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Blues Lick #3: Freddie King

The Justinguitar.com Blues Guitar Lessons

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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Freddie King Style Lick

 

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.

Guitar Settings
To get the sound I used both pickups, with the bridge volume on 10 and the neck volume on about 7.

Amp Settings
'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.

Pedal Settings
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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All 56 licks from my Blues Masters series are available in iOS app format where you can download the video lessons into your device, see the lick tab onscreen, loop section of the video and with an easy bookmarking system to find the bits of the video you want to see. If you wanna get these words into your vocabulary you'll love this app!

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Lesson ID: BL-503