Before tackling this course, you should be comfortable with all the material from Electric Blues Part 1

Welcome to the second part of your 12 bar blues quest! In this set of lessons, we will be tackling a classic Chicago blues sound that will not only sound great, but also seriously test your guitar skills! In fact, it is so tricky that we have dedicated almost an entire course to it, so take your time and have a lot of fun!

Summary: 'Save me from this man'

Here is a new Chicago style blues tune for you guys! This track includes a classic bouncy shuffle guitar part that we will introduce you to in the next lesson. This track is essentially the same thing looped around 6 times, but it's a lot harder than it may seem! Have a listen to the full track above and then move onto the next lesson where we will start learning it all.

Summary: The E7 shuffle

We will start by looking at the E7 based shuffle. The idea is to take the E7 and substitute it for a bouncy, bluesy riff. The first thing to remember is that you are doing all downstrokes and palm muting to make it sound nice and groovy! You will find the full tab below, but remember to just go over the E7 part (the first bar).

Summary: The 'A7' Riff

We now move onto the A7 riff where we are using powerchord shapes instead of the A7 open chord we have previously learnt. As a quick reminder, here is your A5 powerchord:

Materials: The tab

Just as before, please return to the tab to now tackle the A7 sections. You will now notice that you can practice going between the E7 riff and A7 riff as shown on the tab. You have the E7 for 1 bar, A7 1 bar, E7 two bars and A7 two bars.

Summary: The Full song

We will now take a look at the B7 and the turnaround before piecing the whole song together. Once again, go over the tab below to be sure you are playing these two sections correctly. You can now put the whole 12 bar part together.

Materials: full song chord chart

Below is a link to the full chord chart for the song to show you what you should expect as you go through the track and how many times your part loops round. You essentially play the 12 bar 6 times before ending on an E7.

  • Verse One
  • E7 /// A7 /// E7 /// //// A7 /// //// E7 /// //// B7 /// A7 /// E7 /// TURNAROUND ///
  • Verse Two
  • E7 /// A7 /// E7 /// //// A7 /// //// E7 /// //// B7 /// A7 /// E7 /// TURNAROUND ///
  • Verse Three
  • E7 /// A7 /// E7 /// //// A7 /// //// E7 /// //// B7 /// A7 /// E7 /// TURNAROUND ///
  • Guitar Solo
  • E7 /// A7 /// E7 /// //// A7 /// //// E7 /// //// B7 /// A7 /// E7 /// TURNAROUND ///
  • Verse Four
  • E7 /// A7 /// E7 /// //// A7 /// //// E7 /// //// B7 /// A7 /// E7 /// TURNAROUND ///
  • Verse Five
  • E7 /// A7 /// E7 /// //// A7 /// //// E7 /// //// B7 /// A7 /// E7 /// TURNAROUND ///

Audio: song Audio

Just as with the tab above, you can also find the audio tracks here to play along to. These are all at full speed so make sure you have practised with the tab version before trying these. Good luck!

Summary: Getting Tasty!

This lesson is all about understanding how you can 'import' various different blues ideas on top of each other. For example, if you start to merge the two songs we have learnt you have two different turnarounds, two riffs on E7, two on A7 and two on B7. You can interchange all of these ideas as shown in the video. This is about getting a little creative, so get your guitar out and give it a go!

All done?


You've now completed Guitar Skills: Electric Beginners and taken a huge step forwards in your guitar playing journey.

Feel free to bask in glory for a while, or go ahead and try another course if you're hungry for more.