Blues With A Buddy – Slow Blues In E

The premise behind today’s lesson is this situation…

You and a buddy are hanging out to play some guitar, but neither of you knows the same tune so you figure you’ll just play, “Blues In E.”

That means, one of you will play rhythm while the other plays lead, then you’ll switch. Common courtesy is 2 passes through the 12 bar blues form (2 choruses) and then you switch (that’s not set in stone by any means so if someone is going for it and takes more, they’re not wrong, they just had more to say…)

So if you’re the one playing rhythm right now, what do you play? You hopefully know the basic “blues in E” pattern, but wouldn’t it be nice to spice it up a little? This might help.

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28 Comments

  • clinton tillman

    Reply Reply March 29, 2018

    I really enjoyed this video. Many videos show lead riffs but never focus on rhythm patterns. For beginners you might want to mention this is a “shuffle” rhythm – a rhythm form that Clapton made a career out of. Also if you get good at playing this pattern you can then start to try alternating between the rhythm pattern and small lead fills. This is also a thing that Clapton does. BTW there are many great free metronome apps available for android and IOS devices for anyone who wants to experiment with playing with one.

  • Michael Chappell

    Reply Reply February 26, 2018

    Hi Griff,
    This is an oldie but a goodie and a great refresher and with the variations too..someone above said you can do it with a looper yes but only once you get the timing on spot but it is better with another Guitarist Buddy. The B stretch simplified as you showed is good to know as when jamming a lot my left hand gets tired. But as someone else suggested start from 7th Fret which is cool as well. So all the BGUer Buddies are right here with their comments. I have been learning from most of your BGU Courses as well as these email lessons since 2013 and I am progressing…really getting into it since I retired back in 2015. Your are a great Guitar teacher Griff..
    Thanks
    Michael-Sydney-Australia 27th Feb 2018

    • raytuned88

      Reply Reply February 26, 2018

      hey griff, thanks for this one, but i open my emails sometimes days after youd sent it. but eventually I PRACTICE it.thanks

  • johnc

    Reply Reply February 25, 2018

    Great lesson thanks Griff, I do like those little walk around’s between the chords making it more interesting for the rhythm plus I believe helps the lead player as well. Love the ASAT too.

  • colin ward

    Reply Reply February 25, 2018

    Top stuff again Griff thanks for your inovation on teaching interesting bits of wisdom

  • ray

    Reply Reply February 25, 2018

    thanks Griff

  • L C Overton

    Reply Reply February 25, 2018

    Same here, more stuff like this. This is great practice and I needed it!
    thanks Griff

  • Dave H

    Reply Reply February 24, 2018

    Great lesson! I would love to see more on the playing with a buddy theme.

  • Davidchi

    Reply Reply February 24, 2018

    Thanks again Griff. As an advanced beginner I’ve been looking for instruction on playing with a partner. When I was first asked to play with another guitarist, I just bumbled through the “blues in E” shuffle monotonously, not really knowing what else to do.

    It would be great if you continued this lesson, How about who takes the intro/turnarounds???

  • Sam

    Reply Reply February 24, 2018

    Great lesson, thank you.

  • Jerry

    Reply Reply February 24, 2018

    Yes, please continue with these. Good stuff and a variation that isn’t in the 52 Rhythm Fills & Variations Course. Thank you!

  • fearless freddy

    Reply Reply February 24, 2018

    Thanks Griff, Great concept. Using a looper for practice is a great idea too,but there is a confortableness that cones with working/sharing with a friend of like mindedness. Besides, a looper won’t buy you a cup of coffee ๐Ÿ™‚
    Dick, aka fearless freddy

  • jim chironna

    Reply Reply February 24, 2018

    Griff,
    THANK YOU for all the lessons !! you are such a great teacher and player !!! how awesome it is that you share your knowledge with us less gifted players..I have learned a lot from you, and truly appreciate you taking the time to post these videos. I am an intermediate player..jazz, blues and rock..and ALWAYS learn from your videos !! keep em coming your the BEST !! the pdf are great tools..my buddy is coming for a visit next week and we will be jamming and trading fours with this blues lesson !!! rocking ..Jim Chironna

  • Bill

    Reply Reply February 24, 2018

    Always enjoy the daily lessons that you send.. I appreciate everything that you do to make sure we learn the blues properly. Keep the lessons coming.

  • Todd

    Reply Reply February 24, 2018

    Wonderful job, lookin forward to how to start soloin

    • Hank

      Reply Reply February 24, 2018

      Yes the stretch you make with the B on the 5th string to the A on the 4th is large (2nd fret to 7th fret)- another way to simplify this would be to start the pattern at the 7th fret of the sixth string (7th fret to 12th fret is still a 5 fret differential, just that as you move up the fretboard the width of the frets decrease significantly)…. if you follow- Griff could better explain this.

      Thanks Griff for all your great work.

  • Sean

    Reply Reply February 24, 2018

    Excellent Griff! Can’t wait to start jamming on this. And I can use my Looper to be own buddy!๐Ÿ˜€

  • john lawson

    Reply Reply February 24, 2018

    Thanks Griff…like this one … hope to see the ‘solo’ section in a future video. Appreciate your efforts !

  • Andy R

    Reply Reply February 24, 2018

    Nice lesson Griff! Its nice to spice it up a little bit. It will be really fun to play with a buddy. Looking forward to the solo lesson to play along with this. Thanks!

  • william white

    Reply Reply February 24, 2018

    Love it Griff, nice and slow and simple…keep me coming!!

  • Rodger

    Reply Reply February 24, 2018

    Excellent lesson. Thank you.

  • Rockin' Z

    Reply Reply February 24, 2018

    Yea! Alright! Play dem Bluz!

  • Terry

    Reply Reply February 24, 2018

    Ya great stuff there. Simple and fun. Nice to show this to friends so they can get started on it and gives me people to play with. Can wait for the little Lead part to show them. Thks coach.

  • John M

    Reply Reply February 24, 2018

    Griff – another great training lesson. Love the simplicity and focus on timing and embellishments. Keep the lessons coming and enjoy.

  • S McDowall

    Reply Reply February 24, 2018

    Hey Griff — nice variation here! However, the tab does not include the chromatic walk up from the I to the IV chords.. Can that be fixed up? Cheers!

    • S McDowall

      Reply Reply February 24, 2018

      Oh never mind — my old eyes are working this morning!! The tab of course DOES have it.. LOL ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lancer

    Reply Reply February 24, 2018

    Nice lesson. I don’t count beats. Been jamming for years, don’t no theory but enjoy your teachings. Would love to have you talk about your choice of equipment, amps, guitars, etc. in your teaching studio. Thanks again for your great style of teaching, Lance

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