Watch the Albert's King online guitar lesson by Richard Van Bergen from 50 Down Home Blues Licks You MUST Know
In the blues when you talk about the three Kings you don’t refer to Christmas! We’re talking about B.B., Freddie and Albert. For the next few licks we will focus on the latter. Albert King was born in Arkansas and cut his first single record in 1953. In 1966 he moved to Memphis, where he signed for the Stax label. Albert King’s nickname was Velvet Bulldozer. He played just a few notes but always with ultimate intensity. Pure blues feeling! He was left-handed but used a right-handed guitar. Played upside down - like Otis Rush - Albert's Gibson Flyin’ V was tuned in a dropped down minor tuning. This made it easier to play his trademark 2 note bends. Lick number 46 is played from the V chord. We’re in the key of A.