The Art of the Blues Shuffle - A Guitarist's Guide
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The Art of the Blues Shuffle - A Guitarist's Guide

Play a 12 bar blues in a blues shuffle rhythm & 100s of blues & rock tunes in just 6 easy, step-by-step lessons!
3.9 (5 ratings)
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43 students enrolled
Created by Scott Perry
Last updated 6/2016
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 15 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Play a 12 bar blues shuffle rhythm & 100s of blues & rock tunes in just 6 easy, step-by-step lessons!
Requirements
  • Students will need a guitar and pick. Mastering this material will require a practice schedule of 15 - 30 minutes daily.
Description

The shuffle rhythm is the heartbeat of all American music and essential to playing the blues.

In just 6 video lessons, The Art of the Blues Shuffle has you:

  • playing a convincing 12 bar blues in a blues shuffle groove.
  • applying bass walks that make you sound like the real deal.
  • playing 3 different turnarounds.
  • playing Robert Johnson's Sweet Home Chicago, a veritable blues anthem.
  • playing Jimmy Reed's Big Boss Man & Bright Lights, Big City.
  • and much, much, more!

In short, you'll learn everything you need to play hundreds of your favorite blues and rock favorites - everything from Robert Johnson to the Rolling Stones!

But Wait, There's More! 

You'll also be able to share your performance vids and ask questons and get immediate feedback from your guide, Scott Perry - founder of GuidedGuitarLessons.com!

Who this course is for:
  • This course is for beginning and intermediate guitarists who want to learn to play tunes by legendary guitarists like Robert Johnson and Jimmy Reed.
  • Advancing guitarists taking this course will deepen their understanding of this style and improve their technique.
Course content
Expand all 11 lectures 01:17:29
+ Introduction To This Course & Your Guitar Guide
2 lectures 05:08

This video discusses the importance of the blues shuffle and the instructor's credentials.

Preview 02:02

This video details what is taught in this course and what tunes the student will be able toplay by the end.

Preview 03:06
+ First Steps - Basic Concepts & Tool Kit
3 lectures 23:33

A quick review of the basic 12 bar blues form and 3 common variations, including the typical chord changes and lyrical form.

This material was covered in The Art of the Rock Shuffle. If you've taken that class you can probably skip ahead to the next video.

Preview 06:51

In this lesson we learn the basic chord shapes: E5, A5 & B5. Then add the 6th to create the "happy" shuffle sound and then the 7th to add some "swagger."

The Chord Shapes
06:09

An easy to understand and execute approach to mastering this essential rhythm.

How To Play a "Swung" Shuffle
10:33
+ Next Steps - Right Hand Technique & Tunarounds
2 lectures 21:07

Right hand muting, adding upstroke "hic ups" and stop time "drama." These techniques will help you personalize the way your shuffle sounds!

Right Hand Techniques
13:00

The "turnaround" gets us from the end of one chorus of the blues to the top of the next. In this lesson I'll teach you two super easy turnarounds and a third, not much harder, but really cool sounding one. I also show you how we can use everything we've learned so far to play in additional keys using a capo.

Our First Turnarounds
08:07
+ Putting It All Together - Our First Tune
1 lecture 08:31

"Sweet Home Chicago" is a veritable blues anthem and a "must know" tune for any aspiring blues guitarist. In this lesson we'll put everything we've learned so far to good use and have a ton of fun playing this tune!

"Sweet Home Chicago"
08:31
+ PuttingBonus Lessons
3 lectures 19:10

In this bonus lesson we look a common turnaround for a blues in E and the Robert Johnson turnaround from his recording of Sweet Home Chicago.

More Turnarounds
05:45

If you are a graduate of The Art of the Rock Shuffle, then you're ready to apply that rhythm to the key of E changes you've learned here. Big Boss Man is another "must know" tune and a jamming favorite.

Jimmy Reed's "Big Boss Man"
06:15

If you're a graduate of The Art of the Rock Shuffle, then you can apply the blues shuffle to the key of A changes to broaden your blues repertoire. This lesson teaches another Jimmy Reed classic, Bright Lights Big City, from his classic album, Jimmy Reed at Carnegie Hall.

Jimmy Reed's "Bright Lights, Big City"
07:10