Watch the Breakdown 1b online guitar lesson by Mark Stefani from Jazzed Blues

The first bar of the solo opens with a powerful string rake that puts an exclamation point on the high C, which is both the root of the key as well as the first chord of the progression. This move is followed by some dynamic skips to the low C, a quarter-step cut bend on the minor 3rd, then a sliding chord fill. Bar two begins with a chord punch, a muted string rake, then a blues scale run featuring legato slides. More chord punches and money blues licks round out the next few bars.