Shuffle Variations

The shuffle is probably the most important rhythm in blues. Almost everyone knows how to play the classic two string shuffle used by everyone from Robert Johnson to ACDC. But when you dig a bit deeper into the blues, it’s the subtle variations in the rhythms that keeps things interesting and makes people want to […]

Digging into the blues

Open Position E Blues scale (With Extension) Apart from the common moveable pentatonic and blues scale forms, many Blues licks make use of the open position Blues scale and its extension, particularly in the key of E as shown below. The following solo is derived from this scale. It is based on ideas from the […]

Lesson – Blues Guitar Improvising

Click here to view video It’s easy to get stuck in a rut playing the same old licks over and over. A good way out of this is to restrict yourself to limited playing possibilities – like improvising using only one string. When you do this, you can’t play standard licks, so you have to […]