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 It was originally made famous by Louis Armstrong but has since been performed by countless other blues, jazz, folk and rock artists.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

Take A Solo!

Toby Walker

The Secrets to Blues and Country Guitar Improvisation

A blues or country guitarist creates a great solo, spinning single-string notes seemingly out of nowhere, thrilling the audience and getting nods of approval from fellow musicians. How does this happen? How do you even start figuring out which notes to play in the midst of a song or jam session?  Toby Walker has the perfect key to unlocking ... Read More

Take Command of Your Fretboard!

Woody Mann

A Practical Approach to Understanding Chords and Melody Through Blues, Gospel and Fingerstyle Originals

This extraordinary 2-volume set teaches exciting new pieces, invaluable musical concepts, and an understanding of the fretboard to help you build your guitar playing to new levels. Starting from the basic chord positions, the late guitarist and educator Woody Mann walks you through ways to “play off” the chords and extend the positions up the neck using smaller shapes, double ... Read More

The Acoustic Guitar Fingerstyle Method

David Hamburger

Learn to Play Using the Techniques and Songs of American Roots Music

Fingerpicking is one of the most sought-after, intriguing and challenging of all acoustic guitar techniques. With your thumb providing the steady bass and fingers syncopating the treble notes, this sound never fails to delight players and listeners alike.  David Hamburger focuses on two essential fingerstyle approaches: alternating-bass “Travis” picking and steady-bass blues style. This carefully thought-out and expertly taught ... Read More

The Acoustic Guitar of Jorma Kaukonen - Lesson One

Jorma Kaukonen

Lesson One

Jorma Kaukonen's first musical influences were the fingerpicking blues of Blind Blake, Rev. Gary Davis, Big Bill Broonzy and other traditional players. From those inspirations, he built the acoustic guitar style that has made him a top guitarist and a legendary figure in the pop music world. On this insightful lesson, Jorma breaks down his fingerpicking style, lick by ... Read More

The Acoustic Guitar of Jorma Kaukonen - Lesson Three

Jorma Kaukonen
On his third lesson in the series, Jorma concentrates on repertoire-building, delving into seven of the traditional and original guitar pieces that have favorites in both his solo shows and his Hot Tuna performances. He starts out by teaching the traditional gospel song I Will Be All Right, demonstrating chord shapes, right hand rolls and runs learned from the playing ... Read More

The Acoustic Guitar of Jorma Kaukonen - Lesson Two

Jorma Kaukonen
Jorma Kaukonen continues the exploration of the popular blues-based fingerpicking that has been his signature style throughout his long and distinguished career.  Jorma starts this lesson with an in-depth breakdown of the folk/blues classic I Know You Rider. He takes the song apart measure by measure, teaching the  runs, chord shapes, bass runs and right hand picking ... Read More

The Acoustic Guitar of Jorma Kaukonen - Three-Video Set

Jorma Kaukonen

Blues, Rags & Originals

These three lessons teach Jorma's traditional fingerpicking stylings as well as his more contemporary original guitar compositions that make up the Hot Tuna phenomenon. The legendary rock and blues guitarist explores, in detail, many of the songs, licks and instrumentals he learned from Rev. Gary Davis, Blind Blake, Big Bill Broonzy and other great players. Add to your repertoire ... Read More

The Blues Bag

Happy Traum

Eleven Classic Songs and Arrangements

Learn to play eleven tried and true favorites that are a must for every acoustic blues player's repertoire. If you have gone beyond the basics and want to add exciting new material to your set list, this two-DVD package is for you! Happy's clear, detailed instruction will move your guitar style forward by leaps and bounds, and will ... Read More

The Blues Guitar (and Harmonica) of John Hammond

John Hammond
John Hammond's passion and commitment to his music have inspired blues lovers throughout the world for more than forty years. Now guitarists (and harmonica players) can learn, up close, how John plays the songs, licks, grooves and soulful solos that make up his dynamic blues style. Harmonicas in the keys of A and D will work well with this ... Read More

The Blues Guitar of Brownie McGhee

Happy Traum

Songs and Techniques Passed Down from a Master Bluesman

"Brownie McGhee had been a legend to me when, in the spring of 1958, I decided to call him. I had never seen him play, but one 10-inch Folkways LP called "Brownie McGhee Blues" had been worn thin on my record player, and I knew all the songs by heart. I was astounded by the brilliance and complexity of his ... Read More

The Blues Guitar of Keb' Mo'

Keb' Mo'

Basic Techniques for the Contemporary Player

Keb' Mo's lesson is aimed at players who want to get comfortable with the basics of traditional country blues and then go on to more contemporary blues-based tunes. Working in the key of E, Keb' shows how turnarounds and harmonized scale passages can be the basis for developing fluid phrases in a Robert Johnson style blues tune. He teaches ... Read More
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