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31-Jan-2014 01:03 AM

Jimmy J

Jimmy J

Posts: 40

In Geoff Muldaur's lesson, he mentions that he plays with finger-picks at parties, and plays bottleneck on a high-action Gibson guitar.

I'd like to see and hear that.

Cheers, jj

I ukulele, daily.
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25-Jan-2014 05:54 AM

Michiel D'Haeze

Michiel D'Haeze

Posts: 7

Electric slide guitar by Ry Cooder?


Michiel D'Haeze
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19-Oct-2013 05:54 AM

JPL

JPL

Posts: 3


Old-time banjo-uke by Linda Higginbotham.

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27-Sep-2013 01:22 AM

Happy

Happy

Posts: 206

There are some terrific suggestions here. More than we can do in a lifetime but good guidance for future lessons. Thanks to everyone who posted. Keep 'em coming! We'll do what we can.


Musically yours,
Happy Traum
Homespun
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26-Sep-2013 01:00 PM

bigwave

bigwave

Posts: 2


Make that another request for jazz/swing mandolin with Don Stiernberg!

thanks, David

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15-Sep-2013 09:32 AM

JPL

JPL

Posts: 3


How about a little Don Stiernberg swing mandolin lesson?

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13-Sep-2013 02:24 PM

rootsfiddler

rootsfiddler

Posts: 1

Please add Tracy Schwarz (who already has recorded instructional albums) as an instructor.  Please also add swing fiddle (jazz and western) as an instructional style.  Thanks.
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11-Sep-2013 08:41 PM

JPL

JPL

Posts: 3

I'd like to see a tenor guitar video, preferably focused on Texas fiddle backup, since that seems to be the most developed style (yet there's a dearth of instructional materials).  Get Jerry Thomasson to teach, with that grandson of his on the mandolin.

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08-Sep-2013 07:32 AM

Michiel D'Haeze

Michiel D'Haeze

Posts: 7

Hi Mickey,


I would love to hear your mp3!  Maybe you can upload it to soundcloud or youtube and post it here?


Michiel D'Haeze
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05-Sep-2013 03:28 AM

Mickey

Mickey

Posts: 1

I've got a great mp3 of John D. Holeman improvising and having a great time on "Talk to Your Daughter" at a blues picnic hosted by John Jackson at his farm. Does this forum allow uploading of mp3's?
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08-Aug-2013 09:00 AM

jimrichter

jimrichter

Posts: 1

I concur with those other insightful and worldly individuals that suggest that Jim Richter fellow for either rock or blues mandolin. To contrast Mike Marshall's finger busting exercises, he could demonstrate his busted fingers exercises :)

Jim Richter
mandolinist & doctoral student
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07-Aug-2013 09:09 PM

SteveK

SteveK

Posts: 2

Hello Happy,

I'd like to put in a request for a lesson by David Doucet, either Cajun backup guitar or solo guitar. I love his solo guitar album "1957" on Rounder Records. Of course his work with his brother is great, too!

Steve
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24-Jul-2013 01:04 AM

Happy

Happy

Posts: 206

Andrew, I'm so glad you've been enjoying Livingston's lesson. I think it's one of Homespun's gems and it's often overlooked. Thanks for the positive feedback.

Musically yours,
Happy Traum
Homespun
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24-Jul-2013 12:03 AM

Oldwailer

Oldwailer

Posts: 27

I really meant to say 'Acoustic guitar' in standard tuning with a bottleneck--there is quite a bit of information about playing electric that way--but it doesn't always transfer over very well--with all the fret 22 stuff and the long sustains. . .
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23-Jul-2013 11:50 PM

Oldwailer

Oldwailer

Posts: 27

Another wish list thing--a DVD on how to play blues bottleneck guitar--in standard tuning.  I've been figuring out some stuff like this lately, with some help from a book by Warren Haynes--but it's hard to find good material and tab to learn this style.  Muddy Waters played slide in standard, as well as many other greats.

I'm just getting started with the style--but I see a whole new thing opening up to me--not changing tunings and then retuning all night long--not carrying two or three guitars into a gig--just a guitar and a slide and play--I think it really is possible--but it sure would be great to have some tutoring from a really good player--I'm just too slow at figuring it out. . .

 

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23-Jul-2013 08:10 AM

Andrew

Andrew

Posts: 6


I just bought a copy of Livingston Taylor's excellent guitar lesson. I'll be honest I bought it because  I've been learning a lot of James Taylor material recently and thought this would complement it, I didn't really know of Livingston but thought that he might be able to teach me more about the Taylor style. I was not disappointed, but it also offers so much more! It's a fantastic lesson, firstly Livingston and James are quite alike in their music, but as well as that Livingston is a fantastic player, singer, songwriter and teacher in his own right - and his personality is infectious throughout the DVD - you can't help but feel the deep love of music he has and shares from the simplest to the more advanced pieces. All in all I'm really glad I bought the DVD and am already learning a lot from it.

So, following this I'll be going through Liv's back catalogue to try to get some of his CDs. I wondered if he would ever consider doing another lesson - perhaps on songwriting? Going from the initial concept of a song (a couple of lines / a melody (or even trying to come up with one!) to developing it into a full song? It's certainly something I struggle with and would be keen to develop, and I can't think of a better teacher.

 

Thanks again,

Andrew

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11-Jul-2013 05:53 AM

Michiel D'Haeze

Michiel D'Haeze

Posts: 7

Hi,

I have a request for a banjo lesson from Greg Liszt. He plays banjo for Crooked Still and The Deadly Gentlemen, where he also sings.  I don't really know if he's a big name in bluegrass music but I really love his unique style. I see it is described as a four-finger style. He moves away from the tradional scruggs style of playing and it sounds very fresh and innovative.


Michiel D'Haeze
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24-Jun-2013 04:01 PM

DOrion

DOrion

Posts: 1


I would like to see another Muriel Anderson lesson.There are a few of her arrangements I would love to see her teach including, "Vincent", Superstition", " Why Worry/Imagine", "Sakura", Sheebag & Sheemore" and "Nola" (She plays it on the DVD's close but does not teach it nor tab it).

