Melbourne Flatpickers Group

The MFG is community based non-profit organisation with the goal of providing a meeting place for acoustic flatpicking guitar players of all levels to share information relating to flatpicking.

We meet on the first Monday of the month at the Princess Park Carlton Bowling Club - 109 Bowen Cres Princes Hill Parkville Cnr Park St and opposite the lake - parking is good.

The next meeting of the MFG is on the first Monday of the month (except January) at 7:30pm at Princess Park Bowling Club

What's New...

2015 - Is it March already? There will be no MFG meeting in April as our normal meeting date falls on Easter Sunday

11/9/14 - We had a great meeting last month. A great mixture of tunes and songs including a new tune Kim brought back from the States (Devil ate the Groundhog) which I'll send a tab out before the next meeting.

8/7/14 - The Webmaster is back! Hopefully things will stay up to date a little more now!

Here's some info re new tunes...

Angeline the Baker:

Here’s a beginner’s version from a pickin’ buddy of mine, Heath Joyce

And for the more advanced who would like a bit of a challenge, Banjo Ben comes through again with free instruction on a great rendition using all soughts of techniques which we can discus at the meeting if there is interest:

Red Haired Boy:

Banjo Ben with some nice tips for the A part in G Major (Capo 2 for playing with fiddles)

Gary Tremel in G Major with some nice basic variations:

Keep up the practice as the festival season will arrive soon . . .Kevin Parsell

2/6/14: A great night at the June MFG meeting. The quality of the playing improves everytime! Jerusalem Ridge and Daley's Reel are now embedded in the repertoire and our new tune for the next meeting is Cherokee Shuffle in A Major. I'll send out a few versions a week before the next meeting. Meanwhile here are some Texas Swing progressions in G Major that work behind tunes like Bitter Creek and the Song Stay all Night (Tab Section)

16/10/13: Great session last month - eight pickers which seems like a nice size so everyone gets involved - Kev

7/6/13: Please Note - We have changed the regular day from Wednesday to Monday. That is the first Monday of the month. Next meeting is as above.

7/5/13: Great picking session last night - around 14 pickers!
Also Tennessee Waltz tab and mp3 posted on the relevant pages - Courtesy of Tony O'Rourke.

3/3/13: Devil's Dream and Jim Connolly's Jig tab posted on tab page.

12/2/13: Video for Jim Connoly's Jig available on the videos page. Courtesy of Kev P and Tony O.

6/12/2012: Message from Steve Kaufman in the USA -
"Hi All
Anything I can do to help the flatpickers of OZ?
I have some youtube stuff called Flatpicking Lick tricks if you want to use them search Steve Kaufman lick trick"
(these are great by the way - I had a look at a few of them already - MW)

29/11/2012: Video Lessons for Mississippi Sawyer and Basic Bluegrass Soloing System added courtesy of Kev Parsell. See the videos page.

28/11/2012: Tabs up for Eighth of January and an mp3 courtesy of Tony O'Rourke. Also tab for Cattle in the Cane and a video link to the video of Cattle in the Cane courtesy of Kev Parsell.

14/11/2012: Big Sandy River - Tabs and mp3 from Tony O'Rourke.

11//11/2012: Whiskey Before Beakfast mp3 and tabs from Tony O'Rourke. Mp3 is on the mp3's page, tabs are on the tabs page.

9/11/2012: New .mp3 of Beaumont Rag recorded and tabbed by Tony O'Rourke. Mp3 is on the mp3's page, tab is on the tabs page

31/10/2012: There are new links on the links page to some very fine internet resources including two ripper versions of Whiskey Before Breakfast - One by Orrin Starr and another by Norman Blake

31/10/2012: Tab is up for Mississippi Sawyer on the tabs page.

Make sure you check out Kev Parsell's great videos on the videos page.

Contact MFG

Mob Mark Wardle: 0409 800 069