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Blues Guitar Arrangements for the Intermediate Player

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5 Videos | Length: 54min 53sec
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    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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    Chapter 2

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

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    Chapter 3

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

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    Chapter 4

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

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    Chapter 5

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

Product Overview

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

Mary Flower’s 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 Carr’s “Papa’s 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 Smith’s “Backwater Blues,” with moving basses and unusual harmonies, Memphis Minnie’s “Black Rat Swing” is then played in both standard and open D tunings, Jimmy Oden’s “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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Blues Guitar Arrangements for the Intermediate Player is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 4 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Nicely done... One of the many courses provided, that have benefitted me. Mary is great to listen to, performing older blues song on an acoustic guitar. Music provided to play along with. (It's formatted weird, best to print it for a book format. )
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Good stuff Very Helpful
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Challenging but great! Great finger picking exercise.
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Overall a good addition for us fingerpickers! Groove 3 is outstanding! I am thrilled that I purchased the all access!
Date published: 2016-12-03
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