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