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April 12, 2013
 

Blues Rhythm Guitar Lesson

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Written by: Mike Abbott

Our E blues Rhythm and blues
shuffle
lessons showed you how to play a basic “boogie”
pattern. In this blues guitar lesson, I will show you more complex
rhythm patterns and chords that will make you sound more like
an authentic blues guitar player.


Blues Guitar Variations

The rhythms shown in this guitar lesson are Delta or Chicago Style Blues
rhythms. Some blues guitar players who played in the Delta style
are:

  1. Blind Lemon Jefferson
  2. Tampa Red
  3. Mississippi John Hurt

Some blues guitar players who played in the Chicago style are:

  1. Muddy Waters
  2. Howlin’ Wolf
  3. Buddy Guy

 

Blues Shuffle Rhythm 1

This blues rhythm starts with the simple “boogie” rhythm,
then replaces the last 2 eighth notes with an eighth note triplet
rhythm which is hammered.

E5 Rhythm 1 – substitute this measure for the E5 measures
in the E blues rhythm lesson.

an E blues shuffle riff with hammer on.

A5 Rhythm 1 – substitute this measure for the A5 measures
in the E blues rhythm lesson.


 

Shuffle Rhythm 2

E5 Rhythm 2 – substitute this measure for the E5 measures
in the E blues rhythm lesson. You can play this as a straight or
shuffle rhythm.

E blues shuffle rhythm with variation

A5 Rhythm 2 – substitute this measure for the A5 measures
in the E blues rhythm lesson. You can play this as a straight or
shuffle rhythm.

E blues shuffle rhythm with variation

 


 

Blues Shuffle Rhythm 3

E5 Rhythm 3 – substitute this measure for the E5 measures
in the E blues rhythm lesson.

a classic blues shuffle riff

 

There isn’t an easy way to play A5 rhythm 3, so use A5 measure
1 or 2 (if you are trying to play the 12 bar blues with rhythm 3).
As for the B5 measure (the 5 chord), here is a good rhythm below:

B5 Rhythm

B5 Riff in the Blues shuffle

 


Now that you have a few different shuffle rhythms to
add to your bag of tricks, mix and match them to make your blues
guitar playing sound more interesting. I will demonstrate how to
do this:

 



About the Author

Mike Abbott
Mike is a pro guitarist and music educator.  He has performed with such diverse acts as the Rolling Stones Horns, Sammy Davis Jr., and Burt Bacharach.   After spending much of his music career in New York City, He now is a very busy guitarist in the Denver area, performing and teaching extensively. Mike's latest work is a book, The Guitar and Amp Sourcebook, published by Harper Collins and released in December 2012.



 
 

 
 

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