Watch the Rock Me online guitar lesson by Andy Aledort from Kings of Blues & Rock Vol. 4: B.B. King
This excerpt is played along the lines of the B.B. King classic, "Rock Me Baby," one of the most influential blues ever recorded, covered by such blues rockers as Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck and Robin Trower. The groove here is an easy-swinging shuffle, played in C. Though the most prevalent scale used here is C minor pentatonic (C Eb F G Bb), the use of the major 3rd, E, is essential to the sweet, melodic sound of the improvisation. Great touches are the bit of ascending chromaticism (notes half-steps apart) in bar 4, and the sliding and hammered double-stops (two-note chords) in bars 3 and 12.