The Guitar Style of Richie Havens

Richie Havens
The late Richie Havens was a rare performer who transcended genre, style and category. His distinctive guitar sound, rich voice and compelling arrangements of folk, blues and rock classics enthralled millions throughout his long and successful career. This instructive and thoroughly entertaining lesson provides invaluable insights into guitar playing, song arranging and performing, and offers exciting challenges for all guitarists ... Read More

The Guitarist's Personal Practice Trainer and Warm-Up Plan

Andrew DuBrock

10 Minutes a Day to Better Technique and Finger Fitness

Andrew DuBrock’s Personal Practice Trainer provides you with an hour-and-a-half’s worth of warm-ups, exercises and etudes, along with a comprehensive plan to help you organize your practice time so you really see results! By working with his powerful set of musical tools for just 10 minutes a day, you’ll gain finger strength and dexterity along with improved timing, tone and ... Read More

Easy Guitar Chords and Progressions - A Mini-Lesson

Artie Traum

Exploring the Key of E

By moving one finger to a different fret, a familiar chord takes on a whole new quality! Move a chord shape to a different position on the neck and you have a rich, advanced-sounding progression! Welcome to Artie Traum's lesson in how to use chords to enhance basic folk, country, blues and rock songs. Artie has designed the perfect ... Read More

Conquer the Challenge of the Steady Thumb!

Happy Traum

The Ultimate Fingerpicking Starter Method

Syncopation is the heart and soul of guitar fingerpicking - the push and pull of the thumb maintaining a solid, foot-tapping rhythm while fingers are playing melody notes on the high strings. Keeping that beat going in the bass is one of the main stumbling blocks for many learning players. This “remedial” course will help you train your thumb to be ... Read More

Fingerstyle Arrangements for Six Blues, Country and Folk Songs

Happy Traum

From His Acclaimed CD "Just For the Love of It"

These songs and instrumentals will challenge, delight and inspire learning guitarists looking for new techniques and fresh repertoire. Happy teaches two traditional blues; a timeless cowboy song; an instrumental version of a great country/pop classic and more. Each song demonstrates important styles and techniques that will add depth and finesse to your playing.  • Careless Love Blues and ... Read More

The Songs and Guitar of Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Colin Gilmore

Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Colin Gilmore

Family Style Music

Jimmie Dale Gilmore is an American music icon. His expressive tenor voice, with its distinctive Texas twang and deep folk and country influences, has captivated audiences for decades. Colin Gilmore’s style has clearly been shaped by his father’s music, but he builds on the traditions he was surrounded with growing up in the Austin, Texas, music scene. The two playing ... Read More

Take the Lead! Easy Steps to Begin Creating Guitar Solos

Adam Traum
Learning guitarists: Do you know your basic guitar chords but want to take your playing to a new level by picking out melodic solos?  If so, you’ll love Adam Traum’s new course! Using familiar folk and bluegrass classics as examples, Adam shows in clear, simple instruction how to build single-string melodies and, eventually, have the tools to start improvising ... Read More

Will The Circle Be Unbroken: Travis Style

Happy Traum

Lesson 2

In his previous lesson, Happy taught this song in the thumb-lead style, playing the melody in the bass with rhythm back-up learned from the playing of Mother Maybelle Carter. In this session, you’ll learn how to play Will the Circle Be Unbroken using the alternating-thumb fingerpicking style made famous by Merle Travis and many other country, blues and folk guitarists ... Read More

Rainer's Blues Picking School

Rainer Brunn

A Complete Method To Get You Started

This course is different than anything that we have offered before, and we know that all aspiring blues pickers will love it. Rainer Brunn, one of Homespun’s most popular instructors, has developed this course of study based on his love of traditional American blues guitar styles as well as his long experience as a guitar educator. We are proud to ... Read More

Will The Circle Be Unbroken: Two-Lesson Set

Happy Traum

Maybelle Carter Style and Travis Style

Just about everyone knows this great old country/gospel song. It’s sung and played at least once at every jam session and campfire singalong, not to mention being the perfect ending to an evening concert. A. P. Carter picked it up from an old hymn, written in 1907, and he, Sara and Maybelle inspired its unending popularity when the Carter ... Read More

Will The Circle Be Unbroken: Maybelle Carter Style

Happy Traum
Just about everyone knows this great old country/gospel song. It’s sung and played at least once at every jam session and campfire singalong, not to mention being the perfect ending to an evening concert. A. P. Carter picked it up from an old hymn, written in 1907, and he, Sara and Maybelle inspired its unending popularity when the Carter Family ... Read More

Guitar Soloing 101

Marcy Marxer

An Easy Guide to the Fingerboard

Anyone can learn to solo on the guitar! Even if you're a novice, as long as you know your basic chords, you can start playing melodies and improvising lead parts. Marcy Marxer's user-friendly method brings all the notes, frets and strings into clear focus, giving you an invaluable roadmap to the guitar fingerboard. Marcy has successfully taught this ... Read More
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