The following musical examples are excerpts of songs in varying styles that I have chosen from 25 years of playing guitar. They are designed to take the intermediate guitarist to an advanced level. I've written notes in each example and I highly encourage you to spend time with each one, analyzing them and eventually memorizing them. They should challenge you but remember to have fun too!
John Mayer can have "Every Day I Have the Blues". I'll take the SECOND track on "Live at the Regal"! In my view, this features some of BB's most expressive playing.
BEFORE YOU START...STOP! Try to figure it out BY EAR first - then use the TAB to check your work. I think you will be surprised by how deceptively challenging this song is and how it is anything BUT traditional pentatonic licks!
Every time I play along with this tune, I find something new, so if I missed a nuance, I apologize - I'm trying to shine a light on a brilliant star.
For the jazz stuff, I strongly recommend practicing bar by bar, beat by beat even. Really observe the chord and how the lick you're playing fits into that chord. Spend time playing it slow and sectionalized like this, but remember to play along with the original recording too. Jazz accompaniment is much more subtle than rock/pop so use your ear to really "hear" those chord changes. Once you're familiar with the licks, try to memorize it and start coming up with your own variations.
TAB of 1st 3 Choruses. From "Portraits of Ellington" by Joe Pass. More detailed analysis coming!
This a great study in ideas for every chord type. In the 1st 8 bars alone, Joe plays some tried and true licks that you can grab for your own playing. Spend time playing each chord then playing the lick used over it and pay attention to how those notes fit inside the chord. The D7 lick is a common Joe Pass lick and both that and the A7 that precedes it are great one to add to your vocabulary. More analysis to come!