Watch the 10th Story Walkup online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Fingerstyle Blues Factory

Tenths, or an octave plus a third, are closely related to sixths. If you took each note of this lick on the low E string and just moved it to the high E string, you’d wind up with a sequence of sixths on the third and first string. You could also think of this lick as a way of using the third string to harmonize the walking bass line on the low string. A lick like this can come in handy when you want to break up the constant drone of the low E note on the I chord.