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.
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Mary Flower combines the best of blues music with amazing fingerstyle arrangements. In this lesson series Mary will get you started in the world of fingerstyle blues.Begin the Course
In this lesson, Mary Flower introduces herself and her playing style. She also discusses essential blues listening.
In this lesson, Mary Flower talks about playing the blues in drop D tuning. She teaches two amazing song examples to get you started.
In this lesson, Mary plays in the key of A major in drop D tuning.
In this lesson, Mary Flower talks about the eight bar blues. She demonstrates it in a couple different keys.
Mary Flower shows several songs that demonstrate the 8 bar blues.
Mary Flower demonstrates two classic songs that feature an 8 bar blues structure. The songs are "How Long" and "Statesboro Blues."
Mary Flower discusses various blues guitar techniques that can give your guitar a wonderful piano sound.
Mary uses the songs "CC Rider" and "When I Lost My Baby" as examples in her discussion of the 12 bar blues.
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.
Mary is back with another lesson filled with tips on playing the blues in the key of E.
Mary talks about the song "Midnight Hour Blues" and gives some great tips on how to play this beautiful tune.
Mary Flower dives into more blues in the key of E by teaching a movable chord.
Mary talks a little bit about arranging songs and uses the song "John Henry" as an example.
Mary teaches and discusses the history behind Mississippi John Hurt's song "Spike Driver Blues."
Mary talks about diminished chords and looks at various different shapes. You will learn the song "Walking Across the Country" as an example.
Mary teaches the classic song "Rag Time" by Rev. Gary Davis in this fun Blues lesson.
Mary teaches a song called "Mississippi Blues" by Willie Brown.
Mary Flower teaches the fun and catchy song "Saturday Night Rub" by Big Bill Broonzy.
Mary talks about the key of F in this fantastic lesson.
Mary teaches the song "South Carolina Rag" by Willie Walker.
Mary Flower talks about the advantages of open D tuning.
Mary Flower shares her interpretation of a classic blues slide tune called "Boogie Woogie Dance."
Mary Flower shares some thoughts on the bass notes found within the song "Alabama Bound" in this lesson.
Mary Flower talks about improvising a blues in A.
Mary Flower teaches her rendition of "Sugar Babe," a Mance Lipscomb tune.
Mary Flower teaches her rendition of "Michigan Water," a Jelly Roll Morton tune.
Mary Flower teaches her rendition of "Bye Bye Baby Blues" by Little Hat Jones.
Mary Flower shares her rendition of the spiritual song "Just a Closer Walk with Thee" in this lesson.
Mary Flower shares an original song called "River of Joy."
Mary Flower shares a song played in open D tuning that features alternating bass and syncopation.
Mary Flower teaches her rendition of "M & O Blues," a Willie Brown song.
Mary Flower teaches her rendition of the song "Colored Aristocracy."
Mary Flower shares her modern rendition of "Turkey in the Straw."
Mary Flower shares her rendition of the catchy blues tune "Trouble in Mind."
Mary Flower demonstrates Carl Martin's arrangement of the song "Crow Jane."
Mary Flower teaches her rendition of the song "Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie" by Elizabeth Cotten.
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"Practice hard and have a good time"...what great advice! Nice being aware of other keys that can be used in drop D. Thanks Mary.
All 3 of the above. All of Ms. Flowers lessons are great. Easy to understand, thoroughly and quickly explained, and relatively easy to pick right up and play the songs after the lesson.
All of the above, thank you Mary and JPlay.
All of the above. She communicates very well. I really like her recordings, too.
Brilliant! A wealth of knowledge and a gifted instructor. I am honoured.
Enjoyed it ! Thanks. Guillermo
Great lesson especially the turnarounds Thankyou
Great stuff -- a bit more advanced than some of the other Phase 2 material - which is perfect.
I appreciate that she knows the history of the music.
I don't like when I go to full screen the A-B option is not there. I NEED THAT!!!!!
I have thoroughly enjoyed Miss Flowers videos and I love this style of playing the guitar. Gene
I Just like the teacher, something about her.
Would like to learn more of your finger picking style and will look into the artist you suggest listening too. Larry
I love Mary Flower and the way she teaches. I live Hawaii but is my goal one day to attend her guitar camp. Mahalo
I would like the tabs for what Mary plays as she sings - it's different from what she plays as an instrumental.
Love her easy, clear teaching, always wanted to learn piedmont style blues but a little frustrated with other instructors. For me she makes it easy and fun to pick this style up. Thanks Mary, you rock!
Mary's teaching is good. I liked this style of blues but couldn't find anyone who could teach me in my younger days. I wish Mary and Jamplay was around 30 years ago.A teacher like Mary,is hard to find.
love this version thx
Mary is a great guitarist and I loved learning from her.
Mary's lessons are almost always great.
More of the song needed in tab, last measures not in tabs (I don't think).
Really like the way the teacher explains the lessons
she has a nice sound..I always like good fingerpickers
She's a very good player and teacher. Because of her I am going to start working on Drop D stuff on my Drop D guitar sooner than I had planned.
Thank you for this marvellous lesson .
This is the best lesson on the internet!!!!
While it may not be a note for note lesson of the original, if feels much more rooted in classic blues than some lessons that are "in the style of."