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

A Bluegrass Banjo Christmas

Bill Evans

Learn Seven Beloved Songs and Carols

Master banjo picker Bill Evans has made a joyous lesson for novice and intermediate players, bringing the holidays to you through seven classic songs and carols that you can play in bluegrass style. While learning these tunes, you’ll also be gaining invaluable banjo techniques that will help you with any song or instrumental you want to play. Bill starts you ... Read More

Adam Traum’s Ukulele Club

Adam Traum

Six Lessons for Beginners and Beyond

Adam Traum’s long-running weekly Ukulele Club was the basis for this terrific lesson, which takes you, in six sections, from the very basics of uke playing well into intermediate territory.  Lesson One starts with the fundamentals of rhythm, then quickly moves into some basic chords and how to change them in time. An old favorite, Buffalo Gals, with an ... Read More

Anyone Can Play Harmonica

Peter Madcat Ruth

An Easy Guide to Getting Started

Here's a lesson for people of any age who want to play the harmonica. This pocket-size instrument has been a favorite for generations, and there's no easier way to get started than this basic lesson. All you need is a 10-hole harmonica in the key of C and you'll be playing in no time. Peter Madcat Ruth ... Read More

Basic Mandolin for Guitar Players

Adam Traum

A Jumpstart for Mandolin

Guitarist Adam Traum casually picked up the mandolin to bring to jam sessions, since there are usually more than enough guitars to go around. From that start he gained a love and respect for the mandolin’s widely expressive range, and he explores the instrument here from a guitar player’s perspective.  Although non-guitar pickers will also benefit from this beginner’s ... Read More

Basic Theory That Every Guitar Player 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

Beginning Bluegrass Banjo

Pete Wernick
Through his books, videos, classes and workshops, Pete (Dr. Banjo) Wernick has probably gotten more people playing bluegrass banjo than just about anyone.  This is the perfect course for those who want to play three-finger style bluegrass banjo from scratch. You may never have touched a banjo before, but Pete will have you picking right from the opening minutes ... Read More

Clawhammer Banjo: The Basics and Beyond

David Holt
“You’ll never be sorry you spent time learning the banjo.” - David Holt Want to play clawhammer banjo? Here’s a nearly foolproof way to learn this popular old-time mountain style! David Holt’s easy-to-follow instructions, friendly approach and invaluable exercises will have you picking and singing in no time. David gets you started in the simplest way, with an open G ... Read More

Dobro - Learning Bluegrass Dobro

Cindy Cashdollar
Here is a hands-on Dobro course that will teach you to play your favorite bluegrass and country tunes in no time- even if you've never played before! Jam-packed with information, this 90-minute video utilizes close-ups, split screens and easy-to-follow instruction to make it easy for you to learn. Cindy Cashdollar, one of the shining stars of the Dobro and ... Read More

Drumming Made Easy

Harvey Sorgen
This fun, easy, hands-on lesson is a complete drum primer! From the first minutes of this lesson, beginners of all ages will be playing rhythm grooves right along with Harvey and his band. Harvey teaches how to hold the sticks and the basic concepts of reading music and timing. Using four elementary grooves, he provides exercises to help you strengthen ... Read More

Easy Bluegrass and Country Guitar

Happy Traum
Guaranteed the quickest and easiest way to get into playing the real country guitar! Happy Traum will get you started in this popular American guitar style and get you ready to move on to more advanced studies. You'll learn to handle a flatpick, play a basic scale, then master these techniques: accompanying songs in straight and waltz time; picking ... Read More

Easy Fingerpicking Favorites

Happy Traum
Learn to play five easy songs that should be in every fingerpicker's repertoire: "Railroad Bill," "My Creole Belle," "Cocaine Blues," "Freight Train," "Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor." Happy plays each tune in its simplest form, then moves the appropriate notes off the beat (while the bass maintains its steady, on-the-beat rhythm) so you can clearly understand where ... Read More
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