Coming! Special AFG Meeting! - All day and evening, Saturday, July 18, at Carlsbad Museum of Making Music

The Association of Fingerstyle Guitarists in partnership with the Museum of Making Music

Fingerstyle Guitar Summit & Concert

An extended morning guitar workshop with Steve Trovato from 11:00am to 1:30pm, an afternoon of invited fingerstyle guitarist performances (details soon) and open mic. And an evening concert with Donovan Raitt, Del Casher and Wes & Mito Jazzamenco Guitar Duo, + Special Guests TBA. We recommend you purchase tickets online in advance. This is the link to MOMM for ticket purchase

And more AFG Special Upcoming Concert News!

Richard Smith will be presenting a solo concert and workshop for us in September, 2015 at the Canvas Church in Irvine. Details soon!

The Merle Travis Thumbpicking Weekend took place at the Ozark Folk Center in Arkansas May 14-16, 2015

The purpose of the weekend is to celebrate the thumbpicking tradition made popular by guitarist Merle Travis, father of “Travis Picking.” Weekend events include workshops with some of thumbpicking's finest pickers, a panel discussion about Travis and thumbpicking, concerts by instructors and special guests, plus a guitar contest in the traditional and contemporary styles of thumbpicking guitar. The Ozark Folk Center has hosted the Merle Travis Thumbpicking Weekend annually for more than 30 years. Travis performed in some of the early years.

Feature Concert Thom Bresh, Ben Hall, Danny Dozier and Randy Buckner

Ozark Folk Center Link

Previous AFG Meeting - Concerts, Workshops and Jams

May 2015, Brooks Robertson and John Standefer at Mo's Fullerton Music, 121 North Harbor Blvd. Fullerton, CA 92832

Brooks and John website

Performers at AFG 10-13-13 event

Sunday, October 13th, 2013 12:00 noon to 5:00pm Museum of Music Making (NAMM Facility) 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008. Donation: $15 for the full day.

AFG hosted a fun filled educational and entertaining afternoon! We gathered at noon and hosted an open mic guitar circle beginning at 1:00pm for Beginners to Masters. Special guests included AFG members (pictured) Ric Ickard and his 12 year old protege, Sam Victoria and Jeff Linsky, who sat in with Ric and our featured guests, Tim and Myles. Guitar wah-wah pedal inventor and guitarist Del Casher also visited with Tim and the rest of the afg gang. At 3:00 the AFG Main Event concert featured Tim and Myles Thompson. Tim is a National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion and his son Myles is a virtuoso violin player. Bonus: the Museum of Music Making was open for free tours from 11:00am to 5:00pm.

above Ron Eschete Trio

Previous Meeting, featuring Master Jazz Guitarist Ron Eschete

Ron Escheté is the consummate master of the seven-string guitar. Whether he is playing bebop, ballads or blues he is a musically sophisticated guitarist who plays with grace and dignity. "Escheté is one of the finest jazz guitarists in L.A. – no small achievement in a region dense with superb players," says Jim Ferguson of JazzTimes. His deft and nimble fingers paint a spectrum of sound so rich that his chord voicing selections are often compared with those of a pianist. 20th Century Guitar likens his sound to that of the great Bill Evans.

  • AFG's Del Casher interviewed by KPCC's Offramp Radio:

    Del invented the wah-wah pedal and changed Rock and Roll history

    Del Casher keeps his original prototype wah-wah pedal in a bright red case.

    Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, George Harrison — none of them would sound quite like they do without Del Casher. In the mid-'60s, Casher helped develop a device he envisioned as the new voice of the guitar. He called it the wah-wah pedal ...
    read the full article and listen to interview by KPCC