A Lesson With Steve Earle

Steve Earle

Guitars, Songs and Picking Techniques

Take a lesson with one of the most celebrated singer/songwriters of our time!  A master storyteller, Steve Earle crafts his powerful songs with basic chords and a two-finger picking style that is eloquent in its simplicity. His music combines folk, blues, alt-country and rock styles in a powerful, instantly recognizable genre all its own. This unique video gives us ... Read More

A Six-Pack of Moveable Blues Licks

Adam Traum

With Play-Along Backup Tracks

Playing lead lines and licks for blues tunes teaches you a lot about navigating the guitar’s fretboard. In this fun one-hour session, Adam Traum teaches six truly cool moveable licks (no open strings) in a variety of positions. Once you learn them, you can simply slide them up or down to the chord or key that the song requires.  ... Read More

Big Bill Broonzy's "Glory of Love"

Happy Traum

A Single Song Lesson - 20 minutes - includes tab

Big Bill Broonzy was a master musician whose styles ran the gamut from country blues to ragtime, from popular songs to his own originals. This powerful fingerstyle guitarist and vocalist was a major influence on the early folk and blues revival, and his impact is still being felt today. Big Bill transformed “Glory of Love,” a widely-known 1930s-era pop standard, into ... Read More

Blues Guitar Arrangements in DADGAD Tuning

Al Petteway
Create fingerstyle blues instrumentals, from Delta swamp to Piedmont bounce, and transform your guitar arrangements with new ideas and thrilling sounds! Al Petteway, one of our most musically inventive guitarists, teaches you six original tunes, each highlighting a different rhythmic and melodic feel and utilizing the unique qualities that DADGAD tuning offers. It's Only the Blues employs a steady ... Read More

Blues Piano Explorations - Video 1

David Bennett Cohen

Lesson One: Playing in Minor Keys

David Bennett Cohen, a master of rock and blues piano, brings his extensive musical knowledge and experience to intermediate-level players. This first of a two-part video series concentrates on playing blues in minor keys. It’s packed with essential music instruction and it features blues scales, chord progressions, riffs, runs and solos that will build on any piano student’s skills and ... Read More

Chris Smither: Special Two-Video Set

Chris Smither
  Lesson One: The Guitar of Chris Smither, Arrangements in Contemporary Blues Style      Lesson Two: Chris Smither Teaches Six Outstanding Fingerpicking Arrangements Chris Smither has made these two terrific lessons for anyone interested in taking traditional blues guitar styles and incorporating them into a contemporary setting. His foot-tapping, high-groove guitar style and blues-inflected songs have kept him in the top ... 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

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

Guitar "Licks-Ercises"

Toby Walker

Turn Powerful Fretboard Exercises Into an Arsenal of Blues, Country and Swing Guitar Licks

This encyclopedia of  “exercises disguised as licks” might be the coolest, most user-friendly lesson you’ve ever worked with. Toby Walker has put together dozens of fretboard drills that lead you into phrases for blues, country, swing and boogie-woogie guitar tunes. Do the exercises, then apply the licks in real-life musical situations and really play! Toby’s foundational drills will help you ... Read More
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