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Playing Since: 2017
Experience Level: Novice

Occupation: Retired

Gender: Male
My Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar (40 yrs)

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Hot Tuna
James Gang
Grateful Dead
Rev. Gary Davis
Blind Blake


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Created 4/1/2019
Last Visit 5/19/2020

David Berchtold has been playing the guitar for more than 40 years. He plays a wide range of folk, rock and blues, but Piedmont Blues style fingerpicking is his specialty. Though he makes it look as smooth as spreading warm butter on cinnamon toast, his ten fingers are flying in several directions simultaneously, picking out the rhythm, bass lines, and melody all at the same time. It is magic to behold. A native of Illinois, Berchtold has studied with Jorma Kaukonen at the infamous Fur Peace Ranch and he teaches Piedmont Fingerpicking at festivals and colleges. With a rich repertoire from the greatest fingerpickers, including Rev. Gary Davis, Doc Watson, Leo Kottke, and Chet Atkins, David also has a solid hour of innovative original tunes, rooted in tradition but proving that this style of playing is very much alive in his hands.

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