Watch the Walkin Man Blues 9 online guitar lesson by Carl Verheyen from S.W.A.T. Blues

Melodic lines in the blues are nothing new; people like Mike Bloomfield have been playing them for years. Phrasing is a huge part of the style, and giving the listener a reference point first is important. But accessing new material from the traditional licks is how you break out of the typical blues-based rut that many players find themselves in. The hybrid picking line I introduce in the 2nd chorus is also very applicable to mixolydian mode lines. Using a pick, middle and ring fingers you can get it going very fast! It's a country line, but I believe in cross- pollinating the various styles.

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