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Many blues guitarists feel that the key at E is both the most accessible and expressive key for deep blues sounds. Blues in E is a sound as old as the blues themselves. In this video, Mary shows you how to reach deep into the blues bag by teaching the licks and tricks that have kept this genre interesting and fun. Going beyond mere role demonstration, she also explores the 12-bar blues structure and offers tips on creating your own arrangements. Starting with the Delta style where the thumb pounds out ifs steady, compelling bass, Mary shows you how to add single notes, up-the-neck bends, moveable chords, and powerful boogie-woogie patterns. Then she walks you through a plethora of blues turnarounds, the figures that add color and spice o your arrangements when you use them as fills between vocal lines.
Mary mixes classic and contemporary songs to add variety to her teaching and help you diversify your own repertoire. In this video, she uses Leroy Carr's ";Midnight Hour Blues"; and Big Bill Broonzy's "Key to the Highway" (made famous by Eric Clapton) as well as her own tunes to show you how blues techniques and structures really work, and how to make them work for you. True to Mary's style of teaching, songs and techniques are presented in progressive order of difficulty. This video is geared to the intermediate/advanced player As a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, Mary Flower has carried on the tradition of roots music for over three decades, specializing in the blues. A longtime favorite in Denver, Colorado, she took to the road after her children were grown and quickly achieved national prominence.
Today she is best known for her many CDs, concert and festival appearances, and as a prizewinning contestant in the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship at the Walnut Valley Festival. In addition to performing, Mary is also a respected teacher. She has shared her deep knowledge of blues styles and history with students privately, in workshops and blues camps, for the Handy Awards in Memphis, and on staff at the Augusta Heritage Center (Elkins, West Virginia), the Port Townsend Washington) Blues Festival, and the Swallow Hill School of Music (Denver).
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