Need to get your blues fix in a hurry? Here’s a pattern that’s so damn versatile you can use it on almost any blues. It’s totally doable for beginners, there’s no music theory knowledge required, let’s do it.

This pattern will work on a lot of different blues feels, whether straight or shuffle, because we’re just playing quarter notes. It also works on major or minor equally well since there’s no 3rd. But again, you don’t need to understand the theory to get it under your fingers.

To use this pattern on your own in the future, all you need to do is find a starting note on the A, D, or G string, and then play the same shape around that note that we played around E, A, and B in this lesson. Instant blues in a can. And here are the full backing tracks for you to jam along with…

Jam Tracks for Easy Blues Groove Lesson

Left Hand Fingering Tip

If your eyes are really sharp, you might have noticed that I changed my left hand fingering slightly on and off throughout the full speed play along. I told you to stick with the same pinky-ring-index-pinky pattern over and over in the video for simplicity, but if you want to do what I’m doing there you can play with ending on a different finger to make smoother transitions to the next chord (i.e. ending the E pattern on your ring finger when you’re about to move to the A pattern).

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Kirk Billingsley
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Kirk Billingsley

A very practical angle to teaching an instrument. I am a super beginner at the age of 55 and learning so I can rock out with my 20 year old son.

Patrick Thomas
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Patrick Thomas

yeah i’m 56 and should have never given up as a 10 yr old

LLE
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LLE

Nice lesson. I can now play some blues. You always seem to make it interesting and fun. Thank you George

Rick
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Rick

Great lesson(s)! Bought my fist Bass last week and really enjoying it. You Rock! \m/

Patrick Thomas
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Patrick Thomas

Really like your site, but my hand is so small even on a small scale bass, I’m having trouble fretting with my pinky. I find myself wanting to use my wring finger

Richard UK
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Richard UK

Thank you so much Josh. I’ve been playing for 3 weeks and loved ‘trying’ to play this via the Soundcloud backing track. I am slowly starting to know when to change to the next bar just from the sound of the backing track and the pattern. Thank you so much. Richard (UK). Love this 12 bar blues style.

Stephen Clarke
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Stephen Clarke

Gday , like the approach that you take with your lessons. I’ve just seen a couple of your basic lessons, and they were very easily understood and playing along was fun. I’m a self taught beginner that would probably benefit greatly learning from you. Thanks

Stormy54
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Stormy54

Hi just bought my first bass, a semi acoustic bass ukulele, this goes with various guitars and uke’s In the house. Having fun already with power chords now going try blues. Thanks for the site.