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Shift­ing po­si­tions for the E7, or V chord, the first phrase trav­els hor­i­zon­tally through shapes 4 then 3 of B mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic, with a par­tic­u­larly elas­tic ap­proach to the tun­ing. Our ver­sion has quan­tised this a lit­tle – not an at­tempt to ‘im­prove’ on BB’s per­for­mance, it just sounded silly when try­ing to copy him! There’s some nice pick at­tack on those later shape 1 Pen­ta­ton­ics too.

Did I men­tion those 6ths? Here are lots more of them, as BB builds to­wards the end of the first round. These licks could be said to de­rive from the shape 3 Pen­ta­tonic, in­cor­po­rat­ing those ex­tra G#s as a bluesy ‘colour’. This alone can give your play­ing more of a BB King feel. The use of this blend of shape 3 with added notes has be­come known as the ‘BB Box’.

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