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Watch the Take 5: Jazz Blues Soloing online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Take 5: Jazz Blues Soloing

Whatever I know about how to think like a jazz musician over the blues chord progression, I learned when I stopped thinking like a jazz student and resumed thinking like a blues fan. By that I mean: I stopped worrying about playing scales and arpeggios in every key, practicing ii-V-I patterns and applying any of that to standards. Instead, I began doing with George Benson and Stanley Turrentine and Tommy Flanagan what I'd already done with B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Gatemouth Brown: listened to their records, figured out some licks, and tried to draw some general conclusions about how they play over a 12-bar form.