Basic Theory That Every Guitar Player Should Know -Video 2

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Practical Tools for Everyday Playing

Happy Traum continues his hands-on exploration of basic music theory, providing essential knowledge that every guitarist needs to become a more skillful, fully-rounded player. This lesson is packed with invaluable information. You'll learn moveable three- and four-string chord shapes that can be played anywhere, in any key, up and down the fretboard, along with the basic chord progressions that ... Read More

Big Bill Broonzy's "Glory of Love"

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A Single Song Lesson - includes tab

Big Bill Broonzy was a master musician whose styles ran the gamut from country blues to ragtime, from popular songs to his own originals. This powerful fingerstyle guitarist and vocalist was a major influence on the early folk and blues revival, and his impact is still being felt today. Big Bill transformed “Glory of Love,” a widely-known 1930s-era pop standard, into ... Read More

*Bright Morning Stars

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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

*Buckets of Songs - CD

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Back in the mid-seventies Stefan Grossman invited me to record two albums for his Kicking Mule label, well known throughout the world for its acoustic guitar-oriented releases. I was very proud to be included in their roster of excellent musicians. The resulting LPs, "Relax Your Mind" and "American Stranger" received excellent reviews and good sales, but they went out of ... Read More

Conquer the Challenge of the Steady Thumb!

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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

Danny Boy - A Free Mini-Lesson

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Play an Irish Classic

"Danny Boy" is one of those rare songs that transcends the tradition/pop genres, with its sentimentality and anthem-like qualities. It's probably Ireland's most famous song. The words were written early in the 20th Century and were set to a much older tune, "The Londonderry Air" (or as the Clancy Brothers used to call it, "The London Derriere ... Read More

Easy Bluegrass and Country Guitar

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Guaranteed the quickest and easiest way to get into playing the real country guitar! Happy Traum will get you started in this popular American guitar style and get you ready to move on to more advanced studies. You'll learn to handle a flatpick, play a basic scale, then master these techniques: accompanying songs in straight and waltz time; picking ... Read More

Easy Fingerpicking Favorites

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Learn to play five easy songs that should be in every fingerpicker's repertoire: "Railroad Bill," "My Creole Belle," "Cocaine Blues," "Freight Train," "Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor." Happy plays each tune in its simplest form, then moves the appropriate notes off the beat (while the bass maintains its steady, on-the-beat rhythm) so you can clearly understand where ... Read More

Easy Guide to Tuning Your Guitar

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Secrets to Staying and Playing Perfectly in Tune

There is nothing more important to making good music than having your instrument play (and stay) perfectly in tune. An out-of-tune guitar can be a painful experience for you and your listeners alike, and tuning it up can be a frustrating and time-consuming process for new players. We feel that tuning should be learned right along with fretting, chording and ... Read More

Easy Steps to Acoustic Blues Guitar - Lesson 1

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Lesson One: Starting From Scratch

So you want to play the blues? Well, veteran guitarist, instructor and Homespun founder Happy Traum offers the very best way for you to get started! This basic course in fingerstyle blues guitar breaks it all down into easily digested topics for novice players. You'll start by learning the basic blues forms and getting them securely under your belt ... Read More

Easy Steps to Acoustic Blues Guitar - Lesson 2

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Lesson Two: Essentials of Fingerstyle Blues

Now that you've completed Lesson One 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 Acoustic Blues Guitar Set

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Two Video Set

These two lessons are the perfect choice for you if you're an early-intermediate guitarist who wants to begin playing blues on your acoustic guitar. All you need to get started are the basic chords and Happy Traum will get you into the world of traditional blues guitar in no time. Before long, you'll be playing songs complete with ... Read More
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