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Welcome to Our Free Licks + Happy Traum's Blog!

We're pleased to offer these useful guitar licks and tips bHomespun owner/instructor Happy Traum and others. We hope these will keep your fingers busy and give you some inspiration and add excitement to your day. Keep checking back for new entries.

In addition, take a look at Happy's Blog. He has had a fascinating journey through more than six decades of playing, writing and studying about American folk music, and he has quite a few stories to tell. Again, he'll be making regular entries into this blog, so come back to it from time to time and see what he has to say.

Adam Traum's Cool Lick in C

Singer/songwriter/expert guitarist Adam Traum offers a great lick in the key of C for blues, ragtime, and other acoustic roots styles. In addition to his music career, Adam is a video producer and editor for Homespun and is an integral part of our team. For more lessons by him, click here.

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Some Helpful Tips on Performing

If you are studying an instrument or learning to sing, sooner or later you will want to try out your music on an audience. It may be in a living room for family and friends, at an "open mike" night at a coffee house or local club, or at a professional engagement. No matter how large or small the audience, as soon as you come before them with your instrument in your hand or a song on your lips you are performing and there are some basic things you should know to help you do your best, and give the maximum pleasure to your listeners. 

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The Story of a Guitar

I started playing the guitar when I was 16. With my parent’s help, I bought a Harmony Sovereign with an action so high you could slice cheese on the fingerboard. My fingers got pretty sliced up, too. It never occurred to me back then that I could have taken it to a repair shop to get it adjusted. (Actually, I’m not sure there was such a thing in the Bronx in 1954.) So, I struggled with it for a couple of years, learning my basic chords and some folk songs, and building some pretty impressive callouses.

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