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Watch the Shuffle Blues online guitar lesson by Henry Johnson from Jazz Expressions

In this performance study, there's comping involved, so I started it out with two-note chords. We use two-note chords because someone is already playing the root, so if we were as well, it would make it too "thick". So, we leave it out, and make it fit with everything else.

In the third chorus, you'll notice that I switched it up to playing octaves. With octaves, you aren't able to play a lot of fast notes with them, so I use it more melodically and rhythmically. I started with a motif using octaves, and then added in chord tones to add interest into the melody. We can change up the right hand technique with them as well to give us a different rhythm and make it more interesting. Explore using octaves as much as you can in all of your solos!