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Acoustic Blues Guitar 1 [DVD] [Region 1] [NTSC]

4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Homespun
  • DVD Release Date: 16 May 2005
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009IW98E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,501 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Veteran guitarist and Homespun Tapes founder Happy Traum offers this unique course in acoustic blues guitar, especially designed for novice players. He breaks it all down into easy steps, including syncopated strumming patterns, 12-bar and 8-bar blues pro

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For a beginner this DVD is excellent. All the techniques are clearly described and you can browse back and forth throughout the different topics covered. It is all in the key of E so you are able to progress with basic chord knowledge. If you have a love for the blues this DvD is a must! (more advanced players should perhaps start with the second in the series). Have fun!
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I have taken up learning the guitar late in life. I had some knowledge of playing the guitar and I think that this DVD would be aimed at those who have some knowledge of chords. Happy plays the blues in E scale which is quite easy. He explains about the blue being in 12 bars and that it usually follows a particular format. What I learnt was that when you sing along with the tune there are gaps when there is no singing and these are filled in by turnarounds. These make the song more interesting. I have enjoyed the DVD and I think that I will move onto the second DVD of Happy'.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x917358b8) out of 5 stars great beginner blues DVD 9 Sept. 2005
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This is a wonderful product for folks like me who are just starting their exploraton of the blues. Happy does a great job with the basics and then piles on a lot of variations and tricks that make even the most basic 12-bar sound fun and interesting. I would certainly recommend it for novices. More advanced players might skip the beginning and move on to Disc 2 but this is a great foundation for beginners.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92069480) out of 5 stars another fine Homespun product! 17 April 2007
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Great DVD for those who already know how to play basic guitar chords and want to learn the blues. From the first 15 minutes, Happy will have you playing 12 bar blues and begins to show little "secrets" that sound quite impressive, though not difficult to play. Happy's enthusiasm for acoustic blues is contagious and if you have already learned to play basic guitar chords, you are ready for this DVD. It is like having expensive lessons in your home. Play the DVD for 15 minutes; shut it off, and practice every day. After a few days, turn it on for the next segement, and repeat. Some of the DVDs are quite easy, where as others may require more practice between "lessons". If you do not know the basic guitar chords and wish to learn, Homespun has many other excellent products, including David Hamburger's Acoustic Guitar Method, vol 1 and 2. Homespun DVDs make it possible to have terrific lessons in your own home. Affordable, well directed (you get the split screen of the right hand and the left hand), and enjoyable, I have found no better instruction for the guitar or piano than Homespun.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x923029cc) out of 5 stars Superb instruction 15 Sept. 2007
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There are many books and dvd's out there on acoustic blues. These 2 volumes by Happy Traum are the best I've found.
Easy to follow for beginners and intermediate players, and Happy's good-natured ways will win you over.
A feel-good experience every time, whether you just watch them or practice along!!!
10 stars.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91b73600) out of 5 stars Great Start! 26 Sept. 2010
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I have a very genuine like for this man; he's very warm hearted and very knowledgeable. I really had know idea how to play the blues, but have always wanted too. I can afford to go to a shop and get taught to play the guitar, but I much prefer the challenge of learning on my own. It can get really frustrating learning on your own, but I find that when you are self taught, you weave your way in and out of what your preferred method of teaching is much quicker. Because I can buy numerous DVD's online and get many different perspectives on how to play, but with a music teacher, your only learning their way and nothing else. Not to say all music teachers are bad, on the contrary, there are numerous music teachers that I know personally that are excellent. But I just wanted something a little different and Happy has provided that for me. If you've never touched a guitar in your life or at least played around a bit, I wouldn't recommend you get this video, because its not that type of beginner video.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x918efae0) out of 5 stars Verry nice 18 Feb. 2008
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As the title shows "Starting from the scratch"
Happy Traum is an excellent blues guitar teacher, he start his lesson by explaining the twelve bars variation for novice who haven't touched a guitar or know the blues before and by time his authentic explanation will lead u to be a fair blues guitar blues player.
I personally thank him for this instructional DVD; it helped me a lot to understand the basics of the blues chords variations and improve my guitar skills too.
The Main theme is Good Morning Blues he shows u how to get it all done including turn around and many other useful tips and tricks (Brownie Macghee style)
An Advise, if u are interested in the blues don't just buy it alone, try to purchase the second DVD with it "Easy Steps to Acoustic Blues Guitar -Essentials of fingerstyle blues" great instructional DVD also.
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