Happy Traum's Complete Fingerpicking Guitar Method

Happy Traum
Six audio hours plus chords, music and tab on pdf file
  • Skill Level:Near-Beginner (2)

These six hours of listening will teach you how to pick out syncopated melodies while maintaining a steady rhythmic bass pattern in the styles of Merle Travis, Elizabeth Cotten, John Hurt and others. Even students who have never done this kind of picking before will be improvising fingerpicking solos by the end of this series!

Songs: John Henry, Sugar Babe, Spike Driver's Blues, My Creole Belle, Railroad Bill, Fishing Blues, Stackerlee, I Am A Pilgrim, Nine-Pound Hammer, Candy Man, Guabi Guabi, Cocaine, Anji, Wilson Rag, Ragtime Improvisation.

Develop a strong fingerpicking repertoire and explore more complex chord positions, open tunings and counter-bass lines. You'll learn extra tricks, breaks, runs, endings and turnarounds as you master these songs: Sitting On Top Of The World, Deep River Blues, Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out, You're Gonna Quit Me Baby, Mississippi Blues, Saturday Night Shuffle, Anji, St. Louis Tickle, Dallas Rag, Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor.

Note: This download course was originally issued on 12 cassettes and called "Fingerpicking Styles for Guitar." It was based loosely around Happy's Oak Publications book with the same title. Although edited slightly and audio-enhanced, all of the original songs are taught in this version.


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