Would also like to one more Peter Huttlinger John Denver DVD and to see him teach "Autograph" "Annie's Other Song", "Whispering Jesse", 
"Different Directions", "Windsong", "A Baby Just Like You",  "Junk"
"Starwood in Aspen".


DOrion
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23-Apr-2013 10:43 AM

Oldwailer

Oldwailer

Posts: 27

Sorry, Michael--The videos I have are still in my computer, but I have no permission to put them online--and I had to promise that I wouldn't when I made them--these videos were shot at a four-day seminar on Piedmont blues at Fort Worden, Washington--an event sponsored by the Centrum Foundation. 

 There will be another similar intensive in October, I think--featuring Mike Dowling (a big favorite of mine) and John Miller.  Details at  http://centrum.org/essentially-blues-acoustic-guitar-intensive/ ; If you're interested, there is also the traditional Blues Week at the same place in August--I've been to it twice, but can't make it this year--details at http://centrum.org/port-townsend-acoustic-blues-festival-workshop/ ; (scroll down a ways to see the faculty--it's an amazing line-up). 

Either one of these events is guaranteed to change the way you play blues--I think one of the best ones this year to study with for a style very much like John Holeman's is Terry "Harmonica" Bean--I studied with him in 2010 for a week--and I came away forever changed for the better.

Studying with these old masters of the blues can be exasperating--they won't always break things down the way a good Homespun tape would--but it sure is fun and rewarding if you're willing to put yourself out there and just go with it. . .

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23-Apr-2013 07:51 AM

Michiel D'Haeze

Michiel D'Haeze

Posts: 7

Oldwailer, can i find those videos that you made online? I would love to see them.


Michiel D'Haeze
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22-Apr-2013 05:39 AM

Michiel D'Haeze

Michiel D'Haeze

Posts: 7

Indeed, that video of John D performing "one black rat" is the first one I ever saw of him and I instantly loved it.  And it's exactly the kind of fingerpicking style I am looking for.

Maybe you're right about the audience. I think not many people know about John D, but they should. Maybe some of them will be enthousiastic about it when there would be a lesson about him. he's very old now and it think it would be a shame if his knowledge and style would disappear with him. ( and the same for Robert Beflour :) )

Thanks for giving it a thought Happy. 


Michiel D'Haeze
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21-Apr-2013 02:19 AM

Oldwailer

Oldwailer

Posts: 27

Another world class  player who might be able to do justice to John D is Lightnin Wells--I don't think I've heard him actually emulate John, but he has been a traveling partner of John on a few occasions--I think they live in about the same part of the country.  If you could get John and Lightnin and a bottle of Jack into the same room and have Lightnin kind of act as an interpreter to break things down (he's a gifted teacher) and get some tabs written--it'd be one hell of a lesson!

 You're absolutely right, Happy--it's not about a lot of complex fingerings or lots of notes--its a touch--a groove--and I just love it--but I find it very difficult to achieve. . .

And yes, there might not be enough people who have experienced this music live and up close to make it a big seller--but there are a few of us.

Here is a video of John--not the best recording--but it depicts the "touch" or "bounce" that I love--  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DHNSqW8rAM ; .. . .

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20-Apr-2013 11:14 PM

Happy

Happy

Posts: 206

John Dee Holeman would be an interesting player to try to teach. I'm not sure I'd be the one to do it - maybe Corey Harris or Catfish Keith. The question is whether there would be enough players out there who want to learn his stuff.

Like many traditional blues guys, it's not the notes that are so hard to play, it's getting that touch that's so specific to the older players. It's hard to teach that, but maybe worth a try. I'll give it some thought.

Thanks for the suggestion.

Musically yours,
Happy Traum
Homespun
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20-Apr-2013 08:03 PM

Oldwailer

Oldwailer

Posts: 27

I Had a chance to do a three-day seminar with John Dee Holeman and others back in 2009--it was really great--changed my whole attack on guitar--but I still haven't figured out a kind of bounce he gets on "Big Boss Man,"  Even though I tried to tape everything he did and even did some videos of him playing. 

I for one would love to see some of Holeman's technique tabbed out and explained by a master like Happy--John was great and very obliging about playing a riff over and over for me--but he didn't really seem to be aware that he was doing anything that was unusual or special--he just took great joy in doing it, and his only teaching technique was to allow me to watch him do it--unfortunately, I was often too dumb to pick it up that way..  John is truly a national treasure, in my opinion. . .

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13-Apr-2013 05:57 AM

Michiel D'Haeze

Michiel D'Haeze

Posts: 7

Hi,

What do you think about lessons from Robert Belfour and John Dee Holeman? They're old blues musicians that are still active today but never got the attention they deserve...

They have a very authentic and great style of playing and i would really love to know more about their way of guitar playing before they leave this world.


Michiel D'Haeze
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12-Mar-2013 06:51 AM

MikeCee

MikeCee

Posts: 3

Hi Rick,

Great to see support for keeping the legacy of Townes Van Zandt alive.  I'll certainly be sure my grandchildren will be listening to his work (and hopefully playing some at the community get togethers here in Oz).

All the best,

Mike

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11-Mar-2013 11:23 PM

Rick

Rick

Posts: 66

Here's another vote for a Towns Van Zandt video. His picking was pretty straight forward, but it would take me the rest of my life to work out the arrangements!

Here are a "few" I would love to see tabs and video lessons for. If the copyright issues could be worked out I am sure Happy could do a wonderful job at transcribing and presenting the following:

1. Maria

2. Pancho & Lefty

3. Tecumsch Valley

4. Waiting Around To Die

5. None But The Rain

6. Colorado Girl

7. I'll Be Here In The Morning

8. White Freight Liner Blues

9. For The Sake Of The Song

10. If I Needed You

11. Columbine

12. Don't Take It So Bad

If you could provide tabs for these I'll be singing them out at the local coffee houses. No better way to keep Towns' legacy alive! It's like let's all sing Grahm Parsons songs. We need to do this. It's more than just doing some finger picking. It's a movement (Arlo would subscribe) :)

Rick

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08-Mar-2013 08:52 PM

CairnS

CairnS

Posts: 1

I would love to see more Bob Brozman blues...or an updated tab for his existing bottleneck blues videos (amazing playing, but the tab seems to have a number of errors in it).

