Free Licks/Blog/Performances

Here are some useful guitar licks and playing tips bHomespun owner/instructor Happy Traum and others. Homespun Performances are excerpts from lessons by some of our great artists that are worth listening to just for pleasure. Keep checking back as we'll be adding to them frequently. And 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. 

Peter Rowan Sings "Walls of Time"

In this performance excerpt from his Homespun lesson, "Lead Singing and Rhythm Guitar," Peter Rowan sings one his most beloved songs, which he co-wrote with Bill Monroe. This dates from his time as a Bluegrass Boy in Monroe's legendary band. 


Roger McGuinn's "May the Road Rise to Meet You"

Enjoy this performance excerpt from Roger McGuinn's Homespun lesson "Roger McGuinn's Basic Folk Guitar." This musical adaptation from the well-travelled Irish blessing "May The Road Rise to Meet You" penned by Roger and his wife Camilla, shows why he is such an influential and beloved artist with an enduring fan base. 


Richie Havens Sings "Just Like a Woman"

In his achingly beautiful arrangement of the Bob Dylan classic "Just Like a Woman" the late Richie Havens shows why he is still an important, and beloved artist. This excerpt also includes a short discussion with host Artie Traum about how Havens keeps the song fresh. Oh yes, happy 80th Birthday to Bob! 


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