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Mike Dolan


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Born and raised in a small village outside of Kingston, New York. Grew up listening to the "Girl Groups of the 60s'". My first 45 was "Fingertips - Part 2" by Stevie Wonder. In my early High School years, I had a friend whose mother was a pre-school teacher who sang children's songs to her class. This was my first introduction to folk music and the Martin D-28 guitar. My friend and I became interested in the music of Bob Dylan and I remember proudly walking through the halls of Kingston High with my copy of "The Times They Are a-Changin'". Then came The Beatles and a slew of other musical influences, much like the experiences of many teenagers of my day. There was a very long lapse of time before I became enthused about picking up the guitar again. In the early 70s', I was given a copy of "6 and 12 String Guitar" by Leo Kottke and I was blown away by his finger-style picking (I called it finger-dancing at the time). In the years that followed and having listened to and studied transcriptions of Leo's music, my guitar playing has progressed to an intermediate level of, what I call, recreational musicianship. But I keep picking away at it in hopes of progressing to the next place.

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Reply Mike Dolan
10:32 AM on July 1, 2017 
Jesse Cook - very nice. I once had an album by Sabicas and Montoya. I loved listening to it but thought that I could never play that fast so, my interest dwindled. Besides, I liked the sound of steel strings versus nylon. They always sounded like they were making a "thudding noise" to me. Just sayin'.
Reply Nancy Elliott
3:07 PM on June 30, 2017 
What a wonderful introduction, Mike! I really enjoyed your description of Kottke's playing as "Finger dancing!" I was and still am a big fan of his, as well as Jesse Cook. Thank you for posting!