Solo 10

Blues Guitar Lessons

Solo 10 - CD 73

TAB Solo 10

Not an easy one, because it deals with the 2nd Blues Position in the key of G.

TAB 2nd Blues Position

S.R. in in 2nd Blues position - CD 74

TAB S. R. on I in 2nd Blues Position

TAB S. R. on IV in 2nd Blues Position

TAB S. R. on V in 2nd Blues Position

This is the last and most awkward of the Standard Riff positions. It's not possible to play any of the riffs without going out of position.

When you use this position, focus on the tonic on the 4th string and play around in that position for a while. Find where the tonics of IV and V are and also try to locate their respective major thirds. Those are the notes to aim for when you're following the chords.

In this solo we're using slides, hammer-ons and pull offs. Glueing the notes together like this gives it the phrasing a saxophone player would use.

Listen to horn players and try to imitate their phrasing. It's often more relaxed than a guitar player's approach. Try to play laid back for a relaxed, swing feel.

Solo 10 starts off with a lick in the style of the second chorus of Freddie King's "Sen-Sa-Shun". The 6th and the b3 above the tonic give the lick a nice edge.
The lick on the V chord is a real Charlie Christian one, followed by a sharp turn on the C7.

The rollovers in bar 10 are difficult, practice them slowly.

Accompaniment: Full chords Example 11.

Note: There are a few other ways to play the Standard Riff. All of them have the same awkward fingering you'll find in Solo 10. The 4th Blues Position has a few and the first also has one. Locate the tonic and start the riff with your middle finger and you'll see what I mean; you've got to stretch for certain notes and go out of position.

If you can come up with licks in these positions, more power to you. If you've just started experimenting with these sounds, try to stick to the positions we've discussed. They'll give you a great basis.

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