Blues Rhythm

Ways of playing the chords

Now that you got the blues form and chords, we can look at how to actually play these chords. They can be strummed with the pick, or plucked with your fingers. Here is some basic rhythm examples, they are shown with the E5 chord type, but try it out on all the different chord types, and play the rhythms following the Blues form.

Rhythm example 1: Strumming only downwards, on each beat.

Rhythm example 1

Rhythm example 4: Strumming down on each 1. beat, and up between the 2. and 3. Beat.

Rhythm example 4