Stevie Ray Vaughan Style Blues Shuffle Guitar Lesson In G
As with all great guitarists, Stevie Ray Vaughan’s rhythm playing was as strong as his leads. Stevie Ray Vaughan excelled at a style of shuffle playing that has its roots in earlier players, yet he was able to turn it into a personal trademark.
This riff is based off of a twelve bar blues in G. The chords being outlined are G7, C7, and D7, with a hard shuffle feel. Some of the other techniques being used are hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, bends, and position shifts. When you listen to a rhythm section playing a medium shuffle, it’s quite common to hear the bass playing a walking line (moving quarter notes) while the guitar strums chords on the upbeats.
When these two parts are combined on one instrument, the result is a complete shuffle groove. This is easy for a piano player, but on guitar, it”s a different story. The best way to master this pattern is to separate the bass line from the chords and work on each part individually.
Begin this riff on an G chord, play the G , play the open high E and B strings muted with and upstroke then move your second finger to the sixth fret on the sixth string and play the seventh fret on the sixth string. Next, the fifth fret on the fifth string, and then the seventh fret on the fifth string. It might be best to follow the tablature from here. Just remember that the open E and B strings are happening on the off beats between each one of these bass notes.
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