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Bb Blues Riff
Being able to play a blues shuffle is really important for any guitar player. This blues riff is written in the key of Bb, and it can be transposed to any key. The riff follows the basic I IV V twelve bar blues pattern.
Begin this riff on the sixth fret and the eighth fret on the sixth and fifth strings. Play the chord twice then stretch your pinky to the tenth fret on the fifth string. It’s a good idea to keep your third finger on the eighth fret while your playing the tenth fret. Play the chord twice then switch back to the first chord. The riff is this pattern twice in the first measure, and is the same for the firs four measures.
Bar five and six is the same pattern but on the fourth and fifth strings. This is where the riff moves to the IV chord. Measures seven and eight is the same as bar one covering the I chord. Measure nine is the V chord, and is played on the eighth and tenth frets on the fifth and fourth strings. Bar ten is the IV chord again and is the same as bar five.
Measure eleven is the same as bar one, and bar twelve is the same as measure nine.
Be careful of your wrist when first learning this riff. Try to keep you wrist as straight as possible.
Because the repetitive nature of the riff it might be helpful to work on the first measure for a bit. Once you feel ready move onto the rest of the riff.
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