Watch the Breakdown 2 online guitar lesson by Andy Aledort from Slow Blues Power
At the end of bar 3 into bar 4, I switch from playing the A Blues scale in V (fifth) position to playing it in I (first) position, so that I can take advantage of all of the open strings available, primarily the open A, D and G strings. The line begins at the end of bar 3, where I quickly alternate between a fretted C note, third fret of the A string, and the open D string, also incorporating a quick hammer/pull between the open D and Eb at the first fret of the D string. You will hear this type of riff often in the playing of Freddie King and Stevie Ray Vaughan. I end the phrase with a quick fingerpicked “rolling” lick: in bar 4, at the end of beat two, I pull off from C, fifth string/third fret, to the open A string; just as the open A is sounding, I “roll” the pick over to the E note (fourth string/second fret) and then fingerpick the open high E string, sounding these three notes virtually simultaneously.