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Blues Guitar Basics: How to Play a Blues Shuffle

Blues Guitar Basics: How to Play a Blues Shuffle

Ready to learn to play blues guitar? This lesson from guitar teacher James W. is the perfect place to start... What is a shuffle, anyway? A shuffle is a rhythm of 8th notes played in triplets, essentially playing 3/4 time over a 4/4 beat to make the music swing. Blues, pop, jazz, and rock musicians all use the shuffle. The blues shuffle is a fun pattern that is simple to absorb into your playing across many genres of music. Think of pop, rock, big band, and blues as being a part of the sam … Read More

Blues Guitar Basics: How to Play a Blues Shuffle
Ready to learn to play blues guitar? This lesson from guitar teacher James W. is the perfect place to start... What is a shuffle, anyway? A shuffle is a rhythm of 8th notes played in triplets, essentially playing 3/4 time over a 4/4 beat to make the music swing. Blues, pop, jazz, and rock musicians all use the shuffle. The blues shuffle is a fun pattern that is simple to absorb into your playing across many genres of music. Think of pop, rock, big band, and blues as being a part of the sam
A Guitarist's Guide to Odd Time Signatures
Do you know how to count music in odd time signatures? Guitar teacher Joe L. breaks down the basics that guitarists need to know about playing in unusual times... Timing is something that most guitarists have to pick up early in playing music. Playing in time is very important; it may be the most important quality and skill you can develop and improve upon as you continue learning to play guitar. If you're looking at a piece of music, the time signature is the two numbers that look like a
Tricks For Differentiating The Two Blues Chord Progressions
Ready to get started with learning blues chord progressions? Here's an intro by Austin, TX guitar teacher Samuel B...   In order to properly respect and understand both the theory and structure of ANY kind of American music, it's essential to be able to play the blues. Although the form is said (by some scholars) to have originated in Africa within the story-telling traditions of village griots (historians/poets/musicians who would play a five-stringed instrument known as the halam, w
Guitar Chord Progressions: A Guide for Beginners
  Learning to play the guitar is a task that's undertaken by thousands, if not millions of people each and every year. The guitar, as the second most popular musical instrument in the world (right behind the piano at number one), is the peoples' choice for a myriad of reasons. Most commonly, however, people decide they want to play the guitar because of how prominently it's featured in today's top music. Many people enjoy pop music because it's catchy and the lyrics are infectious. Th
Roadmap of the Notes on a Guitar
Whether you want to learn how to improvise rock solos, play perfect classical etudes, or anything in between, knowing the guitar notes on the fingerboard will be a huge help in your journey. In this article, we'll show you how to memorize the notes on a guitar. We'll also teach you a few shapes to help you play scales and chords in any major key you want! Guitar Notes for Standard Tuning A great place to start getting to know the notes on a guitar is by memorizing the notes of each string p

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