Watch the Three Riff Blues online guitar lesson by Frank Vignola from Jazz Up Your Blues
We start with the chords. The solo starts with a classic swing/bop style line. Then when we use contrary motion (one note stays the same and the rest move) when go from the Bb down to the G7 we have a classic Joe Pass chord riff keeping the top note the same (Bb in this case) and moving the Bb13 chord down chromatically. We can add the ii7 of each of the dominant chords to add a bit of spice to the changes. Two beats each chord - Fm7 to Bb7, Em7 to A7, Ebm7 to Ab7, Dm7 to G7. We end the solo with a classic Benson lick from one of his first records. A great lick to incorporate into your riff repertoire. A great exercise is to play a note on every quarter note without stopping. When you are comfortable with quarter notes try eighth notes. Chord stabs are also discussed and examples given. This a great way to get into the groove using chord stabs in a rhythmic way.