BB King Meets Cacophony

by Ben Higgins

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  • Hi and welcome to my latest lesson. We're mixing things up this time by imagining BB King and Cacophony jamming over the same slow blues track!

    Riley B. King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015), known by his stage name B.B. King, was an American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Rolling Stone ranked King No. 6 on its 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and is considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname "The King of the Blues" - Wikipedia

    Cacophony was an American heavy metal band formed in 1986 by guitarists Marty Friedman and Jason Becker.They remained active until 1989, after which both guitarists would go on to forge their own solo careers and join other bands - Wikipedia

    BB King's soloing made use of a fast, stinging vibrato which many people likened to a bee or wasp. It's most effective on the index finger, where you can use the entire wrist motion to aid you in getting the speed. King was also known for being economical with his playing, preferring to add sparse notes instead of overdoing it.

    Cacophony released 2 albums in the 80's chock full of super shred, featuring beautifully harmonised arpeggios and picking runs. Instead of always harmonising in 3rd's, Friedman and Becker would often put unusual intervals together to deliberately create a jarring sound.

    This lesson will work on:

    -Sweep picking
    -Alternate picking
    -Blues phrasing

    There's never been a guitar mash up like this before so have fun with this one!

    E A D G B E - Standard tuning
    Marshall JVM 410H. OD1, Red setting. BASS 4 MID 5 TREB 8 GAIN 4

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