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Russell's Shuffle

   

mp3: Russell's Shuffle Guitar/Lead Jam Track
wma: Russell's Shuffle Guitar/Lead Jam Track

mp3: Russell's Shuffle Bass Jam Track
wma: Russell's Shuffle Bass Jam Track

mp3: Russell's Shuffle Drums Jam Track
wma: Russell's Shuffle Drums Jam Track

Time/size: 4 mins 23 secs/6.2mb. 104 beats per minute/bpm

Blues shuffle jam track: Russell's Shuffle is a 12 bar blues in the key of E.

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

Progression: 12 bar blues using the chords: E5-E6-E7, A5-A6-A7, B5-B6, A9, E Major and B9.

Suggestions: Play the E Blues Scale all over the progression and try out the E Mixolydian mode over the E chords.

Russell's Shuffle Chords and Progression

Here are the chord shapes I'm using so you can name the chords; I've also written out the full rhythm guitar tab below so you can see how and where all the chord shapes are played.

E5

E|--x--
B|--x--
G|--x--
D|--x--
A|--2--
E|--0--

E6

E|--x--
B|--x--
G|--x--
D|--x--
A|--4--
E|--0--

E7

E|--x--
B|--x--
G|--x--
D|--x--
A|--5--
E|--0--

A5

E|--x--
B|--x--
G|--x--
D|--2--
A|--0--
E|--x--

A6

E|--x--
B|--x--
G|--x--
D|--4--
A|--0--
E|--x--

A7

E|--x--
B|--x--
G|--x--
D|--5--
A|--0--
E|--x--

B5

E|--x---
B|--x---
G|--x-4-
D|--x-4-
A|--0---
E|--x---

A9

E|--3--
B|--3--
G|--3--
D|--x--
A|--x--
E|--x--

E Major

E|--x--
B|--x--
G|--1--
D|--2--
A|--2--
E|--0--

C9

E|--3--
B|--3--
G|--3--
D|--2--
A|--3--
E|--0--

B9

E|--2--
B|--2--
G|--2--
D|--1--
A|--2--
E|--0--

 

Chord Progression

Here's the guitar tab for the full 12 bar.

The first 4 bars we are playing E5-E6-E7 shuffle rhythm.

E|--------------------------------------------------------------
B|--------------------------------------------------------------
G|--------------------------------------------------------------
D|--------------------------------------------------------------
A|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-5-4--2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-5-4-
E|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-

Then we play A5-A6-A7 for 2 bars and back to E5-E6-E7 for 2 bars.

E|--------------------------------------------------------------
B|--------------------------------------------------------------
G|--------------------------------------------------------------
D|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-5-4--------------------------------
A|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-5-4-
E|--------------------------------0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-

In bar 9 we are playing the B chord starting with the B Root note and playing the 5th and Octave on the 4th frets to complete the chord then adding a nice little move from the b3rd (flat 3rd) to the Major 3rd on the A string and completing the 9th bar with the B5-B6 shuffle. In bar 10 play the A5-A6-A7 chords and then we bounce between an A9 chord and the E Major chord in the 11th bar.

This is the point on the guitar tab were you can see the open strings being played below as a passing chord. This is more for rhythmic effect rather than note choice. (I'm referring to the notes on the guitar tab that aren't in bold). You can name those open notes as a chord but it isn't the point to do so - those 'notes' are not so much a chord as a passing sound between the A9 and E Major chord.

From the 2nd beat of the 12th bar we are playing the C9 chord and moving it down to land on the V chord, which is B9 here.

E|------------------------------0-2-0-0-0-2-0-0-0-2-0-0-0-3-2-
B|------------------------------0-2-0-0-0-2-0-0-0-2-0-0-0-3-2-
G|---4------4-4----------------0-2-0-1-0-2-0-1-0-2-0-1-0-3-2-
D|---4------4-4-6--2-2-4-4-5--------2--------2--------2---2-1-
A|-2---5-6---------0-0-0-0-0--------2---------2--------2--3-2--
E|-------------------------------------0---------0--------0-------

The main goal with the rhythm guitar is to really capture the shuffle feel. You want it to have plenty of bounce. The rhythm is all about feel - if you don't capture the feel of the tune you'll miss the point altogether. The feel is of a horse walking down the street or a train moving on down the tracks. It's a real rhythm that you need to really get into the groove of with your playing.

Russell's Shuffle Scale Suggestions

The E Blues scale fits perfectly over this tune and is the obvious choice of scale to start with for a blues in E.

