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 DVD gives us ... Read More
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Alternate Guitar Tunings Demystified

Martin Simpson

Retune to Create Ringing Harmonies and Elegant Arrangements

Martin Simpson has built a formidable career on impeccable musicianship and stunning guitar arrangements. His creative use of altered tunings brings brilliant harmonic colors, cascading notes and resonant voicings to every song he plays.  Knowing that you may be reluctant to retune and head into uncharted territory, Martin has made a lesson that takes the “fear factor” out of changing ... Read More
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An Easy Guide to Open D

Happy Traum

The Must-Know Tuning for Fingerpickers and Blues Guitarists

Tuning to an open chord is a satisfying and fun way to play, giving you rich, resonant sounds with relatively little effort. Just follow the tuning instructions by Happy Traum, then strum the open strings for a ringing D chord; G, A and other major chords can be made with simple one-finger barres. It’s all explained in such a ... Read More
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Anyone Can Play Harmonica

Peter Madcat Ruth

An Easy Guide to Getting Started

Here's a lesson for people of any age who want to play the harmonica. This pocket-size instrument has been a favorite for generations, and there's no easier way to get started than this basic lesson. All you need is a 10-hole harmonica in the key of C (see our special offer below) and you'll be playing in ... Read More
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Arpeggio Power!

Paul Mehling

A Systematic Approach to Conquering the Guitar Fretboard

“Arpeggios are the DNA ofmusic.” - Paul Mehling Arpeggios (chords played as individual notes) are an indispensable component of music and can become an invaluable tool in your musical bag of tricks. Many melodies are built upon arpeggios, and their intervals and patterns are the key to understanding improvisation. In short, arpeggio knowledge can set you apart from other guitar players ... Read More
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Beginning Bluegrass Banjo

Pete Wernick
Through his books, videos, classes and workshops, Pete (Dr. Banjo) Wernick has probably gotten more people playing bluegrass banjo than just about anyone. His video, "Beginning Bluegrass Banjo, " has been one of Homespun's most popular titles since it was issued in 1986. Now we are re-releasing it in DVD format, making it easier than ever for new players to ... Read More
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Bluegrass Banjo Don Reno Style

Don Wayne Reno
The legendary Don Reno is revered in American bluegrass history for his improvisational flair, technical skills and good-humored personality. The Reno banjo style he created melds traditional bluegrass breakdowns with chord-based solos, percussive techniques and flamboyant single-string runs. Don taught his groundbreaking banjo techniques to his son, Don Wayne Reno, who now passes it on -- with lots of his dad ... Read More
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Bryan Bowers' Autoharp Techniques

Bryan Bowers

Developing Your Skills

Bryan Bowers astounds and entertains audiences everywhere with his powerful stage presence and Autoharp virtuosity. On this instructive and entertaining DVD, he breaks down his techniques for players who want to get beyond simple strumming and into more interesting song arrangements and solo instrumental styles. Autoharpists will be amazed at the sounds they will get using Bryan's well-honed methods ... Read More
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Classical Mandolin: The Art of the Tremolo

Caterina Lichtenberg

Enhance Your Technique, Control and Musicianship

The sound of the tremolo has defined the mandolin through the ages. Whether playing old Italian folk songs, Romantic era classical pieces or folk and bluegrass standards, executing the tremolo with expressiveness, depth and complexity is the hallmark of a truly accomplished mandolinist.  There’s a seemingly endless variety of compelling sounds you can get from the tremolo: single, double ... Read More
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Clawgrass Banjo

Mark Johnson

From Clawhammer to Bluegrass

"Mark's unique style doesn't really fit into a strict category. It's very bluegrass but has overtones of traditional folk, progressive acoustic, new-grass and old-timey all mixed into one. It's authentic. It's unique. It's Clawgrass". Mark Johnson has redefined banjo picking. His trademark technique, which he calls "Clawgrass," combines the percussive, foot-tapping rhythm of old-time ... Read More
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Conquer the Challenge of the Steady Thumb!

Happy Traum

The Ultimate Fingerpicking Starter Method

Syncopation is the heart and soul of guitar fingerpicking - the push and pull of the thumb maintaining a solid, foot-tapping rhythm while fingers are playing melody notes on the high strings. Keeping that beat going in the bass is one of the main stumbling blocks for many learning players. This “remedial” course will help you train your thumb to be ... Read More
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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 DVD 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
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