Rhythm Guitar Basics 3 (Guitar Lesson BC-156) Guitar for beginners Stage 5

Rhythm Guitar Basics 3 (Guitar Lesson BC-156) Guitar for beginners Stage 5

How are you doing? Justin here. In this lesson we’re going to be checking out a “blues shuffle rhythm”. Now, hopefully you’ve checked out
the previous lesson on triplets and you’re kind of comfy with the idea of counting triplets, cos if you’re not, you’re going to find this lesson little difficult. So go and check it out if you haven’t. So, what is a blues shuffle? Well, first of all I’m just going to play you a little bit of a shuffle rhythm, so you’ll kind of get an idea of what’s going on. It sounds kind of like this: … You use it for blues. … It’s that kind of thing. It’s a real chink-kaa, chink-kaa, chink-kaa, chink kind of feel. Now… officially… what a swing is and what a swing is in or shuffle… swing and shuffle
are generally synonymous, you can use whatever term you want, there are slight differences, but not that I want to go into it just right now. The degree of shuffle is something that you can learn by listening. You can do it kind of mathematically if you want, but remember: the more you think about this sort of stuff, the more you stink. You really have to just listen to it, let it become kind of instinctive and get playing it. We’ve already talked about triplet as being a count, being 1 trip-let, 2 trip-let, 3 trip-let, 4 trip-let which of course, if you think of each triplet
as being one, two, three, it’s kinda going one, two, three; one, two, three; one, two three; one, two, three. And what we’re going to do
to get our blues shuffle is we’re going to miss out the middle one, which is the count of “trip” or would be the “two”,
if we were counting one, two, three; one, two, three, that kind of thing. So, first of all I’m going
to explain the triplet version. So if we are going: 1 (trip)-let, 2 (trip)-let, 3 (trip)-let, 4 (trip)-let, you can see
that I’m missing that middle one. So if I’m playing wise, I’ll be using down strum on the beat, the 1, 2, 3 and the 4, and up strum
on the “let” part of the “trip-let” So we have: 1 (trip)-let, 2 (trip)-let, 3 (trip)-let, 4 (trip)-let, 1 (trip)-let, 2 (trip)-let, 3 (trip)-let, 4 (trip)-let. Now… I’m doing it with 7th chords, you can do it really with whatever chords you like but actually lets do it, have a little bit of a go at doing this nice and slowly together. So, I’m gonna play a G7 chord, nice stretchy one for you, make sure you get your fingers working properly, …. Sounds like this. So I’m gonna give you three-four-in and then we’re just going to be doing: 1 (trip)-let, down (….)-up, down (….)-up, down (….)-up each time. Just do it really slow, so off we go: 3 (trip)-let, 4 (trip)-let, 1 (trip)-let, 2 (trip)-let, 3 (trip)-let, 4 (trip)-let; down (….)-up, down (….)-up, down (….)-up, down (….) Keep going.
-up 1 (trip)-let, 2 (trip)-let, 3 (trip)-let, 4 (trip)-let; Keep going. up, 1 (trip)-let, 2 (trip)-let, 3 (trip)-let; 1 (trip)-let, 2 (trip)-let, 3 (trip)-let, 4 (trip)-let. Keep going. 1 (trip)-let, 2 (trip)-let, 3 (trip)-let, 4 (trip)-let. 1 (trip)-let, 2 (trip)-let, 3 (trip)-let, 4 (trip)-let… And we’ll finish there, I think. So, this is the idea here, you should just be trying to play along really nice and slow, get used to the dooh-kaa-kaa, dooh-kaa-kaa. Now, kind of weird thing about it is that your hand
has to pause after the down stroke and with all of the other
rhythm stuff that you’re doing, it’s really, really, really important
that your hand doesn’t stop moving this is the one example, where it kind of it does need
to have a little bit of a pause. Although, that’s a kind of… just for now you get
a real feeling of the pause. As soon as you start to speeding it up, and you kinda get a: … As soon as it’s little bit faster, you don’t have that feeling of a pause. So don’t worry about it, it’s not like it’s ok to pause, it’s not. You just change the kind of the feel, it becomes kind of more “flicky”. But for this early stage, you just try to play it really straight, get used to the idea of: 1 (trip)-let, 2 (trip)-let, 3 (trip)-let, 4 (trip)-let. Once you feel really comfortable
with that blues shuffle rhythm, I want you to try and apply it to the three different 12 bar blues sequences that we have in the common chord
sequences section of this website and also any blues song that you might know or like to learn. So, we’re just going to be using
all of the dominant chords that we’ve learned so far. The one that we’re going to do now is just… I’m gonna get you to have a… listen to a blues in E, all of the way through
with the shuffle rhythm and after you’ve done a bit of practise on it nice and slowly, you might wanna come back and have a bit of a play along with this one. So, we’re just gonna be using E7, A7 and B7 chords. Check out the common chord sequences for the right chord progression here. So, here we go, two, three, four: . . . And again: … Ok, we haven’t done those
last couple of chords. but hopefully you can
play along with all of that, get the chink-kaa, chink-kaa, chink-kaa happening. It’s really good fun to play
this kind of blues and you’ll find there are hundreds
and hundreds of blues songs that use the simple 12 bar
blues chord progression. If you got your shuffle rhythm down, that’s a whole big heap of tunes that you can play just with
that little bit of information. So, hope you’ve had
a little bit of fun with that and I’ll see you for another
lesson very soon. Bye, bye!


  1. if i wasnt watching the vid i would be thinking that the worlds fastest server was playing tennis and was hitting the top of the net all the time πŸ˜€

  2. Hey Justin, was that Before You Accuse Me (Take a look at yourself) by Eric Clapton that you played in the example? πŸ™‚ Great lesson too.

  3. hey Justin, I'd really like to get those last chords… I looked around your lessons and I couldn't find it… is there any lesson about those chords??
    A thousand thanks wouldn't be enough for what you've been doing man!!

  4. hi im kind of new to your channel and i know this is a stupid question and ill probably get bash on for asking it by some people but here goes: your title for this video was BC: 156 so im assuming the one before it was BC: 155 triplets?

  5. Justin, what is the little walk down you did right before the ending? I'm close, but can't quite nail it. Thanks. -abelltiger

  6. Hey Justin thanks a lot for all this Lessons! I have a Question to this one (its probably very silly). How can i find out if a Song is in the Key of A, G or E? Works this also with transcribing? Thanks. And sorry for this silly Question and my bad English. πŸ™‚

    Greetings from Switzerland!

  7. Well all want to know those last few chords! I think i've got it but it's quite quick. It's that bit that really makes it.

    Thanks again for the vid.

  8. i think the way he explains triplets is going to confuse people once they get into time signatures, there will be times when they will not be able to distinct between triplets in 4/4 and one measure or quarter notes in 3/4…. and what about odd time signatures like 5/4?

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