville TN. Agents Protected.
    Contact for info. Reduced!
    Own a piece of Historic Downtown Maryville

    See to view this lovely building and piece of history. 

All Good Stuff Here....... 

Read All About It - Take Your Time........



Registration for
Steve Kaufman's
Gold Award Winning
Acoustic Kamps

Now Open

This is Your Time!


50 Stellar Instructors

20 Amazing and Different Classes and Instruments Taught


Old Time and Traditional Week: June 11-17, 2017

Bluegrass Week: June 18-24, 2017


Kamp is located on the campus of Maryville College in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park

17 miles south of Knoxville, TN


Come learn acoustic music from the best instructors in one of the
worlds prettiest locations. Register Today - You Are Ready!


Scholarships Available




See the Instructor Staff HERE

Folks are signing in already to Kamp and that is so great to see.

Call or write for your Free 2017 Kamp Brochure and make your plans to attend now!


Postage has gotten rediculus to mail them to Europe and Canada these days. Sorry but I don't set the rates and we all have to suffer.


Read about 2017 Kamp HERE

Register for 2017 Kamp HERE

See the new Online Brochure HERE

Look at the incredible line-up for 2017. It is aways stagering to see!


Write or call 865-982-3808


New Steve K DVD Choice?


I will be going into the video studio within the next couple months to shoot a DVD that a lot of folks have asked for (can't say more than that).


BUT I usually do two at a time and I want your input. What is an Intermediate - Advanced Topic DVD you would like to see?


Write me at with ideas.



The Kamp Scholarships

This June will be the 22nd year for the Steve Kaufman Acoustic Kamp in Maryville, TN.  Steve Kaufman has put together the strongest team of Guitar, Bass, Old Time and Bluegrass Fiddle, Dobro ™, Old Time and Bluegrass Banjo, Songwriting and Vocals, Hammered and Mountain Dulcimer and Mandolin instructors the world has to offer.  This year, the Kamp sessions are:  June 11-17 - Old Time and Traditional Week, June 18-24 - Bluegrass Week.

Some kamp scholarships are available based on several factors. Need and age being just two.  The Scholarship program is coordinated by the Dreadnoughts Unlimited Scholarship Fund. This scholarship will pay for tuition to allow a needy aspiring musician to attend the Steve Kaufman Acoustic Kamp in Maryville, TN.  The scholarship can be used to provide tuition for any session of the kamp. The recipient of the scholarship will be responsible for his or her travel expenses to and from Maryville, Tennessee. Applicants must be 18 or older, or be accompanied at camp by a responsible adult. (Note: Accompanying adult can be a camp companion if not registered as a camper - see for details

For more information about the scholarships, go to or send an email to  Register early and good luck.  These are the current timelines. - March 21: Applications Postmarked, and scholarships awarded on April 10.

Scholarship funds are generated through donations and an annual raffle of a world class musical instrument.  For 2017, we have procured a world-class guitar from Bradford & Franzke Fine Instruments in Kansas City, MO. is their website. 

You can see Tim May playing this guitar at

The specs for this guitar are as follows: Dreadnought guitar hand made in Kansas City. Spruce top with Honduran Mahogany back and sides trimmed with herringbone purfling and black binding. Mahogany neck. Plays and sounds as nice as any of our top guitars with a really nice deep vintage tone.

·       European spruce 

·       Hunduran Mahogany back and sides

·       Mahogany neck

·       Rosewood fingerboard and bridge

·       Bone nut and saddle

·       1 11/16 nut width

·       Hand scalloped bracing

·       Kluson gold tuners with pearloid buttons

·       Premium Hardshell Case 

·       Full warranty to original purchaser

For pictures and more details on how this guitar can be yours, contact or like our FaceBook page at


Get your application in soon!



Steve's Upcoming Tour Schedule

All Workshops have a Concert to Follow

Open to the Public


Workshops are typically Friday Night from 7-9 and


Saturday from 9:30 AM till 3:30 PM

Concert to Follow - Public Invited



April 7-8 - Buffalo, NY- Call to see if it is full yet.

