Hello and welcome to this week’s lesson, where I will be showing you what a shuffle rhythm is and how to play 6 Fun Blues Harmonica Licks using it!
You will need a harmonica in the key of C, and we will be playing in 2nd position in the key of G.
What is a shuffle rhythm?
This is all about how we think of 1/8th notes. In a straight rhythm 1/8th notes last the same amount of time whether they land on the beat or the off-beat. However, in a shuffle rhythm the 1/8th note that lands on the beat is longer than the one that lands on the off-beat.
As a result of this difference between the 1/8th notes we get a nice swingy feeling rhythm which sounds like “Humpty-Dumpty”.
Lick 1 Audio
Lick 2 Audio
Lick 3 Audio
Lick 4 Audio
Lick 5 Audio
Lick 6 Audio
Backing Track – Medium Shuffle in G (acoustic guitar, no turnaround)
Here is a backing track for you to practice playing these licks over.
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