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Albert King Blues Bending Lick

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This blues lick is influenced by the Bluesman himself, Mr. Albert King. These types of licks have been used by many other players over the years. SRV especially was inspired by this style, but even guys like Scott Henderson and Joe Bonamassa often play licks similar to this.

This lick has some serious bends, and the thinner your strings are the easier it will be (although you also get a thinner sound with thin strings).

I am showing 5 different ways of playing this lick, because I think a good player should be able to play a lick like this almost anywhere on the neck. Learn it inside out, own it, and play it over any kind of blues. You will sound great!

Hope you like this lesson - let me know what you think. The lick is played in the key of A.

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Comments on this video lesson:

Bob said...

Love this lick and all your lessons. Many thanks.

Comment added on November 27, 2012
Chris said...

Hi Robert, Enjoy your Holiday. I really appreciate your taking the time to use Guitar Pro, it's VERY helpful!

Comment added on December 19, 2008
asma said...

it is very nice

Comment added on November 29, 2008
robert said...

Yes, Rylan, it's plain old duct tape.

Comment added on November 11, 2008
Rylan said...

Is that a piece of tape or something that says "Boutique" on it? haha!

Comment added on November 10, 2008
ankgie said...

good video,,,

Comment added on September 23, 2008
Gilles Caron said...

Nice lesson Robert. Learning to play the same lick different ways is a very good idea. That makes your lesson very valuable.

And nice bluesy tone that you get from that Tele too.

Comment added on August 22, 2008
Matthew Guest said...

Robert-
I have been playing and teaching the guitar for over thirty years,and
until I found your website I was stuck in a very large rut. Every time I visit your site I learn something I can keep with me the rest of my life. Thank you so much.

Comment added on August 17, 2008
Stefan Johansson said...

Great Albert King lesson Robert!! More of this great sounding licks!

Stefan

Comment added on August 13, 2008
Brendan said...

Hey robert, i appreciate the tips. On these bends im having a hard time seeing what you're playing. I was curious if you could tab it or go over it a little more in depth. I'd really appreciate it. Thank you!

Comment added on August 12, 2008
Peter said...

Thats a pretty cool little riff.

Comment added on August 10, 2008
Svein Rune Johannessen said...

Hello Robert.I.am a man on 51 age of years,I love to listen and TRYE to play BluesGuitars. Your way to teach us Hobbymusican is very good.And i like how easy you do it for us. But one trouble i have.The sound of your guitars is very bluesy .Not my. I have a old Ibanes les paul.

Comment added on August 09, 2008
Connor said...

Hey Robert and I'm glad I found it... I've been playing for about a yea and a half, and I love playing blues and jazz... and your videos have a lot of cool licks I like like to learn, check me out on youtube (sithconnor)... thanks for the videos!

Comment added on August 08, 2008
Jim Strawser said...

Howdy Robert, got those two awesome CD's of yours. I recommend people buy them and yes this Albert King Video is awesome, keep em coming brother. Get that Blues CD of yours out soon will yah?

Comment added on August 08, 2008
Bob said...

This is an excellent video featuring Albert King licks. This is one of my favorite music web sites. I am a late starter to the blues began playing the blues for about 2+ years and I'm now 58. Thanks again for the great video.

Comment added on August 08, 2008

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