5 T-Bone Walker licks every blues guitarist needs to know

T-Bone Walker
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T-Bone Walker’s influence can be heard in the playing of countless great blues players, sometimes filtered down through the work of luminaries such as B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughan. These others may have expanded the vocabulary but T-Bone’s timeless licks make up a significant part of the DNA of modern blues guitar.

Unlike many players from the same era, T-Bone didn’t employ the 6th degree over dominant 7th chords to the same extent as other players, but there’s still a definite jazzy vibe to his blues. And while much of his soloing is harmonically simple he did add a few jazz influenced details. 

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