This is a lot of fun!
Peter Hyatt | Orrington, Maine | 05/01/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Volume one was a great way to introduce acoustic blues. Happy assumes nothing in terms of the player's knowledge, and his enthusiasm for acoustic blues is contagious. By assuming nothing, he covers the very basics...even down to how to count, and then moves on to some very EASY to play songs that are...VERY EASY to "dress up" and sound quite impressive. Volume 2 picks up where Volume 1 left off and is also a lot of fun. The didatic aspect of the DVD is undeniable, but I found, especially with these DVDs on the acoustic blues, that I was learning without really recognizing it because I was enjoying myself. I have many of Homespun DVDs (I consider a library of Homespun instuctional DVDs a must for every guitar player---and every piano player (my son) who seeks a solid education) and some are quite challenging; where one DVD might last me for months of lessons----the Blues series are fun and learning is coming along fine. Happy shows that the blues variations are just endless.....and blues is not all "blue" or depressing music, but rather can be quite uplifting. His love of the blues goes back to his early teacher, whom he quotes often, and it feels like the viewer and student is being let in on some old, old secrets. Great to learn these songs, and then to teach them to my kids. It is funny to hear a 5 year old wake up and sing, "Good morning, blues, how do you do?".
Homespun is the premier music instruction today. I will continue to build my DVD library, which now includes instruction on acoustic guitar, blues, folk, solo playing, general instruction, as well as Harmonica, Drums, Piano, and the Irish Tin Whistle. My entire family loves music and is benefiting from the great work by the Traums."
Sarkis Charabaty | B | 02/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Great Instructional Blues Finger picking DVD
if u are a beginner in acoustic blues and want to go to an intermediate level this is the right DVD to Purchase.
It introduces the finger picking style and takes you up to be a fairly accomplished blues finger picker player.
I really enjoyed this DVD, from 1 year now I'm still learning from it.
If u r really serious about playing the Blues don't miss this DVD a lot of instructions far more advanced than the first one, but if u r a novice just start with the first one.