News and Specials from Flatpik Central

Picking with my buddy and 4 Time Banjo Champ Gary Davis
a few years back. He's also on my Flatpicking Banjo Tunes DVD

December E-Blast

Flatpicking Hotline Newsletter

Celebrating 42 Years Teaching and Touring!

Getting Ready for Year 43!


 In This Exciting Issue:

  • Next Big Trip - Tempe AZ for a Two Day All Level Flatpicking Workshop and Concert at Acoustic Vibes Music. Register Now!
  • The 2018 Trips - AZ, NC, VA, MO, VA, NY, then Kamp Time
  • Shipping Now!
    New DVD - Bluegrass Guitar Licks-ercises HERE
  • Online Classes - Beginner through Advanced Flatpicking Guitar
    Begins the Week of January 8 - Register Now!
  • getting a make-over. Look for the unveiling January

What's Happening....

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


Hi Friends

Happy Holidays to you all. Hanukah is wrapping up and Christmas and Kwanzaa is right around the corner. Then on to the New Years. All of us at Flatpik Central (Donna and me) wish all of you a wonderful holiday season and the best to you and yours in the upcoming New Year!


I'll Be Home For Christmas Video Clip For You

I've uploaded a clip of my arrangement to I'll Be Home For Christmas for you to enjoy. I'm playing my first "real" guitar. My 1932 C-3 Martin. All original and recently restored by Donnie Barbra of Maryville TN our Kamp Doctor. I got this guitar when I was 14 and it is the guitar I really learned how to play on. Great guitar!

You can find the clip HERE.




Kamp Time Koming Up....Make Your Plans Now
Old Time and Traditional Week - June 10-16
Bluegrass Week - June 17 - 23

Check it out HERE



Find out for yourself why it is rated the greatest Kamp in the World!

Check it out HERE



My new DVD- Licks-ercises has been flying off the shelf. We are shipping everyday. I don't know if there is time to get it by December 25 but you will have it soon after so Order Yours Today!

We concentrates on looking at exercises and converting them to runs and licks and then how to place them into songs.

It's a Licks DVD but more a How to Make Licks and use them DVD.

Bluegrass Flatpicking Licks-ercises - See full description below and order yours today.

Order Yours HERE and Read Below......


January will set the time frame for the unveiling of my NEW WEB SITE! Still at but with some really cool changes. Look for it in January.


That's the past and now for the future. I've got lots of great road trips scheduled for 2017 and 2018. Some into 2019 so check them out fully at Steve's Tour Schedule.



Steve's Live Online Classes

Beginner to Advanced

Steve Kaufman University Comes to You!


The Next Sessions Begin Very Soon so Register Today

The Six Week Sessions Begin January 8-9-10-11


You can Register Now HERE



Six Week Live Classes - Meets Each Week Same Time

One Hour a Week unless you take two classes a week.


Only $175 for the Six Weeks. That's Under $30 a Week.


It's Easy Steve's Way - Try It

Learn from the

World's Flatpicking Teacher

In Your Own Home

All Levels - Upper Beginners to Advanced




Classes are Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday and Thursday. I am doing two classes a night - Eight Classes a Week. There is a place for you from beginner 101 to Intermediate 203. I suggest you to register for the class lower than you think you are because my classes are deep and highly involved. We go over tons of techniques, songs, topics, chords, fingerboard theory and much, much more. 


The cost is less than $30 an hour and each course runs six weeks. 


You get:

The Lesson PDF

The Lesson played on an MP4 Video

The hour long class recorded in a private YouTube link

Live lessons with me - the Champ Champ Champ.


I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity and register now. Classes begin Monday. 


Click the link above to read all about it and the links below to register for the class securely through PayPal or go to my site and pay through our secure server HERE


The cost for the six week course is only $175.00. 

That's just $29.16 an hour lesson with the Champ-Champ-Champ!


Register for Rhythm 102

Info and Registration HERE 
7PM till 8PM EST 
Start Date January 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5 and 12



Register for Intermediate Guitar Rhythm 103
Info and Registration HERE 
8:15 PM till 9:15PM EST 


Start Date January 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5 and 12


Register for Level 2 Flatpicking Guitar - Lead 102
Info and Registration HERE
7PM till 8PM EST 

Start Date January 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6 and 13


Register for Level 2 Beginner Flatpicking Guitar - Lead 103
Info and Registration HERE 
8:15 PM till 9:15PM EST 

Start Date January 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6 and 13


Register for Level 2 Intermediate Flatpicking Guitar - Lead 202
Info and Registration HERE 
7PM till 8PM EST 

Start Date January 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7 and 14

Register for Level 3 Intermediate Flatpicking Guitar - Lead 203
Info and Registration HERE
8:15 PM till 9:15PM EST 
Start Date January 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7 and 14

Register for Upper Intermediate Class 1
Info and Registration HERE 


Tunes we will Learn:

The Cuckoo's Nest (D)

Alabama Jubilee (C)

New Camptown Races (G Bb Tune)

Cold, Frosty Morn (Am/A)

When I Grow Too Old To Dream (C)

Jerusalem Ridge  (Am)

7PM till 8PM EST 

Start Date January 11, 18, 25, Feb 1, Feb. 8 and 15

Register for Upper Intermediate Class 2
Info and Registration HERE 
8:15 PM till 9:15PM EST

Start Date January 11, 18, 25, Feb 1, Feb. 8 and 15



Upcoming Tour Schedule
Beginning January 2018


Tempe, AZ - January 26-27 - Flatpicking Workshop and Concert

VERY LIMITED SEATING - Register Now to hold your spot.

