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Bb Shuffle

mp3: Bb Shuffle Guitar/Lead Jam Track
wma: Bb Shuffle Guitar/Lead Jam Track

mp3: Bb Shuffle Bass Jam Track
wma: Bb Shuffle Bass Jam Track

mp3: Bb Blues Drums Jam Track
wma: Bb Blues Drums Jam Track

Time/size: 4 mins 12 secs/5.9mb. 84 beats per minute/bpm

Blues shuffle jam track: This medium tempo blues shuffle is in the key of Bb.

Backing track instruments: electric guitar, fretless bass and drums.

Progression: Bb7, Eb7, Bb7, F7, Eb7, Bb7, F7.

Suggestions: Start off with the Bb Blues Scale and then add notes from the Bb Mixolydian Mode to your guitar licks.

Bb Shuffle Chords and Progression

This blues progression is a one-shape-wonder. We are playing a moveable chord shape.

Start by playing the Bb7 by putting your index finger on the 6th (low E) string, your middle finger on the 4th (D) string, your little finger on the 3rd (G) string and your ring finger on the 2nd (B) string.

Note that the Root note of the chord is on the E string, the b7th (flat 7th) is on the 4th string, the Major 3rd is on the 3rd string and finally the 5th is on the 2nd string.

So when you are playing the chord shape with your index finger on the 6th fret of the E string you are playing the Bb note, the other notes spell out the Bb7 chord. When you go to play the Eb7 chord you move the whole shape up the guitar neck so that your index finger is on the 11th fret. Similarly move everything up to the 13th fret to play the F7 chord.

You could also shift the shape down the neck for the F7 chord so that your index finger is on the 1st fret (the note F) of the E string.

That's what a moveable chord is. A chord shape that you can move up and down the neck.







Bb Shuffle Scale Suggestions

1. Bb Blues Scale - 6th Position - Two Octaves

Here is the standard Blues Scale pattern in Bb.


2. Bb Blues Scale Guitar Lick

Below is the guitar tab for a blues lick using notes from the Bb Blues Scale above. Make up your own rhythm to play this guitar lick so it becomes your guitar lick. When you've made up your guitar lick plaything these notes play it over each chord in the progression using the rhythm you came up with paying attention to how the sound of the guitar lick changes slightly as it moves over each of the three chords even though you are playing the same notes.


3. Bb Mixolydian Mode - 5th Position - Two Octaves

Below is the Bb Mixolydian mode. It's a totally different scale to the Bb Blues scale. The Bb Blues scale fits smoothly over the Bb Blues progression. Where as you need to work harder with the Bb Mixolydian mode to get a good sound out of the notes.

If you just play the notes below it'll sound pretty bad. What you want to do is compare the Bb Mixolydian mode to the notes in the Bb Blues scale and add play around with two or three notes from the Bb Mixolydian mode and then with notes from the Bb Blues scale. You need to experiment and see what cool sounds you can find.

It's a good mode to use as it will add something more to your playing than just knowing how to play the blues scale. The blues scale is AWESOME and you could play blues all night using only the blues scale but it'd be like if you went on holiday every year to Alaska. It's an amazing place but wouldn't it be nice to go to Paris one year?

Mix it up.


4. Bb Mixolydian Guitar Lick

Ok, here is a good lick using notes from the Bb Mixolydian mode. Play this guitar lick over the I chord (the Bb chord that the progression starts on).


If you look at the frets you are playing you'll notice that the notes on the 8th and 6th frets on both the D and A strings are notes that are also in the Bb Blues scale. All four notes are common to both the Bb Blues scale and the Mixolydian mode. The only note that isn't is the note on the 5th fret of the A string. This note is taken from the Mixolydian mode and is the Major 3rd from that mode. The 3rd in the Blues scale is the minor 3rd which we were playing on the 9th fret of the E string in pattern 1.

You can also play the minor third at the 4th fret on the A string. When you play the 5th fret of the A string you are playing the Major 3rd.

There is a reason why the Major 3rd from the Mixolydian mode sounds really good over the I chord in a blues progression. If you take the scale tones of the I7 chord (in this case the Bb7 chord) you get the scale tones: Root, Major 3rd, 5th and b7th.

You can see that playing the Major 3rd from the Mixolydian mode is going to fit really well over the Bb7 chord as the Major 3rd is one of the scale tones that makes up the Bb7 chord.

We've arrived (in a blues Cadillac) at an important point to note. A note to note! With the blues scale we are playing a minor 3rd over the I7 chord, but the I7 chord has a Major 3rd in it. The minor 3rd against a chord which consists of a Major 3rd is a really important part of the blues sound. It's probably the second most important flavor of the blues sound. The first being the 'blue note', the b5th (flat 5th).

Let's compare using just Root and 3rd notes (both minor and Major):

5. Root to minor 3rd

Here's the Root to minor 3rd (and back to the Root note):


6. Root to Major 3rd

Now compare it to how the Root to Major 3rd sounds:


Play guitar licks 5 and 6 over the Bb7 (I) chord. The Root to minor 3rd lick has that cool blues sound to it and sounds great over all three chords of the blues progression. Where as the Root to Major 3rd lick still has a blues sound to it over the I chord but it sounds a bit out if you keep playing it over the IV (Eb7) and V (F7) chords.

What you can do with the Major 3rd instead is when playing the Major 3rd over the Bb7 chord and it comes up to the Eb7 (IV7) chord, play the Major 3rd over the I7 chord and then play the 4th, located one fret up from the Major 3rd over the IV chord. Then you'll be playing the Root note of the IV chord and have used the Major 3rd to lead or walk up to it.

That's a really detailed look at playing one note and comparing the sound of the Major and minor 3rd against the blues progression. The more notes you get pedantic about and muck around with, the more sounds you'll come up with and the more guitar licks you'll create.

A little bit of obsession goes a long way.

Bb Shuffle Bass Tab

The bass line for Bb Shuffle is the essence of good blues bass playing. It's a good shuffle blues pattern that uses great notes for playing under a blues progression and consists of walking bass lines that lead into the I7, IV7 and V7 chords.

This is a really good place to start if you want to be able to play good blues bass. If you only know learned how to play this bass line and turned up to a jam you'd be able to sit in with a blues band all night and sound good - PROVIDED - that you play it with solid rhythm, good time and above all, feel.

Get into the groove of the music and play it from the heart.




Bb Shuffle Drum Chart

Lock in a shuffle drum beat for this blues tune.

Web page with drum instruction: Bb Shuffle Drum Chart

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Bb Shuffle Drum Instruction

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