BERNIE MARSDEN’ S MINOR BLUES
[Bars 13-24] The melody used at the end of bar 13 is a cracker, and well worth examining. Bar 14 and 15 feature some unison bends. These are created by fretting the note indicated in the tab on the second string, and then bending the note on the third string to the same pitch. Bar 16 features the use of great dynamics. Blues- guitar players of ten var y how sof t or hard they play each phrase to add feeling and variet y. The middle of the phrase in bar 16 is played with a ver y light picking-hand touch. Bar 20 features some ideas played in shape 1 of A Minor Pentatonic, only this time they are played up one octave from our original position rooted at the 5th fret – here, we’re 12 frets higher, at the 17th. Even with a simple minor blues like this, see how much variet y Bernie is bringing to the solo.