Watch the Slow Shuffle Groove: 1 online guitar lesson by Andy Aledort from Progressive Blues Power

The shuffle is the most widely used, universally accepted and well-loved rhythm for blues and blues/rock guitar. Classic blues songs like Jimmy Reed's "Bright Lights, Big City" and "Baby What You Want Me to Do," "Statesboro Blues," "Sweet Home Chicago" and many, many others are based on this distinct, rocking rhythmic feel. The rhythm part shown here lays down the basics for how to play a solid, deceptively complex mid-tempo shuffle in the key of E.