Welcome to the new Homespun website!

We're thrilled to be able to present our award-winning music instruction products on this brand-new, state-of-the-art website. You'll find many new features and improvements here, and we hope you enjoy browsing through it.

Please note: You can now order your digital downloads from the same page and shopping cart as physical products. If you already have a download account, you can log in with your registered user name and password. If you have previously only purchased physical products, or have never ordered before, please create a new account. Thanks!

-Happy and Jane Traum and the Homespun Staff

What's Hot?

"Licks-Ercises:" - A Fantastic New Lesson From Toby Walker!

This new DVD features dozens of fretboard drills that double as phrases for blues, country, swing and boogie-woogie guitar tunes. Do the exercises, then apply the licks in real-life musical situations. This "encyclopedia of exercises disguised as licks” might be the coolest, most user-friendly DVD lesson you’ve ever worked with. Get It Now!

Just Added! Two New Single Lessons from Happy Traum!

Each of these lessons will show you new songs, ideas and guitar techniques that will help bring your playing to a new level.

In the Evening When the Sun Goes Down is a blues classic that has been recorded by dozens of artists. This is a fairly standard 12-bar acoustic blues in the key of E, but with enough little twists and turns, riffs and solos, to make it really interesting and just a little challenging. Happy shows you how to play the basic form and then how to improvise in a way that makes it your own.

22 Minute Lesson, $7.95

Tennessee Waltz, a Guitar Instrumental in Dropped D, is Happy's arrangement of a pop/country standard. It is unusual in that it is played in the key of A, but played with a lowered 6th string. This enables you to play an ear-catching bass note on the IV chord, adding a beautiful dimension to the instrumental. Some alternate chords and movement up the fretboard catches all the melody notes and adds to the allure of this lovely performance piece. This intermediate-level piece will be a challenge for novices but is not so difficult that it can’t be mastered. It’s fun to play and will be sure to get a strong response from listeners. 

24 Minute Lesson, $7.95

Latest News

Welcome to Homespun's Brand New Website!

We're thrilled to be launching this exciting new website! We've redesigned it from top to bottom and have added many new features that we are sure you'll like. The biggest one is that you can now order your downloads and streaming lessons with one user name and password, and view them right from our website. This will make it incredibly easy and fast to watch all of your lessons and get working on them immediately.

Happy Traum's New CD is Now Available!

"Just For the Love of It," Happy's first new CD in nearly a decade, has just come out. Co-produced by studio wiz Larry Campbell, the album features 14 songs and some amazing backup by John Sebastian, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Byron Isaacs, Jerry Marotta, Adam Traum and several other top musicians. 

Banjo Master Bill Keith Is Honored at Grey Fox Festival

Our good friend, the innovative and brilliant banjo picker Bill Keith, was honored at a special "Keith-Style Banjo Summit" workshop at the 2015 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival. Seven of the nation's top banjo players, all of whom were influenced by Bill, played and talked about his enormous contributions to the instrument. They included Béla Fleck, Tony Trischka, Marc Horowitz, Eric Weissberg, Mike Munford, Noam Pikelny, Mike Kropp and Ryan Cavanaugh.

Happy Traum Teaching the Blues Guitar of Brownie McGhee at Fur Peace Ranch

Happy will be making his annual stop at Jorma Kaukonen's Fur Peace Ranch for a weekend of teaching and playing on August 14 - 17. There is still room for a couple of students, according to the folks at the Ranch, and we highly recommend this terrific guitar camp for players at all levels. You can get more info here.

Kweskin Jug Band's 50th Reunion Tour Features Four Homespun Instructors!

Some of the founding members of the Kweskin Jug Band - Jim Kweskin, Geoff Muldaur and Maria Muldaur - have joined forces with other stellar musicians for a reunion tour that has attracted enthusiastic crowds throughout the Northeast. Added to the original members are the Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian (a jug band-lover from way back); Martin Keith (son of another early Jug Band member, banjo master Bill Keith) on bass; Bennett Sullivan on banjo; and Jason Anick on fiddle. They have played sold out concerts in New York City, Cambridge, Mass., Beacon, NY, Albany, NY and other towns. (Photo: John Peden)

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