Watch the For the Bird online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from Guitar Lab: Blues Soloing
Second only to Sweet 16 in tempo For The Bird's brisk 164 bpm breeds more difficult challenges. Simply put, there's more chords to deal with! Following Charlie Parker's "Blues For Alice" changes, this set of three choruses make use of a more horizontal feel to ease up on the rapid fire thought process that would be required to blow lines with another more involved approach. That said the aim for nailing chord tones and making tightly voiced led melodic transitions is still paramount, present and accounted for. So are the elements of space and the concept of leading into the changes.