Easy Steps to Guitar Fingerpicking - Three-Video Set

Happy Traum

Three-Video set

Three videos, Includes music and tab on pdf files. Video One: Demystifying Alternate Thumb Technique - Video Two: Songs in Dropped D Tuning - Video Three: Graduating Into Classic Repertoire
  • Code:DLHAPFG29
  • Skill Level:Near-Beginner (2)


Drawing on four decades of teaching experience, Happy Traum has devised this nearly foolproof method to help you get off to a great start. He trains you to "rewire your brain" so that playing in this style becomes second nature. Happy also imparts invaluable information about finger picks, string damping, Travis style picking and other important topics.

Lesson One starts you from scratch. The simple children's song Skip to My Lou helps you learn the basic concepts before you move on to finger-picking standards such as Spike Driver's Blues, Green, Green Rocky Road, Staggerlee, Nine Pound Hammer and Hobo's Lullaby. With each piece you'll acquire new skills and by the end of this lesson you'll be able to apply them to any song in your repertoire.

On Lesson Two, Happy shows you how to play in the versatile and useful "dropped D" tuning. You'll learn how to play and sing five classic songs, each one rich with possibilities for creating exciting arrangements: The Colorado Trail, My Home's Across the Smoky Mountains, Fishin' Blues, The Blues Ain't Nothin' and John Henry.

Back in standard tuning, Lesson Three introduces you to the songs and styles of Merle Travis, Doc Watson, John Hurt and other masters of traditional guitar fingerpicking. You'll learn to move freely around the fingerboard playing licks, slides, hammer-ons and bass runs while maintaining the steady thumb rhythm that gives this style its ear-catching appeal. Songs: I Am a Pilgrim, Deep River Blues, Louis Collins, Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out and Step It Up and Go.

Student Reviews:

"It's been a little over a year since I bought the first DVD in the "Easy Steps to Fingerpicking" series. One year ago I was struggling with 'Skip to My Lou', and today I have just played through - in it's entirety - 'Deep River Blues'. In my books, that's a pretty big distance to come in a relatively short period of time. For that, sir, I cannot begin to thank you enough." -- Russell Sawler

"I am an experienced player who always had trouble with the Travis style. So after years of failing to teach myself, I purchased Happy Traum's "De-mystifying the Alternating Thumb" DVD. I cannot praise this video enough. It's very easy to follow and the teaching style is excellent. While I am no master of the style, it has taken me to a point where I can actually do it. Getting better is up to me. Thanks Happy. You did a wonderful job on this one." -- Brian Buckley

"Thanks again for these great DVDs! I've made more progress with the guitar--and am having more fun--than with any other guitar program (or teacher) I've ever worked with." -- Terry Beck

"I taught myself to play the guitar when I was 13. I'm now 64 and I've always wanted to learn how to fingerpick. I was never able to learn until got your 'Easy Steps to Fingerpicking' DVD set, and now I can!! Thanks so much!!" -- John H. Jones


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