Example BLUES SOLO 5 ...CONTINUED
Here, we have a repeat (albeit a slight variation) of the phrase in bar 3. In fact, hopefully, you have noticed again that, like solo #4, we also have thematic development in larger clumps, whereby the first four bars are repeated in a slightly modified form.
This line straddles the gap between just A playing minor blues, and targeting chord tones. Here, the note at the start of beats 1, 2 and 3 is a D ( of
Eb) E7); however, all of the other notes (C and are taken from the scale but do not reflect the E7: they’re more about the overall tonal centre of A (to underline the sound and shape of the blues progression as a whole).
The first part of this section veers between A7 arpeggio tones and A minor Blues scale notes. And, there are more aesthetic considerations towards the end. The E7 in this line is signified by the lone E note. Blues is pretty ‘rootsy’, and often the root note of a chord is preferred to something further up the food chain like the 3rd. Try finishing on a G# note instead. It’s correct, but is it too syrupy/corny? Again, you decide – it’s those decisions regarding taste that will define your personal style.