Also, Memphis Minnie and Tommy Johnson come to mind.

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08-Mar-2013 04:26 PM

MikeCee

MikeCee

Posts: 3

Hi Happy,

Just to add my interest to an earlier post re Townes Van Zandt.  A set of his would be great.  There is virtually nothing available (Song/Music book wise), may a few online chordie/Tab.  I believe there was a music/song book produced in the early years which is now a collecters item (if you can find a copy and have a few hundred, or more bucks).  Also I understand his family are still in legal issue in regard to publishing rights etc.  However if there is anything you could do on something to continue the legacy of such an amazing artist, then I'm sure you'd find the customers rolling up.  And that's from a Brit who is now living in Oz and without even living in USA is a fan of Townes !  I'm sure there is a World wide following ?

All the best, Mike


Mike

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08-Mar-2013 09:25 AM

Oldwailer

Oldwailer

Posts: 27

That sounds great, Happy!  I will be looking forward to seeing the "briefs". . .
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08-Mar-2013 01:54 AM

Happy

Happy

Posts: 206

So glad you like this new approach. We're going to be adding a slew of these single song lessons in the coming days and weeks, so keep watching. I'm thinking of calling these short lessons "Homespun Briefs." What do you think?


Musically yours,
Happy Traum
Homespun
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08-Mar-2013 12:34 AM

Oldwailer

Oldwailer

Posts: 27

I just got Mary Flower's lesson on "Miss Delta."  I would love to see more "little" lessons like this one--just 7 or 8 dollars for one great little tune that offers all kinds of new wrinkles on the old E blues thing.  Very nice change for me!!
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06-Mar-2013 05:10 PM

bulmer

bulmer

Posts: 1

How about a Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds video or 2?  It would be cool if you could get them to do it.

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20-Feb-2013 01:32 AM

Happy

Happy

Posts: 206

I love this tune myself. I'll look for someone who knows it well enough to teach it.


Musically yours,
Happy Traum
Homespun
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16-Feb-2013 04:22 PM

Stone

Stone

Posts: 1

I would really love to learn how to play Richard Rabbit Brown's James Alley Blues.
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11-Feb-2013 02:54 PM

iRabb

iRabb

Posts: 6

How about Simon and Garfunkel? And more of Adam Traum or someone using a flatpick for material that is usually done fingerstyle, as in his great Blues set?


Ben Sendrow
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11-Feb-2013 04:25 AM

Happy

Happy

Posts: 206

Once again, thanks for all the great suggestions. They give us a lot of ideas as to how to go forward and I'm sure we'll get to at leastsome of them in the coming year. Keep 'em coming!


Musically yours,
Happy Traum
Homespun
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06-Feb-2013 03:23 PM

Rattlesnakeblues

Rattlesnakeblues

Posts: 2

I'd really like to see more fingerstyle acoustic blues products - spanning the beginner's, intermediate, & advanced players categories. I'd love to see more of Happy's Easy Acoustic Blues type offerings. It has helped me tremendously!

John
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05-Feb-2013 04:50 PM

SteveK

SteveK

Posts: 2

Hello Happy,

I would love to see a lesson from you on problem-solving when creating an arrangement. For example, I was figuring out Wildwood Flower. The melody is simple enough to figure out by ear, but it has a pretty big range (a 10th, I think.) I couldn't find a key/position that felt comfortable. In one of your DVDs you said you enjoy playing in Drop D tuning, so I gave that a shot. The best way I could arrange the tune was to put it in the key of G in Drop D tuning. That was definitely a head-scratcher for me, but it worked.

A second request would be another Bob Dylan DVD,  focusing on several approaches to the same tune(s). Your first Dylan DVD is great.

Thank you for so generously sharing your music and teaching with us for all these years. My Dad has what I think was your first book from Oak Publications. It's a good one!

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26-Jan-2013 06:47 PM

Not Available

Posts: 8

Hey Happy, Just a little bug in your ear about getting a hold of Chris Smither for a sit down to teach some of his new gems and old classics. If I had any say, i would love to see/hear him do: "Father's Day"  Small Revelations" "I feel the same" "desolation row" "What it might have been" "cold trail blues"......Just putting it out there..Thanks, for all the great videos through the years

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24-Jan-2013 11:56 PM

RVL_NYC

RVL_NYC

Posts: 1

Some DVDs I'd love to see:

-Lessons on David Rawlings and Gillian Welch
-Lessons on clawhammer ukulele
-Lessons on arranging for two guitars
-Lessons on home recording

Thanks for listening. Keep up the great work!
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31-Dec-2012 12:31 AM

Happy

Happy

Posts: 206

Yes Carnie, Steve's "Celtic Workout" should be available via Instant Access. I'll get that going as quickly as possible. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.


Musically yours,
Happy Traum
Homespun
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30-Dec-2012 08:13 PM

carnie

carnie

Posts: 2

How about Steve Kaufman's 4 hour Celtic workout on instant access?
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07-Dec-2012 06:20 PM

widlmp

widlmp

Posts: 1

I agree with a previous request - Steve Earle teaching Townes Van Zandt would be over the top.  They were good friends and I sure hope you can persuade Steve to preserve as much of Townes' material as possible.

Most of us, myself included, can't get enough of either Townes or Steve.

 

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07-Dec-2012 02:45 PM

delnoah

delnoah

Posts: 1

Hi Happy,

I'd like to see a second dvd from Buddy Wachter (tenor banjo) or a dvd on new orleans style tenor banjo. Also a celtic style tenor banjo dvd.

Also, a guitar of Harry Chapin would be neat.

Thanks,

Del Noah

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29-Nov-2012 11:04 PM

Scott

Scott

Posts: 2

Not sure if this makes sense, but what about a lesson "mandolin for guitarists"?
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29-Nov-2012 10:55 PM

Scott

Scott

Posts: 2

I'd really like to see a "songs of Paul siebel" lesson. If he won't do it, perhaps he'd let you do it, with some kind of royalty arrangement.
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15-Nov-2012 09:47 AM

Happy

Happy

Posts: 206

To BassManMike: "How to Play With a Drummer" was not one of ours, although it's a good idea for a lesson. Sorry, I can't help you there.

