News and Specials from Flatpik Central


Last Tuesday in Nashville

Panel discussion with Dan Boner (with thumb), Me,  Jake Workman (Ricky Skaggs), Edgar Meyer (Bass Master) and Annie Savage (Teaching verteran) 

Discussing music instruction for todays needs.


You can now Download Single CD Songs

from the New Site HERE

Just CLICK a CD Title and Scroll Down for a Sound bite and Grab.



March E-Blast

Flatpicking Hotline Newsletter

Celebrating 42 Years and Two Months Teaching and Touring!
Where's my Luncheon.......


 In This New and Exciting Issue:

  • Two Great March Workshops and Concert - MO and VA (Below)
  • Beginner and Intermediate Flatpickers
    It's Time to get Registered for the Upcoming
    Live Group Lesson Classes    HERE
  • Come with us to Jamming in South Africa in November
    Info HERE
  • Kamp T-Shirt Contest -  Design the Official 2018 Kamp T!
    Send Your Artsy Ideas For Fame and Glory- Ends March 31
  • New SK DVD - Putting the Blues into Bluegrass HERE
  • New SK DVD - Licks-Ercises - Turn exercises into Licks and Runs
  • Upcoming Trips - VA, MO, VA, NY, then Kamp Time


What's Happening....

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

I had a great time in Nashville on a panel discussion with Dan Boner, Jake Workman, Edgar Meyer and Annie Savage. We were trying to explain the paths of traditional music education in todays market to the current Leadership Bluegrass Group with the IBMA. Thanks to the group for including me in this discussion. Let's do it again... an hour panel was not enough.


This Weekend - Kansas City MO - Register today. Four slots left.


If you are in the Kansas City, MO area or the Clifton Forge, VA (Six slots left) area you can plan to sharpen your Flatpikcing skills by attending my workshops and spealing my licks at the Concert. All info at or see below.


Register today - It only takes a moment.


Kaufman University Coming To You
Upcoming Tour Schedule

  • Kansas City, MO - March 9-10 - 4 slots left......

Flatpicking Workshop and Concert
Bradford & Franzke Fret Shop - or call (816) 283-0400



  • Clifton Forge, VA - March 23-24 - 6 Slots left......

Flatpicking Workshop and Concert

Contact or call 915-525-6317



  • Buffulo NY - April 6-7

Flatpicking Workshop and Concert with Doug YeomansThe Bakery - or call 716 604-6931 or 716 570-6520



  • Chesapeake VA - April 13-14-15

Friday and Saturday Flatpicking and Sunday Mandolin 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 For Kamp HERE

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


Steve's Live Online ClassesBeginner to Advanced


The Next Sessions Begin Very Soon so Register


TodayFebruary Sessions Begin Soon


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.


Learn from theWorld's Flatpicking Teacher


From Your Own Home. It's easy and professional.

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 PDFThe Lesson played on an MP4 VideoThe hour long class recorded in a private YouTube linkLive 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!

Level 1 Intermediate Guitar Rhythm 101

April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7 
7:00 - 8:00 PM EST 

 Click Here to Register and for more information

Level 2 Intermediate Guitar Rhythm 102

April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7 
8:15-9:15 PM EST 

 Click Here to Register and for more information

Level 1 Beginner Lead Guitar 101

April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1 and 8 
7:00 - 8:00 PM EST 

 Click Here to Register and for more information

Level 2 Beginner Lead Flatpicking Guitar 102

April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1 and 8 
8:15 - 9:15 PM EST 

 Click Here to Register and for more information 

Level 1 Intermediate Lead Guitar 201

April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9 
7:00 - 8:00 PM EST 

 Click Here to Register and for more information

Level 2 Intermediate Guitar Lead 202

April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9 
8:15-9:15 PM EST 

 Click Here to Register and for more information

Upper Intermediate Lead Flatpicking Guitar - 1

April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10 
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM 

 Click Here to Register and for more information 
The student should have completed the Level 200 Series in order to join this class.

Upper Intermediate Lead Flatpicking Guitar - 2

April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10 
8:15 PM - 9:15 PM 

 Click Here to Register and for more information 
 The student should have completed the Level 200 Series in order to join this class.

Design the Kamp T-Shirt Contest

Fame and Glory and Cash!


Each year the big SK Acoustic Kamp holds a T-Shirt Contest. Not wearing but designing. This contest brings the winners instant global fame and glory. Street recognition - Winners are suggested to keep their cell phones on for offers that may possibly begin pouring in.


Original Artwork via Hi Rez PDF or JPG or Mail by March 31, 2018
Must Contain Words - Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamp, Maryville TN, 2018


Pretty simple huh? Besides Fame and Glory, the winner receives $150 USD - unbelievable.

The artwork then becomes ours to use for whatever promotions we see fit. We don't return any artwork and hold on to runner ups for possible future T-Shirts at which point you get our renumeration of $150 (along with fame and glory)


Here are some past Kamp T-Shirt Winners. Which was your favorite?


Send your artwork to us by March 31 to
or PO Box 1020, Alcoa TN 37701


and Good Luck!



Kamp 2018 Registration Now Open



Maryville, TN Maryville College

June 10-16 and June 17-23

Our 23rd Year


Register Today! It Only Takes a Moment.


Make Plans to Attend the most awarded Acoustic Kamp in the World.


Flatpicking, Bluegrass and Old-Time Banjo, Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddle, Bluegrass and Old-Time Mandolin, Hammered Dulcimer, Mountain Dulcimer, Ukulele, Reso Guitar, Bluegrass and Old-Time Vocals and Harmony, Fingerstyle, Ensemble Work and much more. Small classes and lots of personal attention.


All info HERE





Putting the Blues into Bluegrass


The Downloadable Version is available HERE!

Includes Notes and TAB PDF on Disc

Level: Intermediate

Since its earliest days, bluegrass songs have incorporated elements of the blues in their licks, melodies, chord progressions and especially their titles. Steve Kaufman, Homespun’s most prolific and popular flatpick guitar instructor, brings his masterful skills to an engaging and user-friendly compendium of twelve “bluesy” bluegrass standards that will serve any intermediate-level picker well in a jam, practice session or performance.

Each of the tunes that Steve explores brings hot new flatpicking techniques to the learning player, carefully taught in an ascending degree of difficulty. You’ll start out learning the well-known Little Maggie, developing a simple chord-based minor melody into a little flatpicking gem. Steve quickly ratchets up the level of melodic and pick-hand complexity with a number of Doc Watson-influenced tunes learned from his days of playing with his mentor: Brown’s Ferry Blues, Deep River Blues, Milk Cow Blues, East Tennessee Blues and Shady Grove.

You’ll also learn great licks and solos for Florida Blues, Wayfaring Stranger, Lonesome Road Blues, Blue Ridge Mountain Blues, Salty Dog Blues and a powerful jazz-inflected version of St. Louis Blues.

This lesson will be essential for every aspiring bluegrass-style flatpicker who wants to build a solid repertoire of great tunes.

Only $30.00

Order yours HERE



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



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.

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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