12-bar Blues – Three guitar rhythms combined


The blues is a vast genre, full of different rhythms, licks and forms. I thought I’d simplify the blues down to three distinct rhythm guitar parts – the march, the shuffle and the rhythmic hits –  and show you how to layer them to create a big sound.

Learning each of these parts is an excellent way to give yourself some flexibility in a jam session with friends. If your buddy is playing the march, for example, you can play the hits or the shuffle. If he’s playing the hits, you can play the march or the shuffle. Any combination works together and they all sound great!

Get the transcription (TAB) here and the backing track here.



For more information about me and the guitar lessons that I give in and around Baltimore, visit www.ewguitar.com.

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About ewguitar
I am a private guitar instructor in Glen Burnie, MD.

3 Responses to 12-bar Blues – Three guitar rhythms combined

  1. Awesome! Very cool and informative. Love how you cropped the three videos and stacked them. And, as always, it sounds great!

  2. sherri says:

    Just amazing!!! I was sitting here tapping my foot and bobbing. haha. What a skilled teacher, guitar player and videographer you are

  3. Pops says:

    Fantastic! As always, great video, and great playing! You never cease to amaze me! This video makes me want to jam!

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