Syncopated Blues

by Sinisa Cekic

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    THE PROFESSOR The Blues is a great genre to explore for learning how to play lead, rhythm and syncopated grooves on guitar, as you can see and hear in this shufflin’ lesson by Sinisa. In the lesson you will check out some funky chords, a commonly used scale and a blues groove that all come together to elevate your blues playing to the next level. 

    By checking out how to build and play sus2 chords, as well as refresh your knowledge of the Minor Blues Scale for Guitar, you will ensure that you are fully prepped to nail the material in this lesson. And of course, for further study, check out my Blues Guitar Theory Guide for everything you need to know to get started with the blues today!

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    Time for Blues, this time we're going to focus on timing and syncopated variations of this genre.
    Syncopated playing requires a good and stable timing. The best way to practice this is to play sixteenth notes. Four strokes per beat brings in a lot of combinations possible in how to emphasize or skip certain beats. Workout usually begins with alternating up and down strokes, which results in timing improvement and speed training.

    Guitars : Fender Stratocaster classic & Fender Stratocaster Frankenstein

    Tone settings : Rhythm / Guitar Rig 5 (Texas Hot Lead preset / Plexy crunch channel)
    Solo part / Waves/JJP guitar plugin/ clean JM GTR preset

    Equipment : Sonar8 DAW

    Tempo : 80 bpm

    Time signature : 4/4

    Chord progression : E/A7/B/Gsus2/Asus2

    Key signature : E

    Scale used : E minor pentatonic, E minor blues scale

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