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Watch the Country Ride in C online guitar lesson by Mike Zito from 30 Rootsy Acoustic Rhythms You MUST Know

The shuffle feel is certainly not tied only to the blues. Shuffles feel great in country music and using a cool open C chord can turn the same groove into a completely different vibe and genre.

Here I'm strumming an open C chord but throwing in some alternate notes using the A note on the G string and the 7th on the 3rd fret of the G string to kind of "wrap up" the rhythm and start over.