Build Your Technique Step-by-Step
Mary Flower has a masterful command of the blues. She combines technical know-how with an undeniably soulful groove. Here, Mary teaches five original, distinct pieces that cover four different tunings: standard, dropped D, open G, and D minor.
West Delta Blues employs a “dead thumb” right hand picking technique and a cool sliding lick on the treble strings that draw on the sparse sound of the Mississippi Delta.
In Davis Street Rag, Mary works out of the key of G in standard tuning, playing syncopated treble lines over an alternating bass pattern.
Blues in A, in dropped D tuning, starts on the four chord to use the resonant, lowered D note for a uniquely rich bass sound. Slides, hammer-ons, and a great lick over the A chord will work well in other blues songs in that key.
Minnie’s Groove puts you in open G tuning with an alternating bass line, slides, a nice turnaround, and funky chord voicings.
Open D Minor Blues ends the lesson with the eerie-sounding tuning and licks typical of the great Skip James.
This excellent lesson will inspire you to explore different tunings, licks and songs in your quest to become a better acoustic blues player.