Cool thread, nothing I didn't know already (yet) but having everything in one place, explained so well with examples is awesome. Can't wait for your next installments :]. A cool practice thing that I do is play licks with my internal blues backing track going, trying to make the chord changes noticeable while not playing any chords, harder than it sounds. I can show this thread to anyone wanting to learn and understand the blues and they'll have heaps of good info at their fingertips, hopefully I can give it to some of my mates who seem to think that the blues is eaaaaasy and they've already mastered it. I just lol at them and say "just because you shred the pentatonic and bend every so often doesn't mean you're playing real blues". Restraint is such a key thing in soloing, don't go out there trying to impress people, if you're good, people will realise this. Knowing when to hold back and when to let loose is key (probably more relevant in a blues-rock style with extended instrumental sections, less so in traditional delta, chicago, or texas style blues). A+ thread, bookmarked for future reference for myself and students of mine.