Blues Rhythm Guitar I
by Christopher Sung
The first step in learning the shuffle is getting familiar with the "swing" type of feel that is inherent to the shuffle. Instead of playing straight 8th notes in an even pattern, every second 8th note is delayed, giving it more of a triplet feel. The feel is more like:
ONE - two - THREE - ONE - two - THREE
Listen to the example below. The first two measures show the straight feel, while measures 3-5 have the shuffle feel.