Blues Guitar Rhythm Styles

There are several types of blues guitar rhythm styles to play around with when you start experimenting with the blues. Some of them will be more characteristic of what you already know to be the blues, and in others, you will hear similarities with other genres. Here are you basic blues rhythm styles:

Feel the blues...

Feel the blues...

  • Shuffle
  • Straight-four
  • 12/8
  • Two-beat
  • 16 feel

All of these blues rhythm styles provide a distinct feel to the music you are playing. Let's have a look at these rhythm patterns in detail, with examples from some popular blues songs.
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