PHIL HILBORNE’S ONE-MINUTE LICK T-Bone Turn around
This month’s lick features a T-Bone Walker style I-IVI-V turnaround idea in the key of Bb. This is very typical of T-Bone’s style and as such offers a good model for learning blues note choice and phrasing. I have chosen a three-finger approach, as most blues players would doubtless play it in this way. However, feel free to change things to suit your personal preferences. You need to be careful at the points where you are required to roll your fretting-hand fingers to play notes found at the same fret – this happens three times in the second bar. Your aim should be to achieve separation between the notes: try to not let them ‘bleed’ into each other – the lick will sound a lot smoother as a result. As usual, remember to develop other similar licks of your own too!