Watch the Sharp Notes online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Blues Guitar For Beginners

What T-Bone Walker called a shuffle boogie came out of a solo piano style called Boogie Woogie that was all the rage in the 1930s. Popularized by Albert Ammons, Jimmy Yancey and others, it featured the rolling "eight to the bar" bass lines that T-Bone later incorporated into his own music. Walker left this job to his bassist and pianist, but later bluesmen like Gatemouth Brown and Stevie Ray Vaughan worked out these licks on the guitar in much the way we're doing here.
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