A Pianist's Guide to Free Improvisation

Marilyn Crispell

Keys to Unlocking Your Creativity

Sit down at the piano and play whatever comes into your head, making up your own music as you go along. That's free improvisation.This lesson is designed for players with some facility at the keyboard but with little knowledge of improvisational techniques. Famed pianist Marilyn Crispell shows the scales, intervals and basic chords that will get you started ... Read More

Bluegrass Guitar Fingerpicking Style

Eddie Adcock
Here's your chance to take guitar lessons from a bluegrass legend! Combining Travis-style fingerpicking with lightning-fast bluegrass runs, Eddie Adcock gets as exciting a guitar sound as you'll hear anywhere. You'll learn right-hand rolls, complex slides, pull-offs, hammer-ons, variations and alternating thumb/index finger combinations-techniques that will turn basic country tunes into musical adventures. You'll soon ... Read More

Bringin' Out the Bounce

Toby Walker

Techniques to Make Your Fingerpicking "POP"

The remarkable Toby Walker has made an outstanding lesson that is sure to appeal to all fingerpickers who love blues and traditional guitar playing. He helps bring your songs to life by adding the rhythmic bounce that will put "pop" into anything you want to play. Toby starts off with a basic version of Roll In My Sweet Baby's ... Read More

Chris Smither: Special Two-Video Set

Chris Smither
  Lesson One: The Guitar of Chris Smither, Arrangements in Contemporary Blues Style      Lesson Two: Chris Smither Teaches Six Outstanding Fingerpicking Arrangements Chris Smither has made these two terrific lessons for anyone interested in taking traditional blues guitar styles and incorporating them into a contemporary setting. His foot-tapping, high-groove guitar style and blues-inflected songs have kept him in the top ... Read More

Five-String Banjo For Beginners

Happy Traum
The emphasis of this easy, hands-on lesson is on traditional folk picking styles and song accompaniment, and almost anyone can do it. Newcomers to the five-string banjo will be playing and singing along with Happy Traum within minutes! Happy starts with the basics - how to hold and tune your banjo - then quickly moves on to teach basic chords along with ... Read More

Great Banjo Lessons

Sonny Osborne, Eddie Adcock, Bill Keith, Tony Trischka, Don Wayne Reno, Ralph Stanley, Pete Wernick

Bluegrass Style

Bluegrass banjo has all the drive, excitement, rhythmic complexity and melodic possibilities that you could want in an instrument. This collection of lessons, compiled from Homespun's vast library of music instruction, covers a variety of skills and tunes. The segments are graded to take you from elementary to advanced levels, and will open up myriad playing possibilities while allowing ... Read More

Guitar Chords and Progressions Package - Two-Video Set

Artie Traum, Pete Huttlinger

A Complete Guide to Chords and How To Use Them

Chords are the backbone of any guitarist's style, and it is imperative that you master them in all their forms. These two instructors each take a different approach to the subject, but together they will give you a solid grounding in your knowledge of chords and your ability to play them. Artie Traum has designed the perfect lesson for ... Read More

How to Buy a Vintage Guitar-A Primer for Collectors, Investors, Players and Enthusiasts

George Gruhn
In this unique buyer's guide, George Gruhn, one of the world's foremost authorities on vintage fretted instruments, teaches you every aspect of assessing a guitar's value. You will be able to select with confidence, whether your focus is new, used or vintage, for personal pleasure or investment value. You'll learn to see and instrument the way ... 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

Learning Tenor Banjo

Buddy Wachter
Buddy Wachter teaches essentials of pick technique: proper wrist and hand positions, the tremolo, accents and dynamics, developing speed and control, and ten basic strums. Learn movable chords and left-hand exercises for strength and coordination, plus chord theory and basic positions for major, minor, 7th, augmented and diminished chord formations. Invaluable knowledge to enable you to move on to playing ... Read More

Learn the Pedal Steel Guitar of Chuck Campbell

Chuck Campbell

Sacred Steel

The soulful, sanctified sound of sacred steel guitar combines powerful African-American gospel music with bluesy inflections, R&B passion and rock excitement. Chuck Campbell's innovative pedal steel playing epitomizes this amazing genre. His hard-driving licks and sweeping sustains have influenced innumerable musicians in all styles of music, and have helped bring these sounds to audiences worldwide. Whether you are just ... Read More

Learn To Play Clawhammer Banjo - Two-Video set

Bob Carlin
Grab your five-string banjo and get ready to frail! Bob Carlin builds technique from the ground up, covering all the chords, scales, tunings, right-hand essentials and other basics needed to get the real old-time sound. Read More
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