The Ray Price Shuffle

Discussion in 'Playing and Technique' started by AJ Love, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. AJ Love

    AJ Love Senior Member

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    I was jamming with an older Country musician who said "play it like a Ray Price shuffle"...

    Can anyone demonstrate or describe a Ray Price shuffle please? I think I have a general idea but I want to do it right...

    thanks!
     
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    I used to play in traditional country bands and was taught to play chords only on the upbeats during shuffles. The bass player walks on the downbeats and the guitar plays a short chop (staccato) on the upbeats. 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

    I always think of it as imitating boogie woogie piano, the bass player is the left hand and the guitar is the right. I use 4 string chords on the treble strings for a lighter sound.

    Don't know if this is what your guy wanted but it's cool and it works. And don't forget to swing it.
     
  4. Neer

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    This is what a Ray Price shuffle sounds like. You want to accent the chord on every up beat of the quarter note (1 an 2 an 3 an 4 an).

     
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    One of the many sayings in the Old school country music language that was essential to understand when gigging with the originals ...
     
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    Get the album "Night Life" on iTunes...title written by Willie Nelson, epic Buddy Emmons C6th pedal steel...and most of the other tracks classic Ray Price shuffles.
     
  7. StanG

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    There is a great Best of Ray Price on Columbia that has the original recordings.
     
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    It's pretty similar to what's called a 'flat tire' in blues circles...if I never play it again, that'll be fine with me.
     

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