6 Fun Blues Harmonica Shuffle Licks

Aug 2, 2017 | Advanced Beginner Harmonica Lessons, Backing Track, Licks

Advanced Beginner Level LessonHello 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

Lick 1 Audio

Lick 2

Lick 2 Audio

Lick 3

Lick 3 Audio

Lick 4

Lick 4 Audio

Lick 5

Lick 5 Audio

Lick 6

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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