Happy Traum Teaches Songs of Woody Guthrie

Happy Traum

Six Arrangements for Acoustic Guitar

90-minute video; tab booklet on pdf file
  • Code:DLHAPWG21
  • Skill Level:Early Intermediate (3)

Songwriter, poet, artist, and political rebel - Woody Guthrie remains one of the most beloved figures in the folk music revival. He continues to have a huge influence on just about every folk and traditional musician playing today, among them Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Jerry Garcia and, of course, Woody's son, Arlo. Many of his songs have become standards, and the social commentary in his lyrics is as relevant today as when he penned them decades ago.

Happy Traum explores six of Woody’s classic songs, showing novice and intermediate players how to enhance them with a variety of guitar techniques. Even the simplest of melodies can be made exciting with the use of open and dropped D tunings, slides, hammer-ons, chord substitutions, Travis-style fingerpicking, bass runs and other ideas that will add power and substance to your performance of these and every other song you play.

In this hour-and-a-half lesson, you’ll learn to play six of Woody’s most iconic, and most powerful, songs:  Pastures of Plenty, I Ain’t Got No Home, Plane Wreck at Los Gatos (Deportee), Jackhammer John, Ramblin’ Round Your City, and Going Down the Road Feeling Bad.

Each song is taught with specific techniques designed to enhance your guitar skills. Whether you are an early-intermediate player or are farther along on your musical journey, adding these six great Woody Guthrie songs to your repertoire will bring your playing to a whole new level.


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