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All of us at Homespun were very saddened to learn of the sudden passing, in April, of the excellent keyboard player Tim Alexander. Tim played piano and accordion for the acclaimed Texas swing band Asleep at the Wheel for 12 years before leaving the road to continue as a session musician in the Dallas area. His excellent "The Real Honky Tonk Piano," as well as his work with Norteño master Flaco Jimenez on "Tex-Mex Accordion," made him a Homespun favorite. Tim was a warm, sincere and good-hearted person as well as a first-rate musician. He will be greatly missed ...
Happy Traum will be performing and conducting several fingerpicking and blues guitar workshops across the country. Each one will help you develop your technique, increase your repertoire of songs and advance on your instrument. These classes are open to any player who knows the basics and wants to move on to new things. Happy is always welcoming, non-judgmental and flexible, and his classes are a lot of fun, too.
Here are some places you can catch some lessons from him.
May 26 - 28: Folk College, Huntingdon, PA
July 10 - 14: Richard Thompson's Frets and Refrains, Big Indian, NY
On Saturday at the NAMM show in Anaheim, Collings Guitars unveiled the 2nd Pete Huttlinger Signature model. It's absolutely beautiful and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Pete Huttlinger Fund for Adult Congenital Cardiac Research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Here's the press release:
Famed guitarist Pete Huttlinger loved fly fishing almost as much as he loved playing guitar. Now, Collings Guitars has blended Pete’s two loves into one beautiful 2nd Limited Edition OM1 Cutaway, a replica of Huttlinger’s favorite guitar that he used for touring and numerous recordings. Huttlinger, who passed away ...
At their annual convention in Anaheim California, the National Association of Music Merchants gave Homespun its "Milestone Award" for our 50 years in the music business. Jane and I humbly accepted this honor at a special breakfast ceremony on Saturday, January 21.
If you are considering giving the gift of one or more Homespun lessons to an aspiring musician in your life, using our Instant Access catalog makes it fast and easy to send a download. Simply go to our shop and search for the lesson(s) you'd like to send, then click "Give As Gift" and follow the simple instructions. This will be a great way to send a present that will last long after the holiday decorations are taken down.
This new DVD features dozens of fretboard drills that double as phrases for blues, country, swing and boogie-woogie guitar tunes. Do the exercises, then apply the licks in real-life musical situations. This "encyclopedia of exercises disguised as licks” might be the coolest, most user-friendly DVD lesson you’ve ever worked with. Get It Now!