Southern Banjo Styles - Volume 3

Mike Seeger
The banjo inspired a great variety of playing styles in the South during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In this three-volume in-depth instructional series, Mike Seeger presents an overview of this great American tradition, helping you develop a full range of traditional techniques and repertoire. Mike has acquired his knowledge of these styles directly from traditional players and their recordings ... Read More

Southern Old-Time Fiddle Tour

Bruce Molsky
Bruce Molsky takes you on a grand tour of traditional fiddling, region by region! He teaches six tunes, each from a geographical area of the southern U.S. that's known for great old time playing --  West Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, Tennessee and Mississippi. You'll learn the licks, bowing patterns and special tunings that give this music its haunting sounds ... Read More

The Banjo According To John Hartford - DVD 2

John Hartford

Licks, Ideas and Music - Lesson Two

On this second part of his unique banjo lesson series, John Hartford once again imparts numerous ideas and a myriad of techniques for the learning player. He explains chromatic scales and teaches his famous "slide whistle" lick, which allows you to play ear-catching runs that will enhance any tune. You'll also learn to add color and excitement to your ... Read More

The Banjo According To John Hartford - Two-Video Set

John Hartford

Licks, Ideas and Music

These two highly-packed lessons provide a rare opportunity to get John Hartford's personal take on how he plays the five-string banjo. A thoughtful and knowledgable musician, John has a treasure-trove of ideas and techniques that he enthusiastically shares with learning players. Review: "Hartford was a beacon of musical integrity and a whimsical spirit whose childlike enthusiasm for music and ... Read More

The Banjo According To John Hartford - video 1

John Hartford

Licks, Ideas and Music- Lesson One

This is the first of two highly-packed lessons that provide a rare opportunity to spend time with the late John Hartford and get his personal take on how he plays the five-string banjo. A thoughtful and knowledgable musician, John had many unusual theories and a treasure-trove of ideas and techniques that he enthusiastically shares with learning players. With Chris Sharp ... Read More

The Mandolin of Norman Blake

Norman Blake

Traditional and Original Tunes and Techniques

Before there was bluegrass there were fiddle tunes, mostly brought to these shores from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Norman and Nancy Blake teach beautiful, little-known old-time and original instrumentals in the Celtic and Southern mountain tradition. All of the tunes presented here will be easy to learn by intermediate-level mandolinists. Norman and Nancy Blake have chosen hauntingly beautiful mandolin ... Read More

The Songs and Guitar of Ramblin' Jack Elliott

Ramblin' Jack Elliott
This lesson captures a fascinating musical exchange between two icons of American folk music as they reminisce, sing songs, and talk about the various influences on Jack's singular guitar style. Jack and Arlo discuss Jack's formative days and the first songs he learned when he ran away from home to join a rodeo. Then they proceed through many ... Read More

Traditional Mountain Dulcimer

Jean Ritchie
Jean Ritchie is one of the true legendary figures in American traditional music. She has practically defined the mountain dulcimer for players of the folk revival for the past six decades.  Anyone, regardless of musical experience, will be able to play the songs and tunes that Jean teaches. You will learn the basics of music, including tunings, modes, strums ... Read More

Vocal Techniques for Old-Time Mountain Music

Cary Fridley
Cary Fridley, the popular singer in the old-time string band The Freight Hoppers, has done extensive research into old-time vocal styles, and has studied the singing of Sara and Maybelle Carter, Hazel Dickens, Alice Gerrard, Dellie Norton, Dolly Greer and other singers of Appalachian Mountain ballads. She has put together a lesson that covers basics of vocal production: proper breathing ... Read More

Walt Michael's Hammer Dulcimer

Walt Michael

Tunes and Techniques

One of America's most innovative hammer dulcimer players teaches a wide variety of wonderful tunes, breaking them down and describing the techniques necessary to play them smoothly and proficiently. Includes reels, breakdowns, Southern old-time music, medleys and contemporary favorites. Songs: Bermudaful, Snowblind, McKim's Reel, The Breakdown, Devil's Dream, The Black Nag, Hawks And Eagles, Gray Cat On ... Read More
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