A Beginner's Guide to Chord Positions

Happy Traum

Simple, Creative Ways to Move Up the Neck

This two-hour course was made specifically for those guitar students who have never ventured into the unknown territory above the third fret. Although it may seem mysterious at first, it's actually easy to find your way into the upper reaches of the fingerboard. The knowledge you'll gain will give you a deeper understanding of the guitar and will ... Read More

Appalachian Mandolin

Butch Baldassari, David Schnaufer
This pdf file of music and mandolin tablature features fourteen traditional Appalachian songs and dances as played and arranged by the late Butch Baldassari and the late dulcimer master, David Schnaufer. Learning to play these lively and beautiful pieces will build your mandolin (or fiddle) repertoire, enhance your overall instrumental skills, and provide hours of fun. Accompanying the pdf is ... Read More

Branching Out On Bluegrass Banjo - Video 2

Pete Wernick

Lesson Two - Putting it All into Practice

This 90-minute continuation of Pete (Dr. Banjo) Wernick's "road map to the banjo" will bring your playing to a whole new level as you learn to use his techniques in your favorite songs and instrumentals. You'll learn the "big tree of licks" and all its branches plus chord progressions (how to create 6th, 7th, maj. 7th, 9th, minor ... Read More

Eight Great Tunes and Variations for Flatpick Guitar

Dan Crary
Here's a great way to improve your guitar skills, build your repertoire, and develop an ability to expand basic tunes into complete instrumental arrangements. Dan Crary teaches eight of his most requested show-stoppers, demonstrating them up to speed and then slowing them down to explain the finer points of flatpicking.Dan includes well-known Irish and American fiddle tunes as ... Read More

Fiddle For Kids - DVD 2

Luke Bulla, Jenny Anne Bulla
Starting out with a quick review, Luke and Jenny Anne then get their young student into some real fiddle playing!  Focusing on building repertoire, they teach three well-known fiddle tunes, breaking them down into small sections that are easy to grasp. With some practice, the young fiddler will soon perform Old Joe Clark, Tennessee Waltz and Devil's Dream for ... Read More

Gospel Guitar

Happy Traum

Ten Easy Songs of Spirit and Faith

Here are ten carefully chosen traditional spirituals, hymns and bluegrass gospel songs that any beginner or early-intermediate player will enjoy learning. These beautiful songs have been specifically arranged to help you expand your repertoire of folk/gospel material while developing knowledge, technique and skill on your guitar. The songs have been designed so that you'll gain experience with basic ... 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

Great Guitar Lessons - Techniques and Arrangements of Master Singer Songwriters

John Sebastian, Patty Larkin, Paul Brady, Chris Smither, Livingston Taylor, David Wilcox, Geoff Muldaur
For many of our most accomplished singer/songwriters, guitars are tools for composing, arranging and performing their songs. Whether you write your own material or play and sing songs that others have written, you'll want to understand how the pros create their unique and compelling guitar accompaniments. On this DVD compilation, eight gifted artists share the secrets of their ... Read More

How to Play the Autoharp

Mike Seeger
The autoharp is one of our most beautiful - and easiest - instruments of the folk tradition. The late Mike Seeger became a master of the instrument after studying the techniques of Maybelle Carter, Kilby Snow and others, taking it far beyond its simple roots. Here, he starts out with simple strums and chords, then introduces picking patterns, more complex chord changes ... 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

Old-Time Country Mandolin

Mike Seeger
Starts off with the basics--how to hold the pick and the proper way to fret the notes--Mike then gets into rhythm patterns for accompaniments. You'll advance into melody playing, tremolo technique, sliding double-stops (fiddle tune style) and will soon by playing tunes, breakdowns and rags, including: Red River Valley, All The Good Times Are Past And Gone, Boil Them ... Read More

Old Time Music Party

Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer, Bruce Molsky
Here's an exciting way to increase your repertoire of old time tunes and gain confidence when you join in the sessions at parties, festivals, camps and other musical events. Bruce, Cathy, Marcy and Joe play these thirteen instrumentals up to speed for those ready to jam and at half speed for the sake of beginning/intermediate pickers who want ... Read More
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