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Watch the Meter Maid online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Blues Architect

It's a blurry line between blues and funk; you can use all of the same kinds of licks and chord voicings, but you'll need to spend a little time listening and learning to get used to the straight-eighths feel. To make the transition, check out a funk-influenced bluesman like Junior Wells. His signature tune "Messin' With The Kid" has a straight-eighths feel, and you can go back further, to Howlin' Wolf's "Killin' Floor," to hear a blues that isn't a shuffle. Visit Junior Wells online at http://www.delmark.com/rhythm.junior.htm