Kings of Blues & Rock examines the playing styles of eight of the greatest and most influential blues and rock guitarists that have ever lived: Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, Jimmy Page, Johnny Winter, T-Bone Walker, B. B. King, Albert King and Freddie King. Kings of Blues & Rock is presented in eight Volumes, one volume for each artist.
This volume of video guitar lessons examines the playing style of Albert King. Albert King is one of the most fiercely individual guitarists that ever lived, in any genre of music. Part of the uniqueness of his style stems from the fact that he took a right-handed guitar and it upside down and played it lefty; additionally, he tuned the strings down a full step and a half, making them very slinky and easy to bend, as string-bending is one of the most important elements in his approach.
Albert's style is deceptive in that it sounds way simpler than it really is: he had a horde of stock licks and phrases that he relied on, but he never, ever sounded predictable, always mixing up his improvised riffs with pure inspiration and intensity. He often bent the strings one and a half, two and two and a half steps - known as "overbends" - and would also bend multiple strings at a time, creating a thunderously expressive sound. It is these types of licks that influenced the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy the most.
Kings of Blues & Rock will impact your playing in two distinctly different but equally important ways: first, you will learn how to play guitar in the style of Albert King; more importantly, you will be able to take this information and use it to create your own style and sound in rock and blues guitar.
The playing styles of each artist is examined in a variety of musical settings designed around the artists' signature style and performances. All of the solo segments are played first at tempo, over practice rhythm tracks, and then presented slowly with thorough explanations. Practice rhythm tracks are provided so that you can practice the solo examples as presented and work on creating your own solo variations and ideas. Also discussed is the type of guitar and amp each artist favors, and the means by which they achieve their distinct, signature sound.