In order to encapsulate everything that you learned about playing the blues, you’re going to learn how to play a guitar boogie shuffle. By the end of this lesson, you’ll know how to play that beloved and cherished blues guitar part.
The key to learning the guitar is broadening your horizons, having a thirst for knowledge, and constantly learning new styles and techniques. The guitar boogie shuffle rhythm is essential for learning almost any blues. If you’re ready to boogie and shuffle, be sure to check out this guitar lesson.
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Guitar Boogie Shuffle 101
You may not feel ready to boogie, but if you’ve been following the rest of the 30 Days to Play Challenge, you’re more than ready. Not only will you be playing something musical and interesting, but you’ll also learn plenty along the way.
By practicing your guitar boogie shuffle, you’ll learn pick accuracy on the guitar, finger strength, finger dexterity, and rhythm. It’s a classic pattern that will give your fingers a serious workout. Once you learn the pattern, it’s all about moving around on the fretboard to master the boogie shuffle pattern.
It is important to remember that this pattern works because it uses something called alternate picking. This means that each note will alternate between an upstroke and a downstroke with the pick.
When you start practicing the boogie shuffle, make sure that you start slow. If you try to move too quickly, you may be making mistakes that won’t get fixed as you continue to increase the tempo.
Once you feel comfortable with the picking pattern, make sure you are fretting the correct notes. Use your fingertips when fretting, keep an arch in your fingers, and make sure you are fretting just behind the intended fret. Eventually, you should be able to play along with the video lesson!
Playing Guitar Within the Blues
Once you master the basic pattern that we started with on the E string, you now just need to apply the pattern to different locations. We do this so we can play through an entire 12-bar blues. Once you can move the pattern throughout the different positions, you can play an entire boogie shuffle blues!
The first place we shift the pattern to is starting on the A string, and then eventually the D string. Eventually, you’ll be gaining confidence on the guitar and making some music! Even if you thought that you couldn’t play a blues on guitar, after this lesson, you’ll be on your way to playing the blues!
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