Watch the Sweet Windy City: Rhythm 2 online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Play Blues Guitar 4: Rhythm Approaches

Sweet Windy City: Rhythm 2 - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Andy Aledort and is sourced from Jam Night Vol. 2.


This figure begins with an E7 voicing played in fourth position on the top three strings, and I start out with a down-up-up triplet-based strumming pattern; I utilize upstrokes more in order to accentuate the sound of the top two strings. Over A, I simply slide this shape down one fret, which yields an Bbdim7 (or A7b9) type of sound. Sliding sixths ascend the fretboard as a means to connect the one chord, E, to the four chord, A in bar 4 into bar 5, after which I stick with sliding sixths intended as a melodic device, culminating in bar 8 with a single-note solo-type lick based on E Mixolydian (E F# G# A B C# D). I then arpeggiate the B7 in a manner similar to the first example, but move back into single-note solo lines in bar 10, based primarily on the E blues scale (E G A Bb B D). The figure wraps with a half-step slide up the E7 to kick off the next 12-bar section.