B.B's Blues

by Chris Harrington

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  • Hello Blues Fans!

    In today's lessons we pay tribute the king of the blues, the late great B.B. King. Only the really great guitarists are recognisable from just a few notes and B.B. King was one of the 'special' ones. He is probably the most imitated blues guitarists of all time.

    In this lesson we look at the fundamental characteristics of his playing and his approach to blues guitar.

    We also go into detail about the minor blues progression and how it differs from a standard 12 bar blues.

    Key: Bm

    Time signature: 4/4

    Tempo: 90 bpm

    Chord progression:

    Bm7 | Bm7 | Bm7 | Bm7 |
    Em7 | Em7 | Bm7 | Bm7 |
    Gmaj7 | F#7 | Bm7 |F#7 |

    Gear used:

    Fender Standard Telecaster
    MXR Micro Amp
    Way Huge Supa Puss Delay (preamp only, no delay)
    Guitar Rig 5 running Hot Solo+ head clean into a 2x12 AC Silver speaker
    And of course some spring reverb

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