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Mary Flower

CAGED System & Capos

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

Taught by Mary Flower in Lessons with Mary Flower seriesLength: 6:34Difficulty: 2.5 of 5


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nylfhnylfh replied on December 14th, 2015

I really enjoyed all of Mary's lessons. Very easy to follow along.

lethallee61lethallee61 replied on October 14th, 2015

Very clear lesson. Blown away by the capo created drop D tuning!

danonwheelsdanonwheels replied on September 8th, 2015

lovely clear precise Lesson Mary Thanks....I'm still really slow though

aquiguillermoaquiguillermo replied on August 23rd, 2014

Thank you Mary. Very useful and straight forward lesson ! Guillermo

stlpmusserstlpmusser replied on January 7th, 2012

Very nice lesson, Mary...very nice!

mtbluesmtblues replied on February 10th, 2011

Wonderful lesson!

reign121reign121 replied on February 7th, 2011

This was some very helpful information, thanks Mary!

burford0714burford0714 replied on February 5th, 2011

hi Mary, if u have some one playing in e cord where would u put the capo and what cord would u use?

burford0714burford0714 replied on February 7th, 2011

Hi Mary you don't answer the comments?

curdboyscurdboys replied on February 6th, 2011

Hi Mary, I am trying to get to an easier way of dropped-D tuning for DADGAD. In your capo similar tuning, would you just cover the first two strings to achieve this?

dearlpittsdearlpitts replied on February 5th, 2011

hey mary very helpfull lesson thanx.

rarsenrarsen replied on February 4th, 2011

Hi Mary, Thanks for the review. I just had an "aha" moment using the upside down capo for drop down D, playing Danny's Song with Travis picking. It really works for me. Thanks! Ron

djrohrerdjrohrer replied on February 4th, 2011

The Phase 2 Series "Improv With Nick Kellie" also does a great job of expanding on the CAGED system.

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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.

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Alternating Bass

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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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