Shuffle the Blues Solo

Learn how to add chords to a 12 bar blues solo by learning concepts, exercises, and a complete 3 and a half minute Shuffle Blues Solo.

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In this course you’ll learn how to successfully incorporate chords into a 12 bar blues guitar solo. To learn how to do this, I’ll show you my “Must Know” forms of blues chords, 3 exercises so you can practice this technique, stylistics so the implementation doesn’t sound bland, and finally a complete Shuffle Blues solo where you’ll incorporate all of the techniques combined with lead guitar lines.


2.5 Hour Video
19 pages of Tabs
17 Fretboard Maps
1 Backing Track

Lesson Index

Lesson 1 – Chords
Lesson 2 – 3 Chord Exercises
Lesson 3 Solo
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The Solo You Will Learn


  1. Ed in Singapore

    I think this is the best lesson thus far for me at this time of my development. The lessons are clear and just the kind of material that I was looking for as I wanted to learn how to incorporate chords with lead lines. Great stuff.

  2. Alex in the US

    I think I own most of John’s non-slide lessons, and each has helped me improve my technique. His arrangements are soulful, and he really goes into great detail about the subtleties that give him his amazing tone. Things like dynamics, vibrato, rhythmic phrasing, etc.

    John is definitely one of my favorite teachers and his lessons are just fantastic. I hope he does more premium lessons like Shuffle the Blues, because the magic is in playing solo licks between rhythm.

    He’s also a great guy who personally responds to any questions or comments I might have about a lesson. You get the sense he really cares about his students. Can’t recommend him enough.

  3. Terry Mason in the US


    You are a great teacher and it is very easy to follow your teaching method. Shuffle the blues is very fun to play and expand to other keys.

    Thank You

  4. melv

    Been playing for many years and this has opened up a whole lot of doorways i like to play runs off the chords and this is so very well explained has made a vast improvement just in a few days so thanks John fantastic lesson thanks MEL

  5. MEL in New Zealand

    Great guitar lessons and very well explained. Easy to follow and most of all opened another door. Big improvement in a short time

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What Members are saying

On videos where he turns it loose, you see and hear someone that gets it

I’ve been playing in bands since 1974 when I was 17. They’ve been more or less successful over time, earning enough scratch to keep me interested. Blues has always been at the top of my list, and I got by on basic rhythm techniques and the occasional lead. “Good enough” to get by, but I was never satisfied.

I’ve tried dozens of instructors, all sorts of how-to books/DVDs/online programs…nothing seemed to click. When you hear a good blues guitar player, the distinction between good enough and great is huge. I’ve found a few online, but too many talk talk talk and play little. When I discovered Learning Guitar Now, I realized it was different on this site. First, John can PLAY. On videos where he turns it loose, you see and hear someone that gets it. But what makes his site different than the rest just regurgitating variations of the same theme is that he wants YOU to get it.

If you want to pick and choose your lessons…fine. If you want to start from scratch and build competency in technique…fine. If you want to talk to him on the forum and have a REAL exchange of ideas or ask for advice…he’s there. The lesson curriculum is huge, his freebies on YouTube vast, and his continued enthusiasm to help you become a better blues guitarist is non-wavering.

You’re not on his site to learn theory or the fretboard, although he does touch on these when necessary. You are there to play guitar. Play what you love in the style of your favorite artists or just improvising. Play, learn the phrases, the timing, the technique and you WILL get better. I’m 64 as I write this. Still playing. The difference now is I’m getting better. Good enough doesn’t cut it for me now.

When I hit a phrase just right, the audience actually pauses on that beat. The beauty of the blues just poured through my fingertips if only for a moment. Right now I’m focused on some of the Allman Brothers material. It takes me home. Sometimes, when I daydream, I see me on that stage with them, holding my own. Thanks JohnT, you’ve kept the blues alive for this old timer!

John White

I am pleased to say that I can now play a reasonable lead solo

I’m a pretty good acoustic guitar player who has always wanted to play electric blues lead. I have used quite a few other online tutoring sites some more successful than others but still didn’t manage to get it. Until, that is, I found Learning Guitar Now. With John’s tutoring style and a great website full of great courses I am pleased to say that I can now play a reasonable lead solo and I’m improving all the time. I love the way John plays guitar. It’s exactly how I’d like to play but he is very clear that you need to practice to get there. John is a very straight talker to lays out what you need to do to play blues lead and that is practice. He is also very encouraging by saying that you can do it but don’t kid yourself that buying the course will make you a great player if you don’t follow John’s useful and straight forward advice. So thank you John for everything. I get so much enjoyment from playing and see myself improving each month.

Dik McFarlane

He covers all the great blues and rock guitarists

LGN is an incredible resource for anyone wanting to get better at playing the blues. Working through John’s lessons will get you better at improvising, help with techniques like bending, slides, raking, and vibrato. He covers all the great blues and rock guitarists and some that you may not have studied previously. I highly recommend the All Access Pass to anyone who loves playing guitar!


John uses the latest tools available

I’m very happy being an All Access Pass member here at LGN. John is an excellent teacher and amazing guitar player. He not only shows you “what” to play but also focuses on “how” to play each note with emotion and feeling. That makes all the difference. Also the site interface is so easy and John uses the latest tools available to make the experience as rewarding as possible! I say “Go for it!” …you’ll be glad you did.

Philly Dupree

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