This class could be called “making the best with what you’ve got.” Happy shows intermediate players how even a simple song can be arranged and played in a way that makes it interesting and compelling for the listener. Happy will teach material from his vast repertoire of traditional folk, blues and country songs, with even one or two contemporary ones thrown in. These will incorporate alternate-bass fingerpicking, bass runs, chord substitutions, double-stop harmonies, dropped D tuning, blues improvisation and other essential musical devices. Prerequisites: You should be adept at basic chord changes and be generally comfortable with your instrument. Some fingerpicking experience would also be helpful.
For music fans and liner note junkies, Happy Traum needs no introduction. A quintessential figure in the New York folk music scene, recording musician with Bob Dylan, and founding partner of Homespun Tapes, Happy has been amplifying folk music enjoyment and education for decades.