ExamplE LEAD PART
As with his rhythm, Nelson takes a bluesy, swing approach to his soloing. Although we start off in C minor Pentatonic (C-Eb-F-Bb) we’ll see how he introduces jazzy Django-esque chromaticism and octaves.
In addition to those beloved octaves, double-stops form a huge part of Nelson’s soloing style.
Here is an example of the Django-style chromatic approach – we are just aiming to get to the root note of the A7 chord but the simple chromatic triplet on beat 2 gets us there in a more interesting fashion (we also arrive ahead of the beat as well).
A couple of classic Nelson-style lead devices here – octaves to outline the F7 chord and then tremolo picking on the Ab – don’t worry about precise rhythmic values with the tremolo here; Willie usually just goes for it!