The Blues Guitar of Brownie McGhee

Happy Traum

Songs and Techniques Passed Down from a Master Bluesman

"Brownie McGhee had been a legend to me when, in the spring of 1958, I decided to call him. I had never seen him play, but one 10-inch Folkways LP called "Brownie McGhee Blues" had been worn thin on my record player, and I knew all the songs by heart. I was astounded by the brilliance and complexity of his ... Read More

The Blues Guitar of Keb' Mo'

Keb' Mo'

Basic Techniques for the Contemporary Player

Keb' Mo's lesson is aimed at players who want to get comfortable with the basics of traditional country blues and then go on to more contemporary blues-based tunes. Working in the key of E, Keb' shows how turnarounds and harmonized scale passages can be the basis for developing fluid phrases in a Robert Johnson style blues tune. He teaches ... Read More

The Blues Guitar Styles of Memphis Minnie

Del Rey

Unlocking Dazzling Songs, Licks and Solos of a Master Musician

Memphis Minnie was one of the greatest fingerpicking guitarists of the Twentieth Century, part of the backbone of African American blues history. Del Rey knows her songs and styles better than anyone, and she brings them to vibrant life on this thoroughly entertaining, enlightening and exciting lesson. Del provides a “master vocabulary” of powerful fingerpicking licks, in a variety of ... Read More

The C-A-G-E-D Guitar System Made Easy - Video 1

Ernie Hawkins

Five Chord Shapes for Mastering the Fingerboard

If you think of the guitar fingerboard as unknown and remote territory, full of mystery and confusion, we have the road map and compass you need. The C-A-G-E-D System provides you with a complete understanding of the entire neck of the guitar so you can find your way around without ever getting lost again! Guitarist Ernie Hawkins calls it "the ... Read More

The C-A-G-E-D Guitar System Made Easy - Video 2

Ernie Hawkins

Playing Chords and Licks in Every Key and Position

Ernie Hawkins continues his detailed exploration of the C-A-G-E-D Guitar System, using his long experience in country blues fingerpicking as the springboard for this lesson. You''ll start by learning to play the standard 12-bar blues chord progression in every position and in every key - the heart of the C-A-G-E-D concept. As in his previous video, Ernie patiently and thoroughly ... Read More

The C-A-G-E-D Guitar System Made Easy - Video 3

Ernie Hawkins

The Next Step: Exploring Blues and Ragtime Progressions

Ernie Hawkins uses the amazing C-A-G-E-D System when playing his specialty- blues and ragtime tunes in alternate-thumb fingerpicking style. This way of looking at the instrument enables him to have instant access to the guitar's entire fretboard. On this third lesson, Ernie helps you explore blues melodies as they move up into the highest reaches of the fingerboard. He ... Read More

The C-A-G-E-D Guitar System Made Easy - Three-Video Set

Ernie Hawkins

Three DVD Set - The Complete Course

Here's the complete C-A-G-E-D System course in one package! Ernie Hawkins' clear, step-by-step approach will teach you how to get around on the entire fretboard. This is one of Homespun's most popular set of lessons ever! Student Reviews: "I've been working through Ernie Hawkin's new DVD's on the C-A-G-E-D system. He has totally unlocked the ... Read More

The Fingerpicking Blues of Mississippi John Hurt

John Sebastian, Happy Traum

A Spoonful of Classic Songs

No traditional musician is better loved than Mississippi John Hurt. He has influenced innumerable musicians through the years and, four decades after his death, his songs and instrumentals continue to be played throughout the world by novice guitarists and professionals alike. This lesson is filled with the songs, licks, sounds and techniques that make Mississippi John Hurt's music so ... Read More

The Fingerpicking Guitar of Kelly Joe Phelps

Kelly Joe Phelps
Kelly Joe has chosen five originals and one traditional song to demonstrate how he uses fingerpicking techniques to communicate his musical vision, and he gives you the tools you need to bring out the best in your own arrangements. Starting out in standard tuning with the relatively straightforward fingerpicking song Tommy and the off-beat Delta-style blues tune Sally Ruby, Kelly ... 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

The Songs and Guitar of Ramblin' Jack Elliott

Ramblin' Jack Elliott
This lesson captures a fascinating musical exchange between two icons of American folk music as they reminisce, sing songs, and talk about the various influences on Jack's singular guitar style. Jack and Arlo discuss Jack's formative days and the first songs he learned when he ran away from home to join a rodeo. Then they proceed through many ... Read More

How to Build Awesome Fingerpicking Instrumentals

Toby Walker

Create Show-Stopping Country, Boogie-Woogie and Swing Solos

Guitarist and educator Toby Walker understands what you need to bring your guitar technique to a higher level. This fantastic lesson, for intermediate and experienced fingerpickers alike, teaches three exciting, performance-worthy guitar solos. Toby starts with an easy version of each piece, then adds the “bells and whistles” that build a show-stopping solo from the ground up.The country classic  ... Read More
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