101 Razor-Sharp Blues Guitar Rhythm Patterns in the Electric Urban / Chicago Style (Book and CD) (Red Dog Music Books Razor-Sharp Blues Guitar Series)

Larry McCabe

Published by Red Dog Music Books, 2007
ISBN 10: 1934777226 / ISBN 13: 9781934777220
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Open-flat spiral blues instruction book and CD by Larry McCabe

Red Dog Music Books is proud to offer this superb collection of 101 authentic urban blues guitar rhythm patterns. Each pattern is recorded note-for-note on the companion CD, and written in standard notation and tablature.

Valuable supplemental articles cover blues progressions and rhythm pattern types.

The book will help any early-intermediate guitarist acquire well-rounded blues rhythm guitar skills. Ideal also for pro reference and teaching studios. It is a book for guitarists who are familiar with, and enthusiasts of, urban blues and other forms of non-commercial music.

The patterns are in the urban blues style heard on recordings by artists such as Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Elmore James, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, James Cotton, Little Walter, BB King, Albert King, John Hammond, Anson Funderburgh, Hubert Sumlin, Little Ed and the Blues Imperials, Pinetop Perkins, Willie Dixon, R.L. Burnside, Butterfield Blues Band, Otis Spann Charlie Musselwhite, Lonnie Mack, Boozoo Chavis, Ry Cooder, Gatemouth Brown, Freddie King, Sonny Boy Williamson, Robert Lockwood, Lonnie Johnson, and similar musicians who recorded for Chess Records, Delmark Records, Sun Records, Alligator Records, Arhoolie Records and other labels that focus on roots music performers and Afro-American music.

The book is an excellent resource for creative blues guitar teachers.


  • Introduction
  • How to Use This Book
  • Application of Pattern One
  • Pattern Modifications
  • Four-Beat Dominant Chord Patterns (C7)
  • Four-Beat Minor Chord Patterns (Cm7)
  • Four-Beat Vamp Patterns for C7 and Cm7
  • Eight-Beat Dominant Chord Patterns (C7)
  • Eight-Beat Minor Chord Patterns (Cm7)
  • Eight-Beat Vamp Patterns for C7 and Cm7
  • Appendix 1: Basic Blues Rhythm Patterns
  • Appendix 2: 12-Bar Blues Progressions in Major Keys
  • Appendix 3: 12-Bar Blues Progressions in Minor Keys
  • Appendix 4: 8-Bar Blues Progressions in Major Keys
  • Appendix 5: Open Charts for Application
  • A Guide to Blues Styles and Artists

Prerequisite Ability

  • Early intermediate guitarist

User Profiles

  • Serious hobbyist and semiprofessional musicians.
  • Any gigging blues l guitarist who wants to learn new rhythm patterns.
  • Blues guitar teacher looking for innovative and productive lessons material.

Goals and Purposes

  • Learn how to play blues guitar rhythm in a blues band rhythm section.
  • Learn how to be a more well-rounded blues guitar player.

About the Author: Author Bio (3900 characters maximum):

Larry McCabe's credentials include an education degree from the University of Arizona, more than thirty years of music teaching experience, over eighty published music books, columns for Living Blues Magazine and Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine, and authorship of the Roy Clark Fiddle Magic Method and the Roy Clark Bluegrass Banjo Bible.

He plays electric and acoustic blues guitar, clawhammer and three-finger banjo, fiddle, and other string instruments. During his career, he has taught blues guitar lessons, banjo lessons, fiddle lessons, song writing, music theory, music history, and other subjects.

Larry has played in numerous bands including blues, classic country, rockabilly, traditional Irish, and Cajun, and he served on the prestigious W.C. Handy Blues Awards nominating committee for many years. With his wife, Becky, Larry is the owner and publisher of the popular roots music instruction book company Red Dog Music Books.

In the 1990s, he taught History of Jazz Music and History of Popular Music in America courses to adult education students at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. As an amateur WWII historian, Larry collected and edited 160 interviews for his book Pearl Harbor and the American Spirit (2004).

Author-Recommended Supplemental Listening for Blues Music and Postwar Blues Guitarists

Luther Allison, Chuck Berry, Mike Bloomfield, Lonnie Brooks, Eddie Boyd, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Ruth Brown, Roy Buchanan, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Canned heat, Charles Brown, Milton Campbell, Clifton Chenier, Eric Clapton, Albert Collins, James Cotton, Pee Wee Crayton, Bo Diddley (Ellas McDaniel), Floyd Dixon, Willie Dixon, Fats Domino, Jesse Fuller, Lowell Fulson, Anson Funderburgh, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix (psychedelic blues), Bull Moose Jackson, Little Walter Jacobs, Elmore James, Etta James, John Hammond, Joe Louis Hill, Earl Hooker, John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf (Chester Burnett), J.B. Hutton, Lonnie Johnson, Louis Jordan, Albert King, B.B. King, Freddy King, Eddie Kirkland, Sam Lay, Lazy Lester, J.B. Lenoir, Little Charlie and the Nightcats, Li'l Ed and the Blues Imperials, Louisiana Red, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Lonnie Mack, magic Same Maghett, Magic Slim and the Teardrops, Taj Majal, John Mayall, Percy Mayfield, Charlie Musselwhite, Louis Myers, Robert Nighthawk, Little Junior Parker, Carl Perkins (rockabilly), Little Esther Phillips, Jimmy Reed, Duke Robillard, Otis Rush, Son Seals, Johnny Shines, Slim Harpo, Carrie Smith, George Harmonica Smith, Mabel Smith (Big Mabel), Hubert Sumlin, Theodore Hound Dog Taylor, Koko Taylor, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Irma Thomas (New Orleans R&B), Big Mama Thornton (Willie Mae), Luther Tucker, Big Joe Turner, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Aaron T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield), Johnny Guitar Watson, Valerie Wellington, Junior Wells, Sonny Boy Williamson (I and II), Johnny Winter, Johnny Young, etc. etc.

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Title: 101 Razor-Sharp Blues Guitar Rhythm Patterns...
Publisher: Red Dog Music Books
Publication Date: 2007
Binding: Spiral-bound
Book Condition: Brand New

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