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Basic stop-time blues

Jim Burger (4613) · [archive]
Style: Blues · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 80
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5

Before you listen to this one, note that the only stop-time riff here is inserted in measures 12-13 and 14-15 (the rest is all chords).

This example shows how you can spice up a normal blues progression by inserting a stop-time pattern. It starts with the last four bars of a standard 12-bar progression in the key of A. Instead of a turnaround, we play this quick little stop-time riff with the two hammer-ons leading into measure 13, the first measure of the next 12-bar progression. This leaves us plenty of open time to scream out a lyric line ("woke up this mornin', blues all 'round my bed,"), then play the same thing again leading into measure 15 ("went to eat my breakfast, found the same thing in my bread"), then resume your normal blues progression afterwards.
Basic stop-time blues - Page 4