Make Me a Pallet #2

Happy Traum

Lesson Two - 20 minutes, includes tab

In his second, slightly more advanced lesson, Happy expands the fretboard by moving up the neck and playing some great riffs based around the F shape. He shows some double-stops, bass runs, a diminished chord and some great single-string licks to build movement into this fingerpicking standard. He caps off the lesson with a 6-2-5-1 turnaround that you can add ... Read More

Make Me a Pallet, Two-Lesson Set

Happy Traum

43 minutes, includes tab

Make Me a Pallet On Your Floor can be traced back to the 19th Century, but it has been a standard of the folk and blues revival for over 50 years. It has been recorded by numerous artists through the years, including Mississippi John Hurt’s famous version (called Ain’t No Tellin’) from 1927, as well as renditions by Big Bill ... Read More

Making the Acoustic Guitar Rock!

James Nash

Pushing the Boundaries of Your Rhythm and Lead Playing

James Nash is a guitarist who likes to “take it to the edge,” bringing a rock ‘n’ roll sensibility to the acoustic guitar. That’s what he does when he plays with his ambitious roots-rock band, The Waybacks, and he breaks down those formidable picking skills into accessible lessons for players of all levels.  James has amazing chops and ... Read More

Mary Flower - Two-Video Set

Mary Flower

Special for Mary Flower Fans!

DVD One: You can get ringing notes, rich tones and textures simply by retuning your guitar to an open chord. On this easy exploration for novice players, Mary Flower teaches some tunings that will help you play beautiful sounding songs and instrumentals almost immediately. An expert player and an experienced instructor, Mary helps you work out well-known songs or instrumentals ... Read More

"Miss Delta" - A Slow Blues Instrumental in E

Mary Flower

A Single Song Lesson

Learn this sweet, slow fingerstyle blues instrumental in E by the terrific Mary Flower. “Miss Delta” includes plenty to chew on for both basic and experienced guitarists: Descending chord walk-downs, moving basses, interesting chord progressions and rhythmic variations, and some "New Orleans-sounding" licks. This piece packs a lot in!  We're sure you'll get a lot out of ... Read More

Rainer's Blues Picking School

Rainer Brunn

A Complete Method To Get You Started

This course is different than anything that we have offered before, and we know that all aspiring blues pickers will love it. Rainer Brunn, one of Homespun’s most popular instructors, has developed this course of study based on his love of traditional American blues guitar styles as well as his long experience as a guitar educator. We are proud to ... Read More

Rory Block in Concert

Rory Block
Experience the sensational blues artist Rory Block live in concert! Recorded in St. Louis' historic Sheldon Concert Hall, this DVD captures Rory's soulful singing, dazzling guitar technique and openhearted communication with her delighted audience. In a riveting 15-song set, Rory plays renditions of classic Mississippi blues by seminal masters such as Robert Johnson, Tommy Johnson, and Buddy Boy Hawkins ... Read More

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

Slide Guitar for Blues - Lap Style - Lesson 1

Bob Brozman

Lesson One: The Basics and Beyond

Bob Brozman uses a variety of instruments - a Weissenborn, a Dobro-type resophonic and a National steel - to teach the funky blues tunes, cool riffs and adventurous improvisations that he pulls from his seemingly bottomless bag of tricks. His course in lap style slide guitar will open up exciting musical ideas and powerful techniques for anyone who wants to get into ... Read More

Slide Guitar for Blues - Lap Style - Lesson 2

Bob Brozman

DVD Two: Advanced Techniques

Bob Brozman takes lap blues playing to the next level, going deeper, harder, and more intensely into the slide styles and techniques that make this such a powerful and compelling genre. Starting off in G tuning (you'll also learn open C and D minor), Bob concentrates on the deep blues "Delta notes." He runs through "sharpening" exercises using bar ... Read More

Slide Guitar for Blues - Lap Style - Two Video Set

Bob Brozman

Two Video Set

Lesson ONE: Bob Brozman uses a variety of instruments - a Dobro-type resophonic, a Weissenborn and a National steel - to teach the funky blues tunes, cool riffs and adventurous improvisations that he pulls from his seemingly bottomless bag of tricks. His course in lap style slide guitar will open up exciting musical ideas and powerful techniques for anyone who wants to ... 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
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