To Stanley: I'm glad to hear that you liked the Alex Weir lesson, which I personally thought was excellent. Unfortunately, not enough customers thought that, so we felt it was not worth the expense of converting to DVD. However, I'll revisit it and see what can be done. Sadly, I haven't heard from Alex for several years. He's a superbly talented player but hasn't had the recognition he deserves. Thanks for your interest.

Musically yours,
Happy Traum
Homespun
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12-Nov-2012 11:31 AM

Bruce

Bruce

Posts: 5

Hi Happy,

I'm sitting here watching Pete Huttlinger's Gordon Lightfoot lesson and I'm thinking a second would be nice if you guys have the time, opportunity and if Pete's feeling up to it.  Here's a few suggested tunes:  Don Quixote, Brave Mountaineers, Christian Isle, Second Cup of Coffee; Sit Down Young Stranger, Summertime Dream and/or Ten Degrees and Colder
Thanks,

Bruce

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10-Nov-2012 01:33 PM

stanleyculler

stanleyculler

Posts: 1

Greetings!  I'm a longtime lover/purchaser/used of your fine products!  I'd also like to throw in a request for a reissue of the Alex Weir rhythm grooves video.  It's the one and only instructional video that I ever wore out.  

Also, do you have any idea whatever happened to Alex, himself?  Man, what a gloriously talented player!

Thank you, so much, for this forum.

Best,
Stan

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08-Nov-2012 05:00 PM

BassManMike

BassManMike

Posts: 2

I think I remeber seeing a VHS video for bass many years ago called "How To Play With a Drummer".  I should have bought it when I had the chance.  Is that something that you can make available somehow?  I think I saw it in a Homespun Tapes catalog.

Thanks,
Mike Custer

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04-Nov-2012 01:22 AM

pistol pete

pistol pete

Posts: 1

Hi really like the steve earle lesson was thinking that steve earle teaches townes van zandt would be over the top .thanks
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27-Oct-2012 04:03 PM

ceebee

ceebee

Posts: 5


I would second the request for Blind Willie McTell.  I've tried it in several keys and never really know what to do with my right hand.

 Also Seven Curses from the first Bootleg album/group of albums.

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27-Oct-2012 04:00 PM

ceebee

ceebee

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Wizz Jones is a good idea.  I saw him in London a couple of Summers ago and he does some Bert tunes.  Also his own stuff is really cool.  Lots of jazz chords.

There's also another guy named Peter Kirtley who did duets with Bert for a while

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07-Sep-2012 10:12 AM

Happy

Happy

Posts: 206

Hi Mike,

Welcome to the Forum! Thanks for posting.

This is a great idea and one that we've been meaning to do for a couple of years now. We actually shot one a while back but didn't get it quite right. (We don't put anything out unless it meets our own strict standards.)

I hope we get a chance to try it again. Thanks so much for the suggestion. It's a good one.

Musically yours,
Happy Traum
Homespun
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06-Sep-2012 06:02 PM

MikeCee

MikeCee

Posts: 3

Hi Happy,

Just taking a look round the forum for the first time. Would concur with interest for a 'Survive your first open mic' lesson, wonder if there are others out there.  I know easy it is to have fun playing with family, then the thought of doing it even in a small public setting installs fear and all the body system freezes up.  I'm not sure that practice makes perfect helps, there must be some other tips.  Anyway, made the effort to make a first post, will hopefully get more involved with posts in the future, all the best, Mike

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24-Aug-2012 07:46 PM

Peter Hyatt

Peter Hyatt

Posts: 30

Happy, it would be great if you could pick Dylan songs that could be done finger style, and solo.  

Songs from the first one were terrific among other reasons as they had both chord structure and solo.  

It would be nice to have some of his lesser known songs, or non-hits.  There are supposed to be some ballads on "Tempest"

I think his ballads translate best for us. 

Some that might work well: 

Blind Willie McTell

Mississippi , Is Your Love in Vain

Standing in the Doorway 

Most of the Time, 

Things Have Changed, You're a Big Girl Now

Dignity


...and on and on it goes.  




Dylan DVD Part Two would be awesome! 


Peter Hyatt
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24-Aug-2012 07:39 PM

Peter Hyatt

Peter Hyatt

Posts: 30

Andrew, that CD is often up at Ebay.  Also check expecting rain as well. 

I love the CD and I love Dylan's version of the song!


Peter Hyatt
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24-Aug-2012 02:30 AM

Happy

Happy

Posts: 206

I do know a version of "Lily of the West" but I don't remember Dylan's version of the song. I haven't sung it in decades so I'd have to do a little woodshedding on it, but I'll put it on my list with a "maybe." Let me see what I can come up with.


Musically yours,
Happy Traum
Homespun
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20-Aug-2012 04:49 AM

Andrew

Andrew

Posts: 6


Thanks Happy, looking forward to Dylan volume 2.

On a seperate thought, there's an old traditional American folk song called 'the Lily of the West', that Bert Jansch used to do on some of his live CDs, and I think even Dylan did in the early 70s on the Dylan album, which sadly I've never been able to get hold of. Have you ever come across the song, and if so would you ever consider doing an arrangement of it?

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19-Aug-2012 01:56 PM

Peter Hyatt

Peter Hyatt

Posts: 30

Happy, I became introduced to Homespun through www.expectingrain.com   It is one of the earliest web sites and Sony has given them a lot of room for posting recorded concerts, as well as sharing information with them.  

On various sites, including Expecting Rain,  the Dylan songs taught by you remain popular.  I think a part two would be wonderful. 

Because there are so many songs to choose from, choosing the ones that you love most will likely be the ones in which your enthusiasm is best displayed. 

Since many of us have purchased it and finger style DVDs, finding songs that can be played as solos for the guitarist would work very well.  

I appreciate both your work, and your willingness to listen to your students.  I went five straight years of one hour per day minimum practice, learning through DVD only.  It has been a wonderful journey.  


