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BB King Blues Guitar Lesson

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This lesson is part of a new blues artist series that I'm starting where each lesson will cover a particular blues artist and I'll explain how they play some of their signature guitar licks. This lesson focuses on Mr. Beale Street Blues Boy himself - B.B. King. Although B.B. has never been considered an extremely technical player, his phrasing and emotion that he uses when he plays in like no other. Even non guitar players can identify a B.B. guitar lick because of his unique vibrato. I put together a handful of my favorite BB King signature licks in this lesson. I hope that you find this useful.

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B.B. King Style Guitar Lesson

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    Posted by: clim on March 22, 2010

    how do i open this zipped jam track thanks, clim

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    Posted by: That long lost train on April 5, 2010

    what’s the tuning for this track ?

  3. Posted by: Brian on April 22, 2010

    @That long lost train - wow, my apologies for missing your question and not responding earlier.  This is in the key of A

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    Posted by: wolf on April 28, 2010

    Wow, beautifully played! I’m just starting playing solo blues and this is one of the best online tutorials I’ve found. Thank you so much for your effort and please keep the lessons coming - probably more of BB’s style :)

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    Posted by: robbd7 on July 9, 2010

    I agree w/ wolf.  I know you’ve been doing rhythm lessons lately, but another BB lesson would be great.

    Great site tho, thanks a lot!

  6. Posted by: Brian on July 15, 2010

    Ok, this one is for you wolf and robbd7 - I put together a deeper look at how BB King plays a solo.  - B.B. King Guitar Solo Lesson

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    Posted by: wolf on July 16, 2010

    Thanks a lot Brian; highly apreciated, my comment’s on the new lesson

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    Posted by: amazingviper on July 16, 2010

    @clim Download winzip or winrar.

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    Posted by: stratman on September 11, 2010

    Just joined,I really dig this lesson man.It’s real easy to follow you thanks!

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    Posted by: johnson40s on September 18, 2010

    Totally enjoyed this lesson. The Jam track is awesome. keep up the good work.

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    Posted by: FransP on January 6, 2011

    Great, fantastisch this side with Brian.
    I am a dutchman (The Netherlands). I am retired now en i have the time for my hobby the guitar. I playing in the old thimes (the 60e) in a band. Now i have the time. I have for more than one year quitarles but in a for weeks with this side of Brian i learn more en now i play really. (The lessons where a lot of theory)
    I hope that you continue this side with the blues of BB king en other bluesplayers. But also the rythm guitar.
    Thank you Brian.
    FransP from the Netherlands.

  12. Posted by: GeorgeK on January 9, 2011

    Oh yea—That is sweet! Thank You!!!!

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    Posted by: bushpilotom on February 17, 2011

    Just discovered your site.  Saw BB last night so am delving into his style. 
    I am having problems however with timing.  Could you do a lesson (unless I haven’t yet found it) on timing.  How you count out the beat and come in with the licks at the right moment.  Thanks so much.  Tom

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    Posted by: federicoarg on February 23, 2011

    thank you man good lesson y used and i try to make a good sound , but bb is bb.

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    Posted by: baal1918 on March 18, 2011

    This website is just great. Thanks a lot.

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    Posted by: target on April 7, 2011

    Great lesson, it took a little time, but got it fine…..keep up the good work…..........

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    Posted by: easternaltitude on December 30, 2011

    Hi Brian,

    The assets are getting redirected to a site where they are no longer available. Request you to check.

    Best,
    Amer

  18. Posted by: fabio dos anjos on January 13, 2012

    I am Brazilian I understand very little what you say in the video lessons, but incredibly evolved much later that I began to participate in your channel, it is a sign that you have to do to teach, I love the guitar love rock and blues and I’m very grateful for the help you are giving lovers of the instrument later want to ask you some questions, but for now is my thanks.
    Thanks, health and strength so that you continue with this magnificent work.

  19. Posted by: Brian on January 13, 2012

    Thanks Fabio :)

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    Posted by: xiamen602 on January 22, 2012

    Hi Brian, first of all many thanks for this site which is superb in all respects. I am ultimately very jealous of anyone who can make a guitar sing the way you do.
    One thing which always seems to be missing from guitar lessons is how you have the guitar and amp set up to get the beautiful tones such as can be heard here in this BB lesson. I have the same guitar, a great amp and more effects boxes than I truly know what to do with but still can never seem to get the “sound” quite right. It would be fantastic to know exactly how you are set up for each lesson.

    Many thanks if you can oblige and thanks anyway for this site.

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