The learning continues as Happy Traum takes you, step-by-step, through three more classic American songs, building each one from its simplest chord-and-strum accompaniment (a perfect jumping-off point for the beginning player) to a fully realized performance piece complete with melody notes, bass lines, chord substitutions, harmonies, picking techniques and improvisations. Drawing on his nearly 50 years of teaching experience, Happy systematically introduces elements to each song that will help give you a better command of the fretboard. At the same time you ll be adding wonderful material to your repertoire, building your right and left hand technique and improving your musical understanding. DVD 2 is all played in standard tuning and includes Stephen Foster s perennial favorite, Hard Times Come Again No More; the traditional hymn Wayfaring Stranger; and the southern Appalachian classic, Come All You Fair and Tender Ladies.
Here s the first in a two-DVD lesson series that will be deeply satisfying for any acoustic guitarist who wants to move beyond simple chords and easy strums. Beginning and intermediate players will quickly gain an understanding of guitar basics through the process of building compelling arrangements of well-known, much-loved traditional songs. In an instructional tour de force, Happy details each step, starting with a simple version of each song and then slowly adding chord substitutions, bass lines, harmonies, fill-in licks, fingerpicking patterns and other techniques that eventually create a fully-formed performance piece. By the time you have completed these two DVDs, you ll have gained a better command of the fretboard, increased your repertoire and improved your guitar technique. DVD 1 features songs arranged in dropped D tuning: The Cuckoo, with its haunting mountain modal minor key tonalities; the Caribbean-tinged American ballad Delia s Gone; and The Water is Wide, one of most beautiful and widely sung love songs in the English language.
Bass runs provide movement, harmony and a smooth transition as you change chords. Learning to add bass runs to chord progressions teaches you how to play the notes of the scale in several keys, and helps you develop good timing and single-note accuracy. Happy teaches a variety of bass "walks" in several keys, from the most basic to more complex chromatic runs. Songs include "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" "Bury Me Beneath the Willow," "I Am A Pilgrim," "Walk Right In," more.
Happy Traum's long association with Bob Dylan makes him the perfect instructor to teach these seven fingerstyle arrangements of Dylan favorites. The detailed, in-depth lessons are designed for both early intermediate and more experienced players who will gain important guitar technique along with first-hand historical insights.