The Thrill Is Gone Song Guide

Learn the sound and feel of this classic B.B. King tune


The Thrill Is Gone Song Guide

While B.B. King was known for his sweet mix of major and minor, one of his most famous songs had no mix at all. The Thrill Is Gone is a minor blues song, and one that you’ll probably end up playing with other people at some point in your life.

This course will prepare you for that day, helping you to understand the sound and feel of this classic song. You’ll understand where “that sound” comes from, and how to capture it in your rhythm playing and your soloing.

Included With This Course

Here what's included when you buy this course, or watch it online.

  • Lesson Videos
  • Tablature
  • Backing Track
  • Fretboard Diagrams

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  • Texas Flood Song Guide
  • La Grange Song Guide
  • The Thrill Is Gone Song Guide
  • Voodoo Child Song Guide
  • The Wind Cries Mary Song Guide
  • Bold As Love Song Guide
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Lesson Details

  • Lesson 1
    Lesson 1: Overview

    In this lesson I give you a 10,000ft view of the song. * Song Structure * Progression * Basic Chords * Do's and Don'ts

    • Lesson Video
  • Lesson 2
    Lesson 2: Walkthrough

    In this lesson, we'll walk through the reference version of this song together.

    I'll point out the things you should listen for, and notable things about the arrangement and B.B.'s playing.

    • Lesson Video
  • Lesson 3
    Lesson 3: Rhythm

    In Lesson 3 you'll learn the basic chords of the 12-bar progression with a heavy focus on the VI / V twist at Bars 9 and 10.

    You'll learn several different ways of playing those chords at different places on the fretboard.

    • Lesson Video
    • Tablature
    • Backing Track
  • Lesson 4
    Lesson 4: Soloing

    In Lesson 4 you'll learn the best notes to end your licks on for each chord of the progression.

    For a song this "sparse", there's not much flashiness to hide behind, and ending your licks on the right notes is one of the best ways to make your solo sound like it fits.

    At the end of the lesson I'll demonstrate a 24 bar solo (very simple), using the guidelines taught in the lesson.

    There is tablature included for this short solo.

    • Lesson Video
    • Tablature
    • Backing Track
  • Lesson 5
    Lesson 5: Jamming

    Lesson 5 is all about how to play this song with other people, and play it well.

    You'll learn several ways to create contrast with another guitar player, and avoid overlapping guitar parts.

    • Lesson Video

Course Features

We put a lot of work into making these courses easy to follow, but most importantly effective. Here's a list of features this course offers.

  • Player's Perspective

    The videos in this course are shot from the over-the-shoulder perspective that you'd use if you were trying to watch what someone was playing. This view allows you to take what you see and more easily translate it to your own guitar neck.

  • iPads / Tablets

    Because we use standard video and audio formats, you can download our courses onto iPads, or other tablets. You just need an app (like Goodreader) that can download and unzip files.

  • Chapter Markers

    Long videos are hard to navigate, so we put chapter markers throughout, making it easier for you to skip to the section of the video you were last watching.

    Our DVDs also have these chapter markers, you can skip around a lesson video using the Next and Previous controls.

  • Tablature

    This course comes with GuitarPro (and PDF) tablature. If you own the GuitarPro software, you can open and play these tablature files.

    To make the tablature easier to navigate, I've inserted labels that clearly mark where each lick starts. These lick numbers match the lick numbers in the lesson videos.


Will I Learn The Song Note-For-Note?

No. The purpose of a "Song Guide" is to help you understand the sound of the song being taught, not to teach it to you note for note. Think of it as studying a city via a map before you arrive at the city and have to drive through the streets.

My goal with a Song Guide is to help you understand how to capture the "sound" of the song, no matter what licks you decide to play.