Watch the Have You Ever Loved online guitar lesson by Andy Aledort from Kings of Blues & Rock Vol. 8: Freddie King
One of Freddie King's most famous slow blues is "Have You Ever Loved a Woman," covered exquisitely by Eric Clapton on the Derek and the Dominoes album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. This excerpt represents the first six bars of a slow 12-bar blues in C, and all of the licks here are based on C minor pentatonic (C Eb F G Bb). Many of the licks in this example indicate the B.B. King influence, but Freddie used a more aggressive attack and a sharper tone, courtesy of the bridge pickup and a little overdrive from cranking up the amplifier.