St. James Infirmary Blues

Adam Traum

A Download-Only Homespun Single Lesson

The “Saint James Infirmary Blues,” also known as the “Gambler’s Blues,” is an eight-bar, minor blues New Orleans classic. It was originally made famous by Louis Armstrong but has since been performed by countless other blues, jazz, folk and rock artists. In this Homespun single-song lesson, guitarist Adam Traum discovers some suprising ways to make this great song come ... Read More
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Tennessee Waltz: A Guitar Instrumental in Dropped D

Happy Traum

A Download-Only Homespun Single Song Lesson

Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King’s “Tennessee Waltz” has been among the world's most popular country/pop songs since it’s million-selling recording by Patti Page in 1950. Since then, it has been recorded hundreds of times, has been named one of Tennessee’s official state songs, and is a ubiquitous number sung and played around campfires and ... Read More
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The Cherry Tree Carol

Al Petteway
Here’s a beautiful and compelling tune that’s fairly easy to play. It’s perfect for the Christmas season but will have its place in your repertoire at any time of year. Al Petteway has arranged it for fingerstyle guitar in DADGAD tuning. Its open and parallel strings, with ringing overtones, give the piece a lovely reverb-like resonance. Al ... Read More
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"The Parting Glass" - An Irish Guitar Instrumental

Al Petteway

A Download-Only Single Song Lesson

This classic Irish song is perfect for the holidays - or any time of the year. Al Petteway's gorgeous and compelling version, in DADGAD tuning, is played as a guitar instrumental, but you can easily find the lyrics on line if you want to sing it. It has been recorded and performed by countless artists through the years and is ... Read More
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Things Are Looking Up

Pete Huttlinger

A Download-Only Single Song Lesson

Many of you know that the great fingerstyle guitarist, Pete Huttlinger, has had to overcome some very serious health issues in the past couple of years. This optimistically-titled guitar composition reflects Pete's up-beat nature and confirms his outlook that things are definitely getting better for him. Written and played in dropped D tuning, Pete's extended, multi-part instrumental will ... Read More
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Truckin' by the Grateful Dead

Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

A Download-Only Single Song Lesson

Learn to play the Grateful Dead's iconic song Truckin' for solo acoustic guitar and vocal. Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers is steeped in the music and lore of the Dead, and he distill's the band's version into something you can play on your own. The song features a great groove, repeating bass riff and powerhouse chord changes. This is ... Read More
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Twas On A Night Like This

Happy Traum

Italian Christmas Carol

This beautiful Christmas song was adapted from a traditional Italian carol by Pete Seeger back in the 1950s. Happy made this compelling dropped D fingerstyle arrangement, incorporating guitar picking patterns, bass runs and harmonized melody lines. It's a wonderful song for the holidays, but it also teaches you arranging techniques that can be used in lots of other songs ... Read More
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We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Happy Traum

A Free Download for the Holidays

Happy Traum and Homespun are delighted to offer this free lesson as our thanks to all our intrepid guitar students. You'll have fun as you explore, along with him, some simple but powerful ideas on playing this holiday classic. Happy delves into fingerpicking, bass runs and melody ideas that are easily attainable for most learning players. With his distinctively ... Read More
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