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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by charlie chitlin, Dec 5, 2018.
I want a band like that!
Gatemouth on rhythm!!
And he can sing too!
We can only aspire to such greatness.
Such a badass!
The vast majority of what he plays is in one position.
There's so much available there.
It never gets boring...not when he did it, anyway...
I've been thinking about this. Actually, I'm thinking about how each of our favorite blues players approaches the content of a solo. In Freddie's case, he like to play a stinging fragment repeatedly to build tension.
As far as position playing, BB's playing in one position has always fooled me, because of the way he substitutes notes and plays interesting interval combinations.
For me, the big take-away in Freddie's playing is how he stops a note in a way that makes it as important as hitting one.
One of my big eye-openers with BB is how he plays the same box in 3 different positions and mixes major and minor.
In A it's
on the E and B strings;
then he takes it up to --8---10---
then again up to --10---12--
The whole thing opened up for me when I discovered that.
So does/did he always use a thumbpick and an index fingerpick? I thought he used fingertips mostly, I guess not. Can't think of many players who use the slip on picks for both finger and thumb. Isn't that a banjo-type thing?
AFAIK, always the thumb and fingerpick.
You can hear that he plays certain intervals with string jumps that would fall easily under the right hand like that.
Freddie King made me notice that I was playing way too many notes that were right next to each other and I needed some bigger interval jumps to spice things up.
Thanks for posting. So much musical history sprang from Freddie and his contemporaries. Can't get enough.
that's fantastic! I'm a huge fan of the Texas Cannonball!
Man...I wanna BE Freddie King!
Huge band rolling like a freight train....GO-GO GIRLS, YO!
That looks an awful lot like Billy Cox (Jimi) on bass.
I think there was something else too.. differing materials for the thumb pick vs finger picks.. metal thumb and plastic fingers or something.
Yup. That King sting comes from the metal pick.
Great option to have.
Metal or plastic for this note?
Just wow. He does Clapton style better than Clapton. The way he plays is like a person talking to you. Too good.
Clapton was a big fan of FK. San Ho Zay was one of the first songs I learned as a kid. I love to play a few of FK's songs, especially Livin on the Highway or Big Legged Woman. But have trouble finding people to play it with me as the drummer and bassist seem to have never heard it and miss the changes!