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E Blues Riff
This Blues Riff is a common blues bass-line type pattern in E. The basic shape of the pattern is stated in the first measure which outlines an E7 chord. It is really important to use the second finger when playing the third fret on the sixth string, and the third finger on the fourth fret on the same string. That will keep you first finger open to play the second fret on the fifth string, thats a good “anchor” fret to work from because the riff continues to bounce around that note though most of the riff.
The whole exercise is based from a basic twelve bar blues pattern, built from the I IV V chords in the key of E major. (E A B chords) This twelve bar pattern is very common and it something that eventually should be memorized. There are a few variations to the twelve bar blues but the basic pattern would look like this |E7| | | |A7| |E7| |B7|A7|E7|B7|
In the fifth measure the riff conveniently moves up a string to accommodate the A7 chord, then changes back to the original string for two more measures. In the ninth measure watch out for the slight variation in the shape due to the chord change. Its important to play the second fret with the first finger and the fifth fret with the second finger.
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