Do you want to sound like BB King, play like BB King or at least utilise some of his playing habits and those classic BB king guitar techniques that are instantly recognisable?
We're here to help!
With the help of Leigh Fuge over at MGR Music, we've rounded up 7 instantly recognisable BB King guitar techniques and guitar habits that every Blues guitarist should know. We discuss the BB Box technique, the classic BB King style turnaround lick and of course, the BB King "Butterfly" vibrato technique.
Watch along with our 7 handy tips, tricks and techniques video and start adding those BB king guitar habits into your playing.
As always, we can't promise you'll play as well as the King of Blues legend, but you can certainly use this BB King guitar lesson to add that signature flair to your own music.
BB King's influence has been felt through the ages with players like Eric Clapton, John Mayer and Kenny Wayne Shepherd professing their love for BB’s playing and unmistakable style.
His playing, although firmly rooted in blues, has an obvious influence from Jazz as his arrangements aren’t typically Blues shuffles.
Aside from learning the guitar techniques in this lesson, it’s worth noting that a huge part of BB King's guitar style is based around his phrasing and the space he plays with. He prefers to let the guitar breath and plays with a vocal fluency.
So relax, and don't cram too much into your playing.
In this guitar lesson, we'll be looking at the following 7 BB King Guitar habits :
- Using Minor & Major Pentatonic Scales Together
- The BB King 'BB Box' Method Explained
- BB King Style turnaround To End A Blues Progression
- Resolving Lick - Find The Root Note
- BB King Vibrato Technique - The BB King Butterfly
- High Slide-outs
- Outside "Jazzy" Notes
We recommend following on with the video below
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All the examples in this BB King lesson are in the key of B and one thing that you’ll see a lot in BB’s style is the mixing of minor and major pentatonic scales in the same lick.
This is the B Minor Pentatonic you should use: