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This series will teach you over 40 blues shuffle patterns over 6 different progressions and 2 different rhythms.
How many simple blues rhythms do you know? Even a simple blues shuffle can be played many different ways. Simple 12-Bar Rhythm can make your blues rhythm playing a lot more interesting.
If you want to be appreciated at blues jams, you need to become a good rhythm player. Soloing is not enough. Without good rhythm players, it’s not really music.
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An overview of what 12-bar blues is.
How to construct different 12-Bar progressions
How to find the I, IV and V starting points in any key.
Learn some very simple shuffle rhythms based on playing one note at a time. These rhythms introduce you to the primary melody heard in blues shuffle rhythms, but allow you to start learning them without the fatigue associated with playing the normal two-note patterns.
As simple as these rhythms are, they are perfectly valid rhythms to play, even for advanced players. You'll also learn how to think about rhythm positions in terms of relative position, instead of absolute fret numbers. This concept is much more portable to other keys.
Learn the most common blues rhythms associated with swing-beat blues: shuffles. These rhythms are simple, but require lots of endurance and hand strength to play well.
Learn how to play many of the same rhythms from the last lesson, but over a rock-n-roll beat, where thereís no swing in the beat. Think of the beat from Johnny B. Goode. Although the beat is faster than most swing blues songs, you can play many of the same rhythms, just adapting your picking to the change in beat.
Weíre back to swing-beat blues in this lesson, and Iíll teach you a bunch of single note rhythm licks. These are licks that sound a bit like soloing, but can actually form the rhythm base for a song.
The ending of a 12-bar progression is one of the most crucial parts. In this lesson I'll teach you about two different parts of the ending that require an extra touch.
In this lesson we put it all together. I'll show you the steps to building a full 12-bar blues rhythm.
This is a crucial lesson for any player who wants to be truly good at playing blues rhythm guitar. I'll teach you about the finer points of rhythm playing, things that some players never discover.