Acoustic Vibes Music - 602-295-5946 or email


Burlington, NC - February 9-10 - Flatpicking Workshop and Concert
Lowe Vintage Instrument Co. Contact or call 336-524-6250


Virginia Beach, VA - March 1-3 - Cabin Fever - Stop by our booth.


Kansas City, MO - March 9-10 - Flatpicking Workshop and Concert
Bradford & Franzke Fret Shop - or call (816) 283-0400


Clifton Forge, VA - March 23-24 - Flatpicking Workshop and Concert

Contact or call 915-525-6317


Buffulo NY - April 6-7 - Flatpicking Workshop and Concert with Doug Yeomans

The Bakery - or call 716 604-6931 or 716 570-6520


Chesapeake VA - Flatpicking Workshop and Concert with Amy Ferebee or call 757-434-5385


All info found at


Then on to Kamp Time YEA!


Register for the Big 2018 Acustic Kamp Now at

June 10-16 and June 17-23

Old Time and Traditional Week and Bluegrass Week

Make This your Year!


Register HERE




Shipping NOW!

Bluegrass Guitar Licks-Ercises

Price: Only $30.00
Bluegrass Guitar Licks-ercises


Turn Powerful Exercises into an Arsenal of Licks and Tunes

Taught by Steve Kaufman

120 minutes Includes PDF Booklet on the disc. 

Shipping the Last Week of November 2017!


Steve Kaufman's Licks-ercises course will provide you with dozens of bluegrass licks, songs and instrumentals while building your hand strength, coordination, precision, dexterity and the ability to move seamlessly around the fretboard.

Presenting his lesson in four chapters - Licks from the Past; Jumping Licks; Patterns, Licks and Scales; and Inserting Licks - Steve covers a vast amount of material that will keep you busy for months.

You'll learn standard bluegrass songs and instrumentals in the styles of Riley Puckett, Don Reno, Doc Watson and Tony Rice, including Blackberry Rag, Nine Pound Hammer, Stony Point, Three Thin Dimes, Rickett's Hornpipe, Arkansas Traveler and Blackberry Blossom. Steve expertly builds up your skills until you can tackle Nothing To It, a bluegrass standard that contains double-stop runs, fills, improvisation and a not-to-be-missed closing riff that will serve any aspiring bluegrass picker for years of jamming.

Whether you are just getting started as a bluegrass player or are an experienced picker who wants to freshen up your arsenal of licks, you will find lots of invaluable information and powerful tools in this excellent lesson.


Order Yours HERE
Shipping the last week of November



Special of the Upcoming Weeks
Until the New Website Launch

A Guitarist's Guide to
Solo Arranging and Performing


Suggested Retail Price: $30.00

ON SALE - You Save $6.00!



10 Songs to Get Your Playing in Shape

Over 2 Hours Long!
DVD with PDF Booklet on the DVD
Level: Intermediate/Advanced

You’ve been at the guitar for a while but now you want to get out and play  at an open mic or even in a professional performance. You need to develop a set, get your playing chops together, build a repertoire and acquire the skills needed to get your songs and guitar instrumentals across to an audience.

In two hours of solid instruction, Steve Kaufman provides invaluable drills, licks, scales, chords and exercises to help with your guitar technique, plus solid advice that will get you primed for solo performing.

You’ll learn arrangements to ten beautiful and challenging tunes in a variety of acoustic genres - folk, country, bluegrass, Celtic and a “show tune” - that range from easy- to advanced-intermediate levels. Steve teaches primarily in his trademark flatpicking style, but he includes two fingerpicking pieces as well. Throughout, he guides you through the finer points of playing, arranging and performing each of the tunes.

Flatpicking: Amazing Grace. The Water is Wide, Randall Collins, Lament for Lowrie O'da Lea, Blue Ridge Mountain Blues, Celtic Medley, Alabama Jubilee, June Apple.
Fingerpicking: Freight Train and Grandfather's Clock.

Andy G writes: "Just got through watching your latest 2 hour instructional DVD “A Guitarists Guide to Solo Arranging and Performing”, and I have to say it’s the best DVD yet. Anyone who wants to learn all of the finer points on how to perform “Solo” Flatpicking or Fingerpicking style absolutely needs to get this DVD. Thanks again, Steve!!!!"


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