SOLO2 bb king-style, zaire 1974

Guitar Techniques - - Lesson: Blues -

No King per­for­mance would be com­plete with­out a slow blues or three. To ri­val King’s en­vi­able arse­nal of ideas, you need to be re­source­ful and think less about spe­cific licks and more about man­ag­ing your phras­ing to cre­ate vari­a­tions on the fly. BB is a mas­ter of or­gan­is­ing his vo­cab­u­lary in a mu­si­cally log­i­cal and rhyth­mi­cally flow­ing man­ner. No­tice how each phrase is a com­plete mu­si­cal idea, but also how each re­lates in some way to the pre­ced­ing ideas. You’d be well ad­vised to lis­ten just as closely to BB’s singing

2 xxxxxxxxxx style. His phras­ing is im­pec­ca­ble and highly so­phis­ti­cated. Check out his use

B B KING - AFRICA 74 SOLO 2 of declam­a­tory state­ments, of­ten re­peated; his use of ques­tions and then the fol­low­ing res­o­lu­tion pro­vided by the an­swer. We’re mov­ing between E-form box shape ac­tion plus his trade­marked ’BB Box’ that com­bines as­pects of both ma­jor (R 2 3 5 6) and mi­nor (R b3 4 5 b7) pen­ta­tonic scales, piv­ot­ing around a solid sec­ond-string root note. It’s likely that King doesn’t con­sider this like a scale at all, more like a land­mark tonic with the other in­ter­vals that he’d like to hear at any given time float­ing a pre­de­ter­mined dis­tance away, ei­ther above or be­low this fixed ref­er­ence point.

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