This rhythm guitar lesson will show how play a twelve bar Blues progression in the Key of 'E' Blues on Acoustic guitar.
The ‘E’ Blues shuffle rhythm is a twelve-bar Blues progression played in the Key of ‘E’ Blues, featuring added variations of strum patterns and chord voicings. This Blues guitar lesson will provide a step-by-step approach to learning the complete twelve-bar progression.
The objective of this video series is to help establish a foundation of guitar fundamentals by applying various playing techniques (rhythm, fingerstyle, and soloing) to various styles of music. The more playing styles and techniques a guitarist can learn, the more diverse and self-sufficient a guitarist will become. A self-sufficient guitarist can then teach themselves, communicate with other musicians, and even write their own music once a solid foundation of fundamentals is established.
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There really isn’t any one particular playing style or technique required in order to classify someone as a guitarist. For example, Andres Segovia, Bob Dylan, and Carlos Santana are all considered legendary performing guitarists, but each has his own particular style or technique (fingerstyle, strumming, and soloing) for playing. Every guitarist will have their own personal preferences when it comes to what style of music they would initially like to learn. Some may have a more-specific goal (singer/songwriter, soloist, etc.), while others may prefer a more general or overall approach to learning various playing styles and techniques. This series of books and videos are designed with a ‘pick and choose’ topic format (songwriting, soloing, etc.) so that once the Guitar Basics are completed, the guitarist can decide to focus on whatever topic he or she wishes study.
Each bar starts with a four-beat ‘E’ shuffle, with the third finger ‘tapping’ the fourth fret every third beat. The last four beats of Bar 1 feature a three-note riff played on the last three beats. For Bar 2, the last four beats feature a two-note riff played on the middle
beats. Add vibrato to the last note played in Bars 2 & 4.
For Bars 5-6, the same shuffle rhythm in Bars 1-2 shifts up one string to play the ‘A’ shuffle. For Bars 7-8, shift back to the initial ‘E’ shuffle. Before moving on to Bar 9, practice combining Bars 1-8.
Bar 9 features a ‘B5’ power chord using the same ‘Walk in the Park’ rhythm (‘down-up... down-up-up-down’) used in both Texas-style rhythm patterns from previous lessons. Note how the ‘B5' chord provides more of a ‘Rock-style’ sound when compared to the ‘B7' chords used in both Texas-style rhythms. For Bar 10, the chord shift from ‘B5' to ‘A5’ requires only a slight adjustment of flattening the first finger along the second fret. For Bar 11, return to the initial ‘E’ shuffle rhythm.
Bar 12 - Turnaround
The ‘B5' chord is used for the turnaround, using all down-strokes to change the tempo (‘1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3') as a way to ‘lead-in’ or ‘rev-up’ into Verse 2. Practice combining Bars 11-12, then combine Bars 9-12 together before attempting to play all twelve bars together.
At the end of Verse 2, the Ending section is played at Bar 12 in place
of the turnaround. The x’s represent either a palm-mute or a rest in
between strummed chords. Before attempting the complete two-verse progression, practice combining Bars 11-12 of Verse 2.
The ‘Texas Blues Rhythm’, the ‘Alternate Texas Rhythm’, and the ‘E Blues Shuffle’ progressions are all in the Key of ‘E’ Blues. To add variation to an ‘E’ Blues rhythm, all three progression can be played together in succession within the same arrangement.
With an understanding of keys (Songwriting/Theory - 1) it can be seen how all three progressions feature the three primary chords from the Key of ‘E’ (‘E’, ‘A’, and ‘B’) with various chord substitutions (‘A7', ‘B7', ‘A5', ‘B5’) made to slightly alter the mood or tone within each progression. When repeating verses, various bars or sections from either progression can be interchanged with another.