Guitar Instructional Book Reviews

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BlueGrass Guitar by Happy Traum
Oak Publications
ISBN 0.8256.0153.3
21.95 in U. S. A.


Graded for advanced beginner to advanced. Take it as fast as you can go. Loads of challenge and fun.

Happy Traum is one of the more respected guitar instructors on our planet and currently operates Homespun Tapes, a site filled with all types of musical instruction.

Music Lessons from Homespuntapes.com

Standard musical notation and Tab.

Includes CD buy many may remember the small plastic, flexible record that used to be found within this instructional book. That may give you some idea of the staying power of this classic.

Songs include:
Mama Don't Allow
Bury Me Beneath the Willow
Roll Me In My Sweet Baby's Arms
Soldier's Joy
My Grandfather's Clock
Sally Goodin
Arkansas Traveler

and many others.

Pretty cool item: The G run.
Trust me, you have heard this and will love playing this.

This book is one of the finest currently available that presents a peek at the craft of BlueGrass guitar.

You might not give a hoootenanny about BlueGrass or Country guitar but you are strongly encouraged to give this style an honest listen. Please don't underestimate the value and enjoyment found in this great, American guitar tradition.

Selections range from relatively easy, repeatable phrases to licks that, if played at the correct tempo, have the potential to singe your fingertips. "Arkansas Traveler" played at the speed the world turns will make you incredibly happy and has the potential to awe an audience.

An accomplished BlueGrass guitarist is welcome to play anywhere, anytime and is almost guaranteed to carry a good time inside that guitar. This book will return your effort in correct proportions.

Text includes a couple of wonderful photographs that capture the essence and some of the stars of this discipline.

This has been around since 1974 and is truly one of the classics of published guitar instructional books.

There is a reason this has remained so popular over the years. If you buy it, you'll reference this for years.

You can get it here:
Amazon.com: Bluegrass Guitar Traum (Guitar Books) (9780825601538): H. Traum: Books


Gotta get it. Yeehaw!