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Maybelle Carter–Style Guitar
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About This Course
 
Learn to play guitar like the legendary Maybelle Carter of the Carter Family, whose recordings are one of the backbones of the old-time country music and bluegrass repertoire and helped create the country music genre. Includes transcriptions of Maybelle’s thumb-lead style on classic songs.
 
 
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Cathy gets you started playing melodies in the bass in this video. She starts by showing you how to play a C major scale with your thumb while your left hand stays in a C chord shape as much as possible. Then she shows you how to alternate melody notes with the thumb and your index finger stirring the chords.

 
 
 
Meet the Instructor
Cathy Fink
 
 
Cathy Fink is a multi-Grammy Award–winning artist, specializing in roots music. Her career includes 50 years of performing, teaching and recording, with 50 albums to her credit, 14 Grammy nominations, and 60 Washington Area Music Awards (WAMMY Awards). Cathy’s love of guitar began in the 1960s, playing pop and folk tunes, and by the 1970s included bluegrass, old-time, swing, and Celtic styles. She tours and records with her partner, Marcy Marxer. Cathy has taught guitar, banjo, ukulele, harmony singing, and more at numerous workshops and camps, and she is the 2021 IBMA Mentor of the Year.
 
 
 
Peghead Play-Along Tracks
 
Peghead Nation is creating a library of accompaniment videos (and downloadable MP3s) for songs and tunes that are taught on the site, classics that you'll find at many jams and picking parties. As a subscriber, you have access to this library and can use the tracks to practice playing tunes and songs at a slow or medium tempo with guitar accompaniment. New songs will be added regularly.
 
 
Maybelle Carter–Style Guitar Source Material

Check out these songs featured in the Maybelle Carter–Style Guitar course.


The Maybelle Carter–Style Guitar Subscription Includes:
  • Detailed instruction on Maybelle Carter’s thumb-lead style of guitar playing
  • Transcriptions of her leads on classic songs like “Keep on the Sunny Side,” “The Worried Man Blues,” “Wildwood Flower,” “My Dixie Darling,” and more
  • New lessons added every month
  • High-quality video with multiple camera angles so you can see close-ups of both hands in action
  • Detailed notation and tablature for each lesson
  • Play-Along Track videos and audio downloads so you can play along with Cathy
 
 
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Maybelle Carter–Style Guitar Course Outline
 
Maybelle Carter–Style Guitar Basics
 
Welcome to Maybelle Carter–Style Guitar

Cathy talks about what you’ll be learning in the Maybelle Carter–Style Guitar course.

 

The Carter Scratch

In this lesson, you’ll learn Maybelle Carter’s picking-hand technique, commonly called the “Carter scratch.” Maybelle used a thumbpick and a fingerpick on her index finger, but she turned her fingerpick around so it was opposite to the way fingerpickers wear fingerpicks. This is because the Carter scratch includes a down strum with the finger, not an up pick used in fingerpicking. Maybelle’s daughter Anita said that what her mother did was play the melody notes on the bass (with the thumb) and “stirred the other strings with her fingers.”

 

Changing Keys, Maybelle Style

The Carter Family repertoire is centered around songs, as opposed to instrumentals, even though this course is focused on Maybelle Carter’s instrumental style. Singers, of course, choose the key that suits their voice the best, but Maybelle’s playing is centered around the C, F, and G7 chord shapes. When she wanted to change keys, instead of using different chord shapes, Maybelle used a capo to play in keys higher than C, and, to play in keys lower than C, she did what she called “running her guitar down.” For example, the Carter Family recorded their classic song “Wildwood Flower” in the key of Bb, so Maybelle tuned her guitar down a whole step, which makes the key-of-C shapes sound in Bb.

 

 
Carter Family Songs
 
Worried Man Blues

The first Carter Family song you’ll learn is “Worried Man Blues”, which the Carter Family recorded in May 1930. Cathy starts by showing you the melody, which is played with the thumb, and then adds strums, showing you a few minor variations as she goes.

 

I’m Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes

The beautiful melody “I’m Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes” was recorded by the Carter Family in 1929 and again in 1935. It’s since become a bluegrass and country music classic, but the melody they used may be a bit different than one you’ve heard. There are a couple of places where you have to do a little “strum magic” worth with the phrasing of the melody.

 

Will the Circle Be Unbroken

“Will the Circle Be Unbroken” is one of the most popular traditional songs of all time. You’ll hear it in almost any jam session you go to. The original Carter Family version of the song was called “Can the Circle Be Unbroken”  and the timing was a bit unusual, but it’s become straightened out over the years. Cathy shows you the way most people play it these days, but also shows you how to play along with the original recording.

 

Gold Watch and Chain

The Carter Family song “Gold Watch and Chain” has a beautiful melody and the two halves of the guitar part are almost identical. On the second half, Cathy shows you an alternate strum part for the G7 chord.

 

Wildwood Flower

The beautiful song “Wildwood Flower” is one of the most iconic pieces in the Carter Family. Maybelle’s playing on “Wildwood Flower” has influenced generations of guitarists, and every country and bluegrass guitar player plays it.

 

Keep on the Sunny Side - New Lesson

“Keep on the Sunny Side” is another Carter Family classic and it’s one that has become a favorite in all styles of American roots music. You’ll learn a solo on the verse melody as well as Maybelle’s instrumental tag that uses the last line of the chorus.

 

 
 
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