This is a classic variation on the kind of Blues guitar and bass unison lines that became so popular as the result of the great Chicago blues players. I’ve personally been playing this lick for years, even recording “Treat Her Right” on my second LP, Hot Pickups. If you listen carefully to the original recording by Roy Head and The Traits there are actually two guitars playing on this part. We’re going to be playing it as one part, homogenized together.
Besides the classic bass-type lick contained in it, there is also a great heel-damped part added to it, giving it an almost Latin flavor. You’ll also see how partial barring and harmony runs can add speed and extra “flavor” to this lick.
You must also take special note of the fact that it can be physically challenging, and how different the E-form position are from the A-form positions, both of which we must use in this example.
So enjoy this lesson. The lick is hot, and a great one to know for those impromptu jam sessions!—Arlen Roth