Watch the Classic Shuffle online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Blues Survival Guide: Rhythm Edition

The shuffle, the hallmark of the blues and deceivingly difficult and like anything worthwhile in life, it takes time to master. It can be too straight, too ahead, or too behind the beat. It has to sit just right. A shuffle feel is very similar to a jazz swing feel. Here is how Wikipedia defines it: A "swung note" or "shuffle note" is a performance practice, mainly in jazz-influenced music, in which some notes with equal written time values are performed with unequal durations, usually as alternating long and short. Simply put, you know the song Happy Trails? That bum-ba-dida, bum-ba-dida, intro? Those are swing eights. Happy trials to you, until we meet again...

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