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Blues Guitar Arrangements for the Intermediate Player

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Length: 54min 53sec
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    Tutorial 1

    Chapter 1


    Mary plays us some Blues Guitar and shares a bit about the series, and then starts with "Papa's on the Housetop".

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    Tutorial 2

    Chapter 2


    In this video, Mary shows you a tune called "Backwater Blues", written about the great flood on 1927.

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    Tutorial 3

    Chapter 3


    Moving forward, Mary shows you a "Memphis Minnie" tune called "Black Rat Swing".

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    Tutorial 4

    Chapter 4


    Back in the key of E, Mary shows you a tune by "Jimmy Oden".

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    Tutorial 5

    Chapter 5


    Mary takes things to the key of A, for a nice blues arrangement she'll show you.

In this Homespun video series, youll learn five classic blues songs, especially arranged for intermediate-level guitarists who want to explore exciting new styles and repertoire!

Mary Flowers clear, step-by-step instruction will make these pieces fun to play for anyone with some prior knowledge of blues fingerpicking techniques.

Mary starts off with Leroy Carrs Papas in the Housetop, first strumming the basic chords to get you quickly into the tune. She teaches you how to play the melody on the high strings, then adds harmony notes, and finally finishes the arrangement with a hot New Orleans bass line.

She then launches into equally detailed instruction for Bessie Smiths Backwater Blues, with moving basses and unusual harmonies, Memphis Minnies Black Rat Swing is then played in both standard and open D tunings, Jimmy Odens Going Down Slow, a 12-bar shuffle/groove blues, using a combination of Charlie Patton and Jimi Hendrix licks, and New Orleans Hop Scoop Blues, another great Bessie Smith ragtime blues.

Get your blues on!

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An internationally known and award-winning picker, singer/songwriter and teacher, the Midwest native relocated from Denver to the vibrant Portland, Oregon music scene in in 2004. She continues to please crowds and critics at folk festivals and concert stages domestically and abroad, ones that include Merlefest, Kerrville, King Biscuit, Prairie Home Companion and the Calgary Folk Festival, among many.

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Date published: 2016-12-03