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I have been a student for many, many years, having first purchased lessons on cassette with handwritten tabulature. I even remember hearing an apology by Happy in the middle of the first guitar cassette series when Adam, then a small child, interrupted the lesson by slamming the screen door when coming into the house. Since then, I have purchased well over a hundred lessons on cassette, VHS, DVD, and now instant download (many duplicate lessons as the formats have become more convenient).
Now that father time is becoming an issue, I am more serious about becoming more proficient on a number of instruments (and have more time to do so). In finally getting serious with the Frank Lee banjo video (I have had it for years on VHS and now instant download), I am blown away by the Freight Hoppers, particularly the performance at the end of the lesson. David Bass in particular is amazing (as are all four group members).
I have searched high and low for a digital version of the Homespun performance video "Live at the Bearsville Barn" and have only been able to find it on VHS. I have tried to copy it digitally for my own use but I believe that it is copy protected. I really want this video digitally and would certainly be willing to pay any reasonable amount to get a DVD transfer or download if possible. With the high level of interest in old time string band music, I would suggest that it would be a good seller in your catalog and I would certainly do everything I could do to drive people to your site to purchase it. But selfishly, if there is anything you can do to sell me this performance in digital format, I would certainly appreciate it.
This is the greatest!
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Rory teaches Mississippi Blues on: Classics of Country Blues Guitar - Six CD Set
She really does a great job teaching that song a bunch of others, she goes into great detail on all of the songs. I highly recommend it. But there was edited down version that cuts out a lot of the details, I would avoid that and make sure you get the full six CD set. Also, the digital download of the six CD set regularly shows up on the 50% email promotions that homespun sends out, so get on the mailing list and get a great set of lessons at a great price.
Sorry for the delay in responding. This is the first I've heard of missing parts to Eddie's tab. I will send this note to our transcriber and see what he says. It may take a few more days to get back to you but we'll get to it as soon as possible.
Yes, you're exactly right. Each fret represents a half-step on the scale, and your chords move up the neck accordingly (as long as there are no open strings). When you use a capo, of course, you can play all the strings because the capo moves all the strings. So, a C chord played with the capo on the 1st fret becomes a C#. If you move the capo to the 5th fret it's an F and so on.
We have some good instruction in this concept. I recommend my "Basic Theory That Every Guitarist Should Know" http://www.homespuntapes.com/Instruments/Guitar/beginning-guitar/the-happy-traum-guitar-method-basic-theory-that-every-guitar-player-should-know-two-dvd-set
You also might like my audio series, "A Beginner's Guide to Chord Positions," which you can find here: http://www.homespuntapes.com/CatalogueRetrieve.aspx?ProductID=1015228&A=SearchResult&SearchID=15572541&ObjectID=1015228&ObjectType=27
Finally, you might enjoy my short video, "How and Why to Use a Capo," which you can download from Homespun Instant Access: https://shop.platformpurple.com/?shop=7&categories=#moreInfo/hs_happycapo1
I hope this helps.
Could you please add Buddy Wachter's Plectrum Banjo lesson to your download library? I started on the 5-string banjo about 3 years ago thanks to Happy's fantastic "Five-String Banjo for Beginners" lesson. I've since branched out into other styles. I would love a lesson on the plectrum banjo from Homespun.
Thanks for the nice words about my beginning banjo lesson. I'm glad to hear that it has inspired you to branch out to other styles.
We do have a lesson by Buddy Wachter on tenor banjo, which is similar to plectrum - same relative tuning although the instrument is pitched differently. You can see that lesson here: https://www.homespun.com/shop/product/learning-tenor-banjo/
Buddy did do a plectrum lesson for us and we'll consider getting it back in our catalog. Meanwhile, I hope this helps.
So glad you like the Frank Lee banjo lesson. He's the real deal and absolutely gets the right old-time clawhammer banjo sound.
We haven't digitized our performance video of the Freight Hoppers yet but I'm glad you reminded me about it. Hopefully, we will be able to add it to our schedule and make it available digitally at some point. We'll certainly announce it when it's available.
Thanks so much for writing, and for your long-time support. We certainly appreciate it.
Thank you for the reply, and for many years of great instruction! I just purchased the tenor banjo course. I'm sure that will keep me busy for some time. I have been using your materials in one format or another since 1984, when I permanently "borrowed" my dad's copy of your guitar fingerpicking book from the 60s. I still haven't run out of things to learn from you, yet!
Sorry about not posting a name and email in the original..
Thanks for the nice words about our lessons, and particularly the ones with Artie and me on blues jamming. Sorry you weren't able to see my right hand on "How Long," but we only had so many cameras and we were trying to get as much in a possible. I thought I had taught that song on one of my lessons, but I can't find it at the moment. Sorry.
Quite a number of my blues DVDs show right hand techniques. I would especially recommend my course on the songs and techniques of Brownie McGhee, who was my main inspiration for my picking style. You can see that lesson here: https://www.homespun.com/shop/product/the-blues-guitar-of-brownie-mcghee/
Maybe one of these days I'll do a special single-download lesson on "How Long Blues." Thanks for asking about it.
Where did Roy say this? Do you know what the song was he was referring to? Give us more information and we'll try to figure it out.
Have it and love it! I have always really loved his music, and you are right, finding the vibe in his music has made mine so much more interesting and fun. I think I need to spend a whole bunch more time with it!
Looking forward to seeing you in Woodstock or perhaps here in Newburgh soon!
Have it and love it! Thanks for responding, I have always really enjoyed the Brownie and you are right, it has unlocked a whole bunch of stuff I never knew I had...
I think mostly its just spending time!
Looking forward to coming to Woodstock soon or seeing here in Newburgh sometime!
It is on Blues By the Book V2. More Blues Stylings in A section. Roy plays a short piece, and it's at the end. He says he won't show us it, as he thinks it's on a Rory Block lesson. Mississippi Blues, by Willie Brown.
I purchased the the DVD Guitarist Guide To Better Practicing but i have misplaced my pdf booklet. Is there a way i can purchase the pdf from your site. Thank you in anticipation.
If you purchased the DVD from us there's no problem in sending you a new pdf of the booklet. Just write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and Susan will get it out to you.
By the way, the booklet should be encoded right on your DVD. If you downloaded the lesson it will always be available on our Instant Access site. So, there are several ways to get your booklet back again.
I hope this is a help to you. Let me know if you have any more questions.
I love this.