Watch the Slow B Groove online guitar lesson by David Grissom from Open Road Guitar
Remember in this study we are playing over chords with no third, this allows me to experiment with that overall tonality. I can use a B mixolydian feel or a B dorian feel all by playing either a major or a minor third on the chord. Remember this exercise uses the same notes as the F#m blues we did earlier. I started off by using the Blue Jean Blues kind of riff where I use the open B pedal tone and work my way down the blues scale. For this I am using hybrid picking where I am always using one of my fingers to play the open B. When I start the lick I am using my 2nd and 3rd fingers then I switch to pick and 2nd finger. Then I went to some the licks I had played on the F# minor blues. If you know that muscle memory, and the E major scale you can incorporate all these licks as long as you understand the relationship of a B7 to the E major scale. For me it was like one of those "ah-ha" moments when you can see the relationships between the chords and scales. In the second part of the solo I like to use some of my favorite double stop ideas that really play off of the 3rd of the B chord. The second part of the chord used one of the more bluegrass influenced licks where my 2nd and 3rd fingers are playing the double stops and the alternating bass notes below it are played with the pick. After that I move up the neck, once again I'm using open strings. Remember it doesn't matter where we are on the fingerboard as long as the open strings are in the key we can use them. Then I incorporated a lick that uses a minor second interval that some people find really dissonant but I really like it. It's kind of like a banjo run that you hear all the time. I finish it all off with that open B string drone.