Acoustic Blues Guitar - A Beginner's Guide

Happy Traum
Learn to play in the styles of great country bluesmen such as Brownie McGhee, Lightnin' Hopkins, Big Bill Broonzy, Leadbelly and countless others! Happy starts with the assumption that you know nothing at all about playing blues, and all the basics are covered for novice players. The lessons progress very quickly, though, so that before the first lesson is finished ... Read More

A Crash Course in Open Tunings for Guitar

Mary Flower
You can get ringing notes, rich tones and textures simply by retuning your guitar to an open chord. On this easy exploration for novice players, Mary Flower teaches some tunings that will help you play beautiful sounding songs and instrumentals almost immediately. An expert player and an experienced instructor, Mary helps you work out well-known songs or instrumentals for each ... Read More

An Easy Guide to Open D

Happy Traum

The Must-Know Tuning for Fingerpickers and Blues Guitarists

Tuning to an open chord is a satisfying and fun way to play, giving you rich, resonant sounds with relatively little effort. Just follow the tuning instructions by Happy Traum, then strum the open strings for a ringing D chord; G, A and other major chords can be made with simple one-finger barres. It’s all explained in such a way ... Read More

An Introduction to Open Tunings and Slide Guitar

Roy Book Binder
The inestimable Roy Book Binder has given us another terrific look at his unique brand of fingerpicked blues guitar. This time around he covers the basics of open tunings and the use of the bottleneck, teaching the essential techniques in a way that will be easy even for newcomers to this style. Roy starts his lesson with an exploration of ... Read More

A Six-Pack of Moveable Blues Licks

Adam Traum

With Play-Along Backup Tracks

Playing lead lines and licks for blues tunes teaches you a lot about navigating the guitar’s fretboard. In this fun one-hour session, Adam Traum teaches six truly cool moveable licks (no open strings) in a variety of positions. Once you learn them, you can simply slide them up or down to the chord or key that the song requires.  ... Read More

Blues Harmonica with John Sebastian

John Sebastian

Beginner - Intermediate Levels

Harmonica great John Sebastian teaches you to play great blues harp right from the beginning! He explains how to hold the instrument and make your first tones, then uses "cowboy music" to demonstrate "out" or "straight" harp style. Moving on to blues techniques, John shows you how to play your first blues scales using traditional "cross harp" technique. Before you ... Read More

Easy Steps to Acoustic Blues Guitar - Lesson 1

Happy Traum

Lesson One: Starting From Scratch

So you want to play the blues? Well, veteran guitarist, instructor and Homespun founder Happy Traum offers the very best way for you to get started! This basic course in fingerstyle blues guitar breaks it all down into easily digested topics for novice players. You'll start by learning the basic blues forms and getting them securely under your belt ... Read More

Easy Steps to Acoustic Blues Guitar - Lesson 2

Happy Traum

Lesson Two: Essentials of Fingerstyle Blues

Now that you've completed Lesson One and have made it past the basics, it's time to tackle the next level- traditional blues fingerpicking. The key to all country blues playing, and the heart of this style, is in your ability to play a rhythmic bass pulse with your thumb while your fingers pick out syncopated notes on the ... Read More

Easy Steps to Acoustic Blues Guitar Videos 1 and 2

Happy Traum

Two Video Set

These two lessons are the perfect choice for you if you're an early-intermediate guitarist who wants to begin playing blues on your acoustic guitar. All you need to get started are the basic chords and Happy Traum will get you into the world of traditional blues guitar in no time. Before long, you'll be playing songs complete with ... Read More

E Blues Double Stops, Harmonized Scales and a Few Cool Riffs

Adam Traum

A Homespun Mini Lesson

Knowing double stops is a great way to learn the guitar’s fretboard and develop riffs of your own. In this lesson guitarist Adam Traum teaches harmonized scales and the fundamental theory behind double stops to help you create dynamic solos for blues in the key of E. He teaches some cool licks that will add to any aspiring player's ... Read More

Enrich Your Playing With Dropped D Tuning

Happy Traum

Easy Tunes in a Variety of Keys

Here's a perfect lesson on using dropped D tuning, a beautiful and versatile way to play songs and instrumentals on your guitar. Happy Traum shows you harmony-filled tunes in the keys of D, G and A while building your basic fingerstyle technique and increasing your musical skills. The famous old spiritual, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, in the “home” key ... Read More

Exploring the House of the Rising Sun - Two Video Set

Happy Traum

Learn to Play An American Classic

Lesson One: Here’s one of America’s best-known and most powerful folk/blues songs, a classic that every aspiring guitarist will want to learn. Happy Traum breaks down the iconic arrangement he learned from the great Dave Van Ronk, with it’s unique descending bass line and ear-catching chord progression. He then develops variations that will teach early-intermediate players much about the ... Read More
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