Bar Room Blues: “Shaky Ground”

Bar Room Blues is an exclusive series of video guitar lessons by Steve “Red” Lasner covering classic blues songs from historically great guitarists like B.B. King, T-Bone Walker, Buddy Guy, and many others. A new lesson will be released each week, so be sure to subscribe and check back often! Also, if you want more guitar lessons like these, be sure to check out Red’s Guitar Sherpa class.

“Standing On Shaky Ground” is a great funk tune often called at jam sessions. Usually performed in the key of E. I searched the web to find out who originally wrote the song and found conflicting stories but it’s my belief that it was first written by Lionel Richie for the Temptations but I also find claims it was written by Jeffrey Bowen, Eddie Hazel, and Alphonso Boyd . The version by Delbert McClinton seems to be the most popular release today.

This is a lick based song and an E7#9 chord works great for comping over the lick which follows the bass line. In this lesson we’ll look at a few options for both rhythm and lead.

In this video guitar lesson, I show you how to play this classic song on guitar in your own style. Check it out:

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Bar Room Blues is an exclusive series of video guitar lessons by Steve “Red” Lasner covering classic blues songs from historically great guitarists like B.B. King, T-Bone Walker, Buddy Guy, and many others. A new lesson will be released each week, so be sure to subscribe and check back often! Also, if you want more guitar lessons like these, be sure to check out Red’s Guitar Sherpa class.

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