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The Major Scale (Guitar Lesson)


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Mary Flower

The Major Scale

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

Taught by Mary Flower in Lessons with Mary Flower seriesLength: 15:43Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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BusyguyBusyguy replied on July 9th, 2017

This is one of the most precise and well explained lessons I have ever seen. Mary takes the time to explain what she is doing, why and clearly demonstrates it. Bravo!!!!!!

markh4859markh4859 replied on August 27th, 2016

why does everybody suck up to the teacher? This was very confusing and just reminded me of how far behind I am already, Makes me feel totally incompetent. This, I don't believe is the objective here.

chrisajrchrisajr replied on June 26th, 2016

This lesson was worth the price of admission. You're an excellent teacher Mary!

lethallee61lethallee61 replied on October 14th, 2015

All starting to make sense. Will definitely be coming back to this lesson when I need a refresher.

danonwheelsdanonwheels replied on August 21st, 2015

Really helped me to understand Mary thanks from the UK

grburgessgrburgess replied on May 14th, 2015

Hi Mary - pity the poor Ab minor that got hit by the falling piano! He becomes a diminished kid.

rarebird0rarebird0 replied on August 27th, 2014

To Mary, you should always use that diminished chord in the way you did in your earlier series where you used it to as they did in the old time movie where the damsel is tied to the rail road tracks. That was a splendid way to show how it's been used.

nash24nash24 replied on May 15th, 2011

Very good lesson. We want more Mary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mike4370mike4370 replied on February 1st, 2011

the box in the lower right corner is out of sync with the other part of the video. very good lesson though.

nessanessa replied on February 2nd, 2011

Thanks for the heads-up! This has been fixed.

mitch1mitch1 replied on February 1st, 2011

what's your guitar?

sasa92sasa92 replied on February 1st, 2011

Fantastic lesson Mary, thank you very much!

reniehrenieh replied on January 31st, 2011

Welcome Back Mary. I've really missed your lessons. Looking forward to more. Regards H

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 FREE
Lesson 4

Alternating Bass

Mary Flower talks about alternating bass patterns and how to incorporate them into your playing.

Length: 6:52 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

CAGED System & Capos

Mary Flower talks about the CAGED system, the transposition process, and how to use a capo.

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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