24-BAR STUDY SOLO
CD TRACK 29
[Bars 1-8] These opening phrases highlight the cool modern style of T-Bone Walker. The quartertone bends (blues curls) on the minor 3rd (C) are a very important feature in the blues. Set your amp up for a light crunch and select the bridge pickup. T-Bone laid down the template for modern blues players.
[Bars 9-12] These bars contain a neat little turnaround phrase, which is easy to play and sounds great. The double-stops in bars 11 and 12 are bent slightly sharp and are reminiscent of the sound of a freight train horn - from T-Bone to Chuck Berry, The Stones and AC/DC.
[Bars 13-16] The chords in bars 15 and 16 are classic blues voicings. These chords are easy to slide between and sound great. Again, you can hear these ideas in the playing of every great blues guitarist, showing that styles and licks are passed down from generation to generation.