In this solo we see a number of ‘his’ licks turn up, mostly played out of the first blues position.

The intro is a typical T-Bone Walker one, that comes in many variations. Listen to his rendition of ‘Glamour Girl’ and you’ll hear what I mean.

The dominant chord right before the actual 12-bar blues progression starts is an augmented chord.
We’ve seen it in the Brian Setzer style solo too. It is a chord with a lot of tension and pushes the song forward.

T-Bone would play a lot of the same notes on different strings.
He did this by bending one note on a string and then playing the exact same note (pitch) one string higher.
He would also use slides to do this.

Accentuating the V chord by playing the fifth of the V is another real T-Bone-esque way of playing.

How does this work;
The V chord in a blues in G is a D7.  This chord has the following notes: D F# A C.
The A note is a note that’s not part of the I chord (G7: G B D F) or the IV chord (C7: C E G Bb).
On both chords the A note would sound weak.

But on the V chord it sounds very grounded, because it’s the fifth in the chord.

It can be easily found in the first blues position, by going up 2 frets from the tonic.
By playing that note on the V you’re showing the audience you know where you are.

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