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Watch the Slow I VI II V online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Fingerstyle Blues Factory

Richard Saslow’s The Art of Ragtime Guitar was also the first place I encountered a I VI II V turnaround on the blues, as well as the idea of a walking bassline. I found the whole idea pretty electrifying. I had seen an incredibly distant cousin play solo blues piano at a party by then, and the idea of being able to sit down, alone, and keep a bassline churning while an endless cascade of blues licks came pouring out on top was completely alluring. As in many of the licks in this course, here we’re taking advantage of the notes available in a given chord voicing, and embellishing them as needed with notes that are readily available nearby. In the whole first measure, the melody is created out of chord tones you’re already fretting and the open high E string; in the second measure, we take advantage of the open high string again with a hammeron/ pulloff move and only switch to a more scalewise lick on the last couple of beats, when all you have to hold down on the bottom is a B root.