I remember watching this video series a couple of years ago when I started playing guitar again. In another video the guy asks BB what chord he's playing. BB looks at his hand for a second to see the notes he's playing and says, "That would be a C 9th." (Not an exact quote, but something like that). It's what inspired me to start learning some basic music theory. Videos like these kill the myth that these guitarists didn't understand any music theory. They didn't study it formally, but they sure had a firm grasp of at least the basics and knew the notes on the fretboard.
I never get tired of hearing BB's vibrato. What a touch he had.
I've got a DVD of that series - good stuff! In addition to the in-depth interview, it also has he and his band doing 10 or 12 songs. Haven't watched it in a long time, but in looking for inspiration, may have to fire it up.
Post by grampalerxst on Jun 12, 2020 1:37:53 GMT -6
Always wished I could get that bee sting vibrato, never have been able to. What I found sort of interesting is you can hear him hitting the pickup with his pick. I do that more than I like, and have always considered it "wrong" and spend a lot of time trying to always pick in the gaps between the strings. Was probably wasting my time.
BB was the first blues show I ever saw, back in 1982. I wasn't even into the blues yet.
The note being played at this moment *is* the song