A Lesson With Steve Earle

Steve Earle

Guitars, Songs and Picking Techniques

Take a lesson with one of the most celebrated singer/songwriters of our time!  A master storyteller, Steve Earle crafts his powerful songs with basic chords and a two-finger picking style that is eloquent in its simplicity. His music combines folk, blues, alt-country and rock styles in a powerful, instantly recognizable genre all its own. This unique DVD gives us ... Read More
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Alternate Guitar Tunings Demystified

Martin Simpson

Retune to Create Ringing Harmonies and Elegant Arrangements

Martin Simpson has built a formidable career on impeccable musicianship and stunning guitar arrangements. His creative use of altered tunings brings brilliant harmonic colors, cascading notes and resonant voicings to every song he plays.  Knowing that you may be reluctant to retune and head into uncharted territory, Martin has made a lesson that takes the “fear factor” out of changing ... Read More
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Anyone Can Play Harmonica

Peter Madcat Ruth

An Easy Guide to Getting Started

Here's a lesson for people of any age who want to play the harmonica. This pocket-size instrument has been a favorite for generations, and there's no easier way to get started than this basic lesson. All you need is a 10-hole harmonica in the key of C (see our special offer below) and you'll be playing in ... Read More
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Arpeggio Power!

Paul Mehling

A Systematic Approach to Conquering the Guitar Fretboard

“Arpeggios are the DNA ofmusic.” - Paul Mehling Arpeggios (chords played as individual notes) are an indispensable component of music and can become an invaluable tool in your musical bag of tricks. Many melodies are built upon arpeggios, and their intervals and patterns are the key to understanding improvisation. In short, arpeggio knowledge can set you apart from other guitar players ... Read More
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Beginning Bluegrass Banjo

Pete Wernick
Through his books, videos, classes and workshops, Pete (Dr. Banjo) Wernick has probably gotten more people playing bluegrass banjo than just about anyone. His video, "Beginning Bluegrass Banjo, " has been one of Homespun's most popular titles since it was issued in 1986. Now we are re-releasing it in DVD format, making it easier than ever for new players to ... Read More
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Clawgrass Banjo

Mark Johnson

From Clawhammer to Bluegrass

"Mark's unique style doesn't really fit into a strict category. It's very bluegrass but has overtones of traditional folk, progressive acoustic, new-grass and old-timey all mixed into one. It's authentic. It's unique. It's Clawgrass". Mark Johnson has redefined banjo picking. His trademark technique, which he calls "Clawgrass," combines the percussive, foot-tapping rhythm of old-time ... Read More
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Conquer the Challenge of the Steady Thumb!

Happy Traum

The Ultimate Fingerpicking Starter Method

Syncopation is the heart and soul of guitar fingerpicking - the push and pull of the thumb maintaining a solid, foot-tapping rhythm while fingers are playing melody notes on the high strings. Keeping that beat going in the bass is one of the main stumbling blocks for many learning players. This “remedial” course will help you train your thumb to be ... Read More
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Fiddle for the Absolute Beginner

Jim Wood

Get Started the RIGHT Way!

In his 30-year teaching career, fiddle champ Jim Wood has produced positive results for hundreds of students. He knows just what you need to get started the right way: Proper posture and body alignment, correct hand positions, warm-up exercises and other vital fundamentals that will get you in shape for a lifetime of playing. There's a wealth of information ... Read More
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Get Started on Bluegrass and Country Guitar!

Steve Kaufman

A Complete Lesson for Beginners

Every guitarist has to begin somewhere, and Steve Kaufman, one of the world’s most experienced guitar instructors, gets you started the right way. No previous experience is necessary. All you need is this DVD plus an instrument, a flatpick, and the desire to play. Within minutes, Steve shows you how to tune up, hold the pick, press the strings ... Read More
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Happy Traum's Guitar Building Blocks - DVD 2

Happy Traum

Bass Runs and How to Use Them

Bass runs help provide a smooth and musically interesting transition as you change chords. They're especially useful in country, bluegrass and folk songs, often providing a harmony line to the sung melody. Learning to add bass runs to your chord progressions teaches you how to play the notes of the scale in several keys, and helps you develop good ... Read More
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Mike Marshall's Arpeggio Workout for Mandolin

Mike Marshall

An Interactive Play-Along Session For Tonality and Improvisation

Mandolin master Mike Marshall is an engaging instructor with a unique (and fun) teaching perspective. He provides a personal back-up band throughout this DVD so you can play along as you work out your licks, solos and improvisations. Along the way, he teaches music fundamentals, improves your fingerboard technique and helps you develop the tools to improvise on-the-spot solos. Arpeggios ... Read More
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Putting the Blues Into Bluegrass

Steve Kaufman

A Dozen Classic Flatpicking Solos

Since its earliest days, bluegrass songs have incorporated elements of the blues in their licks, melodies, chord progressions and especially their titles. Steve Kaufman, Homespun’s most prolific and popular flatpick guitar instructor, brings his masterful skills to an engaging and user-friendly collection of twelve “bluesy” bluegrass standards that will serve any intermediate-level picker well in a jam, practice session ... Read More
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