National flatpicking champion to visit Capital Music & Soundstage
Written by Amy Mayhew
Friday, April 13 2012
HOLLY, Michigan – Thanks to Brad Rebar, owner of Capital Music & Soundstage, Holly area residents will have the chance to listen to and learn from three-time National Flatpicking Champion Steve Kaufman next weekend.
Kaufman, 55, has spent most of his life involved in music, having started playing the piano at the tender age of 4. From there, he moved onto the electric guitar, the cello, and eventually back to the guitar where he discovered his love for flatpicking.
After winning the prestigious National Flatpicking Championship in 1978, 1984 and 1986, Kaufman began producing books and videos and taught privately for nearly 20 years. Currently his catalog of instructional materials number more than 100, while he has produced nearly 20 different instructional CDs and videos.
In addition to touring the world conducting seminars, workshops, clinic and concerts, Kaufman began, “Steve Kaufman’s Flatpicking Kamps,” and in 2002 received the Gold Award from a reader’s poll in Acoustic Guitar Magazine for running the “Best Workshops, Seminars and Camps.”
Kaufman will visit Capital Music & Soundstage on April 20 and 21, offering an all-level flatpicking guitar workshop, and on Saturday evening, a concert.
The 8-hour seminar will span two days, beginning Friday, April 20 from 7-9 p.m. at Capital Music & Soundstage, 101 S. Saginaw St., Holly. That evening, Kaufman will meet each student, answer questions, give pointers, and evaluate strengths and weaknesses. Based on Friday’s observations, Kaufman will then tailor the Saturday, April 21 seminar to fit students’ needs, meeting from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and covering topics like core picking skills and techniques, repertoire, and building blocks for growth. Cost for the seminar is $90 per person and enrollment is limited.
Saturday evening, music lovers can catch Kaufman and a special guest in action on stage at Capital Music & Soundstage. The show begins at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $12, and $15 the day of the show and at the door.
Those interested in enrolling in the workshop or attending the concert can contact Capital Music & Soundstage at (248) 245-5167 or via email at
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