BB King Box

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  1. db3266

    db3266 V.I.P. Member

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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqkWH4G1SRA&feature=youtube_gdata_player]BB King on Ralph Gleason's Jazz Casual 1968 Part 2 - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    hahaha after i opened this thread i started watching that black and white gig he did with the organ/drums and 2 horns.. so great. Amazing how much power he got out of that guitar without much volume at all. Dig the dynamics man..
     
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    twst1up Senior Member

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    holy pshit...did ol River just make a pussy joke?
     
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    twst1up Senior Member

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    this is good stuff here guys...I dig the analysis
     
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    db3266 V.I.P. Member

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    I have updated the diagram to include a few more notes that are outside of the box but can be reached by bending notes in the box.

    It is starting to get complicated, so I am goin to leave this as my final version.

    Can someone make this thumbnail large please. :thumb:
     

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  7. frameboy

    frameboy Senior Member

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    This is really useful.

    I've been using this box for about 20 years but if somebody had given me a short cut and shown me the tones vs the chords then it would have saved a lot of time.
     
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    57VOS Senior Member

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    Wow thanks! This knowledge is $$$!
     
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    Vaiguymanc Junior Member

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    This is January sorted - thanks thanks thanks :)
     
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    InkedLester Drippin with Blues Blood

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    Those are really the only notes you need to know to play guitar. :)
     
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    I get what you're getting at here, but i'm perplexed about a few things.

    Not quite sure why you would call it a 9th instead of a 2nd.

    Not sure why you are limiting yourself on "Notes that can be bent".

    Over the I chord you can bend the b5 up to the 5, you can bend the 6 up to the flat 7, you can bend the minor third up to the major third, or minor third up to the 5th.

    Over the IV chord there are similar possibilities that work.

    Something about making the blues into an academic study really irks me for some reason. Just listen to the music and learn from that.. it's all there

    Hope you don't take this personally, just my2c
     
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    db3266 V.I.P. Member

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    I think it's a 9 because it is the 9th note up the scale from the root. Yes, I also agree it is a 2nd. (I'm no theory expert)

    I limited the bends to keep the diagram easy to read and pointed out the typical notes that are bent in the typical postions that most people default to (again to keep it easy).

    :thumb:
     
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    frameboy Senior Member

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    The convention of calling it a 9th is so that it's easier to relate it to the chords that are commonly used (9ths......).

    No need for academia, just an easy way for people to communicate what they want to hear (this is in blflat, 1, 4, 5, in 4/4 and throw some 9ths in please.....)
     
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    PietroB# Junior Member

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    thanks for all the tasty info on the bb box. ive been learning off the internet and a few lessons show a bb box from the root on the high e string. is this just another location, to get some tasty licks out of?
    cheers
    Pietro
     
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    Kezman Senior Member

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    Watching the old black and white BB videos brings a smile to my face :)
    Soothes the soul :thumb:
     
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    LiveSimply posted the video below in my 'Famous Guitarist's Technique' thread but it is appropriate for this thread too so here it is:

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vg7ugDja1fA]BB King - Guitar Lesson - BB's Vibrato, Bending and Stretching with BB - YouTube[/ame]
     
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  18. Kyle76

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    I think you're referring to the extended box just above the first box position. In the A minor pentatonic scale, for instance, you can slide up from the seventh to the ninth fret on the G string and play frets 8 and 10 on the B and high E strings. I've heard this referred to as the Albert King box. The BB King box starts at fret 11 in the key of A minor. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
     
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    Let us assume we have A major blues. Will anyone hint some tasty turnaround using BB box :naughty:?

    Just for fun - to always to keep left hand in the same position.
     
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    Brilliant to see this distilled into graphical form like that, with the boxes color coded over the chords! Thanks for the work, I'll be sharing it with other players too.
     

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