The Art of the Rock Shuffle - Guitarist's Guide

Play a 12 bar blues in a rock shuffle rhythm & 100s of blues & rock tunes in just 6 easy, step-by-step lessons!
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  • Lectures 10
  • Length 1 hour
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  • Languages English
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Published 3/2016 English

Course 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 Rock Shuffle has you:

  • playing a convincing 12 bar blues in a rock shuffle groove.
  • applying right hand techniques that make you sound like the real deal.
  • playing 3 different turnarounds.
  • playing Tommy Tucker's hit song Hi-Heel Sneakers.
  • playing Chuck Berry's Johnny B. Goode.
  • and much, much, more!

In short, you'll learn everything you need to play hundreds of your favorite blues and rock favorites - everything from Chuck Berry 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!

What are the requirements?

  • Students will need a guitar and pick. Mastering this material will require a practice schedule of 15 - 30 minutes daily.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Play a 12 bar blues in a rock shuffle rhythm & 100s of blues & rock tunes in just 6 easy, step-by-step lessons!

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for beginning and intermediate guitarists who want to learn to play tunes by legendary guitarists like Chuck Berry and Jimmy Reed.
  • Advancing guitarists taking this course will deepen their understanding of this style and improve their technique.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction To This Course & Your Guitar Guide
01:30

The shuffle rhythm is the heartbeat of American music and a required rhythm for playing blues, rock, country and jazz guitar. I've successfully taught 100s of aspiring and advancing guitarists how to master this essential technique.

This course breaks down the rock shuffle into it's key elements and provides six step-by-step lessons that will build your rock shuffle from the ground up. Soon you'll be playing classic tunes like Tommy Tucker's 1963 hit Hi-Heel Sneakers and Chuck Berry's Johnny B. Goode!

04:20

This lecture details what is covered in this course, including the two songs that are taught and how the material will allow you to play 100s of your favorite tunes by everyone from Jimmy Reed to the Rolling Stones!

In just 6 video lessons, Shuffle School 101A has you:

  • playing a convincing 12 bar blues in a rock shuffle groove.
  • applying right hand techniques that make you sound like the real deal.
  • playing 3 different turnarounds.
  • playing Tommy Tucker's hit song Hi-Heel Sneakers.
  • playing Chuck Berry's Johnny B. Goode.
  • and much, much, more!

In short, you'll learn everything you need to play hundreds of your favorite blues and rock favorites - everything from Chuck Berry 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!


Section 2: First Steps: Basic Concepts & Tool Kit
05:00

A quick look at the basic 12 bar blues song structure and basic chord changes including the 3 most common variations (all included as downloadable PDFs). The typical AAB lyrical form is also described.

03:55

In this lesson we learn the basic chord shapes: A5, D5 & E5. Then add the 6th to create the "happy" shuffle sound and then the 7th to add some "swagger."

06:54

An easy to understand and execute approach to mastering the essential "straight" or rock shuffle rhythm. Two downloadable TABS are included!

Section 3: Next Steps: Right Hand Techniques & Turnarounds
10:25

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

08:50

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 two additional keys using a capo.

Section 4: Putting It All Together: Our First Tune
09:49

"Hi-Heel Sneakers" is a great tune, easy to learn and representative of the straight shuffle sound. This tune was a hit for Tommy Tucker in 1963 and has been covered by a veritable who's who of recording artists including Elvis, the Beatles & the Rolling Stones. One of my favorite covers is by Buddy Guy & Junior Wells.

You can listen here to the Tommy Tucker recording by searching for it on YouTube. You can listen to Buddy Guy & Junior Wells' version there as well. You can learn more about the tune in the Wikipedia article.

There are hundreds of tunes you could paly or adapt to everthing you've learned so far. Here are a few to start with:

  • "Red House" by Jimi Hendrix
  • Just About Anything by Chuck Berry
  • "Keep Your Hands To Yourself" by the Georgia Satelites
Section 5: Going Further: Bonus Lessons
05:07

The intro to our first tune, Hi-Heel Sneakers is a classic and easy to learn. I teach it in two different positions in this bonus lesson.

08:36

Chuck Berry used the 12 bar straight /rock shuffle rhythm almost exclusively to great affect. In Johnny B. Goode he abandons the usual blues AAB strophic lyrical form and applies a Verse Choru Form over the 12 bar blues structure in the jazzy key of Bb. You can achieve this by capoing at the 1st fret.

If you'd like to learn the intro to this tune, Justin Sandercoe has an excellent lesson on YouTube that I recommend. To play it in A, just drop his fingerings by one fret.

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Instructor Biography

Scott Perry, Vintage Blues Guitarist & Teacher

I am a vintage blues guitarist and teacher from Floyd, VA.

I have been a professional musician all of my adult life and currently teach 45 students each week and perform as a solo and with various duos and bands in and around my hometown of Floyd, VA.

I believe that music is a language and, like everyone's first spoken language, it is best learned in a natural, instinctual and intuitive way and is used to communicate emotions, tell stories and exchange ideas. Music, at its best, is a collaborative effort, not a competition and it is best cultivated in that spirit.

I teach in the lesson studio and from the bandstand. Learning to play music and sharing it makes us all happier and healthier. It also builds community and encourages curiosity and tolerance, helping make the world a better place.

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