1. E Blues Scale - 7th Position - Two Octaves

E|--------------------------------10-12-
B|-------------------8-10-11-12--------
G|--------------7-9---------------------
D|-------7-8-9--------------------------
A|-7-10---------------------------------
E|---------------------------------------

2. E Blues Scale - 12th Position - Two Octaves

Pattern 2 shows the E blues scale moving down from the b3rd (flat 3rd) on the 15th fret of the 1st (high E) string. This is continuing on as if you had just played up the scale from pattern 1 starting in 7th position.

Don't play the scale notes up and down the scale unless you are just trying to get the basic scale patterns under your fingers. You want to focus on 2 or 3 notes and see what guitar licks you can come up with rather than just playing scales. Aim for music, not a bunch of notes that sound like a scale (even though the blues scale does sound pretty good just playing it up and down).

E|-15-12--------------------------------------------
B|--------15-12-------------------------------------
G|---------------15-14-12--------------------------
D|--------------------------14-12-------------------
A|---------------------------------14-13-12--------
E|--------------------------------------------15-12-

3. E Blues Scale - 1st (high E) String

You should learn to play scale on one string and try and get the best sounds out of just that string. Stop at a point in the scale and play the scale down the frets using the other strings. If you learn to do this at any point from the one string you are focusing your scale on you will master the guitar neck.

E|-0-3-5-6-7-10-12-
B|--------------------
G|--------------------
D|--------------------
A|--------------------
E|--------------------

4. E Mixolydian Mode - 6th Position

Play the E Mixolydian mode over the first 4 bars of the progression (over the E5-E6-E7 chords) and then move to the E Blues scale over the following 12 bars and see what sounds you can add using the notes from the Mixolydian mode that aren't in the blues scale (which are the 2nd, Major 3rd and 6th degrees of the E scale).

Scale degrees that are common to both the E Blues and E Mixolydian mode are the Root, 4th, 5th and 7th. The most useful note you'll probably find from using E Mixolydian is the Major 3rd but the other notes can sound pretty cool as well.

Experiment as much as you can. That's what it's all about. The more you experiment the better you'll become and the more enjoyment you'll get from playing music.

E|----------------------------------9-10-12-
B|------------------------9-10-12-----------
G|-------------6-7-9-11---------------------
D|------6-7-9--------------------------------
A|-7-9---------------------------------------
E|--------------------------------------------

Russell's Shuffle Bass Tab

They rhythm for the bass line is the shuffle beat. For a triplet beat you count: '1-an-a, 2-an-a, 3-an-a, 4-an-a'. For a shuffle beat you play on the '1' and the 'a' so the middle count 'an' is a rest note between the two beats. And similarly for each following beat.

The shuffle beat is a horse trotting down the street: clip-a, clop-a, clip-a, clop... Get that type of a sound in your head and mosey it on down to your hands. Go for feel, not notes from the page.

If you are too modern for a horse then it's a train moving on down the tracks.

Feel the rhythm before you go to play the bass line.

Over the I chord (E), the bass guitar line plays the Root to Octave down to the b7th (flat 7th) and to the 5th and then follows the guitar playing from the b7th to the 6th.

It follows the same pattern over the IV chord (A) and then the first half of the patterns used on chords I and IV on the V chord (B) and finishing off pivoting from A to E coming up to the turn-around then moving from the b6th to the 5th to finish the 12 bar and bring it back around (i.e. the turn-around) to the I (1st bar).

G|--------------------------------------------------------------------------
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------------
A|-----7-7-5-5----------7-7-5----4--------7-7-5-5----------7-7-5---4---
E|-0-0----------5-5-0-0--------0---0-0-0----------5-5-0-0--------0---0-

G|--------------------------------------------------------------------------
D|-----7-7-5-5----------7-7-5----4----------------------------------------
A|-0-0----------5-5-0-0--------0---0------7-7-5-5----------7-7-5---4---
E|--------------------------------------0-0----------5-5-0-0--------0---0-

G|------4-4-2-2---------------------------------------------------------
D|---------------4-4------7-7-5---4------------------------------------
A|-2-2---------------0-0--------0---0-----0-0-----0-0-----3-2-2-2-2-
E|--------------------------------------0-0-----0-0-----0-0------------

Russell's Shuffle Drum Chart

Loose on the shuffle, tight on the groove.

Webpage: Russell's Shuffle Drum Chart

Download: Russell's Shuffle Drum Chart

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