Watch the Breakdown 1 online guitar lesson by Andy Aledort from Slow Blues Power

In this example, I’ve tried to take advantage of the open strings as much as possible, so I began with fast trills on the A string, alternating quickly between the open A and B at the second fret: a trill is executed by using hammer-ons and pull-offs to alternate quickly between two notes. I follow the trills with quick movement, based on B minor pentatonic (B D E F# A), between the open bottom three strings and notes sounded at the second fret, using hammers and pulls as much as possible to create a smooth, rolling sound.