Mary Flower

Mary Flower

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"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 deceptive... (more)

Mary currently offers 41 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 36 intermediate lessons and 5 lessons in our Artist Series.

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Fingerstyle Blues

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.


Series Introduction

In this lesson, Mary Flower introduces herself and her playing style. She also discusses essential blues listening.

11:14 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty

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Blues in Drop D

In this lesson, Mary Flower talks about playing the blues in drop D tuning. She teaches two amazing song examples to get you started.

21:50 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Playing in the Key of A

In this lesson, Mary plays in the key of A major in drop D tuning.

8:36 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Eight Bar Blues

In this lesson, Mary Flower talks about the eight bar blues. She demonstrates it in a couple different keys.

14:29 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


8 Bar Blues Progressions

Mary Flower shows several songs that demonstrate the 8 bar blues.

11:40 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


How Long and Statesboro Blues

Mary Flower demonstrates two classic songs that feature an 8 bar blues structure. The songs are "How Long" and "Statesboro Blues."

14:36 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Sounding Like a Piano

Mary Flower discusses various blues guitar techniques that can give your guitar a wonderful piano sound.

13:41 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Twelve Bar Blues

Mary uses the songs "CC Rider" and "When I Lost My Baby" as examples in her discussion of the 12 bar blues.

16:31 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Blues Duet

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.

16:53 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Blues in the Key of E

Mary is back with another lesson filled with tips on playing the blues in the key of E.

6:07 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Midnight Hour Blues

Mary talks about the song "Midnight Hour Blues" and gives some great tips on how to play this beautiful tune.

9:36 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Movable Chord in the Key of E

Mary Flower dives into more blues in the key of E by teaching a movable chord.

4:30 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Arranging Songs

Mary talks a little bit about arranging songs and uses the song "John Henry" as an example.

9:00 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Spike Driver Blues

Mary teaches and discusses the history behind Mississippi John Hurt's song "Spike Driver Blues."

15:47 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Diminished Chords

Mary talks about diminished chords and looks at various different shapes. You will learn the song "Walking Across the Country" as an example.

16:35 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Buck Rag

Mary teaches the classic song "Rag Time" by Rev. Gary Davis in this fun Blues lesson.

23:16 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Mississippi Blues

Mary teaches a song called "Mississippi Blues" by Willie Brown.

32:03 Runtime

4.0 Difficulty


Saturday Night Rub

Mary Flower teaches the fun and catchy song "Saturday Night Rub" by Big Bill Broonzy.

25:52 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Key of F

Mary talks about the key of F in this fantastic lesson.

8:20 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


South Carolina Rag

Mary teaches the song "South Carolina Rag" by Willie Walker.

12:35 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Open D Tuning

Mary Flower talks about the advantages of open D tuning.

12:44 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Boogie Woogie Dance

Mary Flower shares her interpretation of a classic blues slide tune called "Boogie Woogie Dance."

16:44 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Alabama Bound

Mary Flower shares some thoughts on the bass notes found within the song "Alabama Bound" in this lesson.

6:31 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Blues in A

Mary Flower talks about improvising a blues in A.

13:05 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Sugar Babe

Mary Flower teaches her rendition of "Sugar Babe," a Mance Lipscomb tune.

9:49 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Michigan Water

Mary Flower teaches her rendition of "Michigan Water," a Jelly Roll Morton tune.

13:18 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Bye Bye Baby Blues

Mary Flower teaches her rendition of "Bye Bye Baby Blues" by Little Hat Jones.

12:47 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Just a Closer Walk with Thee

Mary Flower shares her rendition of the spiritual song "Just a Closer Walk with Thee" in this lesson.

10:33 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


River of Joy

Mary Flower shares an original song called "River of Joy."

16:43 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Open D Tuning Song Exercise

Mary Flower shares a song played in open D tuning that features alternating bass and syncopation.

12:34 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


M & O Blues

Mary Flower teaches her rendition of "M & O Blues," a Willie Brown song.

15:44 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Colored Aristocracy

Mary Flower teaches her rendition of the song "Colored Aristocracy."

13:00 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Turkey in the Straw

Mary Flower shares her modern rendition of "Turkey in the Straw."

10:24 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Trouble in Mind

Mary Flower shares her rendition of the catchy blues tune "Trouble in Mind."

8:22 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Crow Jane

Mary Flower demonstrates Carl Martin's arrangement of the song "Crow Jane."

15:52 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie

Mary Flower teaches her rendition of the song "Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie" by Elizabeth Cotten.

11:02 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

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