Watch the Breakdown 9 online guitar lesson by Andy Aledort from Slow Blues Power

Bar 9 is where we hit the V (five) chord, B7, initiated by “walking up” to the B root note by starting on the open low E and playing straight up the E Blues scale (E G A B Bb D). Here, I switch to licks based on B minor pentatonic (B D E F# A) and utilize the open B, E and D strings. Once again, I change the phrasing in a very free way in an effort to create a “cascading” effect, as groups of notes are alternately “crammed” together or allowed to ring slightly longer, creating the essential “tension and release” referred to earlier. Notice in particular the use of pull-offs, which promote the legato (smooth and connected) feeling in the improvisation.

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