How to play blues rhythm (in a shuffle)

Let’s say you’re going to an open jam, or you want to play with some friends, and someone says, “Hey, let’s play Matchbox in C.”

Do you know what to do?

What if you don’t know that song, does it matter?

Chances are, it doesn’t matter a lick (pardon the pun) as long as the song title comes with, “it’s a shuffle in C.”

Oh, and by the way, there are a LOT of songs that are “a shuffle in [insert the key here.]” Like… a whole lot.

So do you know what to play? You will…

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  • Mike

    Reply Reply March 12, 2017

    Thanks for the rhythm lesson,Griff. Great to see you this past weekend in Austin.

  • Jack aaron

    Reply Reply March 10, 2017

    Hay griff, where you going to. E in Austin nxt week. Like to come by and listen to you. Tks for all the help over the past few years. Jammen Jack

  • Edmond Thousand

    Reply Reply March 10, 2017

    Very cool, thanks

  • Ken Terrill

    Reply Reply March 10, 2017

    Another excellent short lesson. My thumb wasn’t happy, but I got it down pretty well after a few minutes. Thanks!

  • Colin Campbell

    Reply Reply March 10, 2017

    Hi Griff.

    I have made more guitar playing progress in the last 5 years of studying your courses and free videos than in the previous 25 years!
    Now thanks to you I am able to competently improvise on both acoustic and electric guitar.

  • Dan Scharf

    Reply Reply March 10, 2017

    Hey Grif,

    Great suggestion using the Digitec Trio….I have one of these pedals and will put it to good use with your lesson above. Great stuff as usual!!

  • Jimmy Lee Tillman

    Reply Reply March 10, 2017

    I am the Drummer and song writer for theORIGINAL CHICAGO BLUES ALL STARS
    your tips and lessons have made it easier for me
    to communicate with my guitar and bass player.
    It also open me up to new song writing options.

  • Mark d.

    Reply Reply March 10, 2017

    Thanks Griff! Keep going with videos,I learn a little more with each.if you could have heard me play before I bought bgu 2.0 and after. You would be patting your own self on the back!. I’m very pleased my results but you never stop learning so keep them coming please! B-)

  • Paul Blaesing

    Reply Reply March 10, 2017

    Thanks, Griff

  • John C

    Reply Reply March 10, 2017

    Like I said yesterday,put out a 5 easy blues rhythms like you did with the solos to use in different feels.Better yet,combo of leads and rhythm to mix and match such as your improvised course.

  • jeff

    Reply Reply March 10, 2017

    Is this in 52 Rhythm Fills?

    • Griff

      Reply Reply March 10, 2017

      Yes, this similar (if not identical) to the base pattern in that course. It’s also in the first or 2nd lesson of Blues Guitar Unleashed.

  • Judson Farray

    Reply Reply March 10, 2017

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.
    You’re reading my ‘everything I want to know about blues rhythm’ mind, these days and am truly grateful.

    • jeff

      Reply Reply March 10, 2017

      yes looking at now it is the ex 2.1 minus playing on the and of beat three on bar one and adding the blues 1/2 step from BGU in bar two.
      I think.

  • Rodney Burton

    Reply Reply March 10, 2017

    Good and simple, but the timing a little tricky.

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