Easy Blues Licks: Albert King
by James Stelling
The following is a study of (and a lesson in) the lead guitar style of Albert King using video, audio examples, written music, Tab and backing tracks.
This article is the first in a series of 3 lessons covering Easy Blues Licks.
It is intended to help you to start building a blues vocabulary by copying the greats.
In this instance, Albert King.
I've presented 10 licks here. Each lick is grouped into one of 3 categories:
- I Chord Licks (these licks may be played over the I7 chord - C7 in the case of this article)
- IV Chord Licks (these licks may be played over the IV7 chord - F7 in the case of this article)
- Turnaround Licks (these licks may be played over the turnaround in the last 4 bars of a blues - of which we use 2 in this article)
This having been said, Albert King draws a great deal from the Tonic Minor Pentatonic / Blues scale so you will find that a lot of these licks are interchangeable.
Each lick has an audio example and a slowed down audio example for your reference in addition to the written music.
There is also a backing track and a slowed down backing track for you to practise the licks to.
Once you have learned these licks you can see them in action in a typical Albert King style solo using just licks from this lesson (see the video above).
I Chord Licks
IV Chord Licks
See the video at the top of the article as a demonstration of this Albert King Style Solo.
Albert King Style Solo
Using only licks from this lesson
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All the best, James.