The Allman Brothers Band – Little Martha
Learn how to play The Allman Brothers Band – Little Martha note-for-note on guitar.
Difficulty level: Advanced
Barre chords: Yes
Thumb over chords: No
Playing Style: Fingerpicked
Tuning: Open D
This lesson teaches my arrangement of the classic instrumental for one guitar. (The original is played on two guitars by Duane and Dickey.)
The complete file contains a lesson video, a performance play thru video & full tabs. You’ll receive a link to download the lesson which will download as a zip file of 305 Mb containing all the lesson content.
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Dennis Maher says
Is it possible to give a lesson for Chris Smither’s ‘killin the blues’? I’ve been trying to figure it out but have come to a dead end.
Allen ONeill says
I’m wondering what the guitar you are using in this video is with the beautiful vine inlay – is it a Taylor K24CE?
Cheers and thanks for the lessons :)
Lou F. says
I’ve had some spare time lately(like many others I’m sure) and have been learning from a few of your James Taylor fingerstyle lessons that I’ve always wanted to be able to play. Then I listened to Little Martha and thought I’d give it a try. Think its going to take me a while! I’m playing a late 1970s Guild D25 that I’ve had since I was a teen. The action could be better and I”m wondering if you have recommendations for mid priced($6-700s).
Your lessons are great – really enjoying them.
Your Guild sounds like a nice guitar. If we lived in nornal circumstances I’d definitely recommend taking it to a guitar tech and having it set up to lower the action.
That said, if you’re in the market for a new mid-price, you could look at an entry-level Taylor for a nice well-balanced sound.
I’d maybe go for a Seagull. They always seem to me to offer fantastic value for money. Really nice-sounding guitars. (Simon & Patrick is the same brand in case you see one of those)
Lou- I’m going to second Jerry’s opinion on the Guild. I have a late 60s/early 70s D50 Bluegrass Special. It sat dormant for a long time then I took it to a luthier who said something to the effect that he sees lots of hopeless guitars but this is something he can work with. He made a world of difference in it. That said, new guitars are fun too. Good luck.
Let me second the overall Seagull brand! I have a Simon & Patrick Woodland Pro Folk that’s excellently made, sounds great, and was very affordable. I think S&P is a bit higher-end than the basic Seagull but all of the company’s lines are competitive in tone and workmanship with any comparable guitar you’ll find under about $1200 — and IMO that includes Taylor. All Seagulls are made in North America, too.
Thank you for all the replies! I will probably bring the Guild in for a set up as I do like it and will also shop around a bit.
Jack Urbany says
Thank you so much for Littlle Martha! I asked you about it quite awhile ago and you came through. Awesome arrangement. I can hardly wait to delve into it as soon as my broken left arm heals up. I really appreciate your doing this song cause I do like your teaching style.