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’.