Watch the 12/8 Blues Rhythm online guitar lesson by Mark Wilson from Blue Grooves

The 13th and 9th chords in this 12/8 blues pattern create a jazzy mellow feel opening up many possibilities for the solist. The use of down strokes combined with mutes enhance a strong percussive groove. The accents on beats 2 and 4 lock with the snare drum to reinforce the backbeat rhythm. This Robert Cray flavored example illustrates how important it is to first listen to and then lock up with your rhythm section. Visit Robert Cray at

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