Folk Rhythms

David Holt

Learn to Play Spoons, Bones, Washboard and more!

This unique and highly entertaining lesson will teach you to make complex rhythms using the simplest of materials, some right out of your kitchen drawer. It's fun, and anyone can do it -- no music lessons, note-reading or expensive instruments are needed to join in with the band! David Holt's infectious enthusiasm and clear instructions will have you playing ... Read More

Get Rolling

Pete Wernick

An Ultra-Easy, No-Fail Introduction to Bluegrass Banjo

You can make good banjo music almost immediately with "Dr. Banjo" himself! Pete Wernick has taught thousands of people, young and old, to play three-finger style bluegrass "Scruggs" picking. This super-easy lesson has been time-tested at Pete's many workshops and music camps, and he will have you playing along in the very first minutes. With only two chords (one ... Read More

Get Started On 5-String Banjo

David Holt
You've bought a brand new banjo. You take it home and pull it out of the case. Now what? Well, you open it up in your download library, learn the parts of the banjo, how to hold it, and how to get it in tune... and start to play! With his easy, good-humored manner, David Holt introduces you to ... 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

Get Started on the Mandolin!

Steve Kaufman

A Complete Lesson for Beginners

Here’s the perfect way to get started playing the mandolin! Even if you have never played the instrument before, Steve Kaufman’s step-by-step lesson shows you how to tune up, hold your instrument and play your first chords and songs. You'll be playing Down in the Valley, Amazing Grace, Will the Circle Be Unbroken and Blue Ridge Cabin Home before ... Read More

Guitar For The Absolute Beginner

Happy Traum
Here is a complete course that will have you playing your guitar in minutes. You'll learn all the basic chords and important picking and strumming techniques, and will be singing and playing more than a dozen songs - right from the first lesson! Happy Traum, one of the world's most experienced guitar teachers, has carefully designed this hands-on, step-by-step ... Read More

Guitar Soloing 101

Marcy Marxer

An Easy Guide to the Fingerboard

Anyone can learn to solo on the guitar! Even if you're a novice, as long as you know your basic chords, you can start playing melodies and improvising lead parts. Marcy Marxer's user-friendly method brings all the notes, frets and strings into clear focus, giving you an invaluable roadmap to the guitar fingerboard. Marcy has successfully taught this ... Read More

Happy Traum's Guitar Building Blocks: The Complete Four-Video Set

Happy Traum
Happy Traum created these easy, enjoyable lessons to help novice players learn essential guitar techniques, along with several songs to illustrate each subject. Great for beginning/intermediate guitarists who want to target specific areas for improvement. Student Review: "I would just like to let you know, I have been studying Guitar Building Blocks every evening for three hours and found ... Read More

Happy Traum's Guitar Building Blocks - Video 1

Happy Traum

Barre Chords and How to Use Them

Barre chords are a vitally important part of your ability to move beyond the third fret, play solid rhythm in all keys and get a wide variety of sounds through chord inversions. On this easy lesson for near-beginners, Happy Traum de-mystifies these powerful chord shapes, providing tips on how to play them cleanly and easily. You'll learn basic chord ... Read More

Happy Traum's Guitar Building Blocks - Video 2

Happy Traum

Bass Runs and How to Use Them

Bass runs help provide a smooth and musically interesting transition as you change chords. They're especially useful in country, bluegrass and folk songs, often providing a harmony line to the sung melody. Learning to add bass runs to your chord progressions teaches you how to play the notes of the scale in several keys, and helps you develop good ... Read More

Happy Traum's Guitar Building Blocks - Video 3

Happy Traum

Instant Fingerpicking Success

The fingerpicking style is one of the most popular and engaging ways of playing the guitar. It's especially good for song accompaniment, and has been favored by folk, blues and country pickers, especially singer-songwriters such as James Taylor, Paul Simon, Shawn Colvin and Nanci Griffith.  This lesson de-mystifies the right-hand technique by breaking it down into patterns that ... Read More

Happy Traum's Guitar Building Blocks - Video 4

Happy Traum

Creating Easy Song Arrangements

The beauty of the guitar is not necessarily based on advanced and highly technical playing skills. Interesting and unusual arrangements can be created with very simple ideas, as long as you have some knowledge and an elementary understanding of the guitar. On this lesson, Happy takes some easy songs and shows you how to transform them into beautiful show pieces ... Read More
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