Watch the Theme King online guitar lesson by Richard Van Bergen from 50 Down Home Blues Licks You MUST Know
This lick is played from bar 1 to 9 of a standard blues progression. The same pattern is repeated 8 times, with just a slight variation to adapt it to the IV chord. When you repeat a pattern several times, it starts to act as a theme. A little theme like this is especially effective if you play it on the first verse. It really can open up the song! We’re playing a fast shuffle in the key of C.