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  • Week #1 – Blue’s Shuffle and Music Sheet Question

    Posted by ShirleyM1120 on June 5, 2021 at 6:52 am

    I am a beginner and on Week #1, and practicing the Blue’s Shuffle. While watching Tony’s video and trying to play along using the music sheet, I am finding that the his playing and the music sheet isn’t the same. Is it suppose to match what he is playing or am I just so new that I can’t quite figure it out yet.

    Loraine replied 6 months, 2 weeks ago 4 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Niv

    June 5, 2021 at 7:21 am

    Shirley E – yes it does look different from what he is playing, but here’s the thing, the blues is a 12 bar sequence – and if you look at the second line of tab to the end of the tab, that is your 12 bar blues sequence…the first line of tab is just showing the 3 different chord patterns you are to play in this version of the 12 bar blues. Now I did not follow what he did in the ‘play’ all the way, but once I saw the tab, I kjnd of figured out what it was about…

  • ShirleyM1120

    June 5, 2021 at 8:02 am


    Thank you so much for your reply. That does make sense. 🙂

  • CeeDubya

    November 7, 2023 at 11:02 am

    I am also a beginner and floundered on exactly the same thing. It now makes sense


    On the music sheet a Crotchet is said to equal 120 – What does this mean and how do I apply it to the playing please? (Or TRY to apply to playing please 😁}

  • Loraine

    November 11, 2023 at 11:18 am

    @ShirleyM1120 & @CeeDubya Welcome to the TAC community. Both great questions. @Niv gave a great explanation to the 12 bar blues. As for the tabs not matching what Tony’s playing, that happens occasionally. I think that the tabs are developed separately from the videos, and he may not have had the tab to reference when doing the video, or his notes were written at a different time than the tabs – could be a number of things, but you can play it either way. Tony’s or the tab. I tend to just follow the tab.

    Cee, as for the 120, that refers to bpm, or beaTs per minute. If you have a metronome app on your phone, or you Google metronome, you can put it to the 120, and depending on whether the music is time stamped 3:4, 4:4, 6:8, 8:8, etc., which tells you how many beats each measure is typically quarter (4), eighth (8) or 16th, bit it can be a 3 or 32. Here’s a site that explains it better than I do. https://www.musicradar.com/how-to/ultimate-guitar-tab-guide The time stamp will tell you how many beats there are per measure. The bpm tells you how fast to play each measure. The easiest way to practice at the correct time stamp and bpm is to use a metronome, which you would set up by inputting the time stamp and bpm. It then taps out the bpm. It’s a tool that I suggest using . It will help greatly with playing songs correctly.


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