1925-2015

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

the most recog­nis­able sounds in blues, inspiring count­less other blues and rock mu­si­cians in­clud­ing buddy Guy, eric clap­ton, Jimi hen­drix, Jimmy Page, Duane all­man, robert cray and robben Ford.

eric clap­ton said on his Face­book page: “i just want to ex­press my sad­ness and to say thank you to my dear friend bb King. i want to thank him for all the in­spi­ra­tion and en­cour­age­ment he gave me as a player over the years and for the friend­ship that we en­joyed. this mu­sic is al­most a thing of the past now and there are not many that play it in the pure way that bb did. he was a bea­con for all of us who loved this kind of mu­sic and i thank him from the bot­tom of my heart. if you’re not familiar with his work then i would en­cour­age you to go out and find an al­bum called bb King, Live at the re­gal, which is where it all re­ally started for me as a young player”.

Fel­low blues­man buddy Guy said on instagram: “bb King was the great­est guy i ever met. the tone he got out of that gui­tar, the way he shook his left wrist, the way he squeezed the strings… Man, it was all new to the gui­tar play­ing world. he could play so smooth, he didn’t have to put on a show. the way bb did it is the way we all do it now. he was my best friend and fa­ther to us all”.

there have been many eu­lo­gies on twit­ter. Lenny Kravitz said, “bb, any­one could play a thou­sand notes and never say what you said in one”, while bon Jovi’s richie samb­ora added, “i’m so so sad… he was so great to me. We’ve lost the King. My love and prayers to his fam­ily”.

Watch out for some spe­cial fea­tures on bb King in forth­com­ing is­sues of Gt!

BB King: the great­est blues­man of them all?

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