In gratitude,


Peter Hyatt
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18-Aug-2012 12:28 AM

Happy

Happy

Posts: 206

Andrew,

I've been thinking about doing a "Volume 2" of fingerstyle arrangements for Dylan songs and I'm just starting to think about which ones to do. Thanks for the suggestions. I'll try to get it done for early next year, if possible.

As for the traditional folk songs, I've done quite a few of those (see my two "Basic Arranging" DVDs" - http://www.homespun.com/Instructors/happy-traum/the-happy-traum-guitar-method-basic-arranging-techniques-that-every-guitarist-should-know-2-dvd-set - but I've got a bunch more of these planned. So, stay tuned....

Thanks for the suggestions.


Musically yours,
Happy Traum
Homespun
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17-Aug-2012 11:09 AM

Andrew

Andrew

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Oh, forgot one thing, +1 for the songs of Bert Jansch if it would ever be possible. Not sure who could do it, perhaps John Renbourn or Wizz Jones may be willing, I know Chris Smither and Kelly Joe Phelps both performed on a tribute CD to him called 'People on the Highway'. Just a thought.
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17-Aug-2012 11:08 AM

Andrew

Andrew

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I've just been listening to some Bob Dylan again and might finally be getting round soon to learning from Happy's DVD on the songs of Bob Dylan. With Bob releasing the new album 'Tempest' soon, and with the sheer wealth of Dylan songs, would you, Happy, ever consider a second DVD? Possibly with songs such as 'Make you feel my love', 'Forever Young' (if a fingerpicking arrangement could be made), 'Mr Tambourine Man', 'Not Dark yet'... there's a lot of posibilities, these just come to mind at present.

Just received my copy of the Peggy Seeger DVD, which I must say is fantastic. It's brilliant to have such a huge range of traditional folk songs, both British and American, as well as Peggy's insight into the songs and the guitar accompaniment. I wonder if you, Happy again, would ever consider a DVD on traditional folk songs? The songs on the easy steps to fingerpicking are a brilliant resourcefor this, and it would be good to see further DVDs specifically on this theme. Or even to further push the idea, a fingerpicking country and bluegrass DVD?

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16-Aug-2012 07:00 PM

Paganinny

Paganinny

Posts: 1

Any plans to put Rory Block's "The Guitar of Rory Block" videos onto DVD for those of us who cannot get enough of her? :))
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24-Jul-2012 09:59 PM

oknogogo

oknogogo

Posts: 1

I was browsing through the website a few days ago and noticed that there only a few lessons available for harmonica and they're all pretty dated. Are there any plans to release new harmonica lessons in the future?

Something that focused more on old-time styles, straight harp, early pre-electric blues, or cajun music would be very interesting, I think. 

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17-Jul-2012 01:20 AM

Happy

Happy

Posts: 206

Ron,

Glad you asked about Alex Weir's "Rhythm Grooves" lesson. We were recently talking about getting it into digital format. Hopefully, we'll be able to make it available in the coming months. 


Musically yours,
Happy Traum
Homespun
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15-Jul-2012 06:18 PM

Tracy

Tracy

Posts: 1

I would like to see a lesson on the tenor guitar style of Rabon Delmore of the Delmore Brothers.  Or at least some tenor guitar lesson.  

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15-Jul-2012 03:20 PM

PrytaniaRon

PrytaniaRon

Posts: 1

Will "Great Rhythm Grooves for Electric Guitar" on Homespun  ever be reissued on DVD?   Interest in Alex Weir's playing is making a come back.
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09-Jul-2012 03:00 PM

Happy

Happy

Posts: 206

Interesting idea. I don't know Dion and have never met him, but I'll ask around and see who would have his contact info.

Thanks to everyone else who has posted these very interesting requests. I read them all and will take them all seriously, but, of course, there's only so much we can do. Stay tuned for some cool stuff int he future.

Musically yours,
Happy Traum
Homespun
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08-Jul-2012 12:34 PM

ceebee

ceebee

Posts: 5


Hi Happy:  I have a request for a new lesson.  It's a little bit wonky, but I think it could be cool: Dion teaches guitar.  I've really been impressed with his last few blues-based albums and never realized what a good guitar player he was and that led me to go back to some of the earlier songs which I never really listened to seriously before.  I've really enjoyed the rockabilly lessons by Jim Weider and I basically learned to play blues from working with Homespun Tapes.  Could be an interesting amalgam...and he's from the Bronx; you're from the Bronx.  He also has some pretty nice-looking guitars that maybe he could talk about and show.  That's one aspect of the lessons I always enjoy.  If you want a musician to not shut up, just ask him about his instrument!
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05-Jul-2012 05:08 PM

zRam

zRam

Posts: 1

I would like to see a lesson from Tony Furtado
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25-Jun-2012 12:58 PM

jacktitle

jacktitle

Posts: 1

I have had many  light bulb moments listening to Bob Brozman. I would love to hear his take on funk.Thank you.

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21-Jun-2012 04:51 PM

Shawn

Shawn

Posts: 3

I also vote for a mandolin lesson from Jim Richter or Don Stiernberg.  Richter has great stuff on Mandolin Cafe.  I took lessons from Stiernberg at the Mandolin Symposium (in Santa Cruz), and he was a wonderful teacher.  Very popular with large classes, even though most of the students probably were not there to learn jazz -- he was too good to miss!

Shawn
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20-Jun-2012 11:45 AM

ceebee

ceebee

Posts: 5


I would second the request for a Grateful Dead Vol. 2.  I can't believe I can play "Cassidy" now!
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20-Jun-2012 11:38 AM

ceebee

ceebee

Posts: 5

Hi Happy:  I have a suggestion for a new lesson: The Guitar of Bert Jansch.  Bert just passed away this year and it would be great to memorialize  him in this way, especially since there's little in the way of teaching materials on his stuff and no video material.

I've been able to figure out some of his simpler songs from the records, but for some of his more complex stuff, I can never get it fluid or get a consistent sense of what tunings he's using for different songs.  Suggestions for songs might be "Blackwaterside," "Poison," "A Woman Like You," "Strollin' Down the Hiway."  There are lots of others.

I'm not sure who could teach it, maybe Al Petteway or Martin Simpson?  Or maybe you know someone who is really into that style?

