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 Brownie McGhee - Josh White Package

Josh White, Jr. Happy Traum
Learn to play in the stylesof two giants of acoustic blues guitar!The legendary Josh White's dazzling guitar technique, encompassing both raw Piedmont-style blues and sophisticated jazz-tinged folk arrangements, influenced a generation of players. He was a powerful performer who holds a reverential place in American culture, celebrated in 1998 with a commemorative US Postage Stamp. Josh White, Jr ... 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

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Happy Traum

A Free Download for the Holidays

Happy Traum and Homespun are delighted to offer this free lesson as our thanks to all our intrepid guitar students. You'll have fun as you explore, along with him, some simple but powerful ideas on playing this holiday classic. Happy delves into fingerpicking, bass runs and melody ideas that are easily attainable for most learning players. With his distinctively clear teaching and ... Read More

Will The Circle Be Unbroken: Maybelle Carter Style

Happy Traum
Just about everyone knows this great old country/gospel song. It’s sung and played at least once at every jam session and campfire singalong, not to mention being the perfect ending to an evening concert. A. P. Carter picked it up from an old hymn, written in 1907, and he, Sara and Maybelle inspired its unending popularity when the Carter Family ... Read More

Will The Circle Be Unbroken: Travis Style

Happy Traum

Lesson 2

In his previous lesson, Happy taught this song in the thumb-lead style, playing the melody in the bass with rhythm back-up learned from the playing of Mother Maybelle Carter. In this session, you’ll learn how to play Will the Circle Be Unbroken using the alternating-thumb fingerpicking style made famous by Merle Travis and many other country, blues and folk guitarists ... Read More

Will The Circle Be Unbroken: Two-Lesson Set

Happy Traum

Maybelle Carter Style and Travis Style

Just about everyone knows this great old country/gospel song. It’s sung and played at least once at every jam session and campfire singalong, not to mention being the perfect ending to an evening concert. A. P. Carter picked it up from an old hymn, written in 1907, and he, Sara and Maybelle inspired its unending popularity when the Carter ... Read More

You Can Play Guitar - 2-Video Set

Happy Traum

A Complete Course for the Beginner

You can make music on the guitar even if you have never strummed a note! Happy Traum makes it easy with his unique step-by-step method, honed by forty years of teaching experience. He provides you with the skills you need to play and sing literally hundreds of songs in a wide variety of styles. Each of the three lessons explores ... Read More
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