Watch the BT Blues Rhythm online guitar lesson by Mark Wilson from Blue Grooves

This 1-4-5 shuffle is modeled after a classic Booker T and the MG's groove. The guitar doubles the bass on this 12 bar rhythm pattern in the key of E minor. To help make this shuffle flow, the guitar mimics the strong swing feel provided by the drum part. This rhythm pattern keeps things wide open for improvising in a variety of styles. You can play off the minor chords, or create a jazzy feel by using the E natural minor scale. Visit Booker T at

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