Blues Launch: How to Play a Shuffle!
Last week I used the monthly newsletter to announce the launch of Unit 2 of my guitar method, Vertical Truth: Chordal Mechanisms for the Guitar. Unit 2 is on the Blues.
I talked about how the Blues is a seminal genre; it occurs in all forms of popular music. No matter what kind of music you're into, a working knowledge of Blues song-forms and scales will serve you well.
I gave you the Table of Contents as well as a short promo video - here's the promo again; check it out to see how this download looks:
So today I'm going to start a free preview of the 1st lesson, which is called, The Shuffle Pattern.
The Shuffle is the foundational rhythmic and chordal mechanism of the Blues. It consists of alternating 5ths and 6ths. To see the lesson:
Admittedly, playing a shuffle is fatiguing. Students have problems with the stretch, with pain in the wrist and cramping. In order to play a typical Blues tune you need to be able to consistently, without a mistake or breaking time, play a shuffle for 4 or 5 minutes at a time. I have several technique tips that greatly enhance strength and stamina, which I will cover in the next blog coming to you the day after tomorrow - Wednesday, May 17.
Keep a look-out for it!
And remember, the launch-opening email next week will be to Site Members ONLY!
So if you are not a Site Member but want in on the download of this lesson series, be sure to sign up as a Site Member before Monday, the 22nd.
Check out Master Guitar School!
Sign up as a Master Guitar School site member - it's free! - and get access to dozens of free site-based lessons, a monthly newsletter that contains a brand-new free lesson, and DEEP discounts on lesson series downloads - plus more!
For more information on site membership see Why Become a Site Member?