Watch the Everyday #2 online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Solo Factory: Chicago Blues
Everyday #2 puts together "Slick Lick", "Swingin' VI", and "V To The B" for a classic swinging up tempo solo. Like Everyday #1, this may take a little time to master. Personally the most difficult part for me has been swinging that hard. To clear up that hep cat lingo: the tempo is demanding and is based on a swing eighth note with a heavy up beat feel that the snare drum is hitting. A swing eighth is similar to a dotted eighth note followed by a sixteenth note, but "watered down". It takes a lot of practice, time, and awareness to have it sit just right. One of the best pieces of advice I got was to LISTEN to players away from your instrument to get the feel in your head. Please don't just listen to guitar players, listen to the whole band, or horn players, etc. The swing feel is essential and somewhat elusive. I also find it is one of the first things to go when I haven't been practicing! It is about being relaxed and to play relaxed we usually have to be in shape.