Watch the Prospect Shuffle online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Play Acoustic Guitar 6: Lick Lexicon

Prospect Shuffle - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by David Hamburger and is sourced from Essentials: Fingerstyle Blues.


Pickup phrases, or phrases that lead into the first beat of a new measure or section, are an essential aspect of the blues vocabulary. In this tune, we open with an unaccompanied phrase (melody only, no bass accompaniment) that begins almost a full measure before the first thumb note comes in to indicate the beginning of the chord progression. When that same phrase repeats at other points in the tune, it is still functioning rhythmically as a pickup phrase even though it now has the bass underneath it.