A Lesson with Odetta

Odetta, Hosted by Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell

Exploring Life, Music and Song

“The first thing that turned me on to folk singing was Odetta. I heard a record of hers in a record store....[That album was] just something vital and personal. I learned all the songs on that record." - Bob Dylan   The great singer, actress and human rights activist, Odetta, was one of the most beloved and influential figures in ... Read More

An Easy Guide to Open D

Happy Traum

The Must-Know Tuning for Fingerpickers and Blues Guitarists

Tuning to an open chord is a satisfying and fun way to play, giving you rich, resonant sounds with relatively little effort. Just follow the tuning instructions by Happy Traum, then strum the open strings for a ringing D chord; G, A and other major chords can be made with simple one-finger barres. It’s all explained in such a way ... Read More

Art of Acoustic Blues Guitar - Do That Guitar Rag

Woody Mann
In "Do That Guitar Rag," Woody Mann teaches the sounds and techniques of the classic ragtime blues guitar style. Inspired by the early masters such as Blind Blake, Big Bill Broonzy, Rev. Gary Davis, and Blind Boy Fuller, Woody has written original tunes that break down the complexities of the music into clear and playable instrumentals. Working in standard tuning ... Read More

Beefsteak When I'm Hungry - Single Song Download

Toby Walker

Blues in E by James "Son" Thomas

As his many fans and students have learned, Toby Walker has a solid command of all aspects of blues fingerpicking - and he knows how to teach it, too. In this lesson he explores a song that he learned personally from the Mississippi Delta blues guitarist and singer James "Son" Thomas.  "Beefsteak When I'm Hungry" is a funky blues ... Read More

Blues and Roots Guitar 3-DVD Value Pack

Steve James, Hans Theessink, Geoff Muldaur

Learn From Three Masters of Blues/Roots Guitar!

This package introduces you to the artistry and fabulous instruction of three of our greatest roots/blues guitar players at a fantastic price. The songs, guitar techniques and deep knowledge that each of these musicians impart will open new doors in your playing, musicianship and overall knowledge of our musical traditions. Steve James is known for his mastery of old-time ... Read More

Blues By The Book - DVD 1

Roy Book Binder

Fingerpicking Blues: Lesson One

If you're ready to develop your own distinctive blues style, Roy Book Binder has assembled a complete vocabulary of licks and techniques to help you do it. Roy humbly calls this thorough breakdown of the elements of his own fingerstyle blues style "some tricks about playing the guitar," but don't let his laconic delivery fool you. By the ... Read More

Blues By The Book - DVD 2

Roy Book Binder

Fingerpicking Blues: Lesson Two

Roy Book Binder's back again! This time, his in-depth exploration of blues techniques concentrates on chords and positions needed to play in the essential key of A. With his trademark wit and good humor, Roy encourages you to take his "book of tricks" and incorporate them into your own playing to build repertoire and arrangements in traditional fingerpicking style ... Read More

Blues By The Book - Two-DVD Set

Roy Book Binder

Fingerpicking Blues

Roy Book Binder modestly asserts that he's just showing you "some tricks about playing the guitar" here. Well, Roy's humble, that's sure, but by the end of these two videos you will have mastered a complete vocabulary of licks and techniques and be ready to develop your own distinctive blues style, which is what "Book" had in ... Read More

Blues Fingerpicking Freedom - DVD One

Toby Walker

Liberate Yourself From the Tyranny of TAB and Become a More Creative Player

Guitarists: There’s life after TAB!  Break your dependence on the printed page and become a freer and more creative blues and fingerpicking guitarist. This DVD will help you truly put the "play" into your  playing! Toby Walker is a clear and compelling communicator with years of teaching experience. His lesson is perfect if you want to express yourself and start ... Read More

Blues Fingerpicking Freedom - DVD Two

Toby Walker

Liberate Yourself from the Tyranny of TAB and Become a More Creative Player

As his fans well know, Toby Walker is a guy who puts joy, excitement and passion into every blues note he plays. His enthusiasm is contagious on this follow-up to his first Homespun DVD, and it’s even more densely packed with fingerpicking techniques, musical ideas, great songs  - and just enough guitar theory to help you move freely around the fingerboard ... Read More

Blues Fingerpicking Freedom: Two-DVD Set

Toby Walker

Liberate Yourself From the Tyranny of TAB and Become a More Creative Player

Guitarists: GET BOTH DVDs and SAVE!  Break your dependence on the printed page and become a freer and more creative blues and fingerpicking guitarist. These two DVDs will help you truly put the "play" into your  playing! You'll get three-and-a-half hours of great instruction, plus invaluable playing tips, licks, turnarounds, advice, exercises, and classic songs. Toby Walker is a ... Read More

Blues Harmonica with John Sebastian

John Sebastian

Beginner - Intermediate Levels

Harmonica great John Sebastian teaches you to play great blues harp right from the beginning! He explains how to hold the instrument and make your first tones, then uses "cowboy music" to demonstrate "out" or "straight" harp style. Moving on to blues techniques, John shows you how to play your first blues scales using traditional "cross harp" technique. Before you ... Read More
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