By learning swing eighth guitar notes and strums,
you will give the E Blues Rhythm an authentic blues
“feel”. Serious guitar players have to know
about the shuffle and about the blues!
- The shuffle rhythm is based on the eighth note
- FIG 1: There are 4 groups of
eighth note triplets in a measure of 4/4 time.
Each group equals 1 beat.
- Eighth note triplets are counted: 1-trip-let
2-trip-let 3-trip-let 4-trip-let.
- FIG 2: An eighth note
triplet with the first 2 notes tied together
are swing eighth notes. This is the rhythm that
you will be strumming. (Use all
Check out these songs that have a shuffle rhythm: Grateful Dead – Truckin, Led Zeppelin – You Shook Me
Play these guitar notes so you get a
feel for swing eighth notes:
Before playing the E Blues Shuffle Rhythm
(swing eighths), first get a feel for eighth note
triplets by playing them on the guitar with the 1st
E Blues Shuffle Rhythm
Use only downstrums!
- Fast shuffle – for easier switching, play
the E5 guitar chord instead of the E6 for the
last strum before B5
- Practicing – after you’re
comfortable playing the shuffle, try it with the
Try these licks using swing eighths!
- Go back to all of the other guitar licks you have
created or played, and play them with swing