This guitar lesson is likely responsible for more blues guitar epiphanies than any other single guitar lesson on the planet. Larry Carlton shares insight and an ear-opening performance example for improvising blues solos with blues motifs off his 335 Blues course.
A short musical phrase or idea, a motif, can establish the foundation for an entire solo. This lesson illustrates how a solo can grow by working with a motif and then playing it in other positions, using other harmonies, and adding slight nuances. A good motif is like the first brick in a solid foundation. Put it in place and keep stacking bricks until you’ve built something beautiful. Of course, you don’t have to stay glued to one motif for an entire solo.