Simple 12-Bar Rhythm

This series will teach you over 40 blues shuffle patterns over 6 different progressions and 2 different rhythms.


Simple 12-Bar Rhythm

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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  • Lesson Videos
  • Tablature
  • Backing Track
  • Fretboard Diagrams

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Simple 12-Bar Rhythm

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Rhythm Courses Bundle V1
Rhythm Courses Bundle V1

Includes the following seven courses:

  • 6 Influential Blues Rhythms
  • Heavy Swing Blues Rhythms - Vol. 1
  • Funk Blues Rhythm - Vol. 1
  • Boogie Blues Rhythms - Vol. 1
  • Slow Blues Rhythms - Vol. 1
  • Texas Shuffle Rhythms - Vol. 1
  • Jump Blues Rhythms - Vol. 1
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Lesson Details

  • Lesson 1
    Lesson 1: What Is 12-Bar Blues

    An overview of what 12-bar blues is.

    • Learn what bars are
    • Learn how the chords change from bar to bar
    • Learn the most basic 12-Bar blues progression
    • How to count bars as you play
    • Lesson Video
  • Lesson 2
    Lesson 2: Progressions

    How to construct different 12-Bar progressions

    • Learn about the 3 sections of a 12-bar progression
    • Learn different substitutions for each section
    • Learn how to combine them into 6 different progressions.
    • Lesson Video
  • Lesson 3
    Lesson 3: Positions

    How to find the I, IV and V starting points in any key.

    • Learn how to find the root notes starting on the E string
    • Learn how to find the root notes starting on the A string
    • Learn the most common keys for playing blues
    • Review the positions for I, IV and V in the common keys
    • Lesson Video
  • Lesson 4
    Lesson 4: Single Note Shuffles

    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.

    • Lesson Video
    • Tablature
    • Backing Track
  • Lesson 5
    Lesson 5: Shuffles

    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 1 and 2 bar patterns
    • Learn the most common rhythms
    • Enhance the rhythms with "rolling" notes
    • Further enhance the rhythms with the third note.
    • Learn two different ways to add in the third note.
    • Lesson Video
    • Tablature
    • Backing Track
  • Lesson 6
    Lesson 6: Rock & Roll Rhythms

    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.

    • Lesson Video
    • Tablature
    • Backing Track
  • Lesson 7
    Lesson 7: Rhythm Licks

    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.

    • Simple descending licks
    • More complex licks with some back and forth between strings
    • Licks that incorporate raking
    • See the rhythms demonstrated over various 12-bar progressions.
    • Lesson Video
    • Tablature
    • Backing Track
  • Lesson 8
    Lesson 8: Endings

    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.

    • Learn about the important Bar 11 section and licks you can play there.
    • Learn about the turnaround, and several different licks to play there.
    • Lesson Video
    • Tablature
  • Lesson 9
    Lesson 9: Building Blues Rhythms

    In this lesson we put it all together. I'll show you the steps to building a full 12-bar blues rhythm.

    • Picking a pattern
    • Picking a progression
    • Picking ending options
    • Putting it together and adjusting where necessary
    • Lesson Video
  • Lesson 10
    Lesson 10: Playing Good 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.

    • The importance of timing, hitting exact divisions of the beat
    • When to be heard, when to blend in
    • The different sounds of rhythm: Punchy, Muted, Ringing
    • Lesson Video

Course Features

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  • Chapter Markers

    Long videos are hard to navigate, so we put chapter markers throughout, making it easier for you to skip to the section of the video you were last watching.

    Our DVDs also have these chapter markers, you can skip around a lesson video using the Next and Previous controls.

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    As soon as you buy this course, you'll be able to download a zip file containing the entire course. The files are not encrypted, locked, or protected in any way. You own them forever.

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    • If this course includes a backing track, it will be provided in MP3 format.
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