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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.

Finally, we've just added Homespun Performances, which are excerpts from our lessons that are worth just listening to. Our instructors are world-class players and we hope these give you pleasure. Keep checking back as we'll be adding to them frequently.

Easy But Spectacular

Here's a great little pull-off lick that's easy to play but sounds really dynamic as an ending, or something for between verses or phrases. Happy simplifies it for novice pickers who want to perk up their listeners' ears. You'll have a lot of fun with this one! 

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My Favorite Lick in C

Here's an easy but dynamic lick that you can learn and play in the key of C. It works as an ending, an intro, or a fill-in when playing a bluesy song or instrumental. I use it quite a lot in my playing and I'm sure you will too when you get it into your playing. 

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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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