B.B. King Guitar Lessons
Welcome to the section dedicated to the guitar style of B.B. King. These lessons focus on the characteristics most prominent in BB King’s sound. Topics covered include phrasing, scales used, vibrato, bends, and tone.
BB King : Introduction
This lesson is an introduction to the guitar style of BB King. Specifically, we will be discussing overall approach to solos, tone, and basic scales used.
BB King : Chords
In this lesson we will study and discuss the chords used by King. Dominant 9 and 13 chords are the topic of discussion.
BB King : Vibrato and Bends Guitar Lesson
In this BB King guitar lesson we will study the vibrato and bending techniques used by guitar legend BB King. His particular style of vibrato and bending is very recognizable. In fact his unique vibrato is one of his defining attributes. His bending style is quite remarkable in the amount of semi tones he can find in one bend just by slight adjustment.
BB King : Rakes and Dynamics
In this lesson we will cover King's use of rakes and dynamics in his solo phrasing.
BB King : Major Blues Jam
In this lesson we will tie together what we have learned thus far about BB King's style in a major blues progression context.
BB King : Double Stops
In this lesson we will study double stops in the style of BB King
BB King : Chromatic Approach
In this lesson we will study how BB King uses a chromatic approach in his phrasing.
BB King : Jazz Influence
In this lesson we will study some specific jazz type licks used by BB King.
BB King : Addressing the V Chord
In this lesson we will discuss and study some ways to address the V chord in a 12 bar blues progression when improvising.