03 BB King
Try your hand at the simple lead lines and blues soul of the undisputed king of the blues, BB King
‘Less is more’ is at the heart of the BB King philosophy. With a style based heavily in just the major and minor pentatonic scales, and armed only with his Gibson ‘Lucille’ ES-335, the man known to most as the ‘king of the blues’ was one of the most expressive players
of all time. The secret to getting so much from so little is BB’S use of dynamics and phrasing. At its most basic, dynamics refers to how loud you play – and BB’S picking
would vary greatly between loud and soft. There are other nuances to consider. Staccato lines can really punch out of a mix and BB’S signature vibrato is key to his style.
You’d hear those Hawaians play and si ng – they had a quiver in their voice. it was so mellow, so good to your ears. And every tim e I’d pick up a guita r I’d trill my hand like this [imitates the wid e BB vib rat o in mid -ai r] and that became a habit . It got so whenever I play ed, I’d always do that first ... all the guys would say , ‘How do you do that ?’ And I would say , ‘Li ke this …’ [imitates vib rato]. And that’s about it bb king