Acoustic Guitar Instrumentals - Three Video Set

Martin Simpson

Arrangements, Style & Repertoire

In this comprehensive three-lesson set, Martin Simpson shows how he uses a variety of tunings to achieve a broad spectrum of musical and emotional effects. You'll learn his beautiful arrangements for Irish Airs, American banjo pieces, Scottish fiddle tunes and traditional English songs. While teaching these songs, Martin reveals his ideas about guitar musicianship and chord theory; how to ... Read More

Acoustic Guitar Instrumentals - Video 1

Martin Simpson

Celtic Arrangements in Alternate Tunings

Learn Martin Simpson's most compelling arrangements, along with the guitar techniques that give his playing great distinction and popularity. Martin has pioneered the use of altered tunings to bring out the widest possible harmonic range of the guitar, and each of the songs on this video features that special sound. You'll learn three Scottish airs in dropped-D tuning ... Read More

Acoustic Guitar Instrumentals - Video 2

Martin Simpson

Creating Your Own Arrangements

Martin Simpson's compellingly beautiful music is evidence of his unique understanding of the guitar's possibilities. His impeccable tone and brilliant arrangements of Celtic, British and American guitar songs and instrumentals are widely admired but rarely mastered. On this powerful and revealing lesson, Martin explains how he arrives at his distinctive settings. He imparts invaluable instruction that will help ... Read More

Acoustic Guitar Instrumentals - Video 3

Martin Simpson

Developing Style & Repertoire

"His performances elicit powerful emotions and subtle, understated beauty. Sheer mastery of the acoustic guitar."-- Guitar Player Magazine Get ready to dig into more of Martin Simpson's beautiful and compelling guitar arrangements in alternate tunings. He begins his third lesson with Donal Ogg and My Generous Lover, tunes that highlight the richness of 'G sus.4' tuning. Betsy The ... Read More

Danny Boy - A Free Mini-Lesson

Happy Traum

Play an Irish Classic

"Danny Boy" is one of those rare songs that transcends the tradition/pop genres, with its sentimentality and anthem-like qualities. It's probably Ireland's most famous song. The words were written early in the 20th Century and were set to a much older tune, "The Londonderry Air" (or as the Clancy Brothers used to call it, "The London Derriere ... Read More

Irish Rhythm Guitar

John Doyle
Learn the fine art of backing Celtic tunes on guitar! One of today's hottest players demonstrates the strumming patterns, bass lines, accents and syncopations that he uses to drive a tune forward. You'll discover how adding minor chords and other substitutions add interest to a basic three-chord tune, and will be playing both simple and complex accompaniments to ... Read More

Learn Three Iconic Richard Thompson Songs

Zak Hobbs

Beeswing, Valerie, 1952 Vincent Black Lightning

Richard Thompson is indisputably high up in the pantheon of the greatest guitarists and songwriters of our time. His style is hugely influential and his songs are widely sung, but it is his unique instrumental arrangements that have captivated guitar players around the world. No one knows the intricacies of Richard Thompson’s guitar technique better than Zak Hobbs. The grandson ... Read More

Learn Three (More) Iconic Songs by Richard Thompson

Zak Hobbs

Dimming of the Day, Heart Needs a Home, I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight.

Zak Hobbs knows the songs of Richard Thompson as well as anyone. He has been studying the profound and compelling music of his grandfather since he started playing as a young teen. Following his very successful first Homespun lesson, Zak continues his exploration into Thompson’s style with three of RT’s best-loved songs: Dimming of the Day, Heart Needs a Home ... Read More

Lord Jamie Douglas (Waly Waly)

Martin Simpson

Alternate Tuning with Slide For a Scots Slow Air

Martin Simpson is revered for his fingerstyle playing and for his creative use of open and alternate tunings on the guitar. His haunting arrangement of this beautiful 16th Century Scottish air is played in his favorite tuning: CGDGCD (“Gsus4 over4”) with the added cross-cultural flourish of the use of the bottleneck slide.  Martin touches on essential slide technique, showing ... Read More

Six Unique Fiddle Tune Arrangements for Solo Flatpicked Guitar

Eric Skye

Lessons with a Master Guitarist

Fiddle tunes are typically played at fast tempos by instruments associated with bluegrass, old-time or country dance music. In the hands of a master guitarist like Eric Skye, though, these tunes become something very different. He eases up the tempo, pulling emotion from the melodies with rich bass notes, ringing harmonies and  chordal melodies. His approach stresses musicianship and ... Read More

Steve Kaufman's 4-Hour Celtic Workout

Steve Kaufman
Anyone who loves to play Celtic music and wants to build repertoire and technique will need this four-hour workout series! Whether you play traditional Celtic instruments (fiddle, whistle, pipes, bouzouki, button accordion) or the more bluegrass-oriented ones (mandolin, guitar, banjo), these session tunes will help you develop your playing skills and will get you ready for the all-important jams with ... Read More

Steve Kaufman Teaches Crowd Pleasers and Show Stoppers

Steve Kaufman

Steve's Favorite Flatpicking Instrumentals

ATTENTION INTERMEDIATE FLATPICKERS! If you want to learn exciting, challenging and technique-enhancing guitar solos, this lesson is for you! Steve Kaufman haschosen ten of his favorite show pieces, each one packed with a powerful arrayof ideas, instrumental skills and advice. These are, above all, great tunes to play at jam sessions, in performance or just in your practice room. With ... Read More
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