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Finger Picking Blues and Rag Guitar in Open Tunings w/ Mary Flower

Mary will explore the differences and similarities of a few different and rich open tunings, G6 and D minor. Slacking certain strings of the guitar creates open chords and makes for easier left hand fingerings Whether playing slack key style or bottleneck slide, this style was a primitive approach to improvising on guitar.
G6 was used inventively by the great Bo Carter (the king of the double entendre) whereas the dark D minor tuning was owned exquisitely by Skip James of Bentonia, Mississippi. Class will explore chords and improvisation in these tunings through songs and exercises from Mary’s collection of originals. Taping (video or audio) of the class is encouraged and students will leave with handouts.

Mary is an experienced teacher and touring musician from Portland, Oregon. Find out more at

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