Watch the Accenting Upbeats online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Play Blues Guitar 4: Rhythm Approaches

Accenting Upbeats - Concept #19 is a video guitar lesson presented by Jeff McErlain and is sourced from Blues Survival Guide: Rhythm Edition.


In this example I am accenting just the up beats and we can hear a dramatic difference. It sounds like a shuffle, because shuffles accent the up beats! I was bowled over when I learned this, by just hitting those up beats we totally change the sound of the blues. The key here is to really feel the swing eights that boom-cha, boom-cha feel. The king of the Texas shuffle was Stevie Ray Vaughn in my opinion he is also the guy to check out for keeping that right hand going. It always looked like he was stirring a pot. Too cool