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Rock Guitar Lessons: Rock This Shuffle

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One two, a one, two, three, four.
That is a nice fast shuffle, that I want
to show you, it's on one string.
The D string, and it's really simple when
you slow it down, it's just.
let's do it a little cleaner, let's see.
So it's got our
typical shuffle rhythm, duh duh, duh duh,
duh duh, that we've been doing.
And it's going to be easier to pick
because it's on a single string.
We don't have to jump around,
we don't have to do anything crazy, but
the one thing that I'm doing that's
different from before is I'm actually
playing it more normally.
I'm doing down beats with down strokes, so
this is more typical shuffle technique and
I think it works great for this single
string shuffle.
So let's take a look at it.
If we count to four.
One, two, three, four.
Those are the main notes,
we're doing a, an open D, and then going
up to the major third, F sharp, and
just going up chromatically from there.
I'm actually not using my pinky for this.
I don't know why.
I'm breaking my own rule, but
I'll let you do either one you want.
If you want to use your pinky that's fine.
But I'm gonna use my third finger.
I'm the teacher, I can make the rules.
All right.
So let's just do the notes one at a time,
real simple, without the shuffle.
Just do them right on the downbeat.
So one, two, three, four.
You can definitely do that.
And those are all downstrokes.
Now, all I have to do is put upstrokes in
So I go down, up, down, up, down, up.
You know there's a down and
a little up in between, so down, up, down,
up, down, up, down, up.
That makes a shuffle.
Du do, du do, du do, du.
Very, very nice.
And this is really gonna develop your
picking technique.
Cuz it's a small motion.
And it has to be accurate.
So we're not beating away on it like we
were with our chords.
And also I want to develop the ability to
mute and to play quietly and to play loud.
So let's try to play it like whisper
quiet, like.
It takes a lot of technique to do that.
Let's make that really jump out by putting
some more distortion on it.
That sounds cool.
All right, so we got that down.
Let's speed it up a little bit.
I think you're ready.
So, let's do.
Two, a one, two, three, four.
And let's keep moving it up, slowly but
The more we practice it the more we can
speed it up, and
the more it becomes indestructible when we
One, two, three, four.
Now I can really feel where the groove is.
We can even try tapping our foot to it.
One, two, three, four.
Lock it in.
That's when you know you got it.
It's indestructible and you can start
speeding it up.
One, two, three, four.
Now let's try making it a little bit
louder just by picking it harder and
letting off the mute a little bit.
So one, two, three, four.
actually it looks like I'm getting there,
but I'm actually pulling my hand back.
And that let's it open a little bit.
So it's actually a technique like this
across the bridge where my,
this part of my hand is moving from this
part, and
then when it goes in back it's no longer
muting the string.
So that allows me to go between a muted
sound and an open sound just like that,
without having to lift up like this.
So I go.
All right you can hear the difference,
you can see it at the same time.
All right so here, let's go one more time,
one, two, three, four.
So that's what I want you to work on.
Real quiet, whisper quiet, slowly bring it
up and let it open and
being able to control the shuffle and
also those dynamics will make your playing
extremely musical and extremely cool.
So I wanna thank you for listening to all
my shuffle ideas.
This has been a long but very, very good
shuffle section.
The techniques that you learned here will
help you with so many other things, and,
of course, with shuffles.
So enjoy metal shuffles, rockabilly
shuffles, rock and roll shuffles,
southern rock shuffles, every, there's so
many kinds they're all cool.
I love them and let's rock this shuffle.
A one, two, three.
I would love to hear you play some
shuffles on your guitar.
It's such a good sound and I've given you
a lot of examples you can work with.
And, please pick your favorite, or
the one that actually pick the one that's
most challenging.
That's the one that's gonna help you the
Slow it way down.
Pick apart the parts.
Put it all back together.
Make it work.
And also check out the other students
playing their shuffles.
And this is really gonna help your ears
your fingers get the shuffle down
So send it on in to me and I'll make some
And give you some advice and ideas on how
to give your,
a stadium rock, world class, totally
indestructible shuffle.
All right, can't wait to see you play, all
One, two, a one, two, three, four!