Anyway, I'd buy it.

Chris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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19-Jun-2012 09:16 PM

dkdee

dkdee

Posts: 2

Just got the great news about Mike Auldridge receiving a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship.

How about the possibility of a workshop/lesson DVD with Mike? 6 and 8 string resonator.

Cheers

Daryl

 

 

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18-Jun-2012 05:33 PM

richieb

richieb

Posts: 1



rbarnes


I second the idea of swing mandolin lessons. I'd also like to see a series of lessons on "rock mandolin" and I suggest Jim Richter as instructor for this. He is a great player and teacher of blues and rock mandolin. If you don't know of Jim please check out his website at jimrichter.com.

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12-Jun-2012 04:54 PM

bigwave

bigwave

Posts: 2

I'd love to see a "Swing Mandolin" series by Don Stiernberg. Great player and great teacher too....

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30-May-2012 01:39 AM

AT

AT

Posts: 6

Allow me to second the Dick Gaughan suggestion. Great Scottish guitarist and singer. I'd definitely snap up a lesson of his music.
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25-May-2012 06:33 PM

Gullebrand

Gullebrand

Posts: 1

I'd love a lesson with Dick Gaughan, about his arrangement of songs for DADGAD guitar, and for other open tunings. Especially his early albums, Coppers and Brass, and Handful of Earth are fantastic. Something like the Paul Brady lesson, which I really enjoyed.
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21-Apr-2012 08:05 AM

Anthony O

Anthony O

Posts: 2


I would like some more dobro style lesson's, maybe more from Stacy Phillips

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19-Apr-2012 03:44 PM

Lee

Lee

Posts: 3

I would love to see another "old-time fiddle tour" video, if Bruce is up for it. I've gotten so much out of the first one over the years, and continue to learn from it. Thanks!
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06-Apr-2012 07:44 PM

dave stott

dave stott

Posts: 17

my 2012 wish list

Pete Huttlinger teaches Pete Huttlinger music from his CD's

Grateful Dead Vol 2

Leon Redbone or a lesson in his style of playing

Earl Klugh- acoustic jazz

George Benson - jazz blues

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06-Apr-2012 05:47 PM

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Posts: 2

I think a lesson by Dennis Cahill is ESSENTIAL!

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06-Apr-2012 10:36 AM

iRabb

iRabb

Posts: 6

One more suggestion from me for know: The Blues Guitar of BB King.

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06-Apr-2012 10:35 AM

iRabb

iRabb

Posts: 6

Here's another one I'm dying to see: Glen Campbell. He's aging and suffering from Alzeheimer's Disease, but could probably do a video. He's still performing for the time being. If not Glen himself, then someone teaching his stuff.

I'm think not only the hits he recorded from other songwriters like Gentle On My Mind, etc., but also some of the techniques that made him the #1 studio guitarist in LA before his solo career. He once told me he did things with the capo that no one else was doing at the time, and I would love to learn more.

It would be such a nice tribute to a great guitarist, singer, and performer.


Ben Sendrow
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01-Apr-2012 11:28 AM

iRabb

iRabb

Posts: 6

This is probably not a full length lesson, but who knows? Perhaps it would be depending on how far you take the idea. I know you have a brief lesson on tuning, but this would be more useful, I think.

I'm talking about setting EQ. I am totally frustrated by twisting knobs at random, trying to dial in the most natural sound (my personal desire for an acoustic amp), or getting anything close to an SRV sound from an electric rig. Surely there are systematic approaches to setting EQ, covering such things as an amp with a five band equalizer plus tone controls, using a parametric EQ, both onboard and external, amps with tone controls but no overall, EQ, mixing boards, multitrack recorders, level settings when levels are set on the guitar, at a preamp, and in a multitrack machine, etc. To me, EQ and level setting is one of the most important and least discussed aspects of recording and even amplifying music. I do have Roger's lesson on computer recording, but even that does not really address the issues I am raising here.

What do you think?






Ben Sendrow
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30-Mar-2012 04:46 PM

nono1928

nono1928

Posts: 1

Hello,

please make an advanced rock'n roll DVD lesson for piano!

Many thanks,

Arnaud

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29-Mar-2012 01:29 AM

dkdee

dkdee

Posts: 2

Hi Happy, any plans for some more lap steel/resonator lessons, intermediate/advanced  level, any style? Thanks.

Daryl

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28-Mar-2012 10:25 AM

markm

markm

Posts: 2

- I would love to see some non-fingerbusting arrangements (Easy Steps?) in Happy's thumb lead/carter style. Those pretty mountain songs like Cuckoo, Shady Grove, etc. Happy does absolutely gorgeous arrangements in this style and it would be nice to see a double dvd pulling it all together, really exploring the modal picking deal, picking out melodies with the thumb, right hand techniques, it would be a big winner!!!!

-Ernie Hawkins' follow up to his three DVDs on the CAGED 

Mark

 

Mark

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27-Mar-2012 07:04 PM

Peter Hyatt

Peter Hyatt

Posts: 30



Peter Hyatt


Part 2 Songs of Bob Dylan (2DVD)

Songs of George Harrison for Acoustic Guitar (2DVD)

Easy Steps Fingerpicking part IV and V  (3DVD)

Slow Blues in E, C, and G 

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25-Mar-2012 10:13 AM

dave stott

dave stott

Posts: 17



Yes!! Leon redbone has been on my wish list for years. If not Leon, then someone
That teaches his style & music.

Dave
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24-Mar-2012 08:11 PM

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Posts: 1


Someone mentioned it earlier but I feel it needs more attention brought to it.  Leon Redbone for sure.  Or his style of playing.  Or where should I start to play like him.  John Prine of course, even though I see it is not an option at this time.  Also a Junior Brown lesson would be great.

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24-Mar-2012 10:30 AM

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Posts: 1

Happy,

I don't know how much interest there would be in one, but my suggestion is a lesson by Don Edwards.

Gary

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15-Mar-2012 12:51 PM

Rick

Rick

Posts: 66

This would be a little extra work but a great feature. With each video provide a folder with the tabs in TablEdit format. I tab out every song I'm working on in tablEdit. For me it is a great learning tool and a good way to play around with variations.

