Solo Shuffle Strum Pattern From Comping Pattern

A little while back I did a lesson on a BB King lick that I particularly enjoy… and I played a little rhythm into my looper to demonstrate the lick…

I was asked how I came up with that strum and if I could make a lesson out of it, so here it is ๐Ÿ™‚

And that rhythm figure, written out, looks like this:


  • bill k

    Reply Reply October 9, 2018

    great stuff Griff, just one thing no clue about the chord fingerings. Its Bill the blind guy and this ss one of the rare times you didn’t describe the chords. if anyone can respond with the chord fin

  • Pete

    Reply Reply October 7, 2018

    Thank you for this lesson. Great tips. I really liked how you broke it down by adding each part of the strum patter to the progression (not sure if I said that right). I’m trying to become a better rhythm player and lessons like this help a lot.

  • Graham

    Reply Reply October 3, 2018

    Progressive build up. Really good lesson thanks Griff.

  • DaveyJoe

    Reply Reply October 3, 2018

    Thanks Griff!


  • Roger J

    Reply Reply October 3, 2018

    I was taught this strum pattern a long time ago and have used it extensively over the years in uptown / jump / jazz blues. I think of it as playing the horn lines…

    But I’ve never seen a lesson this before! It’s a very useful comping pattern for playing in a band.

  • mike z.

    Reply Reply October 3, 2018

    Griff , I really like this lesson . It is a fun way to do a shuffle , and sounds great . Thanks for sending this lesson . Mike Z.

  • Jim King

    Reply Reply October 3, 2018

    Nice, Griff! I’m playing around with this as a way to add interest to my solo act. I sing but, strumming chords alone to accompany, gets stale. This is a much better way to go. Thanks!

  • Keith

    Reply Reply October 3, 2018

    Great video, Griff! Makes it all make so much more sense. Thanks!

  • Jack

    Reply Reply October 3, 2018

    Oh yeah, I’m swipin’ that for this month’s challenge ๐Ÿ™‚

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