AUSTIN – Guitarist Steve Kaufman, the only three-time winner of the National Flatpicking Championships, will offer an all-level flatpicking guitar workshop in Austin, Sept. 11-12.

The workshop and concert are to be held at Fiddler’s Green Music Shop, 1809 W. 35th St. The evening concert will be held on Sept.12.

Enrollment for the all-level workshop is limited. Contact Clay Levit at 512-452-3900 or fiddlersgreen@mac.com.  

The two-day all-level flatpicking guitar workshop will be a two-hour session Friday evening and will cover core picking skills and techniques, repertoire and building blocks for growth.

The workshop continues Saturday morning for six additional hours. Kaufman will cover right and left hand technique, drills and skills, and many other valuable aspects of flatpicking guitar.

Small groups and some individual attention make this workshop valuable for flatpicking guitarists at all levels of experience.

Bluegrass Unlimited has said, “As a professional guitar teacher, Kaufman has perfected his teaching skills as much as his picking technique.”

The fee for the all-level flatpick guitar workshop is $90 per person.

Pre-registration required. Seating is limited.

Steve Kaufman

Steve Kaufman was born into a musical family in 1957.  

His father was a jazz piano player and his mother was a classically trained pianist. Music was always around.

At four Steve started plinking at the piano and did so for several years. He then moved on to the electric guitar at 10 for a few years and put it away. Next came the cello in fifth grade for a few years.

After this, Steve picked up the acoustic guitar again and blazed right through a “Folk Guitar” method book. When finished he thought if this is as hard as it gets it’s not for him. Then his younger brother, Will, started playing the banjo and his instructor told him he needed a rhythm guitar player to help with his timing. So Steve then picked up his guitar again and got into the bluegrass rhythm. One day Will brought home a Flatt and Scruggs album, which featured Doc Watson on guitar, and Steve was hooked on flatpicking.

 Steve practiced hard with his newfound love of music, sometimes up to eight hours a day. At age 18, he entered the National Flatpicking Championships in Winfield, Kan., and made the top 10.

The following year was a wash. In 1977, Steve took second place to Mark O’Connor and in 1978, at 21 years old, he returned to win the championship.

At this writing, he is the only three-time winner of the National Flatpicking Championships.

Kaufman continues to work hard in the world of music. He began producing books and videos in 1989 after teaching private lessons for close to 20 years. His catalog of instructional materials is close to 100 items. His listening CDs and Videos number over 19.