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Basic stop-time blues

Jim Burger (4613) · [archive]
Style: Blues · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5

In this example, the stop-time riff goes through a standard blues progression, i.e. E-E-E-E-A-A-E-E-B-A-E-E. Because this one leaves somewhat less time between the riffs, the vocal line has to partially overlap with the main riff.

At the end of the first beat of each measure is a quick upward brushing of the top 2 strings -- if you don't like it, leave it out, but I love the way it sounds and it's easy, so you'll see something like this in many of my posts.

I couldn't resist throwing in a couple of brief, fairly simple licks in measures 7 and 8 just to keep things interesting. Measure 7 is a basic slide on the B-string up to the 8th fret that sounds pretty good (I also like to slide up to the 12th fret on the high-E string). Measure 8 starts with a slide up to the 12th fret on high-E, followed by a pull to the 10th fret and a pick on the 12th fret of the B string, another very common blues maneuver.
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