How to play gospel blues guitar and make something original – and thrilling – out of electric guitar's oldest art form

B.B. King
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Another title I would like to have used here would be something like ‘Slow Major Gospel Blues With Off-Grid Timing And Lots Of Other Blues Trademarks’… But that, quite understandably, wouldn’t have made it past the editors. 

Nevertheless, you will find all these things in the example solo. There are a few tips of the hat to John Mayer, Stevie Ray Vaughan and B.B. King among others, but I’m not attempting to emulate anyone in particular. 

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Richard Barrett

As well as a longtime contributor to Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, Richard is Tony Hadley’s longstanding guitarist, and has worked with everyone from Roger Daltrey to Ronan Keating.