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Here is a B.B. King style blues lick, played in the key of A. This example centers mostly around the "BB Blues Box", which in this key are these notes:


BB King uses this box A LOT when he plays, but it is only a starting point for creating ideas. You can add any extra notes that you think sound good. In this lick, you can see that the note C# (fret 9 on the E string) is added to create a nice little motif. That's how you should think of these boxes, patterns, etc - they are reference points for creating musical lines or ideas.

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Comments on this video lesson:

phil said...

hi I am totally hooked on your lessons love your easy to follow method I'm old school takes me time to grasp things. I now feel I'm on a winner also need to master timing thanks phil York uk

Comment added on October 31, 2014
john said...

I am going to order your lessons on Sept 1. I will be busy until then.

Comment added on August 02, 2013
Dan said...

I love your lessons, but PLEASE name the tabs and the lesson with the same name. I downloaded several to my desk top and it was so hard to match lesson to tab, that I del;eted them all and just did one at a time.

Comment added on May 01, 2012
stan said...

great lick robert thank you
i especially like to play it slow and squeeze all i can out of it, however
that lick really wants to go somewhere else but i don't know where to lead it, the IV chord should be next, perhaps you can expound on your motif thru the entire I IV V progression
thank so much it you do :>)

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Ramon Delgado said...

What's the procedure to donate through a check?

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mike said...

Robert, I dont care what key it's in, you have inspired me to not give up. I am feeling so much more confident. B.B. King was one method I never thought I could get but this is a start. Thank you for brakeing it down the way you do. Blues on!

Comment added on December 14, 2010
Robert said...

No Lex, the lick is in the key of A.
Thanks, glad you like it.

Comment added on January 10, 2010
Lex said...

HI Robert great job look wright after your video on blues lick BB King Style Theres a tab you have displayed played in the key A but it
is in the key B SHOULD BE. THANKS LEX

Comment added on January 10, 2010
anucha seesompong said...

vary good

Comment added on October 24, 2009
BB said...

thx, but please tell us how you tuned your guitar before performing this lick, is it E or other one?

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Stefan Johansson said...

Once again Robert, you have showed what a great guitarteacher you are! More of this fine licks! I say it again, a Roberts best licks DVD just like this. Thanks for the inspiration!

Comment added on April 27, 2009
Gary L Green said...

Thanks again for a great lesson.

Sounds better at half speed. BB was best taken slow and cool.

Comment added on April 27, 2009

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