Rick

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15-Mar-2012 12:56 AM

Happy

Happy

Posts: 206

Brian,

We actually shot a DVD about "surviving" an open mic night but it didn't come out as well as we would have liked so we temporarily scrapped it. However, I think these are good ideas and I'll keep it in mind for a future lesson. 

Thanks to everyone else who has been posting to this thread. I take each of your suggestions seriously, even if I can't get everything done.

Musically yours,
Happy Traum
Homespun
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14-Mar-2012 04:34 PM

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Posts: 1



Hi Happy

A banjo lesson with Richie Stearns would be great!

Thank you
Caspar
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13-Mar-2012 02:59 PM

BrianBanjos

BrianBanjos

Posts: 1

I bet a lot of Homespun customers are working towards some type of performance. I think a DVD on performance basics might be a good idea. For instance how to choose acoustic amps or a PA, how to decide to get an amp or a P.A., what to look for in an amp. What you should carry in your case (extra strings and so on). What to expect at an open mic , how to deal with nerves , and so on. If there's a market for the how to buy a vintage guitar DVD, there's gotta be a market for this.
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11-Mar-2012 10:37 PM

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Posts: 8

hey happy...still hoping for another chris smither lesson (even though i'm still working on his previous songs)..would love for him to show us some earlier things like "i feel the same".. and "small revelations"...love his music..thanks

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03-Mar-2012 06:02 PM

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Posts: 2

More than a request for new lessons what I would really like to see is a further step in the excellent direction that Homespun has taken with the "Direct Download" software and that would be the possibility for students to choose and download the songs that we prefer from one entire lesson; Something similar to what you can do with music in i-tunes, Spotify, etc
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01-Mar-2012 02:09 PM

Lee

Lee

Posts: 3

Here's a totally off-the-wall idea: A video on Gaelic singing...
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02-Feb-2012 05:24 PM

Shawn

Shawn

Posts: 3

Thanks for asking for our input, Happy!!

I'd love to see videos by John Prine or Todd Snider. Snider is perhaps better known for his song writing than his guitar work, but if you listen he is (like Prine) doing a wonderful job of accompanying himself.

I'd also love to see another mandolin video.  Mike Compton would be outstanding.  A second video by Chris Thile, Tim O'Brien, or Norman Blake would be very exciting as well.

Finally, though the market is small, I'd sure love to see a mandocello video by Mike Marshall.  His mandocello playing it out of this world.

Shawn
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31-Jan-2012 02:26 PM

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Posts: 1

Happy,

Have you ever considered having Pete Huttlinger teach a lesson on the songs of Cat Stevens or the band America? And if so, what is the likelihood? Also, while I'm at it, let me put in a vote for Paul Simon and James Taylor. These requests (if realized), would no doubt go a long way in helping Pete pay off his medical expenses! :)

PS-Thanks Happy!! What you guys teach makes an amazing difference in the lives of so many.  Thanks so much.

 

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29-Jan-2012 01:16 PM

JerryG

JerryG

Posts: 2

I love your products and eagerly look forward to all of the new releases especially from Pete Huttlinger. After a recent trip to Hawaii, I've added a ukulele to my collection of instruments. I would love to see a lesson by Jake Shimabukuro, whose appeal has really inspired a lot of interest in the ukulele.

 Also, although I know that James Taylor has long been an interest for many homespun customers. His brother Livingston did a great lesson for you and I'd love to see Liv do another lesson. Keep up the good work.

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28-Jan-2012 01:49 AM

Happy

Happy

Posts: 206

Thanks for all your great suggestions. Among others, we're planning on doing a second "Songs of Dan Fogelberg" DVD this spring with Pete Huttlinger. We've had many requests for this one. 

We have some other things brewing, as always, and I'll keep you posted as they materialize. Meanwhile, your input is greatly appreciated and helps a lot in planning new things.


Musically yours,
Happy Traum
Homespun
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23-Jan-2012 06:22 PM

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Posts: 1

Before I make a request, I should like to thank you for your lessons.  I possess several of them from P Huttlinger and Happy.

One of my favourite artists is the late Stan Rogers from Ontario, Ca.  Much of his material is perfect for fingerstyle arrangements and it would be a most welcome addition to the lessons I already have.

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20-Jan-2012 02:40 PM

GuitarMan

GuitarMan

Posts: 1

Happy--

Here are some suggestions and while I realize that you cannot or might not be able to get the actual artist, maybe you or one of your instructors could teach the lesson

George Harrison, including focus on his slide technique

Lindsey Buckingham

Paul Simon

Mark Knopfler

Jimmy Page or Led Zeppelin acoustic techniques

While I know you have levels 3 and 4 lessons on swing/jazz guitar and Django Rheinhardt/gypsy jazz, how about beginner lessons for these styles of play?

Just my thoughts..

Thanks  

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20-Jan-2012 07:39 AM

Prairie Wind

Prairie Wind

Posts: 4

Hi Happy,

I'd love to see the following in the near future:

- Another Pete Huttlinger DVD (hopefully covering materials from his Santa Rita Connection album);

- Lesson on James Taylor's songs;

- More lessons on Dan Folgelberg's music.

Cheers!

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11-Jan-2012 11:03 AM

Chris

Chris

Posts: 1

Dear Happy,  

before making a request, i wanted to thank you and your team for the great work your doing. For me you are  not only doing a tremendous favor to all  of us eager to learn, but you are also documenting treasures of the american culture. What rich repository of intimate moments with truly great muscians!

One of these hidden treasures for me is Scotty Anderson. Do you think it would be possible a Lesson from him?  Maybe with John Henry, Milk Cow Blues and All My Loving for example ;-) 

Best Thanx again



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09-Jan-2012 01:25 PM

Happy

Happy

Posts: 206

Good ideas - keep 'em coming. I don't always respond, but I do read every one.

Please understand that we're limited by how many new products we can make each year, and by other unforeseen circumstances. However, I'll look into many of these suggestions and hopefully we'll get some made. We have some cool things in the can, too, so watch the website and emails for announcements.


