The E Blues Rhythm is a must for all blues guitar players,
rock players, and lovers of the 2-note guitar chord!
Blues guitar players gave this form it’s sound by using the 2-note guitar chord. It is one of the main reasons that Rock and Roll is here today. It is also known as the “12 Bar Blues”.
- E5 – angle your 1st finger to mute the 4th string(SEE PICTURE)
- E6 – angle your 3rd finger to mute the 4th string
- A5 – angle your 1st finger to mute the 3rd string
- A6 – angle your 3rd finger to mute the 3rd string
- B5 – angle your 4th finger to mute the 3rd string
- Use all down strums/use your wrist ONLY and keep the motion small so you miss the other guitar strings
Hear this type of blues pattern in:
|Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode”|
|Eric Clapton’s version of “Crossroads”|
|Little Richard’s ” Good Golly Miss Molly “|
|Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock “|
|E Blues Rhythm|
|TRY THE E BLUES SHUFFLE RHYTHM TOO!|
|(Click Here to learn how to read these chord symbols)|
- SLASH NOTATION – play one strum per slash
- MAKE CHORD SWITCHING EASIER – try to keep your 1st finger down while playing the A6 or E6 chord
- ONE MEASURE AT A TIME - practice each measure separately for a while, then try the entire thing
- MEDIUM AND FAST - play the E5 instead of the E6 right before the B5 to make chord switching easier
- PRACTICING – after you feel comfortable playing through the whole thing, try playing it with the metronome at 70 (think of these as eighth notes-one note per click)
- THE GUITAR CHORDS – The names E5, E6, A5, A6, and B5 describe the notes in the chord. Take E5 for example – E is the root note of the chord and B is the 5th of the chord(the 5th note of the E Major scale) making an E5 chord.