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6 Videos | Length: 1hr 1min 33sec
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  • Introduction 9:59

    Introduction

    In this video, Happy introduces the course by playing a medley and then going over hand techniques, tuning, and pick choices.

  • Railroad Bill 16:43

    Railroad Bill

    Happy shows us how to play Railroad Bill, and then goes through the song again slowed down with some variations of the tune.

  • Creole Belle 9:28

    Creole Belle

    In this video, we are introduced to Creole Belle and shown the song with a slowed down version and variations.

  • Cocaine Blues 6:09

    Cocaine Blues

    Happy explores the song Cocaine Blues. He also demonstrates slowed down so we can better understand.

  • Freight Train 7:19

    Freight Train

    Freight Train is arguably the grandfather of all fingerpicking tunes and we are shown this classic with a few variations.

  • Make Me a Pallet On Your Floor 11:55

    Make Me a Pallet On Your Floor

    In this final video, we are shown a blues inspired fingerpicking song in the key of E followed by Happy's final thoughts.

Product Overview


In this vintage Homespun video series, you’ll learn to play five easy songs that should be in every fingerpicker's repertoire, including the necessary techniques so you can create your own arrangements and styles!

Happy Traum is your instructor and plays each tune ("Railroad Bill," "My Creole Belle”, "Cocaine Blues”, "Freight Train”, and “Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor”) in its simplest form, then moves the appropriate notes off the beat (while the bass maintains its steady, on-the-beat rhythm) so you can clearly understand where the syncopated notes go.

Finally, you'll add important techniques such as hammer-ons, pull-offs, bass runs, jump notes, walk-ups, and turnarounds to make your playing come alive. You'll then be ready to create your own arrangements to any fingerpicking tune!


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