King Albert's Blues

by Chris Harrington

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  • HEY GMC!

    This month I'm so excited to bring you a lesson looking at another 'KING' of the blues Mr Albert King!

    Albert King was a huge influence in the transition from blues to blues rock with bands like Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Stevie Ray Vaughan drawing on his less swung style of blues and his Pentatonic minor style.

    In this lesson we'll focus on his positional playing and also his unique use of full 1st finger bends which were influenced hugely by the fact he used a right handed guitar upside down with the strings flipped. This gave him a unique way of bending by pulling down with the weight of his hand which made for some really interesting and melodic phrasing.

    Pay close attention to the pitch accuracy of the bends 1/4 1/2 whole.

    KEY: A BLUES
    BPM: 123

    CHORD PROGRESSION;

    || A7 | A7 | A7 | A7 |
    || D7 | D7 | A7 | A7 |
    || E7 | D7 | A7 | A7 ||


    Gear used;

    Gibson SG 60's tribute 2011
    MXR micro amp
    Guitar Rig 5 Fender Tweed
    Hall Reverb

    ENJOY!

    A BLUES MAJOR SCALE
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