Early Southern Guitar Styles

Mike Seeger
There was no one more knowledgeable about old time American music than the late Mike Seeger. He'd been playing it all his life, and spreading it around the world. Mike put together an amazing survey of traditional guitar styles from the rural South that will teach you twenty-five songs and the guitar techniques that go along with them. These ... Read More

Easy Steps to Acoustic Blues Guitar - Lesson 2

Happy Traum

Lesson Two: Essentials of Fingerstyle Blues

Now that you've completed Lesson 1 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 Blues Guitar Jamming - Video 2

Happy Traum, Artie Traum

Exploring the Keys of C, D and G

Play along with Happy and Artie Traum as they continue their excursion into blues jamming and improvisation. Like their previous DVD, this one is filled with good songs, sage advice, important tips and fascinating insights into blues guitar techniques. Each key on the guitar lends itself to distinct licks, chord positions, turnarounds and bass patterns. Happy and Artie make learning ... Read More

Easy Steps to Bossa Nova Guitar

Aaron Gilmartin

Adding Brazilian Sounds to Your Repertoire

The distinctive sound of Brazilian bossa nova guitar has permeated the musical landscape for fifty years, influencing singers, instrumentalists and songwriters throughout the world. Based on a melding of jazz voicings and samba rhythms, this gently swinging fingerpicking-based style will bring new colors and rhythms to all your guitar accompaniments and solos. Aaron Gilmartin builds your bossa nova guitar technique ... Read More

Easy Steps to Guitar Fingerpicking - DVD 2

Happy Traum

DVD 2: Songs in Dropped D Tuning

On this second DVD in the series, 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 - DVD 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

Essential DADGAD for Beginners - Video 3

Artie Traum

New Ideas for Creative Playing

Award-winning guitarist Artie Traum tunes his guitar to DADGAD almost exclusively these days, and on this DVD 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

Essential Exercises for Fingerstyle Guitar

Pete Huttlinger
An accomplished fingerstyle guitarist needs to have full control of her or his picking hand along with a complete knowledge of the guitar fingerboard. Peter Huttlinger provides you with the advice, practice routines and exercises that will enable you to play with good tone, strict timing and confidence. Pete makes this important topic fun for guitarists at all levels. He ... Read More

Exploring 8-Bar Blues

Mary Flower

Seven Songs, Progressions and Variations in E

Here’s everything a learning guitarist will need to get into the infectious 8-bar blues form. Mary Flower brings her expert musicianship to seven exciting arrangements, helping both novice and more advanced fingerstyle blues players develop important guitar skills. You will come away with a wealth of techniques, great songs and new insights into your instrument.  Mary starts with simple ... Read More

A Guide to Figuring Out the Fingerboard!

Steve Kaufman

A Flatpicker's Guide to Improvising

If you've ever wondered how the hot flatpickers improvise solos using the entire length of the guitar fingerboard, and wished you could take your own distinctive breaks in jam sessions or performances, then this DVD is for you! Steve Kaufman has developed an amazing system that clears up the mystery and teaches you the notes, scales and chord shapes ... Read More

Fingerpicking Hank Williams

Toby Walker

Guitar Arrangements for Western Swing and Honky Tonk Classics

Learn fingerpicking guitar instrumental versions of some of the most popular country songs ever written: Your Cheatin’ Heart, Move It On Over, My Bucket’s Got a Hole In It, Hey Good Lookin’! and Honky Tonkin’.  The solo guitar arrangements of these timeless classics are fun to play and will build your fingerpicking skills, expand your fretboard knowledge and show you ... Read More

How to Play Lead Acoustic Guitar

Artie Traum with Diane Zeigler

Secrets to Successful Song Accompaniment

This may be one of the best lessons we have ever produced for acoustic guitar! Recently discovered in our VHS archives, we have restored it to digital download and it's now available to learning players for the first time in many years. A good accompanist adds depth, sparkle and excitement to a song, punctuating it with improvised lines and ... Read More
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