Last Updated on May 12, 2019 by Klaus Crow
Playing “walking blues lines” is a common thing for bass players, but also guitar players do not shy away from a nice walking blues shuffle riff.
The blues shuffle riff is a popular sound and often used by guitar players like T-Bone Walker (Going to Chicago, T-bone Shuffle) and Stevie Ray Vaughan (Cold shot, Pride and joy, Travis walk).
While blues rhythm guitar suffices with a standard 12 bar blues shuffle, a cool shuffle riff is often more fun to play and interesting listen to.
Also for the blues lead guitar player it’s great to solo over a blues shuffle riff. The combination of a cool lead solo improvisation and a nice blues shuffle riff will lift the music to greater heights.
Today we have 5 Cool blues shuffle riffs to get your hands dirty. Starting out with a nice & easy shuffle riff gradually leading up to more challenging riffs. A video lesson and tablature is provided for each shuffle riff.
Cool Blues Shuffle Riff 1
Cool Blues Shuffle Riff 2
Cool Blues Shuffle Riff 3
Cool Blues Shuffle Riff 4
Cool Blues Shuffle Riff 5
If you want to learn to solo over these cool blues shuffle riffs, learn to play cool blues licks, create your own licks, really dive into the blues scale shape/positions, learn the tricks and tools to master the Pentatonic / Blues Scale inside out, and solo and improvise over the entire neck, check out: 50CoolBluesLicksImprovisation