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The Blues Shuffle (12 Bar Blues)

The Blues Shuffle

The blues shuffle is played over 12 bar blues. This progression is the most popular progression in blues music.

Starting on the A string open play the notes in a swing fashion.
We’ll start this blues in the key of A. You’ll see the A5 above tablature. Play the note on the 2nd fret with your 1st finger, and the note on the fourth fret with your 3rd finger.

A5

4th string —–2—2—4—4—2—2—4—4
5th string —–0—0—0—0—0—0—0—0

Now change up to D5 and play the note on the 2nd fret with your 1st finger, and the note on the fourth fret with your 3rd finger.
D5

3rd string —–2—2—4—4—2—2—4—4
4th string —–0—0—0—0—0—0—0—0

You’ll notice once again the fingering is the same, but the position finalizes on the 5th & 6th string.

E5

5th string —–2—2—4—4—2—2—4—4
6th string —–0—0—0—0—0—0—0—0

So when you put it all together, here’s what you got…your 12 bar blues.

A5/A5/A5/A5
D5/D5/A5/A5
E5/E5/A5/E5

 

Some cool cats that have used the blues shuffle are Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and even Chuck Berry.

Blues terms-
Turnaround – The last chord in the blues progression that marks the transition back to the beginning of the chord progression.
Swing Feel – A triplet feel
Straight Feel –An eighth note feel
Shuffle – A groove played on the bass of the strings

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January 11, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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