Solo 5

Blues Guitar Lessons

Solo 5 - CD 63

TAB Solo 5

The Standard Riff is great for sliding up and down the neck. Starting on the tonic with your index finger you can slide up from the I chord (bars 1 and 7) from the IV chord (bars 5 and 10) and from the V chord (bar 9).

With the Sliding Standard Riff on the I chord, you've connected the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Blues Positions.

TAB 1st, 2nd and 3rd Blues Positions in F

Sliding Standard Riffs in 1st, 2nd & 3rd Blues Positions - CD 64

TAB Sliding Standard Riffs in 1st, 2nd & 3rd Blues Positions

With a little imagination you can go a long way. Parts of this solo are similar to Rickie Lee Jones' "Chuck E's in Love", Rick "L.A." Holmstrom's "Guitar Boogie Shuffle Twist" and Gene Vincent's "We-Baba-Loo-La".

Notice the playing around with the 3rd in bars 2 and 3 and the way we end this solo.
When this ending is used, it's often slowed down. Look at your fellow musicians (esp. the drummer) to make sure everybody bangs the last note at the same time.

These sliding riffs really stand out if you mix them up with licks from the blues scale.
One technique, which is often used, is to play a sliding lick on every I chord and licks from the blues scale on every IV and V chord. Try it, it's tasty.

Accompaniment: play the rhythm from Full Chords Example 1 (Different Key: F)

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