Watch the Bad Sign 1 online guitar lesson by Joe Deloro from Blues Rock Road Trip 2

Phrase 1: This phrase is based on Eric Clapton's style and consists of a 4 bar Q&A phrase with 2 bar motives. Each motive is offset with a one beat pick-up beginning on beat 4. The lead scale is G Pentatonic Minor: G,Bb,C,D,F,G (1,b3,4,5,b7,8). However, the main point of this example is to learn “chord note transposition,” the unity technique Eric Clapton used in the first phrase of his solo on the WOF version. In this case, transposing refers to targeting a chord note (here it’s the root) and beginning the first motive on it (after the pick-up). Then, beginning the second motive on the same note an octave above or below. Here, motive 1 features a bend into a high G on beat one. Next, Motive 2 echoes this with a low G on beat one of measure three and then works it’s way back to the high G to finish. Keep this approach in mind when checking out the variations in the TAB.