Watch the Wishin' 1 online guitar lesson by Joe Deloro from Blues Rock Road Trip 2
Phrase 1 is a 4 bar Q&A. It’s primarily drawn from the D shape Em7 at the second fret. It’s is a great place to work from because it’s easy to tap into the open strings of the E shape position below as well and access a larger hybrid position. The main object of this example though is to work with motives linked by common tones. In this case, D connects Em7 and G, while E is used for A7 and Em7. The lead scale is the E Blues: E,G,A,Bb,B,D,E (1, b3, 4,b5,5,b7,8). Step one in using this technique to build phrases, is to first be aware of the names of all the chord tones in your progression. From there, it’s essential to see them in action in a variety of phrases, as we’re doing here. In the original version Gilmour also used D to link Em7 and G. However, he separated them with octave transposition for greater variation. For another example in this general direction, check out Neil Young’s, Down By The River.