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

Easy Steps to Flamenco Guitar

Aaron Gilmartin

Play Along and Learn

Sound like a flamenco guitarist today! Aaron Gilmartin has made his introduction to this guitar style so easy that even someone with just a minimal amount of guitar experience can start playing this exciting and passionate music. To get you going, Aaron has chosen Tango Flamenco, one of the great traditional Latin dance forms transformed by flamenco. It's based ... Read More

Easy Steps to Guitar Fingerpicking - Lesson 1

Happy Traum

Video One: Demystifying Alternate Thumb Style

There is probably no acoustic guitar style as popular, or as mysterious to novices, as alternate-bass fingerpicking. For many aspiring players the ability to maintain a rock-steady rhythmic pulse with their thumb while picking out off-the-beat melody notes with their fingers represents a "holy grail" of country, folk and blues playing. The beauty of this style is that you are ... Read More

Easy Steps to Guitar Fingerpicking - Video 2

Happy Traum

Lesson 2: Songs in Dropped D Tuning

On this second lesson in the set, Happy Traum takes his hands-on, user-friendly fingerpicking course to the next level. He builds your guitar skills in a comprehensive, step-by-step method that will soon have even novice pickers playing firmly in intermediate territory. This lesson concentrates on the versatile and useful "dropped D" tuning, with its booming bass notes and full-sounding chords ... Read More

Easy Steps to Guitar Fingerpicking - Video 3

Happy Traum

Graduating into Classic Repertoire

Now that you have mastered the basics of the alternate-thumb picking style, Happy Traum brings your playing up a few notches by introducing you to the songs and sounds of Merle Travis, Doc Watson, John Hurt and other masters of traditional guitar fingerpicking. Each piece you learn will add challenging techniques that will build your musical versatility, increase your dexterity ... Read More

Easy Steps to Guitar Fingerpicking - Three-Video Set

Happy Traum

Three-Video set

BUY THE COMPLETE SET AND SAVE! Drawing on four decades of teaching experience, Happy Traum has devised this nearly foolproof method to help you get off to a great start. He trains you to "rewire your brain" so that playing in this style becomes second nature. Happy also imparts invaluable information about finger picks, string damping, Travis style picking and ... Read More

Essential Chords and Progressions For Acoustic Guitar

Artie Traum
Expand your chord knowledge and make your playing come alive! Whether you play folk, swing, jazz, blues or rock, this easy-to-follow CD/book will take you to the next level as a rhythm player.Don't get stuck in ordinary C, D, E and G chords.This is your opportunity to open up to new harmonic ideas and develop your ... Read More

Essential DADGAD for Beginners - Video 1

Artie Traum
"I have been doing dozens of guitar workshops over the past year and by far the most requested subject has been my use of DADGAD tuning. I thought a video on this subject would satisfy the needs of players at all levels." -- Artie Traum Here is an easy introduction to DADGAD for those who are new to alternate tunings and ... Read More

Essential DADGAD for Beginners - Video 2

Artie Traum

Arrangements for Mountain Ballads and Blues

"I have been doing dozens of guitar workshops over the past year and by far the most requested subject has been my use of DADGAD tuning. I thought a video on this subject would satisfy the needs of players at all levels." -- Artie Traum Here is an easy introduction to DADGAD for those who are new to alternate tunings and ... Read More

Essential DADGAD for Beginners - Video 3

Artie Traum

New Ideas for Creative Playing

The late award-winning guitarist Artie Traum tuned his guitar to DADGAD almost exclusively, and on this lesson he shows you how this tuning enhances his powerful original songs and instrumentals. He covers fingerstyle jazz and blues techniques, chord formations, Celtic sounds, and invaluable tips for composing on the guitar. This lesson is perfect for the early-intermediate player who has already ... Read More
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