Solo 1

This is what we're shooting for. In the next chapters you'll get the tools
you need to play these solos.

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B.B. King Duke Robillard T-Bone Walker Charlie Christian
B.B. King

Duke Robillard Style

T-Bone Walker Style

Charlie Christian Style

Solo1 - CD 58   (mp3 click here : )

TAB Solo 1

In bars 4 and 5 we're introducing the next Standard Riff.
Say we wanted to play the Standard Riff in the 4th Blues Position.
It would look like this:

Standard Riff in 4th Blues Position (end on b7)

TAB Standard Riff in 4th Blues Position (end on b7)

This lick does not end on the tonic. Instead we're ending it on the b7 of the chord, which is also often used in swing. You can do this with any S.R. on any chord!

Try to move around as little as possible; start the lick with your ring finger on the tonic and keep every finger in one fret position. Use your ring finger for the hammer-on from b3 to the #3 on the chord.

TAB 4th Blues Position (key of G)

Standard Riff on IV in the 1st Blues Position (Key of C) - CD 59

The version we're using in Solo 1 is played on the IV chord and has the tonic C (3rd string, 5th fret).

Note the chromatic walk-up in Solo 1 to the #3 of the I chord in bar 7. Play this one with your pinkie. Play the b3 to #3 of the V chord in bar 9 with your index finger.

Using the #3 of the next chord as a marker for a chord change is a good way to signal this change. If you use the #3 of the chord around the beginning of the bar it shows that you know what you're talking about.

Swing, Jump & Rock & Roll are full of this "playing with the third".

Accompaniment: Bass lines Example 1

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