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Acoustic Blues Guitar Boogie

Here’s another lesson from Colin Daniel (aka the Riff Ninja) on an acoustic blues guitar boogie pattern.

This is a great shuffle pattern that sounds awesome on acoustic or electric guitar. You can play this guitar boogie clean or distorted, but if you’re playing with distortion then you probably want to be careful and use a palm mute so you don’t get too much extra noise.

This kind of a guitar boogie pattern works great in a 12 bar blues format; Colin talks about this in the video. In general, you’re only playing two strings at a time, the I note and the V note – and then you’re adding on the VI for that cool effect.

This sort of a strumming pattern is also perfect for working on licks and riffs – if you can’t get them in fast enough, then simply play the guitar boogie slower and slower until you can fit something in between. Even if you have to start out super slow, it’s a great way to learn, and the reward is well worth it!

Watch the Acoustic Blues Guitar Boogie on Youtube


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  1. HELLO FROM FLORIDA:) PLEASE SHARE IBANEZ ACOUSTIC GUITAR MODEL YOU ARE USING ON BOOGIE WOOGIE BLUES ON YOUTUBE. IS IT POSSIBLE TO SLOW DOWN THE FINGERING OF THE CHORDS AND NOTES. OVER 50 YEARS OLD AND IT SEEMS A LITTLE TOO FAST TO FOLLOW. ENJOYED YOUR DEMOSTRATION. THANK YOU:)
    DG
    FLORIDA

  2. THANKS for the post, but agree with DON G…how about slow it down and be a tad more specific…which string, which fret.

  3. G-Day Col, I LOVE this groove ! Nice work BUT I’m 59 & although I’m still playing with it but not as fast.
    I don’t comprehend things quite as quickly anymore, Tabs, ‘Dennis Dullea style fret view’ are all things that assist greatly.
    Love & Peace,
    Elusiverick.

    1. Man, I’m right in there with you guys. I c9uld play some half-way decent country when I was 18, but laid music aside when I got in teh military and only picked a guitar back up about a year ago. I am 58 now and nothing is as easy as it used to be. I am learning all over again. I need lots of slow detail now-a-days. I DID REALLY ENJOY THIS CLIP THOUGH> I think if I watch it enough, I can figure it out. Keep up the good work.

  4. broke my left hand a few years ago. no longer able to do the pinky stretch to the 5th. fret. what do you suggest to get around it? thanks! cool video!

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