A Beginner's Guide to Chord Positions

Happy Traum

Simple, Creative Ways to Move Up the Neck

This two-hour course was made specifically for those guitar students who have never ventured into the unknown territory above the third fret. Although it may seem mysterious at first, it's actually easy to find your way into the upper reaches of the fingerboard. The knowledge you'll gain will give you a deeper understanding of the guitar and will ... Read More

Basic Theory That Every Guitarist Should Know - Audio download and 64 page pdf book

Happy Traum

Practical Tools for Everyday Playing

This clear, informative and user-friendly pdf book has been expanded from Happy's top-selling videos of the same name, it's packed with information, musical examples, informative text and graphic charts. Happy personally guides you through the book and the accompanying instructional audio portion to help you better understand your instrument and the music you play on it. This 64-page ... Read More

Basic Theory That Every Guitarist Should Know - Two-Video Set

Happy Traum

Practical Tools for Everyday Playing

GET THE TWO-Lesson SET AND SAVE! Guitarists: Do you know how the strings, frets, notes, scales and chords all work together to make music? Whether you're a total beginner or have been at it for years, there's a good chance you lack a basic understanding of the theory behind what you're playing. Lesson 1 Happy Traum, one ... Read More

Basic Theory That Every Guitarist Should Know - Video 1

Happy Traum

Practical Tools for Everyday Playing

Guitarists: Do you know how the strings, frets, notes, scales and chords all work together to make music? Whether you're a total beginner or have been at it for years, there's a good chance you lack a basic understanding of the theory behind what you're playing. Happy Traum, one of the world's best-known guitar teachers, demystifies ... Read More

Basic Theory That Every Guitarist Should Know -Video 2

Happy Traum

Practical Tools for Everyday Playing

Happy Traum continues his hands-on exploration of basic music theory, providing essential knowledge that every guitarist needs to become a more skillful, fully-rounded player. This lesson is packed with invaluable information. You'll learn moveable three- and four-string chord shapes that can be played anywhere, in any key, up and down the fretboard, along with the basic chord progressions that ... Read More

Danny Boy - A Free Mini-Lesson

Happy Traum

Play an Irish Classic

"Danny Boy" is one of those rare songs that transcends the tradition/pop genres, with its sentimentality and anthem-like qualities. It's probably Ireland's most famous song. The words were written early in the 20th Century and were set to a much older tune, "The Londonderry Air" (or as the Clancy Brothers used to call it, "The London Derriere ... Read More

Easy Guide to Tuning Your Guitar

Happy Traum, John Sebastian

Secrets to Staying and Playing Perfectly in Tune

There is nothing more important to making good music than having your instrument play (and stay) perfectly in tune. An out-of-tune guitar can be a painful experience for you and your listeners alike, and tuning it up can be a frustrating and time-consuming process for new players. We feel that tuning should be learned right along with fretting, chording and ... Read More

Easy Guitar Chords and Progressions

Artie Traum

An Effortless Way To Make Your Songs Sound Great!

By moving one finger to a different fret, a familiar chord takes on a whole new quality! Move a chord shape to a different position on the neck and you have a rich, advanced-sounding progression! Welcome to Artie Traum's lesson in how to use chords to enhance basic folk, country, blues and rock songs. Artie designed the perfect lesson ... Read More

Enrich Your Playing With Dropped D Tuning

Happy Traum

Easy Tunes in a Variety of Keys

Here's a perfect lesson on using dropped D tuning, a beautiful and versatile way to play songs and instrumentals on your guitar. Happy Traum shows you harmony-filled tunes in the keys of D, G and A while building your basic fingerstyle technique and increasing your musical skills. The famous old spiritual, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, in the “home” key ... Read More

Essential Exercises for Fingerstyle Guitar

Pete Huttlinger
An accomplished fingerstyle guitarist needs to have full control of her or his picking hand along with a complete knowledge of the guitar fingerboard. Peter Huttlinger provides you with the advice, practice routines and exercises that will enable you to play with good tone, strict timing and confidence. Pete makes this important topic fun for guitarists at all levels. He ... Read More

Exploring "The Sloop John B."

Happy Traum

Learn a Classic Caribbean Folksong

The old Bahamian folk song, “The Sloop John B.” (also known as “John B. Sails”), was one of the most popular and widely-sung songs of the folk revival. It was in virtually everyone’s setlist and was recorded by dozens of artists, from the Weavers to the Beach Boys. It can be played as an engaging sing-along or as a ... Read More

Get Started on Bluegrass and Country Guitar!

Steve Kaufman

A Complete Lesson for Beginners

Every guitarist has to begin somewhere, and Steve Kaufman, one of the world’s most experienced guitar instructors, gets you started the right way. No previous experience is necessary. All you need is this lesson plus an instrument, a flatpick, and the desire to play. Within minutes, Steve shows you how to tune up, hold the pick, press the strings to ... Read More
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