Exploring 8-Bar Blues

Mary Flower

Seven Songs, Progressions and Variations in E

One Hour DVD, includes music and tab
  • Code:DLFLWBL21
  • Skill Level:Early Intermediate (3)
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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

Reviews

Gary Christo 2 years, 4 months ago

I've heard about the 8-bar blues and thought I knew how to play it. I wasn't even close to knowing what the 8-bar blues really is. This download, "Exploring the 8-Bar Blues" by Mary Flower, has opened my eyes to understanding many blues songs that I tried, very hard, to fit into a (shortened) 12-bar blues progression. Now I'm wondering what the 16-bar blues really is. I'm looking forward to purchasing more downloads from Mary Flower.

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Karen Lebens 1 year, 7 months ago

I didn't know what to expect from this and was pleasantly surprised, it's great. I'm as guilty as most of focussing on 12 bar blues but now I have 8 bar blues in my head as well, thanks to this tape. The presentation is so clear and explanations so thorough that I don't see how anyone wouldn't gain from this. Loved it and have recommended it to others.

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Luke 8 months, 1 week ago

This is one of the best guitar tuition DVDs I have ever bought. It is a really well thought through lesson and I think most players will get a lot out of it. I hadn't looked at 8 bar blues before and now I feel like I have a good understanding of it.

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MICHEL MANTECA 7 months ago

I would like to know the code of reduction

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