Travis Picking (Guitar Lesson)


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Mary Flower

Travis Picking

Mary Flower shares a basic lesson on Travis Picking.

Taught by Mary Flower in Lessons with Mary Flower seriesLength: 15:38Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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danonwheelsdanonwheels replied on September 8th, 2015

Finding it complicated Mary but your teaching is really Awesome

danonwheelsdanonwheels replied on August 21st, 2015

Thanks Mary gonna have a go at finger picking

steve irwinsteve irwin replied on January 23rd, 2013

Thankyou. Great lesson. Reminded me to slow down and be accurate in my right hand technique

basprellictbasprellict replied on March 25th, 2012

What guitar is that!

gregster1gregster1 replied on August 8th, 2011

Makes sense Mary Thanks for the lesson

quakakequakake replied on June 7th, 2011

Mary, I have tried buying these dunlops picks already and had problems getting them on my fingers. is there different sizes for your fingers. I bought the plastic ones and even tried to clip part of the grip to make them fit my large mitts, Pete

NicaNica replied on February 19th, 2011

I am getting so much out of your lessons Mary. You make it all so clear and on point and your manner is so calm that I feel quite at ease learning these techniques. Thanks again and keep em coming

labfourlabfour replied on February 8th, 2011

Enjoy your style of teaching, please do a lot more.

rarsenrarsen replied on February 4th, 2011

Hi Mary, Great Travis picking lesson! Can you put up "I Know You Rider" in the supplemental content or maybe in Phase 3? Thanks, Ron

nash24nash24 replied on February 4th, 2011

You always make it sink in!!!!!! Thank you so much!

loganwvaloganwva replied on February 4th, 2011

Great lesson, keep up the good work

barry12barry12 replied on February 4th, 2011

fantastic mary thanks so much so easy to understand and also works great on electric again thanks

ThersaThersa replied on February 3rd, 2011

This one lesson is worth every penny I paid to join JamPlay. Thank you for making sense to me about Travis picking.

burford0714burford0714 replied on February 3rd, 2011

where is the supplement

Lessons with Mary Flower

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Mary Flower is an award-winning acoustic fingerstyle blues guitarist known for her original tunes and smooth voice. With multiple albums and an impressive career, Mary strives to keep the blues alive.



Lesson 1

Chord Relationships

Mary Flower dives into the relationship of chords while looking at a piano keyboard for a better understanding.

Length: 16:39 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 2

The Major Scale

Mary Flower talks about the major scale, its formula, and chords. She also briefly discusses barre chords.

Length: 15:43 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Travis Picking

Mary Flower shares a basic lesson on Travis Picking.

Length: 15:38 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Length: 6:34 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only

About Mary Flower View Full Biography Working in both the intricately syncopated Piedmont fingerpicking style and her own deeply bluesy lap-slide guitar, Mary has earned rave reviews from critics and audiences alike for her springwater-clear vocals and mastery of multiple guitar styles as well as her own compositions. Though she can create prewar blues and ragtime with the best of them, Mary draws on traditional, contemporary and original material to create something new: a sound uniquely her own that remains true to the timeless power of the blues.

Flower's elegant, funky and inventive playing on vintage guitars makes her one of a mere handful of women guitarists admired for their instrumental prowess. In 2000 and 2003 respectively, Mary placed in the top three at the National Fingerpicking Championship. Her career as an internationally known performer and teacher has spanned more than three decades.

A recent transplant to the Northwest, Mary cut her teeth on the Colorado music scene where she played with the likes of Katy Moffatt, Pat Donohue, the Mother Folkers and more. Mary took a detour in the 80s to raise a family, all the time woodshedding and performing locally.

Mary's CD Bywater Dance, recorded pre-Katrina in New Orleans for Yellow Dog Records, has garnered widespread acclaim. An award-winning player with seven solo cds and 5 instructional DVDs to her credit, Flower is in demand for festivals, concerts and guitar workshops on both sides of the Atlantic.

"Unassuming blues heroine Mary Flower proves one again that she's one of the nation's premier fingerstyle blues guitarists-- her technique is exceptional throughout, and in the end, serves the highest purpose, the music--unfailingly sweet, hot and sassy--every track on this album has something about it that will give you the shivers... This is one of the most satisfying albums of the year."
  - All Music Guide to Blues

"Her crisp, fluid fingerpicking sounds deceptively effortless, with flawlessly executed syncopation, the hallmark of a bouncing, upbeat Piedmont style. From casual listeners to devoted blues fans, Flower's music is accessible to everyone"
  - Blues Review

"With her immaculate guitar playing and warm contralto, Mary Flower finds the sweet spot between modern and rootsy in twelve tunes bred of back porches, parlors, street corners, juke joints and country churches...one of the best blues based singer songwriters working today."
  - Acoustic Guitar Magazine

"Mary is one of those rare artists who manages to create a tincture of the aged authentic with the freshly original."
  - Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine

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