Watch the Shuffle: Ex. 3b online guitar lesson by Andy Aledort from Kings of Blues & Rock Vol. 6: T-Bone Walker

This example, also played in the key of Ab, offers more examples of T-Bone's deceptively simple phrasing. None of these lines are particularly complicated, and therein lies the secret to T-Bone's signature style: every lick is played with absolute conviction and a relentlessly swinging feel, but close examination reveals that each phrase differs ever so slightly. Any guitarist interested in harnessing the secret to T-Bone's distinct style must memorize all the phrases illustrated in this study of his playing, and then strive to pull from this knowledge while playing freely, with spontaneity and a lively, swinging feel.