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E Shuffle Blues
This twelve bar blues pattern in the key of E is something that every great blues guitar player has used. It contains essential techniques that every guitar player should know. Think of players such as Eric Clapton, to Joe Bonamassa, you will see use this pattern all the time.
Begin this riff on the open low E string and the second fret on the fifth string. Play both strings and the same time, hitting the chord twice. Move your second finger to the third fret on the sixth string while keeping your first finger on the second fret of the fifth string. The challenging part here is getting both strings to ring at the same time.
Beat three of the first measure is the same as the very beginning of the riff. (Open sixth string and the second fret on the fifth string) On beat four of the riff place your third finger on the fourth fret of the fifth string and play the open sixth string and the fourth fret fifth string at the same time. It’s a good idea to practice the first measure for a bit because the other parts of the riff are so similar.
Measure five is the same pattern os the first four bars just played on the fifth and fourth strings. Measures seven and eight are exactly the same as the first four bars.
Bar nine is the most difficult part of this riff. Place your first finger on the second fret of the fifth string. Put your third finger on the fourth fret on the fourth string. Play the two notes twice, hold those two notes in place and move your fourth finger to the fifth on the fifth string. Play the fifth string and the fourth string, then move your pinky to the sixth fret on the fifth string while still holding your first and third finger on the second and fourth frets. Beat three of the measure is the same as beat one. Beat four is the fourth finger on the fourth fret on the fourth string with the first finger on the second fret on the fifth string. The last chord of the measure is the same as the first chord of the measure.
Measure ten is the same as measure five, bar eleven is the same as bar one, and measure twelve is the same as bar nine.
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