24-BAR STUDY SOLO

CD TRACK 29

Guitar Techniques - - ELECTRIC BLUES -

[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.

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