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Bluegrass Mandolin Workshop

In this Homespun video series, Butch Baldassari’s user-friendly mandolin method takes you from bare-bone basics to solidly intermediate material in a single two-hour lesson, providing detailed instruction in all aspects of mandolin playing. A downloadable PDF booklet with scales and charts is also included!

Essential Techniques for Mandolin

Here's a Homespun video tutorial series that will thrill and inspire mandolinists at all levels. Mandolin pro Chris Thile shares his own successful formula for developing right and left hand dexterity, improving speed and accuracy, and playing with heightened musicality.

Learn to Play Blues Mandolin

In this Homespun video series you’ll Learn to play traditional blues and old-time string band music on the mandolin. Steve James knows this music and its history well, and he brings it clearly into focus in this video series filled with “fun-lovin’ high-jinks.”

The Mandolin of Norman Blake

Before there was bluegrass there were fiddle tunes, mostly brought to these shores from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. In this Homespun video tutorial series, Norman and Nancy Blake teach beautiful, little-known old-time and original instrumentals in the Celtic and Southern mountain tradition.

An Introduction to Open Tunings and Slide Guitar

In this Homespun series, Roy Book Binder teaches the essential open tunings and bottleneck style techniques in a way that will be easy even for newcomers to slide guitar!

Arpeggio Power!

Arpeggios (chords played as individual notes) are an indispensable component of music and can become an invaluable tool in your musical bag of tricks. Paul Mehling has methodically created a program of drills and exercises that “connect the dots,” offering a disciplined approach to practicing for guaranteed results.

Basic Licks & Classic Solos for Electric Blues Guitar

Here's a Homespun video series for players who know the basic chords and want to get started playing blues on the electric guitar. Guitar pro Jim Weider takes it from the top, and shows the easy way to get into playing authentic licks, riffs, rhythms and hot solos.

Basic Theory That Every Guitarist Should Know

Learn how the guitar strings, frets, notes, scales and chords all work together to make music in this in-depth Homespun music instruction series.

Bluegrass Banjo Favorites

In this Homespun video tutorial series, you’ll learn to play eight must-know bluegrass instrumentals that are likely to be heard in jam sessions, picking parties and band performances. Bill Evans, one of America’s best-loved players and teachers, helps you build your technique from the ground up, showing you the techniques that will give these tunes power and authenticity.

Bluegrass Banjo Tunes & Techniques

This high-octane Homespun course by banjo master Tony Trischka in Scruggs-style banjo is perfect for the intermediate picker who wants to get to the next level in their playing. It’s chock-full of terrific tunes and invaluable instruction!

Blues & Rock Techniques for Hammond Organ

In this Homespun series, you’ll learn to get the thrilling organ sounds that have enhanced blues, jazz, gospel, and rock ’n’ roll throughout the history of popular music. David Cohen shows you how to create those sounds, and how to play the licks and grooves that have made this instrument world famous!

Blues Guitar Arrangements for the Intermediate Player

In this Homespun video series, you’ll learn five classic blues songs, especially arranged for intermediate-level guitarists who want to explore exciting new styles and repertoire!

Blues/Roots Guitar

Steve James is known for his mastery of blues guitar styles, as well as his deep knowledge of the history of the great traditional players, from Piedmont to Delta. In this video tutorial series, he takes five pieces representative of different styles and teaches them in careful detail for the learning student.

Bryan Sutton Secrets for Successful Flatpicking

This extraordinary video series is filled with spectacular picking, detailed instruction and invaluable advice for aspiring bluegrass guitarists at all levels. Bryan Sutton thoughtfully and methodically lays out his “tricks of the trade” to help you play any tune and improve your flatpicking speed, power, timing and musicianship.

C-A-G-E-D Guitar System 1

If you think of the guitar fingerboard as unknown and remote territory, full of mystery and confusion, we have the road map and compass you need. The C-A-G-E-D System provides you with a complete understanding of the entire neck of the guitar so you can find your way around without ever getting lost again!

