With the technique Carter, who "was among the first" to use it as such, "helped to turn the guitar into a lead instrument". Maybelle, in turn, had first learned the technique from Lesley Riddle, a Black guitarist who used to frequent the Carter family household.
^Susan Ware, Stacy Braukman (2005). Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary, 5, Completing the Twentieth Century, p.105. ISBN 0-674-01488-X.
^Holly George-Warren, Laura Levine (2006). Honky-Tonk Heroes and Hillbilly Angels: The Pioneers of Country and Western Music, p.4.
^Carter, Maybelle (May 30, 2009). Mother Maybelle Carter talks about Autoharps and Fingerpicking (YouTube video) (audio recording). YouTube. Event occurs at 2:20. Retrieved Jan 26, 2012. "I'll play a little bit of a tune here [in] the style that I learned from a colored man that used to come to our house and play guitar, and he played with his finger and his thumb.... His name was [L]esley Riddles."
^"The Lesley Riddle Story". 113 Green Mountain Drive, Burnsville, NC: Traditional Voices Group. 2011. Retrieved Jan 26, 2012. "[W]hen Seeger was recording Lesley, he could see and hear the similarities between Lesley's picking style and that of Maybelle Carter so he asked him if he ever gave her lessons. Lesley replied, 'No, I didn't have to. She would just watch and learn. She was that good.'"
^Peterson, Richard A. (Nov 24, 1997). Creating Country Music: Fabricating Authenticity. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. p. 41. ISBN978-0-226-66284-8. Retrieved Jan 26, 2012. "Leslie Riddle, an African American guitar player, ... taught Maybelle Carter how to play melody and pick rhythm on the guitar at the same time—a style for which she became famous."