Watch the Breakdown 5 online guitar lesson by Andy Aledort from Slow Blues Power

In bar 10, over the IV (four) chord, Eb7, and into bar 11, back on the root chord, Bb7, I move all the way up to 18th position and play lines based on Bb pentatonic minor at the highest possible point on the fretboard. This is one of the things that makes the key of Bb unique on the guitar: it is the highest point at which one can play all of the standard “box” position pentatonic minor licks (on a 21-fret guitar, that is), allowing one to take full advantage of bending the high E string at the 21st fret, which sounds a minor third, Db, in the key of Bb. In a very Vaughan-like maneuver, I follow the high licks with a quick shift back down to VI (sixth) position Bb minor pentatonic licks, sounded one octave lower.