BB King Intros and Other Ideas . Frank Markovich. Start With the Form. Following page explains this. From there you should fill this out. While I could do it for you, it is best if you do it yourself and understand what you are doing.
This is in 4th position to start and when the chord is played you will
switch to 5th position. Be sure to do vibrato on the last note.
Try to play with a bluesy tone.
Very easy to feel. Count to 3 and come in on the & after 3. The scale
notes used are 5, 6, 1 chord, to 1. The 6th really can be considered
a chord tone. This would mean that the whole intro is chord tones.
the 1st beat of the 2nd measure. Also only using 2 of the notes in the
chord. This is a grace note so it happens quickly. Again be sure to
play with vibrato on the last note. Counting is the same as are the
fingering and position.
and instead of going to the root it goes to the 5th of the chord.
Notice how much different going to the E (5th of A7) sounds. The skip
of an interval of a 6th really brings this line out.
Again it isn’t much different than the previous examples but it is
enough different to give the intro a different feel.
You should try this one up an octave. In fact, all of them in various keys
This is in 5th position. Again try this example in other positions and other
The first 4 measures are all in Bm. If you look closely you will see that most
of the notes are chord tones. If you think of the chord as a Bm7 then all but the 3
E’s are chord tones. This entire section is played in 7th position. Not even one note
is out of that position.
The scale used for this is the B minor pentatonic scale in the E from. Make sure that
you learn that scale.
Start at 10th position At this point play in 7th position.
The melody on the G to F#7 is really exciting. But for the G it is the
5th of the chord to the 6th to the 5th back to the 3rd of the chord.
F#7 is the 7th to the 6th back to the 7th. Again chord tones. Then the Bm
Uses the 3rd and the root.
The double stop at the end is the root and 5th. Chord tones all the way.
While not adventuresome it is very melodic this way and works well in this
song. Lot’s to think about with this.
To do this barre the 3rd fret with the index finger across the 1st 4 strings. Use your ring finger on the 1st note, then hit the 2nd and 3rd strings and immediately hammer on the 3rd string 4th fret with the middle finger.
Then flatten your ring finger to ½ barre at the 5th fret and play the 2nd & 3rd strings. Lastly switch to 5th position and using the 2nd and 3rd fingers play the 2nd string 6th fret and 3rd string 7th fret together
Notice that the next part is backwards of the 1st part. Here ½ barre the 5th fret with the ring finger and play the 2nd and 3rd strings. Then ½ barre the 3 fret with the index finger and play the same 2 strings, immediately hammer on the 4th fret of the 3rd string with the middle finger then play the 4th string 5th fret with the ring finger.
Now move everything up 5 frets to the 8th position. It is exactly the same but up
8 frets. It is now against a C7 chord.
Back down to G7 – same as first time!! See how just one simple phrase is used over and over again. This makes learning this very easy. These ideas can also be used for soloing.
This is an easy line to do also. Start in 4th position. Middle plays 5th fret 5th string, then index plays 4th string 4th fret 2 times, then middle plays 5th fret, ring plays 6th fret, and pinky plays 7th fret. Then a D9 chord. Next move the whole idea down 2 frets for the C7 chord.
D9 at the 4th fret and C9 at the 2nd fret.
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This one last main idea is to play in 3rd position. Very similar to beginning but not double stops. Ring plays 5th fret 4th string, index 3rd string 2nd fret, middle to 3rd string 4th fret, to index 2nd string 3rd fret and lastly the 5th fret 4th string again. The only hard part is that the 3 notes in the middle are triplets (3 notes in the time of 1 beat).
This measure before the repeat is like the rest of the song but has a D7 in the middle. See below