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Rockabilly Blues Riff In E
This rockabilly blues riff in E follows a standard twelve bar blues pattern with a few twists and turns thrown in for good measure. Guys such as Merle Travis, Scotty Moore, Paul Burlison, Cliff Gallup, Joe Maphis, and Carl Perkins can be found using these types of patterns. This is an awesome exercise to spice up your playing regarless of the style of music you play.
Begin this riff on the open sixth string, quickly jump to the second fret of the fourth string with your first finger. Play the fourth fret on the fifth string with your third finger and the second fret on the fifth string with your first finger. The third beat is played on the fourth fret with the third finger, then move back to the second fret on the fifth string. The last beat of the measure is the fourth fret with the third finger to the second fret with the first finger. You might find it easier to bar your first finger on the fourth and fifth strings to make the transitions easer when moving from string to string.
The second measure is much like the first with a variation at the end. The difference is on the off-beat of the third beat of the measure where you play the fifth string open then move to the first fret and then the second fret. The third measure is the sixth string open to the second fret on the fourth string. Play the fourth fret on the fifth string and then the second fret. The last half of the measure is the same as the first half. Measure four is the same as the second measure.
Bar five is the same as the first measure but everything is moved up one string. This section is outlining the IV chord of key. The sixth bar is the same as the second bar but, everything is also moved up one string. Measures seven and eight are the same as bars one and two.
The turnaround at bar nine starts at the second fret of the fifth string, move the the fourth fret. Beat two is the fourth string played open, then play the first fret. On beats three and four play the third fret to the fourth fret. Measure ten is the same as bar six. Measures eleven and twelve are the same as bars one and two. To play along with the videos play through the pattern twice. End the riff with a whole note on the open low E string.
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