*Bright Morning Stars

Happy Traum
One of Happy Traum's best albums, recorded in 1979 with an astounding group of backup musicians and singers. With Pat Alger, Larry Campbell, Jan De Smet, Caroline Dutton, Amy Fradon, Arti Funaro, John Herald, Doug James, Richard Manuel, Maria Muldaur, Billy Mundi, Andy Robinson, Roly Salley, John Sebastian, Artie Traum, Merle Watson. Songs: Monday Morning Blues, The Bounty Hunter ... Read More

Classical Guitar - Arrangements of Four Beloved Folk Songs

Frederic Hand
Guitar virtuoso Frederic Hand teaches exquisite classical guitar arrangements of four widely known and much-beloved American folk songs: The Water is Wide, Wayfaring Stranger, Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair and We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder. He shows you how, by using lush chords, rich harmonies and inventive improvisational elements, you can make each one ... 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 - 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 - 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

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

Enrich Your Playing With Dropped D Tuning

Happy Traum

Easy Tunes in a Variety of Keys

Here's a perfect lesson on using dropped D tuning, a beautiful and versatile way to play songs and instrumentals on your guitar. Happy Traum shows you harmony-filled tunes in the keys of D, G and A while building your basic fingerstyle technique and increasing your musical skills. The famous old spiritual, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, in the “home” key ... 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 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 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
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