Musically yours,
Happy Traum
Homespun
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08-Jan-2012 01:03 PM

puzzly

puzzly

Posts: 1

It would be great to get another Hawaiian steel lesson from Bob Brozman. He covered a lot in the first one but i'd like to see what else he has to say.

I'd also like to see a lesson from Pat Cloud on jazz banjo.

And it's probably impossible, but a banjo lesson from Larry McNeely would be amazing.

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02-Jan-2012 01:53 AM

AT

AT

Posts: 6


Hi, any chance of a Bruce Cockburn lesson? Great Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist.
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21-Dec-2011 08:32 PM

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Posts: 1

Is there any chance of a "the music of" Bert Jansch video?  There seems to be a lot of renewed interest following his unfortunate and untimely death.  Thanks,

Simon
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01-Dec-2011 07:08 PM

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Happy,

I'd like to see you do another 2-dvd set of Hymns. I know you've covered Amazing Grace & Just A Closer Walk, but I'd like to see the following:

How Great Thou Art

Rock Of Ages

In The Garden

Blessed Assurance

The Old Rugged Cross

At The Cross

Jesus Paid It All

Fairest Lord Jesus

Sweet Hour Of Prayer

My Jesus, I Love Thee

That would be an awesome set. I'm sure there's a lot of guitars players who play at church, who would love to be able to play these songs fingerstyle. Thanks for your consideration.

 

Mark  

 

 

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27-Nov-2011 06:09 PM

dave stott

dave stott

Posts: 17

here's is my wish list for 2012-2013

Earl Klugh  teaches Earl Klugh jazz on an acoustic guitar

Woody Mann--- fingerstyle Jazz... imtermediate?  not ragtime style

Pete Huttlinger --- teaches any of Pete Huttlinger's CD's

Songs of Grateful Dead --- Vol 2 or Jerry Garcia fingerstyle techniques?

Happy Traum teaches more Brownie Mcghee tunes

Beginner Texas Swing  / Bob Wills

any chance of any of these becoming reality?

Dave Stott

 

 

 


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22-Nov-2011 09:52 PM

Happy

Happy

Posts: 206

Thanks for the suggestion. I have spoken to Sonny several times over the years and for a while he was telling people he was going to do a video lesson for us. Unfortunately, it never quite came together, but I'm still hoping to get together with him in a studio some day. A agree that he's a great, and very original, guitarist who would have a lot to offer.

Musically yours,
Happy Traum
Homespun
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22-Nov-2011 08:22 PM

Timothy

Timothy

Posts: 8

There's such a treasure trove on Homespun that I hate to ask, but....Sonny Landreth is one of those people who takes the guitar into a strange (in a good way) and interesting place. Another Jorma K. electric title would also be nice.

Thanks for asking.

Cheers

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20-Nov-2011 08:36 AM

Bruce

Bruce

Posts: 5

Since you have asked, here's a wish list:

1.  Another Geoff Muldaur lesson

2. A new Russ Barenberg lesson

3. A Clarence White style/technique (or just stories) lesson

4. A Paul Simon lesson (if not by him then his style or tunes)

5. Leon Redbone tunes (I know he's not interested himself)

That's my wish list.  Food for thought.  That's all

Thanks and you're doing a great job,
Bruce

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16-Nov-2011 11:14 PM

Ryan

Ryan

Posts: 2

1. Old-time guitar

2. Old-time harmonica

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14-Nov-2011 03:31 PM

Ryan

Ryan

Posts: 2

1. Old-Time Guitar Playing (I think a video like this  would be helpful to a lot of people!)

2. Old-Time Harmonica Playing

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31-Oct-2011 04:02 PM

Frank

Frank

Posts: 1

1. I'd like to see more slide guitar, more like the roots of the style, like Son House, Tampa Red, and Bukka White.

 

2. I would like more hammer dulcimer instruction. My favorite HD player is Rick Thum. I think he would make an excellent DVD instructor.

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25-Oct-2011 11:28 PM

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Here's some ideas:

1. Scottish fiddle, especially Shetland, Orkneys, of Highland style.  I know there's the Natalie MacMaster Cape Breton lesson, but its still a pretty different style.

2.  I'd love to see some kind of Classical Violin for fiddlers lesson; something that would cover some basic classical pieces that would be accesible to a fiddler of skill level 2 or 3, mostly first position stuff. And some classical techniques that fiddlers could use; e.g. several books/dvds I have recommend a bit of vibrato for slow airs and waltzes, but none of them really teach it, they usually say "go to a classical teacher".

3.  Some instruments that I'd like to see videos for: Steel drums/steel pan, arabic percussion (doumbek and riq), maybe tabla. There are DVD's for some of these, but the ones I've seen the instruction hasn't been that good; every homespun DVD I've bought has displayed really good teaching skills and organization, so I think there's a niche to be filled here.  Also, these are fairly cheap, maintanence-free instruments, so even if a bit exotic, easy for a beginner to take a plunge on, even out of curiosity.  

4.  For me, more slide guitar and delta blues is always welcome.  I know you have a lot in this category already, but this is a particular love of mine, so more is always better.

5.  Another Carter-style DVD.  The one with Mike Seeger is great, but I find its more documenting variations in the style for those already familiar with it then systematically teaching a repetoire and a way to arrange tunes in that style.  Arranging in particular would be great.

hope that's some help,

Jason



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24-Oct-2011 01:03 PM

Rick

Rick

Posts: 66

Thanks Happy,

I'll be the first then with a request for lessons on:

1. A complete lesson on 16 Tons (with tabs)

2. Mus'rat the way Merle Travis plays it (with tabs)

Thanks,

Rick


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24-Oct-2011 01:38 AM

Happy

Happy

Posts: 206

Hi Folks,

We love to hear from you about which artists, styles, instruments and techniques you're looking for. Through the years, we have recorded several lessons based on customer requests. It's always interesting for us to know in which directions you'd like us to go, so use this Forum to send in your ideas. 

Keep in mind that we're limited as to how many new titles we can produce each year, and some musicians are unwilling or unable to come into our studios to record a lesson. (Please don't ask for James Taylor or Eric Clapton - we know you want these. We do, too!) 

Thanks in advance for your feedback.

Musically yours,
Happy Traum
Homespun

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