Hooked On The Blues

Hans Theessink

Soulful Songs and Powerful Techniques From a Master Bluesman

Dazzling! Armed with a smokin' repertoire, he breathes new life into acoustic blues." -Guitar Player Magazine Blues fans and players worldwide have embraced the haunting, soulful sounds of the Mississippi Delta. Hans Theessink, a masterful player, singer and performer, teaches the powerful guitar styles that he learned first-hand from traditional players in the American South. Hans' passion for the blues ... Read More

How Long Blues

Happy Traum

Building a Solid Arrangement in A

Leroy Carr’s How Long Blues is one of the most famous songs in the tradition, a go-to number in just about every blues artist’s repertoire. It has been covered by musical luminaries as varied as Big Bill Broonzy, Ray Charles, T-Bone Walker, Ella Fitzgerald, Eric Clapton, Doc Watson, and hundreds more.  Happy shows early-intermediate guitarists some great ideas on ... Read More

How To Improvise Great Blues Solos With Just a Few Notes

Toby Walker

Homespun Single Song Lesson

“You don’t have to play a bazillion notes to sound really good. B. B. King could tear the house down with two or three notes.” - Toby Walker Every guitarist wants to be able to improvise an ear-catching solo in a blues jam and really say something. This lesson is as good a place to start as you’ll find anywhere ... Read More

Innovative Arrangements for American Blues - Roots Guitar

Geoff Muldaur
Legendary singer and guitarist Geoff Muldaur has chosen six gospel and blues arrangements that are filled with ideas, techniques and wonderful songs to add to your repertoire. They include two traditional gospel songs: "Just a Little While to Stay Here," based on a New Orleans funeral march in dropped D tuning; the soulful "Trouble Soon Be Over" in open G ... Read More

"In the Evening When the Sun Goes Down" - A Blues Classic

Happy Traum

Single Song Lesson, includes music and tab

This classic blues song, originally played on piano and sung by the great Leroy Carr, has been recorded by everyone from Ray Charles to Nina Simone. There's even a wonderful version on banjo by Pete Seeger. It’s one of the most evocative and beautiful blues tunes ever written. Happy Traum’s version is based on both Big Bill Broonzy’s amazing late ... Read More

Jewels of Acoustic Blues Guitar, Vol. 1

Rainer Brunn

Five Classics for Fingerstyle Guitarists

In his first lesson for Homespun, the excellent German fingerstyle blues artist Rainer Brunn teaches five classic numbers that will bolster your repertoire and expand your arsenal of licks. We’re proud to introduce him to a new audience as he brings his formidable chops to this carefully organized and articulately-taught video. Rainer opens the lesson with Keep It Clean, a ... Read More

Jewels of Acoustic Blues Guitar, Vol. 3

Rainer Brunn

Four Songs by Blind Blake

Blind Blake was a fingerstyle blues and ragtime guitarist of unparalleled virtuosity and musical dexterity, a hugely influential force on both his contemporaries (including Rev. Gary Davis) and a large cohort of acoustic blues and ragtime revivalist players. Learning the songs of Blind Blake is a challenge even for the most experienced country blues pickers, but guitarist/teacher Rainer Brunn ... Read More

Jewels of Acoustic Blues Guitar, Vol. 4

Rainer Brunn

Five Songs in Open D Tuning

Rainer Brunn has delivered another beautifully detailed lesson that will thrill and inspire all fingerpicking players. This time, he teaches five songs in open D. As in all of Rainer’s lessons, his setlist of songs is nuanced and musically creative. In his hands, the open tuning brings ringing strings, rich textures and the always-powerful alternating bass rhythm. Rainer starts off ... Read More

Jewels of Acoustic Blues Guitar, Vol. 5

Rainer Brunn

Songs of Bo Carter

Here’s a new gem from the ever-popular German fingerstyle guitarist Rainer Brunn, who digs into four songs by the great Bo Carter. Born Armentor Chatmon, Carter is often overlooked as one of the early country blues pioneers. As bandleader of the Mississippi Sheiks and as a soloist, he became known among blues enthusiasts for his bawdy, clever songs that featured great ... Read More

Jewels of Acoustic Blues Guitar, Vol. 6

Rainer Brunn

Four Songs of Mississippi John Hurt

Mississippi John Hurt is an icon in the blues and folk pantheon, a much-beloved songster with a rich and varied alternating-bass fingerpicking style. In another stellar lesson for Homespun, Rainer Brunn performs, then meticulously teaches, his versions of four of John Hurt’s best-known songs: Sliding Delta; Poor Boy, Long Ways From Home; Frankie and Albert; and the ever-popular Make Me ... Read More

John Sebastian Teaches Blues Harmonica.

John Sebastian

with Jimmy Vivino, guitar

John Sebastian, one of the most beloved performers, songwriters and harmonica players of our time, teaches all the basics in this friendly, jam-along lesson. You’ll start by learning how to hold the instrument and play your first notes using both the “straight” scale and the blues “cross-harp” mode.  Before long you’ll be getting the sounds that the pros get ... Read More

John Sebastian Teaches Blues Harmonica Listen and Learn

John Sebastian

Special Guest: Guitarist Jimmy Vivino

Play great blues harp in one lesson! John Sebastian explains how to hold the instrument and make your first tones. He then uses cowboy music to demonstrate "out" or "straight" harp style, and shows you how to play your first blues scales using traditional "cross harp" technique. Before you know it, you'll be playing a blues in G, complete ... Read More
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