Hymns, Spirituals and Sacred Songs - Lesson 1

Happy Traum

Fingerstyle Arrangements

Learn to play beautiful songs of faith taken from the folk, gospel and blues traditions and specifically arranged for beginning and intermediate guitarists. The pieces start at a very easy level but gradually advance in difficulty, so that by the end of the lesson even a relative novice will be able to play some fairly challenging material. Each song is ... Read More

Hymns, Spirituals and Sacred Songs - Lesson 2

Happy Traum

Fingerstyle Arrangements

This guitar lesson features some great songs taken from the gospel/blues tradition. The arrangements utilize steady-bass fingerpicking, blues licks, bass runs, turnarounds and complete solos within a repertoire of "sanctified"songs. Paul and Silas (All Night Long) is a spiritual in E with rich chord changes and a bluesy beat. 12 Gates to the City, played in A ... Read More

Hymns, Spirituals and Sacred Songs - Two-Video set

Happy Traum

Fingerstyle Arrangements

Learn to play beautiful songs of faith taken from the folk, gospel and blues traditions and specifically arranged for beginning and intermediate guitarists. The pieces start at a very easy level but gradually advance in difficulty, so that by the end of the lesson even a relative novice will be able to play some fairly challenging material. Lesson One starts ... Read More

"In the Evening When the Sun Goes Down" - A Blues Classic

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Single Song Lesson, includes music and tab

This classic blues song, originally played on piano and sung by the great Leroy Carr, has been recorded by everyone from Ray Charles to Nina Simone. There's even a wonderful version on banjo by Pete Seeger. It’s one of the most evocative and beautiful blues tunes ever written. Happy Traum’s version is based on both Big Bill Broonzy’s amazing late ... Read More

Italian Christmas Carol

Happy Traum

Twas On A Night Like This

This beautiful Christmas song was adapted from a traditional Italian carol by Pete Seeger back in the 1950s. Happy made this compelling dropped D fingerstyle arrangement, incorporating guitar picking patterns, bass runs and harmonized melody lines. It's a wonderful song for the holidays, but it also teaches you arranging techniques that can be used in lots of other songs ... Read More

I Walk the Road Again - CD

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Happy Traum, Acoustic Guitar and Vocals

"The songs on this collection are old favorites of mine that I've been playing and singing for the better part of my life. Each of these songs carries the stamp of a great folk song, telling a story or conveying and emotion that remains fresh for me even after all these years." - Happy Traum  Reviews "Legendary folkie Happy Traum ... Read More

*Just For the Love of It

Happy Traum, Vocals and Guitars

Happy Traum's CD Features David Amram, Marco Benevento, Larry Campbell, Justin Guip, Byron Isaacs, Jerry Marotta, Abby Newton, John Sebastian, Martin Simpson, Adam Traum, Teresa Williams

**** Four Stars: Rolling Stone Magazine! January, 2016 Here are 14 songs featuring the fingerpicking guitar work and strong vocals of Homespun's founder, a skilled guitarist, veteran performer and recording artist. Happy is backed up by musical luminaries from the Woodstock, NY area. What they're saying about this CD: "You’d best not miss Happy Traum’s Just For The Love Of It ... Read More

"Just For the Love of It" CD Download PLUS Instructional Video Package

Happy Traum

Listen and then learn to play the songs

Happy Traum Teaches Fingerstyle Arrangements for Six Blues, Country and Folk Songs From His Acclaimed CD "Just For the Love of It” Two-hour video download $24.95 Catalog DL-HAP-JF21 Level 3 These six 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 ... Read More

*Relax Your Mind

Happy Traum
I am very pleased to announce the reissue of my first solo album, recorded in 1975 for Kicking Mule Records. It originally came with a tab booklet, which is now included as a file right on the disk. Here's an excerpt from my original notes to the album, revised slightly to reflect the new edition: "The songs on this ... Read More

Shenandoah - A Single Song Download

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An Easy Fingerstyle Exploration of an American Classic

"Shenandoah" is among the best-loved traditional songs in the American repertoire. It has been sung and recorded by countless artists in styles from folk to bluegrass to classical. This lovely arrangement for solo guitar will delight novice and intermediate fingerstyle players who are looking to build fingerboard technique while developing a methodolgy for creating instrumental pieces using the compelling sounds of dropped ... Read More

Tennessee Waltz: A Guitar Instrumental in Dropped D

Happy Traum

A Download-Only Homespun Single Song Lesson

Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King’s “Tennessee Waltz” has been among the world's most popular country/pop songs since it’s million-selling recording by Patti Page in 1950. Since then, it has been recorded hundreds of times, has been named one of Tennessee’s official state songs, and is a ubiquitous number sung and played around campfires and in jam sessions ... Read More

The Blues Bag

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Eleven Classic Songs and Arrangements

Learn to play eleven tried and true favorites that are a must for every acoustic blues player's repertoire. If you have gone beyond the basics and want to add exciting new material to your set list, this two-DVD package is for you! Happy's clear, detailed instruction will move your guitar style forward by leaps and bounds, and will ... Read More
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