C-A-G-E-D Guitar System 2

Ernie Hawkins continues his detailed exploration of the C-A-G-E-D Guitar System, using his long experience in country blues fingerpicking as the springboard for this lesson. You’ll start by learning to play the standard 12-bar blues chord progression in every position and in every key – the heart of the C-A-G-E-D concept.

C-A-G-E-D Guitar System 3

Ernie Hawkins uses the amazing C-A-G-E-D System when playing his specialty- blues and ragtime tunes in alternate-thumb fingerpicking style. This way of looking at the instrument enables him to have instant access to the guitar's entire fretboard.

Conquer the Challenge of the Steady Thumb

In this Homespun video tutorial series, master thumbpicker Happy Traum reveals ways to develop and keep your groove steady and in-time.

Easy Steps to Acoustic Blues Guitar Pt 1

So you want to play the blues? Well, veteran guitarist, instructor and Homespun Tapes founder Happy Traum offers the very best way for you to get started!

Easy Steps to Acoustic Blues Guitar Pt 2

So you want to play the blues? Well, veteran guitarist, instructor and Homespun Tapes founder Happy Traum offers the very best way for you to get started!

Easy Steps to Bossa Nova Guitar

The distinctive sound of Brazilian Bossa Nova guitar has permeated the musical landscape for fifty years, influencing singers, instrumentalists and songwriters throughout the world. Learn to easily incorporate this timeless style into your playing with these info packed Homespun guitar video tutorials!

Figuring Out the Fingerboard

If you've ever wondered how the hot flatpickers improvise solos using the entire length of the guitar fingerboard, and wished you could take your own distinctive breaks in jam sessions or performances, then these Homespun guitar video tutorials are for you!

Five-String Banjo for Beginners

The emphasis of this easy, hands-on Homespun video tutorial series, is on traditional folk picking styles and song accompaniment. Almost anyone can do it, and newcomers to the five-string banjo will be playing and singing along with Happy Traum within minutes!

Get That Classic Fender Sound

Learn amazing licks and solos, and get a close look at some of the famous guitars and amps that made rock 'n' roll history! Jim Weider is an expert in Fender styles, and you'll learn essential guitar techniques such as double bends, volume swells, raking and muting, pedal steel licks, Texas blues, harmonics, chicken pickin', finger-and-pick rhythm and lead, and much more. Includes downloadable PDF!

Jens Kruger Banjo Method for Beginners

Jens Kruger's Banjo Method for Beginners is an easy and joyful way for you to start picking and playing Banjo today!

John Sebastian Teaches Blues Harmonica

In this Homespun Harmonica Masters video series, John Sebastian teaches you important basics, scales and techniques, as well as great licks to use while soloing and more!

Learning Bluegrass Dobro

Here is a hands-on Dobro course that will teach you to play your favorite bluegrass and country tunes in no-time, even if you've never played before! Jam-packed with information, this series by Dobro pro Cindy Cashdollar utilizes close-ups and split screens, pdf booklet and easy-to-follow instruction to make it easy for you to learn Dobro like a pro!

Learn to Play Blues Piano

In this Homespun Piano Masters video series David Cohen teaches you how to play authentic blues piano with no music reading or previous piano experience!

Learn to Play Clawhammer Banjo

In this Homespun video series instructor Bob Carlin covers all the basics of the traditional clawhammer styles, teaching the chords, scales, tunings, and right-hand essentials you’ll need to figure out almost any tune.

Learn to Play Gospel Piano

In this Homespun Piano Masters video series Dr. Ethel Caffie-Austin teaches you how to play authentic gospel piano including intros, runs, harmonies, fills, turnarounds and more!

Learn to Play Jazz Piano Standards

In this vintage Homespun series, Andy LaVerne explores six familiar jazz standards, illustrating chord changes, voicings, embellishments, and improvisational ideas!

Making the Acoustic Guitar Rock

James Nash brings rock n roll sensibility to the acoustic guitar and breaks down his formidable picking skills into accessible lessons for guitar players of all levels in this Homespun music video tutorial instruction series.

Mastering Thumbpicking with Richard Smith

On this technique-intensive Homespun video tutorial, Richard makes some of his most dazzling arrangements accessible to aspiring pickers.