2 Day Action Packed Hands On Gold Award Winning Flatpicking Workshop

Concert to Follow open to the Public

Contact Doug Yeomans at or call 716-604-6931


April 8 - West Falls, NY - Concert with Doug Yeomans

The Bakery

1863 Davis Rd (aka) Rt 240

West Falls NY 14170
Start Time: 7:30pm
Cost - Cheap.....
Contact Doug Yeomans at or call 716-604-6931

May 19-20 - Norfolk, VA - Just Added......

Amy Ferebee and the Saint Patrick Catholic School - Our Hosts. 2 Day Action Packed Hands On Gold Award Winning Flatpicking Workshop

1000 Bolling Ave, Norfolk, VA 23508

Contact Amy Ferebee - or call 757-434-5385


May 20 - Norfolk, VA - Solo Concert with Amy Fereby Opening Act

This will be at the Saint Patrick Catholic School

1000 Bolling Ave, Norfolk, VA 23508

Start Time 7PM Tickets at the Door
Contact Amy for details. or call 757-434-5385


May 21 - Norfolk, VA - Just Added......

Steve's Upper Beginner and Intermediate Mandolin Workshop or call 757-434-5385

Hosted by Amy Ferebee

Contact Amy Ferebee -

June - KAMP TIME - Register Today HERE



Classes with Steve in your own home...


Register Today for April Sessions


Live Group Flatpicking Lessons! 


Six Week Course - Meeting Once a Week.


Often students are nervous about starting classes but there is no need here. I do not open up your cameras. You are all muted out unless there is a question or comment. So it really does feel like you are the only one in class. 


Let's get better at our instruments. Let's start today.


Find a class for you and register today.
Read more below. 

Register HERE


Special One Time Online Mandolin Class
Tunes and Techniques


March 18 from 11-12noon EST


Only $50 for this important seminar.


Mandolin Class - Read more HERE 



You will feel like you are the only one in the room.

Totally Live and Interactive Classes


April Sessions


Register for Beginner Intermediate Guitar Rhythm 102
Info and Registration HERE 
7PM till 8PM EST 
Start Date April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1 and 15

Register for Intermediate Guitar Rhythm 103
Info and Registration HERE 
8:15PM till 9:15PM EST 
Start Date April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1 and 15

Register for Upper Beginner Guitar Lead 102
Info and Registration HERE
7PM till 8PM EST 
Start Date April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2 and 16

Register for Beginner Intermediate Guitar Lead 103
Info and Registration HERE 
8:15PM till 9:15PM EST 
Start Date April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2 and 16

Register for Intermediate Lead 202
Info and Registration HERE 
7PM till 8PM EST 
Start Date April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3 and 17

Register for Intermediate and Advanced Intermediate Guitar Lead 203
Info and Registration HERE 
8:15PM till 9:15PM EST 
Start Date April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3 and 17

Register for Upper Intermediate 1
Info and Registration HERE 
7PM till 8PM EST 
Start Date April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4 and 18

Register for Upper Intermediate 2
Info and Registration HERE 
8:15PM till 9:15PM EST 
Start Date April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4 and 18


Break for Kamp and the Summer

Sessions Resume September

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training. 

Join Steve Kaufman for online Guitar lessons each week from the convenience of your own home or anywhere in the world.


Each week, Steve will demonstrate new concepts and exercises along with a new tune (plus a bonus tune for the more ambitious student) to help you improve your guitar technique, make better use of practice time, get more familiar with bluegrass, old-time, Celtic, folk and Gospel music and have more fun playing music on your own and with others.


All sessions of the class will be video recorded, so that students may revisit the sessions as often as they would like, and students who were unable to attend the live sessions will be able to view them at their own convenience.  These sessions will be available through a link provided for the duration of the course and up to three week after the session ends. You can review and take notes. 


During the live sessions, students can ask questions via a built-in chat window. We find there is too much noise when everyone's mic. is open. 


All students will also have unlimited access to short recorded videos of all of the material played at a slow tempo, PDFs of all material in both standard notation and tablature, and mp3s of all of the tunes at slow and medium speeds that they can practice along with.  Students can access all of this material at any time through the class website.



Special of the Month

Learn to Flatpick - DVD 3


Suggested Retail Price: $30.00

ON SALE - You Save $4.00!



