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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."


Basic Theory That Every Guitar Player Should Know - Two-DVD Set

Practical Tools for Everyday Playing
  • Taught By:
    Happy Traum
  • Skill Level 2

    Two DVD Set - Music and tab files on DVDs to View or Print. Instructions included.

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Guitarists: Do you know how the strings, frets, notes, scales and chords all work together to make music? Whether you're a total beginner or have been at it for years, there's a good chance you lack a basic understanding of the theory behind what you're playing.


Happy Traum, one of the world's best-known guitar teachers, demystifies the guitar fretboard and brings it into focus for learning players. He starts at the very beginning, providing the essential knowledge you'll need in your quest to become a better player.

This is theory that will become immediately applicable to real playing situations. Starting with chromatic and diatonic (major) scales, Happy maps out the fingerboard so you can quickly find notes in any key and start turning them into simple melodies. You'll learn what intervals are, how bass runs and chords are built and how they are used in songs.

In short, this introduction to music theory for the guitar will give you a whole new perspective and will reveal the vast possibilities that are hidden under the strings of your instrument.


Happy Traum continues his hands-on exploration of basic music theory, providing essential knowledge that every guitarist needs to become a more skillful, fully-rounded player.

This DVD is packed with invaluable information. You'll learn moveable three- and four-string chord shapes that can be played anywhere, in any key, up and down the fretboard, along with the basic chord progressions that bring these shapes into practical application. By understanding the degrees of the scale and where the notes of each chord can be found, you can use them to build arrangements and improvisations for any song. In addition, you'll learn scales and chords in major and minor keys; transposing from one key to another; using harmonized scales; building chord progressions; and learning other skills based on your new understanding of how the guitar works.

As you work through this course you'll gain new insights into your guitar and how the strings, frets, scales and chords all fit together in a logical, easy-to-grasp system.


"I wanted to let you know I've been working with your latest DVD on music theory for guitar. I am so glad you produced this series because I've been wanting to learn how to make instrumental arrangements for years, but could never figure out the double-stop patterns up the neck.... So after you demonstrated "Amazing Grace" and "Will the Circle" it all started to make sense for me. I've been able to find melodies and chord positions that really sound cool. I find that people are so moved when a person can play a familiar tune as an arrangement on guitar and make it sound "full." I just wanted to let you know that this lesson really helped me a lot and I appreciate the wonderful job you did putting it together." -- Kevin Johnson

"I'm currently working through the Basic Theory That Every Guitarist Should Know, and again am finding this really useful, as it opens up theguitar to allow me to create my own arrangements, not just copyingothers, which I find extremely useful, and he teaches theory without itever being boring which is an extra added bonues!" - Andrew Preston,UK


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