Watch the What Goes Up online guitar lesson by Joe Dalton from 50 Acoustic Blues Licks You MUST Know
Let’s take this idea up the scale one more time. This time we start on the fifth of the scale "B" and play 5,b6,6,b7. First, we started on the root of the E chord, "E" in example 1; then we started on the third, "G#" in example 3; now we start fifth, "B". The major chord has a root, third, and fifth. These melodies work so well because we are using notes from the chord. Since these melodies work ascending, a great place to look for variations would be to try these descending.