Developing Speed and Style

90 minute DVD, includes music and tab
Level: Intermediate/Advanced


Move beyond the basics and get into the finer points of bluegrass flatpicking! You'll be jamming with the best of them once you've mastered the tunes and techniques on this final DVD in this series.


Steve Kaufman broadens your musical vocabulary by focusing on the essentials of good picking techniques. You'll learn to play six classic fiddle tunes - Liberty, Salt Creek, Blackberry Blossom, Clarinet Polka, Home Sweet Home and Ragtime Annie. Steve slows each one down, highlighting the tricky areas and then playing it up-to-speed so you'll hear how it should sound in performance.


You'll learn how to dress up your solos using slides, arpeggios, bends, accents and a variety of intros and endings. Detailed instruction in the intricacies of crosspicking will help give your playing more rhythmic appeal and style.


Steve devotes much-needed attention to one of the most challenging areas for intermediate players --how to build speed-- giving you invaluable advice on practicing, testing yourself and perfecting left and right-hand positions to help you accomplish your goals. 


Order Yours HERE


Special of the Week

Flatpicking Banjo Tunes

Held Over a Second Week by Popular Demand!



Suggested Retail Price: $30.00

ON SALE - You Save $4.00!



A Guitarist's Guide to Hot Soloing

100 Minute DVD, includes music and tab With Gary Biscuit Davis, Banjo

Many of the most exciting tunes in the bluegrass repertoire originate with the five-string banjo. In a typical jam session or stage performance, though, each instrument takes the lead in turn- including the guitar. When it's time for you to take a solo, will you know what to play?


This DVD lesson is your answer! Master instructor and flatpicking great Steve Kaufman breaks down fifteen of the most-played banjo-driven songs, showing - step-by-step - how you can build a powerful flatpick solo when it's your turn to step up to the plate.

Steve, the only three-time winner of prestigious National Flatpicking Championships held in Winfield, Kansas, and Gary "Biscuit" Davis, the only three-time National Banjo Champion, demonstrate each tune before Steve breaks it down in detail. As the lesson progresses, Steve provides invaluable advice and numerous hints on how to build up your speed, develop pick accuracy, play double-stops, move around the neck and generally becoming a better flatpicker.


By the time you're finished working your way through this jam-packed DVD, you'll be playing hot guitar solos to these famous banjo tunes: Shuckin' the Corn, Nashville Blues, Cripple Creek, Nashville Skyline Rag, Pike County Breakdown, Clinch Mountain Backstep, Fireball Mail, Farewell Blues and the Earl Scruggs classics Foggy Mt Special, Foggy Mountain Breakdown, Flint Hill Special, Earl's Breakdown, Randy Lynn Rag and Dear Old Dixie. 


Order Yours HERE


Single Song Lesson Downloads

Just Ten Bucks Each - Download and Keep Them


These are 8-10 minute instructional videos of single songs that YOU have asked for. Very popular songs at taught different levels. Each video includes a PDF of written material in Notes and Tab. And the best part is they are only $10 each.

Check them out and get that guitar and mandolin out and learn something new.


Special Note: It's time for me to record new lessons. Send me your "Want List" of songs and I will try to get them done for you. Send requests directly to me at 


Over 100 great lessons on line at


Click HERE for the short video explaining the lessons


Click HERE for the Lessons


Try A Freebie HERE



Steve Kaufman Fan Page - Like Us HERE or click on the FaceBook Button.

or paste this link into your browser:



Register for a Workshop Weekend near you.

Don't Sleep Through This Opportunity!


All registration info HERE




 Write Steve to see how easy it is to set up a

workshop and concert weekend in your area.


Help Bring Steve to Your Area


Send me a note and let me know if you or an acoustic music store or association in your area that might want to host our weekend and we'll take it from there.

write Steve directly at


Give a shout to see how you can bring

Steve and his roving award winning workshop and concert to your town.





Write me with any questions at

Put "Music Question" in the Subject line.

Stay in touch and we'll see you down the road somewhere.

The Type Tappin' Flat-Pickin' Editor


Steve Kaufman Enterprises, Inc

PO Box 1020

Alcoa TN 37701


865-982-3808 Voice and Fax