Watch the Early Rock n' Roll online guitar lesson by Joe Dalton from Acoustic Blues Handbook

One of the challenges of writing a lesson is finding the spot of common ground. Where is that spot where most of us are comfortable and we can begin to build? In this instance, I thought this simple rhythm would be that great place to start. Most of us have played this rhythm many times.

Spend some time getting the shuffle rhythm to sound just right. If you are new to this rhythm, work on it slowly, then take it slightly faster until you just feel the rhythm. Spend some time listening to some shuffles, electric or acoustic.