Watch the Jimmy Reed Shuffle online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Essentials: Solo Electric Blues
This one is tricky because it requires a lot of coordination between the right and left hands, and a whole lot of muting. One of the key elements here, as we can see in the video, is to keep the right-hand playing steady eighth notes. While maintaining a strong swing eight feel. A cool little trick is to keep a somewhat of oval shape going with the right hand. This interestingly enough helps get the swing eighth feel to sit a little better. It also looks pretty darn cool. On the original recordings there are usually two going at once, here I mixed the two parts together as SRV would to create a solid rhythm guitar part. When I play a groove like this, and basically any groove for that matter, I think about what a drummer would play. On any solo blues we must keep the groove and time together or it all goes out the window! Practice with a metronome to help build up your own sense of time. Not only is it well worth it, it is essential!