Keep Your Hand On The Plow

Happy Traum

Easy Fingerpicking For Starting Players

Keep Your Hand On The Plow is a famous old spiritual and civil rights anthem that's great for learning basic fingerpicking. Happy's user-friendly lesson will help beginning pickers keep their steady-thumb, alternating bass technique going while picking out the easily accessible melody notes on the treble strings. Since the song only has two chords (A minor and E7 ... Read More
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"Little Sadie" in DADGAD Tuning

Al Petteway

A Homespun Instant Access Download

"Little Sadie" is one of the most widely played songs in the American folk and Southern Appalachian traditions. Originally made popular by North Carolina banjo player Clarence Ashley, the flatpicked versions by Doc Watson and Tony Rice have become iconic among guitar pickers. Hundreds of other players, from Jerry Garcia to Bob Dylan, have added their licks and styles to ... Read More
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Lord Jamie Douglas (Waly Waly)

Martin Simpson

Alternate Tuning with Slide For a Scots Slow Air

Martin Simpson is revered for his fingerstyle playing and for his creative use of open and alternate tunings on the guitar. His haunting arrangement of this beautiful 16th Century Scottish air is played in his favorite tuning: CGDGCD (“Gsus4 over4”) with the added cross-cultural flourish of the use of the bottleneck slide.  Martin touches on essential slide technique, showing how ... Read More
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Make Me a Pallet #1

Happy Traum

A Download-Only Single Song Lesson

Make Me a Pallet On Your Floor can be traced back to the 19th Century, but it has been a standard of the folk and blues revival for over 50 years. It has been recorded by numerous artists through the years, including Mississippi John Hurt’s famous version (called Ain’t No Tellin’) from 1927, as well as renditions by ... Read More
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Make Me a Pallet #2

Happy Traum

Lesson Two - 20 minutes, includes tab

In his second, slightly more advanced lesson, Happy expands the fretboard by moving up the neck and playing some great riffs based around the F shape. He shows some double-stops, bass runs, a diminished chord and some great single-string licks to build movement into this fingerpicking standard. He caps off the lesson with a 6-2-5-1 turnaround that you can add ... Read More
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Make Me a Pallet, Two-Lesson Set

Happy Traum

43 minutes, includes tab

Make Me a Pallet On Your Floor can be traced back to the 19th Century, but it has been a standard of the folk and blues revival for over 50 years. It has been recorded by numerous artists through the years, including Mississippi John Hurt’s famous version (called Ain’t No Tellin’) from 1927, as well as renditions by ... Read More
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Minor Swing: An Easy Introduction to Gypsy Jazz

Lisa Liu
In her first lesson for Homespun, virtuoso guitarist Lisa Liu methodically breaks down the perennial Django Reinhardt favorite, Minor Swing, unlocking the secret to the haunting gypsy jazz sound for players who are new to the genre.  Utilizing one invaluable, 3-string moveable chord shape, Lisa demonstrates the simple chord progression, discussing how to get the correct percussive sound from your ... Read More
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"Miss Delta" - A Slow Blues Instrumental in E

Mary Flower

A Download-Only Single Song Lesson

Learn this sweet, slow fingerstyle blues instrumental in E by the terrific Mary Flower. “Miss Delta” includes plenty to chew on for both basic and experienced guitarists: Descending chord walk-downs, moving basses, interesting chord progressions and rhythmic variations, and some "New Orleans-sounding" licks. This piece packs a lot in!  We're sure you'll get a lot out of it ... Read More
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"Moonshiner" - Single Song Download

Adam Traum

A Classic Folksong

“The Moonshiner” is a favorite traditional song that has been recorded by the Clancy Brothers, Tex Ritter, Bob Dylan, the Punch Brothers, Uncle Tupelo and innumerable other artists and groups through the years. Adam Traum has made an enjoyable and very accessible arrangement of this folk standard that can be played (and sung) by acoustic guitarists as a solo piece ... Read More
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"Ripple" - A Grateful Dead Classic

Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

A Single-Song Download-only Lesson

Here's one of the Grateful Dead's most beloved songs, arranged with great accuracy by an acknowledged expert on their music. It should be easy enough for even novice players to master, while more experienced guitarists will find lots in this simple song to embellish on. Playing with a flatpick, Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers takes it slow and easy with ... Read More
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Shenandoah - A Single Song Download

Happy Traum

An Easy Fingerstyle Exploration of an American Classic

"Shenandoah" is among the best-loved traditional songs in the American repertoire. It has been sung and recorded by countless artists in styles from folk to bluegrass to classical. This lovely arrangement for solo guitar will delight novice and intermediate fingerstyle players who are looking to build fingerboard technique while developing a methodolgy for creating instrumental pieces using the compelling sounds ... Read More
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Sitting On Top of the World

Toby Walker

A Country Blues Tune in Dropped D

“Sitting On Top of the World” has been played and sung many ways through the years, from its earliest string band rendition by the Mississippi Sheiks to versions by artists as diverse as Doc Watson, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Chet Atkins and innumerable others. There’s even a version by the heavy rock band Cream! This one, played ... Read More
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