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 and ... Read More

St. James Infirmary Blues

Adam Traum

A Homespun Single Song 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 It was originally made famous by Louis Armstrong but has since been performed by countless other blues, jazz, folk and rock artists.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 ... Read More

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 in jam sessions ... Read More

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 starts by stating ... Read More

"The Parting Glass" - An Irish Guitar Instrumental

Al Petteway

A 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

Things Are Looking Up

Pete Huttlinger

A 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

"Truckin'" by the Grateful Dead

Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

A 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

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 clear teaching and ... Read More

Will The Circle Be Unbroken: Maybelle Carter Style

Happy Traum
Just about everyone knows this great old country/gospel song. It’s sung and played at least once at every jam session and campfire singalong, not to mention being the perfect ending to an evening concert. A. P. Carter picked it up from an old hymn, written in 1907, and he, Sara and Maybelle inspired its unending popularity when the Carter Family ... Read More

Will The Circle Be Unbroken: Travis Style

Happy Traum

Lesson 2

In his previous lesson, Happy taught this song in the thumb-lead style, playing the melody in the bass with rhythm back-up learned from the playing of Mother Maybelle Carter. In this session, you’ll learn how to play Will the Circle Be Unbroken using the alternating-thumb fingerpicking style made famous by Merle Travis and many other country, blues and folk guitarists ... Read More

Will The Circle Be Unbroken: Two-Lesson Set

Happy Traum

Maybelle Carter Style and Travis Style

Just about everyone knows this great old country/gospel song. It’s sung and played at least once at every jam session and campfire singalong, not to mention being the perfect ending to an evening concert. A. P. Carter picked it up from an old hymn, written in 1907, and he, Sara and Maybelle inspired its unending popularity when the Carter ... Read More
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