In The Style of B.B.
KING - part 2
BB King Lesson Sample
to the lesson sample to hear the B.B. King style riffs you'll be learning. As
well as learning a couple of solos, you'll also learn the chords, bass line and
horn lines used in the jam track.
Lyle: Let's start by learning the lead guitar
riffs. This lesson is in the key of Bb. You need to be familiar with the Bb minor pentatonic scale because many blues riffs come from the minor pentatonic.
The minor pentatonic is built from the root-b3-4-5-b7.
The minor blues scale is another great scale for blues licks. It's built from
the root-b3-4-b5-5-b7. The only difference is the added b5
Here's the jam track you'll use for this lesson. Try playing the two scales
along with the jam track and you'll hear how the notes sound good with the
Sound Clip 1
Lyle: This is what I call a "box" pattern.
These are notes from the Bb minor pentatonic. A ton of blues licks will come
from this little pattern of notes. Be sure to play and view this on the virtual
fretboard to get a better look at the
This next tab shows another important positioning of notes, just like the tab
above that showed the "box" pattern.
A reminder: Last week I talked about the vibrato used in these simple yet
powerful licks. Keep your vibrato quick and full sounding, just like Mr.
Lyle: Here are a couple of short riffs using
the patterns you just learned.
Lyle: Riff 2 has two types of bends, a
whole step followed by a half step bend.
Lyle: Riff 3 has a thick and fast vibrato
played by your index finger for the very last note.
Lyle: Now that you've seen a few scale and
riff patterns, I'd like you to try this next tab. This will show you some of
these licks put right into a 12 bar jam.
want you to notice that in the style of BB King, you play "around" the music.
Listen to solo 1 and you'll hear the horns blowing a line (that's me playing the
horns on my midi guitar), then the guitar plays a riff. The little blues riffs
are played "around" the horn lines. Sometimes when B.B. is singing, he'll play a
quick riff right after he sings a line.
Lyle: Here is another solo
example with similar riffs. Again, notice the riffs are played around the horns
as to not get in the way of them.
Lyle: There you go, you're jamming like the
King of the Blues now!
Lyle: For extra study I'd like to show you the
5 chords, the bass line, and the horn lines used in the jam track. It's all good
stuff to learn and practice. First, learn these 5 chords, then you'll learn how
and where to play them.
Lyle: There you go, 5 chords that make up this jam. Here's the chord
chart showing you what order to play them:Lyle:
That's all for this lesson.
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next lesson. - Lyle
Lyle: Play a short rhythm burst for each
chord, hitting beats 2 and 4 of each measure like this:
Lyle: The "walking" bass line is a fun
challenge for you. Here you can get an idea of what the bass player has to deal
with when playing the blues.
horns in the jam track are blowin' out blues riffs like