The blues is a distinctly American style of music. Many popular genres such as jazz, rock, and country music draw upon basic blues concepts. Consequently, it is advantageous for any guitarist to study the blues.
In this lesson, Mary Flower introduces herself and her playing style. She also discusses essential blues listening.Length: 11:14 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
In this lesson, Mary Flower talks about playing the blues in drop D tuning. She teaches two amazing song examples to get you started.Length: 21:50 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In this lesson, Mary plays in the key of A major in drop D tuning.Length: 8:36 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In this lesson, Mary Flower talks about the eight bar blues. She demonstrates it in a couple different keys.Length: 14:29 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mary Flower shows several songs that demonstrate the 8 bar blues.Length: 11:40 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Mary Flower demonstrates two classic songs that feature an 8 bar blues structure. The songs are "How Long" and "Statesboro Blues."Length: 14:36 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Mary Flower discusses various blues guitar techniques that can give your guitar a wonderful piano sound.Length: 13:41 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Mary uses the songs "CC Rider" and "When I Lost My Baby" as examples in her discussion of the 12 bar blues.Length: 16:31 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
In this lesson, you will learn a blues duet that you can play with someone else. Or, you can record yourself playing one part and play the second part over it.Length: 16:53 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Mary is back with another lesson filled with tips on playing the blues in the key of E.Length: 6:07 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Mary talks about the song "Midnight Hour Blues" and gives some great tips on how to play this beautiful tune.Length: 9:36 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Mary Flower dives into more blues in the key of E by teaching a movable chord.Length: 4:30 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mary talks a little bit about arranging songs and uses the song "John Henry" as an example.Length: 9:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Mary teaches and discusses the history behind Mississippi John Hurt's song "Spike Driver Blues."Length: 15:47 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Mary talks about diminished chords and looks at various different shapes. You will learn the song "Walking Across the Country" as an example.Length: 16:35 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Mary teaches the classic song "Rag Time" by Rev. Gary Davis in this fun Blues lesson.Length: 23:16 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Mary teaches a song called "Mississippi Blues" by Willie Brown.Length: 32:03 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Mary Flower teaches the fun and catchy song "Saturday Night Rub" by Big Bill Broonzy.Length: 25:52 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Mary talks about the key of F in this fantastic lesson.Length: 8:20 Difficulty: 3.0 FREE
Mary teaches the song "South Carolina Rag" by Willie Walker.Length: 12:35 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Mary Flower talks about the advantages of open D tuning.Length: 12:44 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mary Flower shares her interpretation of a classic blues slide tune called "Boogie Woogie Dance."Length: 16:44 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Mary Flower shares some thoughts on the bass notes found within the song "Alabama Bound" in this lesson.Length: 6:31 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mary Flower talks about improvising a blues in A.Length: 13:05 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Mary Flower teaches her rendition of "Sugar Babe," a Mance Lipscomb tune.Length: 9:49 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Mary Flower teaches her rendition of "Michigan Water," a Jelly Roll Morton tune.Length: 13:18 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Mary Flower teaches her rendition of "Bye Bye Baby Blues" by Little Hat Jones.Length: 12:47 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Mary Flower shares her rendition of the spiritual song "Just a Closer Walk with Thee" in this lesson.Length: 10:33 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Mary Flower shares an original song called "River of Joy."Length: 16:43 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Mary Flower shares a song played in open D tuning that features alternating bass and syncopation.Length: 12:34 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Mary Flower teaches her rendition of "M & O Blues," a Willie Brown song.Length: 15:44 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Mary Flower teaches her rendition of the song "Colored Aristocracy."Length: 13:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Mary Flower shares her modern rendition of "Turkey in the Straw."Length: 10:24 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Mary Flower shares her rendition of the catchy blues tune "Trouble in Mind."Length: 8:22 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Mary Flower demonstrates Carl Martin's arrangement of the song "Crow Jane."Length: 15:52 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Mary Flower teaches her rendition of the song "Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie" by Elizabeth Cotten.Length: 11:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
About Mary Flower
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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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