The beginning of this solo uses an idea called repetition of phrasing, and it’s an essential technique whatever style of blues you’re into. Basically it means that you play one melodic phrase – say, lasting about 2 bars – and then repeat it, either in a different octave, or using slightly different notes. It gives the listener a chance to get a feel for what’s happening melodically, and can be far more impressive than a flurry of scale patterns.
In the solo, the idea is used twice. Firstly, a 2-bar phrase (bars 2 & 3) from the A Blues Scale is repeated an octave higher with a variation (bars 4 & 5), and the reverse idea (i.e. higher then lower) is applied to a two-note phrase when the chords change up to D (end of bar 5 vs. end of bar 6).
After that, there’s a free section of A Blues licks, then we’re using an E Major Pentatonic with bends over the E7 chord, and a D Major Pentatonic over the D7 chord.
As always, below the YouTube video you’ll find the backing track to play along with, and below that, the tablature. Aren’t I nice?!
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