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Welcome to Happy Traum's Homespun Blog!

Happy Traum's skillful musicianship and avid interest in traditional and contemporary music has brought him worldwide recognition. He has performed extensively throughout the U.S. Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan, and has appeared on recordings as a featured artist and as a member of various ensembles. He has recorded and/or performed with many top artists, including Bob Dylan, Chris Smither, Maria Muldaur, Eric Andersen, Rory Block, Jerry Jeff Walker, Allen Ginsberg, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and numerous others.

A Bluesy Mandolin Lick From Dix Bruce

Here's a "Lick of the Day" for mandolinists. Multi-instrumentalist Dix Bruce, a veteran player, studio musician and teacher from the Bay Area, shows you a great little lick, reminiscent of Bill Monroe's style. Great for all aspiring pickers. We think you'll have fun with this. Check out Dix Bruce's "Mandolin Licks-ercises" lesson here on Homespun. 

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Another "Lick of the Day" for you

Here's another "Lick of the Day" to keep your fingers and mind busy and productive. This one can be used for a variety of bluesy songs, as a turnaround, an accompaniment pattern, or a harmony for vocals. Learn it and see what you can do with it.

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