Tribute B.B. King

Whenever I told my sax students to learn how to play the blues I would tell them to listen to B.B. King.  His phrasing and language encapsulated many of the important lines blues players played and besides the notes his expression was genuine and you felt like he was talking to you through the guitar.  Pick any song any record and you’ll learn something about playing the blues. 

Of course his singing had the same feeling and he had a mix of all the blues singers the came before wrapped up in his delivery.  The field hollers and work songs filled his voice with energy and strength.

The Thrill is Gone – B.B. King

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