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  1. Blues Rhythm Guitar I (#243) - Page 2 by Christopher Sung (9641)
    Here's the shuffle in its most basic form. Our chord is E (presumably the first chord in an E blues) and we're just using two notes to define the chord. By including the C# and the D in our chords along with the low E, we o...(more)
    Blues · Intermediate · 457367 Hits · 4.41/5 (413 ratings) · Last modified: 9/13/1999
  2. Clapton-style Acoustic Blues (#564) - Page 6 by Jim Burger (4613)
    OK, so now let's take a look at the 12-bar E blues shuffle from page 1 of this lesson. This showcases a bunch of the moves that Clapton uses in "Before You Accuse Me". This one uses a bunch of stuff that we have already tal...(more)
    Blues · Intermediate · 584289 Hits · 4.50/5 (688 ratings) · Last modified: 1/15/2000
  3. Easy Blues Turnarounds (#582) - Page 2 by Jim Burger (4613)
    This turnaround uses all chords. We start with an E chord in the first two beats of bar 11 of our progression (bar 3 below), then stick in an A chord, then back to an E chord finally resolving with a B7 chord, the V of our p...(more)
    Blues · Beginner · 130988 Hits · 4.49/5 (77 ratings) · Last modified: 1/12/2000
  4. Gravedigger Blues (#905) - Page 6 by Josh Graves (2401)
    A lot happens in these three measures and it sounds cool and hard, but it's really quite easy. Use this chord shape for the B, and use your 4 finger for the hammer-ons and pull-offs. cho|x|2|1|2|0|x|B7|cho<br><br>Then fret th...(more)
    Blues · Intermediate · 112811 Hits · 4.63/5 (178 ratings) · Last modified: 3/27/2001
  5. Acoustic Delta Blues Moves (#1106) - Page 5 by Jim Burger (4613)
    Charlie Patton's "Pony Blues" is a classic and probably his best-known song. The real signature part of this song are the E7 arp runs that are used repetitively, as in measures 3, 6-7 and 10-11. Charlie really snaps the bas...(more)
    Blues · Intermediate · 280121 Hits · 4.62/5 (327 ratings) · Last modified: 1/19/2001
  6. Acoustic Delta Blues Moves (#1106) - Page 1 by Jim Burger (4613)
    The old Delta Blues masters such as Son House and Charlie Patton had a percussive approach to solo acoustic blues that relied on a mixture of bass grooves on the low strings and melodic riffs on the high strings. The moves t...(more)
    Blues · Intermediate · 280121 Hits · 4.62/5 (327 ratings) · Last modified: 1/19/2001
  7. Blues Scales (#7416) - Page 5 by David Parkes (221)
    This last scale is the "D Blues" scale and is a bit tricky, because is changes possions on the 11th note, notes 1 to 10 are played in second possion and the rest of the notes are played in third possion.
    Blues · Beginner · 15297 Hits · 4.50/5 (10 ratings) · Last modified: 1/1/2004
  8. Grit (#1712) - Page 4 by Drew Mosby (264)
    And now, we combine the ideas form the two previous pages. The more your "calls" and "answers" flow together the less you will notice the change.
