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Happy Traum

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Happy Traum's skillful musicianship and avid interest in traditional and contemporary music has brought him worldwide recognition. He has performed extensively throughout the U.S. Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan, and has appeared on recordings as a featured artist and as a member of various ensembles. He has recorded and/or performed with many top artists, including Bob Dylan, Chris Smither, Maria Muldaur, Eric Andersen, Rory Block, Jerry Jeff Walker, Allen Ginsberg, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and numerous others.

In 1967 Happy, with his wife and partner, Jane Traum, founded Homespun Tapes, and over the years they have built it into one of the world's leading producers of audio and video music instruction. An expert guitar and banjo player, Happy produces all of the lessons for Homespun and brings to it his many years of experience as a performer, writer, editor, folklorist, teacher and recording artist.

Happy is the author of more than a dozen best-selling guitar instruction books, has written numerous magazine columns and articles, and for three years was editor of Sing Out! The Folksong Magazine.

Aside from a distinguished solo career, Happy and his late brother, Artie Traum, played regularly as a duo for more than 40 years. Their first two Capitol albums, "Happy And Artie Traum" and "Double Back," are widely considered to be classics. Long-time residents of Woodstock, NY, Happy and Artie co-produced several important records for Rounder featuring some of the area's finest folk and rock musicians. These included "Mud Acres, Music Among Friends" and "Woodstock Mountains." Happy and Artie's album "Hard Times In The Country" featured liner notes by Allen Ginsberg. In 2007, Slice of Life Records in Japan released a CD, "Happy and Artie Traum - Live Recordings 1970s – 1980s "

Happy's solo albums include "Relax Your Mind," "American Stranger," "Bright Morning Stars" "Friends And Neighbors," "Buckets Of Songs" and his latest release, "I Walk the Road Again."

*American Stranger

Taught By:
Happy Traum
Happy Traum's second solo CD, originally issued by Kicking Mule Records, now reissued with PDF tablature book for viewing or printing out plus bonus DVD featuring Happy in concert. Lots of great songs and fingerpicking!
Enhanced CD with Tab Book + Concert DVD

$19.95
*Bright Morning Stars

Taught By:
Happy Traum
Happy Traum's 1979 album now on CD! Featuring Pat Alger, Larry Campbell, John Herald, Richard Manuel, Maria Muldaur, Roly Salley, John Sebastian, Artie Traum, Merle Watson and others.
Skill Level 1

Audio CD

$15.00
*Buckets of Songs - CD

Taught By:
Happy Traum
Happy Traum's CD is a compilation of two of his popular Kicking Mule lps, Relax Your Mind and American Stranger.
Skill Level 1

One CD

$14.95
*Happy and Artie Traum CD

Taught By:
Happy Traum, Artie Traum
These rare, in-concert performances were found on old tapes recorded at Happy & Artie's gigs back in the '70s and '80s and feature some of their most-requested original and traditional songs.
Skill Level 1

CD (Japanese Import). Happy & Artie Traum in concert with guests Eric Kaz and Cindy Cashdollar

$19.95
*I Walk the Road Again

Taught By:
This CD garnered rave reviews when it was released in 2006. Happy is featured along with fellow musicians John Sebastian, Larry Campbell, Cindy Cashdollar, Jay Ungar, Molly Mason, Mike Dowling and many others.
CD

$14.95
*Relax Your Mind

Taught By:
Happy Traum
Happy Traum's first solo album, now reissued on CD with a tab book embedded on the disk.
Audio CD with tab booklet for downloading or printing.

$15.00
12-String Guitar Techniques

Blues, Rags, Ballads and Instrumentals

Taught By:
Happy Traum
The 12-string's six sets of doubled strings provide a depth of sound, richness of tone and rhythmic possibilities that are unique in the guitar family. This user-friendly, easy-to-follow lesson is just what you need to get into the traditional blues and f
Skill Level 2

90-minute DVD

$29.95
A Beginner's Guide to Chord Positions

Simple, Creative Ways to Move Up the Neck

Taught By:
Happy Traum
Find chords in the upper reaches of the fingerboard and learn basic theory and accompaniment techniques as well.
Skill Level 2

Two CDs, includes book with chord diagrams

$19.95
A Fingerstyle Christmas

Guitar Arrangements to Seven Beloved Songs and Carols.

Taught By:
Happy Traum
Create exquisite guitar music for the holidays that even an early-intermediate guitarist can play for family and friends.
Skill Level 3

85-minute DVD, includes music and tab

$29.95
Acoustic Blues Guitar - A Beginner's Guide

Taught By:
Happy Traum
Learn to play in the styles of great country bluesmen, even if you've never played blues before.
Skill Level 2

Three CDs plus tab book

$37.50
An Easy Guide to Open D

The Must-Know Tuning for Fingerpickers and Blues Guitarists

Taught By:
Happy Traum
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 and start making cool, bluesy music in minutes.
Skill Level 2

2-Hour DVD, includes music and tab

$23.96
An Easy Guide to Tuning Your Guitar

Secrets to Staying and Playing Perfectly in Tune

Taught By:
Happy Traum, John Sebastian
Happy and John demonstrate tricks and techniques for tuning up quickly and easily. For beginners and experienced players alike.
Skill Level 1

60-minute DVD With John Sebastian

$19.95



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