Watch the Blues: Technique 3 online guitar lesson by Robbie Calvo from RhythmCraft

Stevie Ray Vaughan was an incredible lead guitarist as you well know but he was equally incredible at holding down and driving the groove. He is without a doubt my favorite blues guitarist of all time.

This example could be considered a Texas Shuffle feel and won't present too many problems in the realm of the chord voicings for most of you working through this course. However, some of you may have to work harder and do a lot of self evaluation when it comes to playing this rhythm guitar part in time and with a good feel. This example is perfect for that as you will need to change chords and hold down a consistent rhythm part with the emphasis on the last 8th note of each triplet in our shuffle rhythm. We are playing the downstroke with more of a percussive sound by muting the strings with both the left and right hands. The accented attack comes on the up beat to emphasize the upper voicings of each of the chords. Choosing interesting chord shapes and voicings will help you develop subtle melodic changes too, so be aware of the notes on the upper strings when playing with this approach.

I strongly recommend that you record yourself playing as much as possible so that you can evaluate your timing. It's amazing what we hear on the playback and the tape never lies! Give it a try and be honest with yourself!