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Tech Tip: What is the “B.B. Box”?

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The so-called “B.B. Box” is a group of five notes connected to the first and second position minor pentatonic scales that was made famous by guess who…B. B. King. It’s sort of a "hot spot" in the scales that can be used to play entire blues leads. Many great blues players focus their lead lines around this box.

BB Box Chart

Keep in mind that great blues guitarists such as B.B. focus on the quality of the notes, not quantity, by playing a few notes and making each one count. In B.B.’s case, his finger-generated vibrato is a big part of the immediately identifiable sound.

Aside from making the B.B. Box a part of your lead technique, Musician’s Friend offers a number of excellent tutorials and DVDs that will help you to master the other techniques B.B. has based his career on.

Hal Leonard B.B. King Play-Along DVD

The Hal Leonard B.B. King Play-Along DVD is a great way to learn how to play like B.B. with multiple viewing options; fret hand with tab, and much more.

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