I just returned from the Home of the Legends Thumbpicking Contest in Kentucky. After twenty-two hours round trip and four hours competing, I’m home and already thinking about next year!
The amount of talent in the green room was astounding and the players were a lot of fun to hang out with. I didn’t place this time, but I felt like I played really well. It’s easy to take things personally when the judges don’t dig your style (this has happened once or twice), but all you can do is keep playing. I tell my students that sometimes losing teaches you more than winning.
Finally, I want to give a huge shout out to Scott Taylor-the winner! Scott is one of the best guitarists I have met and just as nice of a guy. Scott and his wife are fixtures in the fingerstyle scene and that awesome prize, a Gretsch Country Gentleman, couldn’t have gone to a better picker-Congratulations!