Blues Lick #3: Freddie King
Lick the Blues with a phrase from one of the Grand Masters of the blues
Freddie King was an incredible and hugely influential blues man. His Texas and Chicago blues blend has a lot of power and introduced a lot of language that used by the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton.
His biggest hit was Hideaway, which was covered by Clapton and is a great fun tune to play!
The coolest trick in this lick is the chromatic run up, you can loop that bit to extend the lick, or crank up the volume and you got a rock lick!! :)
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Getting The Sound
For this lick I'm using a Gibson 335 guitar (1969) into a Fender Super Champ (old valve one from 1983 designed by Rivera, not the current model) recorded with a Shure SM57 microphone.
To get the sound I used both pickups, with the bridge volume on 10 and the neck volume on about 7.
'Exact settings' even if you have the same amp and guitar will probably not sound exactly the same... because I liked the sound of both pickups, I needed to boost the treble on the amp a bit and roll off some bass. My settings (to use as a starting point): Volume 6, Treble 8, Bass 7, Reverb 3, Lead N/A, Master Volume 3.
I used a very small amount of gain on the yellow (left) side of my Analogman King of Tone pedal. Just needed a little push, was quite subtle. Volume 1', Tone 12' and Gain about 2' (clock face settings).
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