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B.B. King Casually Changes His Guitar String Onstage Without Stopping the Song

Here's a very cool video of the late B.B. King performing “How Blue Can You Get” at Farm Aid on September 22, 1985.What makes this performance so special is what happens about three and a half minutes in. King breaks a string on his guitar and changes it himself—onstage—while he continues performing the song.All the strings are still clearly attached to the guitar at the three-minute mark. The... …

Craft Recordings Announces Five-Disc John Lee Hooker Box Set

In honor of John Lee Hooker's 100th birthday, Craft Recordings has announced King of the Boogie, a comprehensive, five-disc box set of the late blues legend's greatest hits, plus some rarities, live recordings and numerous previously unreleased cuts.Two of the discs have themes, with the fourth disc dedicated to live recordings and the fifth disc dedicated to collaborations. The latter includes... …

Eddie Van Halen, David Gilmour and Les Paul Play "Blue Suede Shoes" with Stray Cats

On August 18, 1988, a horde of name-brand musicians got together to celebrate the life and music of guitar great Les Paul, who was 73 at the time.The show that was filmed that night was eventually released on a now-sought-after VHS tape called Les Paul & Friends: He Changed the Music: LIVE at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York.In short (in contrast to the tape's ridiculously not-short... …

Slash, Joe Bonamassa and Derek Trucks Jam B.B. King’s “The Thrill Is Gone”

Slash, Joe Bonamassa, Derek Trucks and Jimmie Vaughan were among the host of guitar heroes who paid tribute to B.B. King on September 1, 2016, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California.The performers took to the stage together to jam out a selection of King’s best-known songs, including “The Thrill Is Gone,” shown below, and “When Love Comes to Town.... …

B.B. King Lesson: Soloing in the Movable “B.B. Box”

B.B. King is considered by many to be the most influential guitarist ever. From Eric Clapton to Jimi Hendrix to Stevie Ray Vaughan to Gary Clark Jr., every blues-rock player of the last 50 years owes a debt of gratitude to King every time they lean into a single-note solo.In fact, the legendary Buddy Guy believes B.B.’s influence is so vast that his name should be engraved on every electric... …

B.B. King's 10 Greatest Guitar Moments

Blues guitarist and noted instructor Andy Aledort pays tribute to the late, great B.B. King.Below, he breaks down the legendary guitarist's 10 greatest guitar moments. Be sure to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below or on Facebook!10. “Why I Sing the Blues” B.B. King & Friends—A Blues SessionIn 1987, B.B. assembled the top blues, R&B and rock musicians of the day for a... …

B.B. King Discusses Scales: Warming Up with the King

We recently stumbled upon a seriously cool lesson video with the late B.B. King that we had to share. It’s not often that a blues master like King sits down to discuss his technique, so grab your guitar and pull up a chair. In this clip, King discusses how he practices scales and shows off the scales he used for soloing. ... …

The Top 10 Slow Guitar Solos

Remember those old Bugs Bunny cartoons where a pompous Bugs would race a tortoise—and lose? ... …

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