Essential Blues for Acoustic Guitar

Artie Traum
This book/CD pack is designed to help you quickly become a better blues player. Award-winning guitarist, songwriter, author and Taylor Guitars clinician Artie Traum explores essential blues techniques in fret-by-fret detail for both finger and flatpick styles. You'll learn to play classic blues songs such as "Country Boy Blues," "Come Back Baby," and "Trouble in Mind," along with ... Read More

Expand Your DADGAD Blues Vocabulary

Al Petteway

Get Rich, Bluesy Sounds With This Tuning!

With its ringing strings and modal-sounding timbre, DADGAD is a beautiful tuning for coaxing rich, bluesy sounds out of your guitar. Master player Al Petteway shows you how to create cool Delta blues-style turnarounds, chord progressions, licks, and other playing techniques, along with arrangements for two classic blues songs: Going Down Slow and T-Bone Walker's classic, Stormy Monday.  ... Read More

Exploring 8-Bar Blues

Mary Flower

Seven Songs, Progressions and Variations in E

Here’s everything a learning guitarist will need to get into the infectious 8-bar blues form. Mary Flower brings her expert musicianship to seven exciting arrangements, helping both novice and more advanced fingerstyle blues players develop important guitar skills. You will come away with a wealth of techniques, great songs and new insights into your instrument.  Mary starts with simple ... Read More

Exploring the Guitar with Keb' Mo'

Keb' Mo'

Songs and Arrangements to Enrich Your Playing

Keb' Mo' expertly accompanies his distinctively soulful songs with folk/blues fingerpicking, swampy slide licks, contemporary pop chords and a touch of jazz. The seven arrangements he teaches on this lesson are simple enough for early intermediate guitarists, but provide enough twists and turns to interest advanced musicians as well. With his easy-going humor and deep musical knowledge, Keb' Mo ... Read More

Exploring the House of the Rising Sun - Two Video Set

Happy Traum

Learn to Play An American Classic

Lesson One: Here’s one of America’s best-known and most powerful folk/blues songs, a classic that every aspiring guitarist will want to learn. Happy Traum breaks down the iconic arrangement he learned from the great Dave Van Ronk, with it’s unique descending bass line and ear-catching chord progression. He then develops variations that will teach early-intermediate players much about the ... Read More

Exploring the House of the Rising Sun - Video One

Happy Traum

Learn to Play An American Classic

Here’s one of America’s best-known and most powerful folk/blues songs, a classic that every aspiring guitarist will want to learn. Happy Traum breaks down the iconic arrangement he learned from the great Dave Van Ronk, with it’s unique descending bass line and ear-catching chord progression. He then develops variations that will teach early-intermediate players much about the guitar fingerboard ... Read More

Exploring the House of the Rising Sun - Video Two

Happy Traum

Learn to Play An American Classic Continued

Taking this great song to the next level, Happy shows how you can develop a more improvisational approach to building an arrangement. First, you’ll learn to find the melody notes in the first-position chords, using hammer-ons, slides and passing tones - as well as right hand picking variations - to give your playing more depth and style.   You’ll then use movable ... Read More

Exploring "The Sloop John B."

Happy Traum

Learn a Classic Caribbean Folksong

The old Bahamian folk song, “The Sloop John B.” (also known as “John B. Sails”), was one of the most popular and widely-sung songs of the folk revival. It was in virtually everyone’s setlist and was recorded by dozens of artists, from the Weavers to the Beach Boys. It can be played as an engaging sing-along or as a ... Read More

Fingerstyle Arrangements for Six Blues, Country and Folk Songs

Happy Traum

From His Acclaimed CD "Just For the Love of It"

These songs and instrumentals will challenge, delight and inspire learning guitarists looking for new techniques and fresh repertoire. Happy teaches two traditional blues; a timeless cowboy song; an instrumental version of a great country/pop classic and more. Each song demonstrates important styles and techniques that will add depth and finesse to your playing.  • Careless Love Blues and ... Read More

Fishin' Blues and Carroll County Blues Single Download

Mike Seeger

Old Time Guitar Fingerpicking

There was no one more knowledgeable about old-time American music than Mike Seeger. He played it all his life and spread it around the world. In his complete DVD, Seeger put together an amazing survey of traditional guitar styles from the rural South including “Fishing Blues” in a Mississippi John Hurt style and “Carroll County Blues” in a fiddle tune ... Read More

Five Unique Pieces for Blues/Roots Guitar

Mary Flower

Build Your Technique Step-by-Step

Mary Flower has a masterful command of the blues. She combines technical know-how with an undeniably soulful groove. Here, Mary teaches five original, distinct pieces that cover four different tunings: standard, dropped D, open G, and D minor. West Delta Blues employs a “dead thumb” right hand picking technique and a cool sliding lick on the treble strings that draw ... Read More

Great Guitar Lessons - Blues and Country Fingerpicking

Eddie Adcock, Roy Book Binder, Doc Watson, John Jackson, Thom Bresh, Rory Block, Happy Traum

Blues & Country Fingerpicking

This terrific compilation features basic to advanced lessons from some of Homespun's most celebrated pickers. You'll become familiar with each instructor's teaching and playing style, and expand your own guitar technique, as you master several complete tunes. Happy Traum - "John Henry" (new lesson); John Jackson - "Louis Collins" (The Fingerpicking Blues Of John Jackson); Rory Block - "Fixin' To ... Read More
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