    Blues · Intermediate · 11927 Hits · 3.75/5 (8 ratings) · Last modified: 11/19/2000
  9. Acoustic Delta Blues Moves (#1106) - Page 3 by Jim Burger (4613)
    This is a representative verse from the song "Take a Stand," by Blind Willie Johnson, which is beautiful in its simplicity and relies heavily on notes from the E6 arpeggio that we talked about. Note the first 2 beats of bars...(more)
    Blues · Intermediate · 280121 Hits · 4.62/5 (327 ratings) · Last modified: 1/19/2001
  10. Basic Blues Shuffle (#72) - Page 3 by Jim Burger (4613)
    This one is a little Chuck Berry type thing. I just had to insert this to show you one part of the transition from the blues to rock which happened in the 50's. The turnaround at the end is another one taken straight from t...(more)
    Blues · Beginner · 433975 Hits · 4.40/5 (672 ratings) · Last modified: 11/6/1999
  11. Basic stop-time blues (#73) - Page 3 by Jim Burger (4613)
    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...(more)
    Blues · Beginner · 198179 Hits · 4.42/5 (212 ratings) · Last modified: 9/1/2000
  12. Blues Rhythm Guitar I (#243) - Page 5 by Christopher Sung (9641)
    It's time to add some more interest to our basic shuffle playing by adding little fills. One common fill is to move from the <b>flatted 3rd</b> of the chord we're playing to the <b>major 3rd</b>. For our E chord, this means...(more)
    Blues · Intermediate · 457367 Hits · 4.41/5 (413 ratings) · Last modified: 9/13/1999
  13. Blues Rhythm Guitar I (#243) - Page 8 by Christopher Sung (9641)
    OK, so let's put it all together in a 12 bar blues in E. We use our main shuffle technique in measures 1-3, and pull out the drone technique on the E chord in measure 4 leading to the A. When we hit the A chord in measure 5...(more)
    Blues · Intermediate · 457367 Hits · 4.41/5 (413 ratings) · Last modified: 9/13/1999
  14. Swing Low Sweet Chariot (#896) - Page 5 by Josh Graves (2401)
    Barre the fourth fret on the second beat of measure fourteen. In measure sixteen is the motif I said would would be repeated. Barre the fourth fret again on the third beat of measure seventeen. In the next measure, fret the C...(more)
    Blues · Advanced · 43936 Hits · 4.74/5 (50 ratings) · Last modified: 3/31/2000
  15. Swing Low Sweet Chariot (#896) - Page 6 by Josh Graves (2401)
    I'm going to say it one more time, <b>KEEP THE BASS LEGATO!</B> This is easy to forget when you start working through this peice. Play the bass line solo to get a feel for how smooth it should be, there needn't be any breaks ...(more)
    Blues · Advanced · 43936 Hits · 4.74/5 (50 ratings) · Last modified: 3/31/2000
  16. Clapton-style Acoustic Blues (#564) - Page 8 by Jim Burger (4613)
    This is a 12-bar solo leading into an outro. The outro is taken from "Before You Accuse Me," the solo is from various stuff.<br><br>Note how the solo starts off with our "Elmore James" move and then works into a flurry of tr...(more)
    Blues · Intermediate · 584289 Hits · 4.50/5 (688 ratings) · Last modified: 1/15/2000
  17. Variations On The Shuffle (#10880) - Page 1 by Peter Kiley (890)
    <b>1st variation on the shuffle</b> <br/><br/>This basic variation on the shuffle is in the key of E. It will follow the 12-bar blues form. <br/><br/>As you can hear in the playback, this should be played with a moderate swing feel. ...(more)
    Blues · Beginner · 21352 Hits · 4.44/5 (16 ratings) · Last modified: 4/27/2006
  18. Blues Rhythm Guitar I (#243) - Page 7 by Christopher Sung (9641)
    Another way we can enhance our shuffle playing in E is to drone strings on top of the shuffle that we're playing on the lower strings. This type of playing was favored by Stevie Ray Vaughan as well as some other players. In...(more)
    Blues · Intermediate · 457367 Hits · 4.41/5 (413 ratings) · Last modified: 9/13/1999
  19. The Lightnin' Hopkins Style (#507) - Page 4 by Jim Burger (4613)
    Since these are the 5th-8th bars of a 12-bar blues progression, measures 5 and 6 will be played using an A chord fingering. Again, bars 7-8 are mostly the same as bars 3-4 of the progression, so let's focus on bars 5-6.<br><...(more)
    Blues · Intermediate · 236414 Hits · 4.67/5 (264 ratings) · Last modified: 12/15/1999
  20. Dead Thumb (#883) - Page 3 by Josh Graves (2401)
    Same descending chord shape motif as on the previous page. In measure 8 we use triplets to climb back up those same implied chords. Use your index and ring fingers to play strings three and one. You may want to practice this ...(more)
    Blues · Intermediate · 79536 Hits · 4.63/5 (75 ratings) · Last modified: 3/27/2001