Imagine you’re on a gig with a full rhythm section and singer, when the singer calls out a jazz standard like “Take the ‘A’ Train” that you’ve played hundreds of times before. You sit easy waiting for the piano player to start his intro, except right at that moment the singer turns to you and says “Why don’t we try it with a guitar intro instead?”
If even thinking of being in that situation fills you with dread, then consider this video a step in the right direction to help you get some simple, great sounding intros and endings under your belt so your next response in that situation is “Sure. No problem.”
Here’s a short video lesson demonstrating a classic Benson lick in G.
I wrote out the main lick and three examples of how to generate your own ideas, in standard notation and tab.
If you want to refer back to the notation later, right-click on each image and select “Save Image As…”