Essential Techniques for Mandolin

Chris Thile
Here's a lesson that will thrill and inspire mandolinists at all levels. Chris Thile shares his own successful formula for developing right and left hand dexterity, improving speed and accuracy, and playing with heightened musicality. Chris launches into detailed instruction on holding the pick, correct hand position and wrist action, getting a good balance between up and down strokes ... Read More

Fiddle For Kids - DVD 2

Luke Bulla, Jenny Anne Bulla
Starting out with a quick review, Luke and Jenny Anne then get their young student into some real fiddle playing!  Focusing on building repertoire, they teach three well-known fiddle tunes, breaking them down into small sections that are easy to grasp. With some practice, the young fiddler will soon perform Old Joe Clark, Tennessee Waltz and Devil's Dream for ... Read More

Fiddle For Kids - Lesson One

Luke Bulla, Jenny Anne Bulla
With the help of their seven year old brother Jed, Luke and Jenny Anne demonstrate the basics of tuning up; bowing technique; proper hand position and posture; finding the right size fiddle; and all else needed to get off to a great start. By the end of this lesson, the beginning fiddler will use these new skills to play the ... Read More

Fiddle For Kids - Two-Video Set

Luke Bulla, Jenny Anne Bulla
Kids teaching kids . . . . what a great idea! Teenagers Luke and Jenny Anne Bulla are young enough to remember how they got started on fiddle, and they make learning to play fun. These child-friendly lessons by two rising bluegrass fiddle stars cover all the essentials, from tuning up to building a repertoire. Read More

Flatpicking Banjo Tunes

Steve Kaufman

A Guitarist's Guide to Hot Soloing

Many of the most exciting tunes in the bluegrass repertoire originate with the five-string banjo. In a typical jam session or stage performance, though, each instrument takes the lead in turn- including the guitar. When it's time for you to take a solo, will you know what to play? This lesson is your answer! Master instructor and flatpicking great ... Read More

Flatpicking Through the Holidays

Steve Kaufman

Easy Songs for Every Occasion

Steve Kaufman has come up with another winner! He has chosen eleven well-known and much-loved songs, each one associated with an important season or holiday. This lesson was made especially for beginning and early-intermediate level players. Most of the songs are easy enough to play almost immediately, but Steve throws in enough material to challenge you and, with some practicing ... Read More

Flatpicking with Doc

Doc Watson
Here is a rare opportunity to go one-on-one with one of the premier flatpickers of our time. Doc Watson has influenced a generation of pickers, from Clarence White to Tony Rice. This lesson is devoted to teaching intermediate-level players the intricacies of Doc's unique flatpicking style. Doc sits down with Steve Kaufman, a top-notch flatpicker in his own right ... Read More

Get Rolling

Pete Wernick

An Ultra-Easy, No-Fail Introduction to Bluegrass Banjo

You can make good banjo music almost immediately with "Dr. Banjo" himself! Pete Wernick has taught thousands of people, young and old, to play three-finger style bluegrass "Scruggs" picking. This super-easy lesson has been time-tested at Pete's many workshops and music camps, and he will have you playing along in the very first minutes. With only two chords (one ... Read More

Great Banjo Lessons

Sonny Osborne, Eddie Adcock, Bill Keith, Tony Trischka, Don Wayne Reno, Ralph Stanley, Pete Wernick

Bluegrass Style

Bluegrass banjo has all the drive, excitement, rhythmic complexity and melodic possibilities that you could want in an instrument. This collection of lessons, compiled from Homespun's vast library of music instruction, covers a variety of skills and tunes. The segments are graded to take you from elementary to advanced levels, and will open up myriad playing possibilities while allowing ... Read More

Great Fiddle Lessons - Bluegrass and Old-Time Styles

Kenny Kosek, Bruce Molsky, Jay Ungar, Jim Wood, Richard Greene, Stacy Phillips, Vassar Clements, Brad Leftwich
The eight lessons on this video download, compiled from Homespun's incomparable library of music instruction, represent fiddle tuition at its very best. The lessons start at an easy beginner level and progressively get more challenging, providing a full range of techniques, styles, musical ideas and repertoire tunes to learning players at all levels. Each of the instructors is highly ... Read More

Great Mandolin Lessons

Jesse McReynolds, Ronnie McCoury,Tim O'Brien, Sam Bush, Norman Blake, Steve James, Chris Thile, Mike Marshall, Butch Baldassari

Learn from Nine Master Players

The nine lessons on this video download represent mandolin instruction at its very best. Each segment, taught by a master of the instrument, has been chosen to give learning players new techniques, tunes and musical insights. The styles taught include bluegrass, old-time, Celtic, blues and contemporary "new acoustic," and will enrich the repertoire of any mandolin enthusiast. The lessons start ... Read More

Guitar Styles of the Carter Family

Mike Seeger
The Carter Family (A.P., Sara and Maybelle) of southwestern Virginia has been a seminal force in the history of recorded country music. Maybelle's dynamic "thumb-lead" style in particular is essential knowledge for anyone interested in playing traditional American folk or country guitar. In the 1960s and early 70s, Mike Seeger toured with Maybelle Carter and visited with ... Read More
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