From His Acclaimed CD "Just For the Love of It"
These songs and instrumentals will challenge, delight and inspire learning guitarists looking for new techniques and fresh repertoire. Happy teaches two traditional blues; a timeless cowboy song; an instrumental version of a great country/pop classic and more. Each song demonstrates important styles and techniques that will add depth and finesse to your playing.
• Careless Love Blues and In the Evening When the Sun Goes Down are steady-thumb blues in the Brownie McGhee, Big Bill Broonzy tradition, and are jam-packed with great licks, runs and solos.
• Woody Guthrie’s I Ain't Got No Home is a kind of “Woody-meets-Merle Travis” arrangement, based on playing an alternating bass against country-style treble picking.
• Things Are Coming My Way adds some cool single-string bass/melody, using thumb and index finger like a flatpick, along with alternating bass fingerpicking.
• Spanish is the Loving Tongue and Tennessee Waltz employ a more “classical” approach to guitar arranging using thumb and three fingers to create beautiful melodies and harmonies against rich bass lines.
This lesson will keep you busy for a long time and is sure to build your guitar skills to another level.