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. 

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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Lick of the Day #2

Here;'s another "Lick of the Day" for you to work on. It's a cool blues lick in E that you can use in a number of ways. Check out players like Lightnin' Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, and other traditional blues artists for inspiration.

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Lick of the Day #1

Hi Everyone. We hope you are all staying healthy and safe. Here's the first of a series of licks and other instructional tidbits that we'll be posting in the coming days and thereafter. We hope they will keep your fingers busy and your thoughts in a musical direction. Keep watching this space for more musical tips, licks and even some songs. Let us know how you like them.

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