We also looked at how Larry Coryell took the three basic chords in the blues and took them in a jazz direction by putting extra chords in there, using those extra kinds of sounds. In this jazz direction he starts to introduce and use chromatic notes or notes which are outside of the key and in this melody which he has kindly written out for us, he shows us in the first twelve bars how he can introduce just one new note into the first phrase. He starts on C7 as usual then F7, then plays the phrase which uses notes from a standard A minor scale. So if we look at those notes and listen to the phrase we can see that he added just one extra note that is the Eb, and only does it very briefly, as a trill. He also uses the Eb an octave lower on the fifth string as a slide onto the E. Nothing very startling about that, but if we are going to play a phrase in the style of Larry Coryell based on that idea we would play several similar phrases. There are many different combinations. So with one extra note we can learn a lot about how he approached playing the blues.
If we want to create our own phrases in this style we should use the same notes in a different order. Try as many different combinations of these notes, interspersing them with the chords in the same rhythm and groove as the blues patterns we have already played.
On the way down this phrase Coryell uses a different set of notes, basically just an ordinary A minor pattern, but adds a new note, the C# on the third string. The C# is accented and matches the A7#5 chord in the harmony. It has a very strong, telling kind of sound in this context.