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

Exploring DADGAD Guitar

Laurence Juber

New Sounds, Textures and Repertoire

Although DADGAD guitar tuning is most closely associated with the droning, bagpipe-like sounds of Celtic music, Laurence Juber has taken it to a whole new level with his use of beautiful cascading notes and complex harmonies. On this richly detailed lesson, Laurence gives you a complete understanding of how DADGAD works and how, by using it, you can gain a ... Read More

Exploring the Guitar with Keb' Mo'

Keb' Mo'

Songs and Arrangements to Enrich Your Playing

Keb' Mo' expertly accompanies his distinctively soulful songs with folk/blues fingerpicking, swampy slide licks, contemporary pop chords and a touch of jazz. The seven arrangements he teaches on this lesson are simple enough for early intermediate guitarists, but provide enough twists and turns to interest advanced musicians as well. With his easy-going humor and deep musical knowledge, Keb' Mo ... Read More

Exploring the House of the Rising Sun - Two Video Set

Happy Traum

Learn to Play An American Classic

Lesson One: Here’s one of America’s best-known and most powerful folk/blues songs, a classic that every aspiring guitarist will want to learn. Happy Traum breaks down the iconic arrangement he learned from the great Dave Van Ronk, with it’s unique descending bass line and ear-catching chord progression. He then develops variations that will teach early-intermediate players much about the ... Read More

Exploring the House of the Rising Sun - Video One

Happy Traum

Learn to Play An American Classic

Here’s one of America’s best-known and most powerful folk/blues songs, a classic that every aspiring guitarist will want to learn. Happy Traum breaks down the iconic arrangement he learned from the great Dave Van Ronk, with it’s unique descending bass line and ear-catching chord progression. He then develops variations that will teach early-intermediate players much about the guitar fingerboard ... Read More

Exploring the House of the Rising Sun - Video Two

Happy Traum

Learn to Play An American Classic Continued

Taking this great song to the next level, Happy shows how you can develop a more improvisational approach to building an arrangement. First, you’ll learn to find the melody notes in the first-position chords, using hammer-ons, slides and passing tones - as well as right hand picking variations - to give your playing more depth and style.   You’ll then use movable ... Read More

Exploring "The Sloop John B."

Happy Traum

Learn a Classic Caribbean Folksong

The old Bahamian folk song, “The Sloop John B.” (also known as “John B. Sails”), was one of the most popular and widely-sung songs of the folk revival. It was in virtually everyone’s setlist and was recorded by dozens of artists, from the Weavers to the Beach Boys. It can be played as an engaging sing-along or as a ... Read More

Fingerpicking Arrangements of Four Pop Songs

Ernie Hawkins

Piedmont Style

Some of the most unforgettable popular songs in American musical history were written in the early years of the 20th century. Guitar ace Ernie Hawkins has made arrangements of four classic pop songs that are perfect for the alternate-thumb fingerpicking method known as Piedmont Style. Working through each of these wonderful songs - When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob ... Read More

Fingerpicking, Flatpicking and Slide

Merle Watson, Doc Watson
Merle Watson recorded these lessons for Homespun in 1979, and we have re-edited them and enhanced the audio for this digital release. He chose songs and instrumentals to help aspiring players build strong repertoire and technique, as well as learn the secrets of arranging fingerpicking, flatpicking and slide tunes for good duet or solo playing. His dad, Doc Watson, joined ... 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

Fingerpicking Made Easy

Happy Traum
Fingerpicking guitar technique combines rhythmic basses with syncopated treble notes to create a wonderfully complex sound. Through his many years of teaching experience, Happy Traum has devised a course that will allow you to start fingerpicking folk, blues and country songs almost immediately by using pre-set "picking patterns" that you can learn by rote. This foolproof method in the use ... Read More

Fingerstyle Artistry of Laurence Juber - Two-Video Set

Laurence Juber
Buy the Complete Set and Save! These challenging sessions will propel your solo acoustic playing to new heights. In a methodic breakdown of some of his most popular pieces, Laurence Juber reveals the percussive techniques and chord voicings he uses to create Baroque-inflected textures, atmosphere and color. And, while building your repertoire, Laurence loads you up with exercises to improve ... Read More
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