Blues Shuffle Guitar Solo in A

Here’s a new blues shuffle video, this time in the key of A! A real bag of licks here, with some inspiration from players like Eric Clapton, Matt Schofield, Josh Smith and others. Enjoy!

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About Blues Shuffle Guitar Solo

This blues shuffle guitar solo is played over parts A & B of the backing track (see below). Part A is a basic 12-bar blues in A, where part B (‘the chorus’) is an 8-bar vamp that starts from the IV chord (D7). In the B-section, the B3 Hammond organ enters for a fuller, sound and the bass starts ‘walking‘ in the groove. I love playing over shuffles with ‘real-life’ musicians, so I spend quite some time on the drums & bass to create a natural shuffle groove. Part C is a break, where drums & bass play a little softer, and the harmony stays on the I-chord (A7) twice as long. Enjoy!

Gear Used
  • Gibson ES-335, straight into the amp (Fuchs Blackjack Mk II)
  • FX added in the box (mostly slap delay and reverb)
  • Arturia B3 V
  • Backing Track
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    Buy This Jam Track (High Quality WAV + MP3)
    More Shuffles
    There are some more mid-tempo blues guitar shuffles on my channel/blog, in the key of E:
  • Shuffle Blues Solo #2
  • Blues Shuffle Solo (+Tab) | Josh Smith – Style
  • Christmas Swing in Bb

    Upbeat, Christmas swing guitar solo, with a lo-fi intro and some gypsy jazz influences, played with a Gibson ES 335.  Merry Xmas!

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    About Christmas Swing

    Original Christmas swing guitar track in Bb (first video in this key). The video starts with a slow, jazzy turnaround drenched in lo-fi effects (RC-20 Retro Color). After the turnaround, the sleigh bells indicate a tempo change, and off we go for a festive ride along with some tasty jazz-blues-swing licks, the beautiful b9, and the magical mysteries of the diminished scale. As usual, you get the guitar tabs on the screen & a few surprises along the way 😉

    Featured Plugin

    The lo-fi effect on the piano & guitar in de intro of the video is made with the RC-20 retro color plugin from XLN audio. This is a very creative plugin to add some vintage vibes to your sounds.

    XLN Audio's RC-2O Retro Color

    I even used the ‘space’ effect on the guitar for the rest of ‘Christmas Swing’ because of it’s nice reverb tail. It’s definitely worth checking out this plugin. 

    You can download a trial here: https://bit.ly/38vCjsG

    Gear used
    • The guitar used is a Gibson ES-335, straight into a Fender Blues Jr III (captured with Universal Audio Ox)
    •  Strings & Percussion from East-West Hollywood Orchestral Percussion, very nice stuff
    More Jazz-Blues on the ES-335

    Blues Lick Lesson #07 (E minor pentatonic)

    In blues lick lesson 07, you’ll learn how to solo over a series of stops in a shuffle blues in E. This full blues phrase uses some interesting concepts, like the use of call & response-licks, heavy blues bends in a higher register. Recommended playing level: intermediate.

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    Concepts present in this blues lick lesson
    • powerful electric blues phrasing
    • call & response patterns
    • E minor pentatonic
    • playing above the 12th fret
    • blues bends
    • vibrato
    • blues rhythm & feel
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    Gear

    *The guitar used is a 2013 Gibson ES-335 into a Victory V40 The Duchess, captured with the universal audio Ox. Pedalsused : TC Electronic The Spark, Eventide H9 Spring. 

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