Watch the Texas Shuffle Feel online guitar lesson by David Grissom from Open Road Guitar
I'd like to show you the Texas shuffle feel that I play a lot that also uses the thumb to make it sound right and authentic. It is a great feel that we play in Austin a lot so here are the basics to help you get it together. The key is on every upbeat, you're basically muting all six strings by lifting your left hand up just enough to stop them from ringing. Sometimes extra strings ring out here and there but that's actually okay, that sounds pretty cool. Since this is an E blues I will want my low E to ring out on the 17 chord, I'll do this by lifting my thumb, the rest of the time I will mute with it. When I go to the IV7 chord, A7, I will use my thumb on the low string 5th fret to sound the note and mute the 4th string. When I form the V7 chord, B7, I will treat it the same way as the a chord. We can use this technique in any other shuffle but I suggest you check it out as I showed it. The trick is really keeping those up strokes going and muted. Be patient and it will come.