He played left-handed and upside down, and the massively bent notes arced from his strings as he yanked them down with his fingers. In an African-American tradition going back to the one-stringed diddley bows, King squeezed out fluid microtones as expressive as the melismatic singing found in field hollers. Seeing the legendary Blind Lemon Jefferson perform in the late Thirties inspired him to make a cigar-box guitar. He started gigging around Little Rock, Arkansas, in the early Fifties, though he gave up the guitar for a brief period to play drums behind Jimmy Reed. Moving to St. But the defining moment of his career occurred in , when he signed with Stax records in Memphis.
Three Albert King Blues Licks Every Guitarist Should Know
Albert King Guitar Lick - Guitar Compass
Albert King is an all time grand master, one the '3 Kings' of the Blues along with B. B and Freddie. He played the guitar 'upside down' with the thin string at the top and an unusual tuning unconfirmed exectly what! For this lick I'm using a Gibson guitar into a Fender Super Champ old valve one from designed by Rivera, not the current model recorded with a Shure SM57 microphone. Guitar Settings To get the sound I used the Bridge pickup. Volume right up. Tone right up.