Is 'shuffling' the same thing as syncopation? And is there any easier way to explain it, as in, whats is its exact purpose and things of the like.
I can't even remember what syncopation means, it's in their somewhere.

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Syncopation is to stress a normally unstressed beat of a bar, or failing to sound a note on an accented beat. In 4/4 time the 1st and 3rd beats are usually stressed, if you stressed the 4th and 2nd and didn't stress the 1st and 3rd, your rhythm would be syncopated. As it would be if you failed to sound the first note on a beat.

You can syncopate a blues shuffle rhythm if you like - but bear in mind, most blues shuffle rhythm will not be played in 4/4 time.