HAPPY TRAUM

HAPPY TRAUM CLASSES

Both of Happy’s classes are very hands-on and students will be expected to play along with him. 
You will learn specific songs and techniques and will go home with some new things to practice!


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SONGS OF BOB DYLAN (EARLY INTERMEDIATE LEVEL) 

Happy's long association with Bob Dylan makes him the perfect instructor to teach arrangements of Dylan favorites. In this workshop, he teaches intermediate-level guitarists how to make their own fingerstyle arrangements and create interesting accompaniments for a number of Dylan classics. He brings his arrangements to life with movable chord shapes, bass runs, harmony lines, and other nuances that will add distinction to every song you play. Each song features a different fingerpicking approach: Traditional three-finger patterns, Travis-style swing, steady-bass blues, Carter Family strumming, and more. The idea is to use these songs to help make you a better all-around fingerstyle player.


INTERMEDIATE LEVEL: THE BASICS OF FINGERSTYLE SONG ACCOMPANIMENT” WITH HAPPY TRAUM
This class could be called “making the best of what you’ve got.” Happy shows intermediate players how even the simplest song can be arranged in a way that makes it interesting and compelling for the listener. You’ll learn some traditional ballads as well as contemporary songs (including one or two by Bob Dylan) incorporating bass lines, chord substitutions, double-stop harmonies, dropped D and other musical devices. 


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COMING OF AGE IN THE GREENWICH VILLAGE FOLK REVIVAL & WOODSTOCK SCENE (1954-1971)

Close Encounters with Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Brownie McGhee, and The Great Washington Square Folk Singers Riot

With colorful anecdotes, incisive memories, aided by vintage photos and music clips, Happy relates some of his adventures as an active member of the New York folk revival; his arrest for civil disobedience; participation in what became known as the “Great Folk Singer’s Riot” in Washington Square; and his friendships with some of the leading folk artists of the day. Happy was a regular in the Washington Square Park jam sessions, studied blues guitar with Brownie McGhee, and met, among many others, a young Bob Dylan. His group, the New World Singers, were the first to perform and record “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Don’t Think Twice,” and Dylan wrote the liner notes for their Atlantic Records album. Happy recounts his later friendship with Bob and the Dylan family in Woodstock, as well as his association with Allen Ginsberg, George Harrison, Pete Seeger, Dave Van Ronk, and many other notables on the scene.