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Conquer the Challenge of the Steady Thumb

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    Chapter 1

    Happy welcomes you to the series after playing some acoustic guitar and explains what we'll be learning.

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    Chapter 2

    Moving forward, Happy shows you more fingering techniques to help you feel comfortable with this style.

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    Chapter 3

    In this video, Happy shows you a few things to help your thumbing become more controlled and confident.

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    Chapter 4

    Happy talks about Syncopation in 4/4 time, and the concepts behind playing rhythmically with your thumb.

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    Chapter 5

    Moving forward, Happy shows you a lick in the key of E. Happy then slows things down and explains each part so you can get it down.

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    Chapter 6

    In this video, Happy discusses improvising in this bluesy format, as well as some advice on timing and accuracy.

Product Overview


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

The ability to keep a beat going is one of the main stumbling blocks for many learning fingerpickers. In this series, Happy teaches you this technique, starting off with the monotonic, or "dead thumb" bass, played on just the low E string.

Through a series of exercises, Happy helps you develop a solid sense of time before gradually adding treble notes on different beats of each measure.

Before long, you'll be playing some really cool blues licks, scales, riffs, double stops, and melodies, all while keeping the beat going with your thumb.

Happy then moves on to the basics of alternating bass thumbpicking, giving you another essential technique to add to your repertoire and preparing you for future fingerpicking studies.


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Blue Mushoto
Submitted 4 years ago

Conquer The Challenge Of The Steady Thumb

Very methodical and inspiring and helpful to all levels of play

I am a: Producer, Professional, Musician


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Blue Mushoto
Submitted 4 years ago

Conquer The Challenge Of The Steady Thumb

Very methodical and inspiring and helpful to all levels of play

I am a: Producer, Professional, Musician

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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Happy Traum is an American folk musician who started playing music in the 1950s. Happy is most famously known as one half of Happy and Artie Traum, a duo he began with his brother. They released three albums, Happy and Artie Traum (1970, Capitol), Double Back (1971, Capitol) and Hard Times In The Country (1975, Rounder). He has continued as a solo artist and as founder of Homespun Tapes.

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Date published: 2016-11-06
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