Watch the Minor Sea Solo online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Essentials: Advanced Blues Soloing

There's a lot going on in this solo even though I'm not playing many notes. Let's first talk about the bends I'm using, being half step, whole step, and minor third bends. Listen through the solo a number of times to get it in your head.

You may notice that the second chorus differs slightly from the first in that the notes that I fretted the first time are bent to the second time. This is a common musical device in jazz and blues where we're embellishing the melody the second time we play it. This makes things much more interesting, and since the listener has heard it once before, I wouldn't want to play it the same exact way the second time, right?

When practicing bending notes, I recommend fretting the note you want to bend to first. Get the picture of that note in your ears, then move down to the note you wish to bend from. Then, execute the bend and ask yourself a very simple and important question: "Is it in tune?" Rinse and repeat.