Mike Marshall Mandolin Fundamentals for All Players Pt. 1

In this incredible Homespun lesson taught by one of the greatest mandolinists of our time, Mike Marshall shows every mandolin player from beginner to experienced professional, how to become a better musician through proper technique, problem solving, and a systematic exercise regimen.

Mike Marshall Mandolin Fundamentals for All Players Pt. 2

This encyclopedic chord lesson by Homespun and mandolin expert Mike Marshall will provide hours of amazing practice sessions and is essential for any stringed instrument player, teaching you every chord in every position on the mandolin fretboard.

Musical Expression on the Drumset

Groove3 is honored to bring you a video tutorial series by Homespun and master drummer Jack DeJohnette who breaks down his unique approach for drummers of all levels, and anyone else who plays an instrument or simply loves music.

Pete Huttlinger Wonderful World of Chords

Get ready to give your left hand a workout! Pete Huttlinger has created a "video chord library" that's a must-have for every serious guitarist. This crash course is designed to show you all the important chords and fingerings you'll need, from the easiest shapes to some challenging finger-twisters.

Picking Up Speed

Learn to build up speed while maintaining good tone and timing in this Homespun music instruction series taught by Steve Kaufman, one of America’s hottest flatpicking guitar players.

Slide Guitar for Rock & Blues

Learn to play the blistering guitar solos, churning rhythms and wiling slide sounds that have impressed Roy Rogers’ fans worldwide, in this fantastic Homespun music instruction series.

Take Command of Your Fretboard: Chords & Melody

In this Homespun series, Woody Mann delivers an extraordinary course teaching new repertoire along with fretboard concepts that give an in-depth understanding of how to build great fingerstyle guitar arrangements.

Take a Solo - The Secrets to Blues & Country Guitar Improvisation

Homespun and guitar great Toby Walker shows you how a blues or country guitarist creates a great solo, thrilling the audience and getting nods of approval from fellow musicians. How does this happen? How do you even start figuring out which notes to play in the midst of a song or jam session? Just watch and see!

Talking Drummers

In this rare and extraordinary Homespun video tutorial series, you’ll see behind the scenes in the recording studio with two world-class musicians, Jack DeJohnette and the late Don Alias, who joyously improvised an album of percussion-based works, creating, overdubbing, changing, and editing, all right in front of your very eyes!

The Bass of Jack Casady

From the legendary "vaults" of the Homespun Instruction archives, Groove3 is pleased to bring you a treasury of the ideas and techniques of one of rock’s legendary bassists, Jack Casady!

The Blues-Rock Piano of Johnnie Johnson

Take a lesson with a true legend of American popular music! This Homespun video series gives a rare, up-close look into the style and technique of the man who co-wrote and played on all of Chuck Berry's biggest rock 'n' roll hits, including Back in the USA, Memphis, Tennessee, Sweet Little Sixteen, Roll Over Beethoven, Rock & Roll Music, and Berry's tribute to Johnnie, Johnny B. Goode.

The Electric Guitar of Jorma Kaukonen

Here’s a "formula for instant success on the electric guitar." Learn hundreds of great licks for blues and rock playing and use them to create solos and lead lines to rival the best of them! Includes downloadable PDF!

The Sam Bush Mandolin Method

In addition to being one of the world's greatest bluegrass musicians, Sam Bush is a clear and dynamic instructor who communicates his ideas with clarity and ease. This terrific Homespun video series will help aspiring mandolin players improve their technical prowess, build repertoire and develop formidable musicianship.

Tony Trischka Essential Practice Techniques for Bluegrass Banjo

Homespun presents a nuts and bolts practice session that’s a “must-have” for all bluegrass banjo players!

You Can Play Jazz Piano

One of America's great contemporary piano players takes you on a journey of discovery and insight into the world of jazz piano that will start you playing the right way. These in-depth Homespun video tutorials are packed with information, music theory and keyboard technique, allowing players getting their start in the jazz idiom to gain a wealth of knowledge and acquire the tools they’ll need to improvise jazz standards.