Exploring 8-Bar Blues

Mary Flower

Seven Songs, Progressions and Variations in E

One hour video, includes music and tab on pdf file
  • Code:DLFLWBL21
  • Skill Level:Early Intermediate (3)

Here’s everything a learning guitarist will need to get into the infectious 8-bar blues form. Mary Flower brings her expert musicianship to seven exciting arrangements, helping both novice and more advanced fingerstyle blues players develop important guitar skills. You will come away with a wealth of techniques, great songs and new insights into your instrument. 

Mary starts with simple strums and basic turnarounds for her version of How Long Blues. She gradually adds chords, progressions, licks, bass lines, picking patterns and other challenging ways to bring this and other great songs to life. 

Blood Red River illustrates the “stumble-thumb” right hand; Willie McTell’s Some Old Lonesome Day incorporates a cool walking bass; Big Bill Bronze’s classic Key to the Highway uses a monotonic bass and a classic bent-note lick; a variety of bass runs, turnarounds and licks enhances Skip James’ Crow Jane; the folk/blues standard Trouble in Mind brings in a jazzier chord progression; and in a big finish to the lesson, Willie McTell's Searching the Desert For The Blues combines all the techniques in a challenging finale.

Customer Review "I recently purchased your 8 Bar Blues from Homespun and I have to tell you, it may be the finest all-around instruction I have ever bought. I mean it. Great songs and feeling, I love your singing, great guitar ideas in both the left and right hands, great simple and clear tab layout, great graded level of song progression, no frustration at the beginning! Clear explanations. And I absolutely love the shorter arrangements!" - Mark


david hing 1 year, 2 months ago

I will echo Mark’s comments completely. I have taken a workshop from Mary and have found that her in person teaching approach is reflected in this DVD on Eight Bar Blues. She is obviously experienced in building upon ideas from simpler to more complicated arrangements for her students. She credits the bluesmen who wrote these songs and the techniques she is sharing.
There is excellent information about chord inversions up and down the neck, based upon CAGED, as well as partial chord inversions. This DVD is a valuable way to spend an hour to learn eight bar blues in in the key of E.

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