In this lesson I’ve put together several popular guitar licks that Albert King would commonly use. Albert was a left-handed player which means that he was pulling the strings when he did his bends (as opposed to pushing the strings), this is fairly common with left handed players because the order of the strings are updside down. Another thing to point out about Albert’s style is that he usually tunes his guitar down to e flat (so everything is tuned down a half step). A lot of artists (Hendrix, SRV) would use this technique because there is less tension on the strings which means you can bend them farther (with less effort). I’ve never been a big fan of doing this because it can quickly become confusing when you sit in with a band or play with other musicians, having to always remind yourself that you’re a half step down. Albert King is a great one to follow (especially for beginners) because he uses a lot of the same licks over and over, so it makes it easier to concentrate on learning – less to be intimidated by. However, don’t let the simplicity of his licks fool you into thinking they’re easy to play, I’ve been trying to get his sound for years and still haven’t got it down (not even close). This lesson makes reference to some of the previous lessons like the major and minor pentatonic scales overview which are also available on this site.