Basic Mandolin for Guitar Players

Adam Traum

A Jumpstart for Mandolin

Guitarist Adam Traum casually picked up the mandolin to bring to jam sessions, since there are usually more than enough guitars to go around. From that start he gained a love and respect for the mandolin’s widely expressive range, and he explores the instrument here from a guitar player’s perspective.  Although non-guitar pickers will also benefit from this ... Read More
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Blues in A (Several Ways)

Mary Flower

Basic Guitar Techniques For Playing Solo or With Others

On this enthralling, user-friendly lesson, the great fingerpicking blues artist Mary Flower gives early/intermediate guitarists the tools for developing easy but effective solos in the key of A. She teaches a variety of interchangeable parts, so you and another player can trade licks, or you can simply use them yourself in an improvised solo.  Even more experienced blues players ... Read More
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Country Swing Back-Up Guitar

Nick Forster
Add moving bass lines and jazz-based chords to fiddle tunes and country songs for authentic Western Swing style guitar accompaniment! Nick Forster provides the tools needed to move out of open positions and into the chord shapes and progressions that give this rhythm style its distinctive sound. You'll learn to create solid flatpicking accompaniments to songs and instrumentals--Sally ... Read More
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Doc's Guitar

Doc Watson

Fingerpicking and Flatpicking

Doc Watson, a true master of traditional guitar styles and one of the most beloved folk musicians of all time, teaches some of the most requested fingerpicking and flatpicking tunes in his vast repertoire. Split-screen images allow you to watch his picking and fretting hands at the same time. You'll see and hear Doc's guitar playing in slowed-down ... Read More
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Easy Fingerpicking Favorites

Happy Traum
Learn to play five easy songs that should be in every fingerpicker's repertoire: "Railroad Bill," "My Creole Belle," "Cocaine Blues," "Freight Train," "Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor." Happy plays each tune in its simplest form, then moves the appropriate notes off the beat (while the bass maintains its steady, on-the-beat rhythm) so you can clearly understand where ... Read More
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Essential Exercises for Fingerstyle Guitar

Pete Huttlinger
An accomplished fingerstyle guitarist needs to have full control of his or her picking hand along with a complete knowledge of the guitar fingerboard. Peter Huttlinger provides you with the advice, practice routines and exercises that will enable you to play with good tone, strict timing and confidence. Pete makes this important topic fun for guitarists at all levels. He ... Read More
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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
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Singing with the Banjo

Cathy Fink

Songs and Arrangements in Clawhammer Style

Here's a terrific lesson for banjo players who want to sing and accompany themselves in the clawhammer style. Starting with two easy songs, Worried Man Blues and This Little Light of Mine, Cathy shows how to find the right key for your voice, use the capo, play a simple accompaniment and pick out scales and melody notes from within ... Read More
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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 ... Read More
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Techniques For Soloing and Performing

Pat Flynn

Flatpick Style

Here's a DVD lesson that will provide hours of practicing fun, and keep your guitar fingers busy for months! Nashville session guitarist Pat Flynn opens up your creative doors, demonstrating his own method for creating solos and improvising across the entire guitar fingerboard. You'll learn how to work up the neck, finding the chord centers on which you ... Read More
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Tex-Mex Accordion

Flaco Jimenez, Tim Alexander
Flaco Jimenez and Tim Alexander show you how to play the main dance forms of this lively music from the border country in note-for-note detail on G-C-F three-row accordions. Even complete beginners will soon master these popular tunes: "La Napolera," "La Piedrera," "Atotonilco," "Viva Seguin," "La Tuna," "La Paloma" and "Flor Marchita." You'll learn the importance of grace notes ... Read More
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The Blues-Rock Piano of Johnnie Johnson

Johnnie Johnson

Sessions with a Keyboard Legend

Take a lesson with a true legend of American popular music! This DVD gives us a rare, up-close look into the style and technique of the man who co-wrote and played on all of Chuck Berry's biggest rock 'n' roll hits, including Back in the USA, Memphis, Tennessee, Sweet Little Sixteen, Roll Over Beethoven,  Rock & Roll Music, and Berry ... Read More
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