BB King

BB King

BB King is the reigning King of the Blues his spluttering lead guitar lines emerging from the beautiful mouth of Lucille - his trusty Gibson ES355.

BB King Anthology cover

Hal Leonard produce a series of BB King TAB books and DVDs.

Gibson produce, their flagship semi-acoustic guitar, Lucille for Mr King and his amplification needs are taken care of by Orange.

Guitar Lesson - Practicing & Dynamics

The Thrill is Gone 1970

The Thrill Is Gone (Live at Montreux 1993)


This issue demonstrates the BLUES SCALE - sometimes confused with the pentatonic minor scale (which forms five sixths of the scale, the remaining note being the DIMINISHED FIFTH - flat five - b5).

As the name would suggest this is the perfect scale with which to improvise blues guitar solos, however it also makes great material for creating classic rock riffs such as Led Zeppelin's Heartbreaker; for details check out BLOGoZON No.13.

The EDCAG octaves sequence is shown for E natural in the diagram that follows:-

EDCAG octaves E natural

GuitarPro6 E natural octaves

The diagram that follows shows all of the E blues scale notes plotted over the 6-string guitar's

fretboard in both the Guitar Pro and EDCAG octaves styles:-

GuitarPro6 fingerboard

NOTE:- The GuitarPro6 fingerboard shows Bb's enharmonic equivalent spelling A# (the augmented fourth interval name rather than the diminished fifth used elsewhere on this page).

EDCAG octaves E blues scale notes

As always a more long term solution to fretboard navigation is to see scales/arpeggios as INTERVAL shapes rather than note names - as these are universal to all scales, arpeggios and chords rather than specific to one particular root note - with this in mind the intervals for the E blues scale are detailed below in the
EDCAG octaves manner:-

EDCAG octaves E blues scale intervals

The table and tabbed panel below details all five box shapes for the E blues scale in the EDCAG octaves style.

EDCAG octaves - E blues scale box shapes

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BB King

You know you done me wrong baby,
and you'll be sorry some day
....Zon Brookes

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