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 Freddie King. A little younger than his fellow "Kings," Freddie King was born in 1934 in Texas, and the combination of his youth and proximity lend a vibrant intensity to his playing that sets him apart from Albert and B.B. Freddie spent a lot of time in Chicago as a teenager, learning at the feet of Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters, and picked up many playing tips from Jimmy Rogers, Muddy's guitarist. Freddie first made a name for himself with a string of very successful instrumentals, like "Hideaway" - covered brilliantly by Eric Clapton with the Bluesbreakers - as well as "The Stumble," "San-Ho-Zay" and "Sen-Say-Shun."
Though there is a lot of B.B. in Freddie's early style, he soon created a sound all his own, one earmarked by fast, biting licks and incredible intensity. Also, he modernized the blues with his seminal Shelter recordings in the mid-70s, produced by Leon Russell, which focused on hard-driving funk as well as sophisticated modern blues.
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 Freddie 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.