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Steve's Been Teaching Since 1976.
This picture from a workshop at Acoustic Vibes Music Tempe, AZ

Join Steve Kaufman For Online Guitar Lessons Each Week From The Convenience Of Your Own Home Or Anywhere Around The World.
Each Week, Steve Will Demonstrate New Concepts And Exercises Along With A New Tune (Plus Bonus "Add In" Materials For The More Ambitious Student) To Help You Improve Your Guitar Technique, Make Better Use Of Practice Time, Get More Familiar With Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, Folk And Gospel Music And Have More Fun Playing Music On Your Own And With Others.

We Will Have Four Main Classes In The Online Series: Rhythm, Beginner Lead, Intermediate Lead And Upper Intermediate Lead

  1. Lead Flatpicking for Beginners and Early Intermediates - a 101, 102, 103 Series: Tuesday Night
  2. Lead Flatpicking for Intermediates a 201, 202, 203 Series: Wednesday Night
  3. Ongoing Upper Intermediate Flatpicking Guitar (Students should have been through Steve's Intermediate 201, 202 and 203 Online Classes): Thursday Night

We will use various household bluegrass favorites and fiddle tunes as vehicles for improving technique, learning the fretboard and working toward creating variations and improvising.

Steve believes that there are a minimum of three levels to each level. In some cases there are more. So each course is broken down into three sections or levels and progress through the timeframe of the classes. It is suggested for all beginner students to start from the 101 class and all intermediates to begin with either the beginner 102 or 103 class or the Intermediate 201 class. It never hurts to review.

The Lead Flatpicking 101-102-103 level course are designed to help the guitarist at the beginning level improve the fundamentals of his or her playing and his or her ability to improvise, while expanding repertoire along the way. This three-tier class will bring you from the beginner level into a solid intermediate guitarist level.

The Lead Flatpicking 201-202-203 level course is designed for the guitarist at an intermediate level to help them expand on improvisational concepts, learn more about the fret board and push their playing to the next level. This three-tier class by design will bring the student from the early intermediate level to the crest of advanced.

Ongoing Upper Intermediate Flatpicking Guitar:
Students Should Have Been Through Steve's Intermediate 201, 202 And 203 Online Classes. We Will Continue Where The Lead 203 Class Left Off And Will Be Ongoing In Six-Week Segments Of Increasingly Difficult Techniques And Pieces. Loads Of Frustrating Fun!

All Courses Will Focus On A These Main Areas:

  1. Improving picking technique to improve tone, rhythm, volume and speed.
  2. Improving knowledge of the fingerboard through tunes, licks, some scale work and Steve’s guidance on how the fingerboard works.
  3. Working toward improvisation using all of the above tools.
  4. Expanding your repertoire of bluegrass and fiddle tunes.

All sessions of the class will be video recorded, so that students may revisit the sessions as often as they would like, and students who were unable to attend the live sessions will be able to view them at their own convenience. This is done through an unlisted YouTube Channel. These recorded classes are great because you can review and take notes. Things go past you pretty quickly in class so it is nice to be able to review and highly recommended.

During the live sessions, students can ask questions via a built-in chat window. All student microphones are muted during the session. Student cameras for much of the session are not visible. We find there is too much noise and distractions when everyone's mic. is open.

All students will also have unlimited access to short recorded videos of all of the material played at a slow tempo, PDFs of all material in both standard notation and tablature, and mp3s of all of the tunes at slow and medium speeds that they can practice along with. These pdfs and mp4s are put in a Dropbox Folder and the link sent to the student before class. You are to download these and keep on your hard drive.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

What You Will Need To Participate

We will use ZOOM for the classes. You will want to download the ZOOM app for your device. You will want to download the ZOOM app for your device. When you register, you will get a receipt emailed to you. In that receipt will be instructions for using ZOOM in an attachment or a separate download item.

A desktop or laptop Mac or PC computer, iPad or Internet-connected mobile device in order to view the sessions, plus a good internet connection. Outdated, Dinosaur computers seem to have some trouble and require updating.

An internal microphone and speakers on your laptop or desktop computer, or a phone to listen and speak (if desired) during the sessions. Instructions for participating by phone are included when you register for the course (long distance charges may apply).

During the course, you have the option of contacting Steve with questions at You can also set up a 15 minute private time lesson via the web. Additional Cost of $25 per 15 minute segment. This is more than enough time with Steve to isolate an issue and resolve a picking problem.
The fee for each Six-Week course is $185.

Students taking two courses simultaneously (in the same week) $25.00 discount.

If you are interested in taking two courses, One Rhythm and One Lead, email to make sure you get the discount. Questions about the courses can also be emailed to

About Steve

Steve has been teaching guitar throughout the world since 1976. Private lessons, group lessons and now internet lessons. This is the best way for Steve to share his talents with you and you to learn from one of the best educators in the world in the style of Flatpicking Guitar.

Flatpicking Style simply means we will be using a flatpick to play but we are not limited to only Bluegrass. Through continuing classes, we will work on Traditional Fiddle Tunes, Folk Guitar, Celtic, Swing, Gospel and much more. We may even dabble in a little fingerstyle in the intermediate classes at some point.

You have probably taken one of Steve’s workshops or private lessons or worked through one of his many, many books and DVDs. You know his smooth and defined method of teaching delivers the point to all levels and all backgrounds of students. You can and will learn guitar from Steve.
Students from all over the world are now studying from Steve - Live. That is so cool.

Here's What our Students are Saying


Thanks for such a beautiful, melodic arrangement of Dark as a Dungeon! I was going through it this morning and had to stop and admire the lovely transitions between C and F that you've written. Measures 8-10 and 28-29 are really extra special. I'm inspired to get them down pat and play them for my best fan (aka, my wife) as soon as possible.I just wanted to let you know! You always come up with some great licks, but you really blow them away in your waltz-time tunes and these are really special!

Ed from Arizona

This is only my second on line lesson I’ve taken with you and I am impressed. Especially the practice materials you send, and most importantly the drop box videos to play along with, they’re just so helpful in many ways, even beyond the original lesson. I just felt the need to share this with you.Thanks, really enjoying the ride!

Chuck B - Durand, IL

Rhythm 101. A great experience. As you know I have been playing for some time now, but I really gained a lot out of this class. I'm not sure if all of your students realize just how much information and instruction is provided through this approach. I plan on using this information with Finale to change keys (as needed) and BPM to develop practice tracks. It is one thing to play these pieces at a slow speed, but once I get them memorized (off the paper) I will be able to play to the audio, increasing my speed. That in itself is about two years or more of enjoyment and a significant addition to my repertoire. I also anticipate that I will be closer to being able to play rhythm to songs that I don't know - on the fly!

Chuck B

The use of bass walks, seventh chords, alternate chords, learning the chord progression 4 measures at a time, and "tricks" that you provided were great - just what I needed at this time in my journey. The individualized input is also great - "Chuck's right hand death grip" (I'll work on that). I'm looking forward to Rhythm 102 - see you soon and once again Thank you.


Holy Cow, what a lesson I missed with you guys last week. Good thing you gave us a song with a Cow! I absolutely love that modulation tip! You're right, that is worth it if I don't learn anything else, very powerful. For some reason, I always thought that the bass runs were a set structure (always the same run) going to or from chord. Thx for clarifying that it is not set in stone. Looking forward to Monday


Hi SteveI just wanted to tell you that I thought it was exceptional in terms of the material you presented with respect to runs, transposing chords, and particularly improvisation. That lesson alone is worth the price of admission.