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Watch the Breakdown 6 online guitar lesson by Andy Aledort from Slow Blues Power

In bar 10, over the IV (four) chord, F7, I play a very Hendrix-y lick, bending the sixth, A, up one half step to Bb, releasing the bend and pulling off the fifth, G, and then moving down, back up and then back down the C minor pentatonic scale in a smooth and somewhat “rhythmically ambiguous” way. Keep in mind that one of the great things a slow blues offers improvisers is the chance to really stretch musical time; the slow pulse invites freedom in terms of phrasing and melody. In bar 11, I perform a repeated lick wherein the same figure is played on each eighth note across the first two eighth-note triplets, pulling off with the pinky from the 16th fret of the B string to the index finger at the 13th fret of the B string. I wrap up the line with “B.B. box” style licks in 13th position and then close out the solo back in eighth position.