How to Play Flat Tire Shuffle by Stuart Ziff (Guitar Lesson)

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Stuart Ziff

Flat Tire Shuffle

Stuart doesn't waste an ytime diving into blues as he starts his series off by demonstrating one of the most iconic and recognizable blues rhythm patterns, the "flat tire" shuffle.

Taught by Stuart Ziff in Blues Guitar with Stuart Ziff seriesLength: 13:34Difficulty: 1.5 of 5

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hickhhickh replied on October 5th, 2015

Love this! However; am I seeing things or is the tab slightly different from what is in the video?

Rob SRob S replied on August 25th, 2015

Great lesson Stuart! Thank You

blind dog taylorblind dog taylor replied on June 20th, 2015

now it runs just fine. must be my browser

blind dog taylorblind dog taylor replied on June 15th, 2015

fortunately this lesson is also on youtube where it runs just fine.

blind dog taylorblind dog taylor replied on June 14th, 2015

this would be a great lesson if it worked

blind dog taylorblind dog taylor replied on June 14th, 2015

this is messed up. video freezes after 2 min

CFBCFB replied on December 10th, 2014

Great tip to dial down volume to be able to increase attitude!

finfinfinfin replied on September 21st, 2014

why did you add the extra chord during the accompaniment playing, is that just to confuse us, so we never learn how to play guitar?..a mention of your artistic license would be us "noobies", it just confuses the hell out of us

BevvyBevvy replied on November 23rd, 2013

would be good if Jam play can get you to do some more blues and Id like you to do soul lessons , thanks Stuart

BevvyBevvy replied on November 23rd, 2013

Great Lesson

godbluesgodblues replied on April 28th, 2013

Great lesson, Thanks!

liechtensteinguyliechtensteinguy replied on February 27th, 2013

I find it hard to play this without accidently hitting the high E string. How do you prevent this? Precise strumming? Muting?

tank624tank624 replied on December 28th, 2013

Mute with your thumb is the best way I have found....

liechtensteinguyliechtensteinguy replied on February 1st, 2013

i enjoy playing this a lot

HardlyharleyHardlyharley replied on February 10th, 2013

Me too got to get out of this room and find someone to jam with, great for the morale when u felt u were crappy then get a eureka moment

costeffcosteff replied on January 10th, 2013

12 bar blues???

dadoriandadorian replied on January 8th, 2013

Seems a strange to change a strumming pattern Ive used for years but I will persevere, anyone else feel they benefitted from doing the same. Struggled a bit with chord fingering as well!!

tomjonesrockstomjonesrocks replied on January 5th, 2013

Never done this technique--have to get some stamina for this motion. What's the advantage to the circular motion over a standard up/down stroke?

J.RodJ.Rod replied on November 3rd, 2012

I'm more of a rhythm player and I'm definitely enjoying this lesson set. Thank you Stuart!

alien_xalien_x replied on October 30th, 2012

Great supplement to all the other electric blues lessons on jamplay. Steward seems to have a very structured approach. I like that.

juniejunie replied on October 27th, 2012

i agree with ryan1 tabs /chord diagrams will be a great tool for a beginner. wasted a lot of time trying figure out the fingering. if the tab or chord form were up i could stop the video and get the fingerig right and then just concentrat on the main lesson.

ryan1ryan1 replied on October 26th, 2012

Liking the lesson. Any chance off getting some tabs/sheet music up?

jboothjbooth replied on October 29th, 2012

Yep, it will be done shortly!

flightflight replied on October 25th, 2012

Wow, this man is back! Cool stuff. )

aquiguillermoaquiguillermo replied on October 25th, 2012

On that...Cooool lesson Stuart.

billyboy804billyboy804 replied on October 24th, 2012

I enjoyed the lesson. Rythm playing is vastly overlooked. Hope you have more blues lessons in the future

SodaPopSodaPop replied on October 24th, 2012

Good stuff!

Blues Guitar with Stuart Ziff

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Stuart will demonstrate his own unique style of Blues guitar. He will talk about the genre and demonstrate why this unique style is a staple of American music.

Lesson 1

Flat Tire Shuffle

Stuart doesn't waste an ytime diving into blues as he starts his series off by demonstrating one of the most iconic and recognizable blues rhythm patterns, the "flat tire" shuffle.

Length: 13:34 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Rhythmic Foundation

Rhythm in blues is essential, and Stuart provides some tips on how the foundation for blues rhythm can be built.

Length: 11:44 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

Complementary Rhythm Techniques

In this lesson, Stuart demonstrates how to create complementary rhythms that accompany the rest of the band or layer in while a soloists takes over.

Length: 11:39 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Supportive Single Note Lines

Stuart demonstrates how simple single note lines can really influence rhythm within blues music.

Length: 17:24 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Minor Pentatonic Scales

Stuart moves forward in his blues series by demonstrating the minor pentatonic scale. He explains how some major artists have influenced its use within blues music.

Length: 17:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 6

Minor Blues

Even though they are less common than major keys, minor keys play a huge part in blues music. Stuart discusses and demonstrates minor blues concepts.

Length: 13:13 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

Soloing over Minor Blues

This lesson provide tips on soloing over minor blues progressions. Stuart uses a backing track to help demonstrate some basic fundamentals to keep in mind while soloing.

Length: 20:06 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

Adding Swing to Blues

Adding a "swing" to eighth note groupings is the subject of this lesson. Stuart demonstrates how this simple rhythmic technique gives blues music part of its signature feel.

Length: 11:17 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Uptown Blues

Stuart utilizes the swing technique to help demonstrate how "uptown blues" has its own unique sound that stems from larger, urban east coast cities.

Length: 15:15 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Blues with ii-V Change

Stuart demonstrates what a ii-V change is and explains how it is such a widely used turnaround within blues music.

Length: 16:53 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Pentatonic Scale Theory

Stuart takes an in depth look at pentatonic scale theory and demonstrates many different ways it can be applied within blues music.

Length: 34:05 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 12

2 Bar Phrase

Stuart will demonstrate what a 2 bar phrase is and how it can be used within the blues genre.

Length: 15:43 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 13

Slide Blues Guitar

Stuart will now demonstrate what bottleneck slide blues guitar is, some of his favorite artists, and the techniques on how to achieve that unique twang sound.

Length: 7:24 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 14

Slide Blues Part 2

Stuart will now dive much deeper into the many different techniques that are needed to create a Bottleneck Slide Blues sound.

Length: 14:14 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 15

Intervals for Open Tuning

Stuart will continue his slide blues techniques by demonstrating how to find intervals within an open tuning.

Length: 9:54 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only

About Stuart Ziff View Full Biography A veteran guitarist fluent in, Blues, R&B, Funk, Rock, Reggae and everything in between. As a Studio Musician playing guitar on numerous commercials, demos for singer songwriters and records

. A career as a songwriter that began with Warner Bros recording artist David Ball’s first Nashville CD in 1994 “ Thinking Problem .“ Stuart was co writer on the hit song “ Thinking Problem.” Also playing on the record supplying acoustic and electric guitar. Since 2000, He’s been living in Los Angles. Presently the Guitarist for the band WAR, touring and recording with them. As a songwriter for Film & TV: “ National Lampoons Cattle Call ,“ Americas Funniest Home Videos and Bad Girls. Songs on recordings by Eric Burden, Johnny Adams, Gary Hoey and Theresa James. Since 2005, a member of the faculty at Musician’s Institute in Hollywood.

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