“Eleven By Twelve” – The Ultimate Blues Rhythm Guitar Study

Never again will we be stuck for a rhythm accompaniment part to play at jam night, with our ultimate blues rhythm guitar study!

“Eleven By Twelve” gives us eleven rhythm guitar ideas to play over a 12 bar shuffle groove. Our long backing track allows us to experiment with stabs, sliding 9ths, imitation horn lines, off-beat parts, organ-style riffs, the Texas Shuffle, Uptown and Downtown Chicago riffs and many more, giving us plenty of options for tonal variety.

We conclude this lesson with a short summary of everything we’ve covered so far in this part of our course, followed by more tips on improvisation and solo construction, before being given a brief overview of some of the exciting content we can expect to study over the coming lessons.

For reference, here is the order in which the rhythm guitar parts were performed over the backing track. Feel free to play them in your preferred order, but be aware that in the cases of the Uptown and Downtown shuffles, the bass line on the backing track changes accordingly.

Detailed Tab for each approach can be found in the individual rhythm guitar studies at the beginning of Level 2.

  1. Stabs
  2. Sliding 9ths
  3. Imitation Horn Lines
  4. Jump blues-style offbeats
  5. Organ-style riffs
  6. Texas-style shuffle
  7. Chicago-style “Downtown Shuffle”
  8. Chicago.style “Uptown shuffle”
  9. Texas Variation
  10. Simple March
  11. Power Shuffle

Backing Tracks

Lesson Sheets

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