T-Bone Walker was one of the most influential and innovative blues guitarists of the 20th century. In this course, I’m going to teach you a full song, and it’s similar to the tunes T-Bone Shuffle and Papa Ain’t Salty, both great T-Bone Walker tunes. It’s a blues in G, and the tempo is 110 beats per minute.
I’ve written a melody, which follows the I, IV and V chords. I teach exactly how to play it.
I am also teaching how to play the rhythm guitar, and I have provided a performance video of it too, with a bar progress indicator at the bottom of the screen, so it’s real easy to follow. There is also a slow-motion performance.
Then we get into the solo, which is 48 bars long. It features typical T-Bone Walker licks and techniques, and there are both easy licks, as well as longer and more challenging lines. One thing you will notice is that sometimes his licks don’t end where you’d expect. When I first heard him, I thought it sounded a bit strange at times, but after you’ve listened to him for a while, you realize how cool that really is.
The solo has a performance video as well, with the same bar progress indicator, so that you can see exactly where in the progression each lick is being played. The performance is also available in slow-motion.