- The Thrill Is Gone
The Thrill Is Gone
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- In The Style Of
In The Style Of The Thrill Is Gone
- B.B. King
B.B. King Biography
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Lucille is the name of B.B. King’s guitar for which he risked his life saving it from a fire.
The story goes that B.B. King frequently played a club where the only source of heat was to place an empty barrel in the middle of the dance floor, fill it with kerosene and set it alight.
Two men began fighting, knocking over the barrel and setting the wooden framed club on fire.
B.B. King ran back into the club to save his beloved guitar despite the dangers of falling burnt timber.
He later discovered that the two men were fighting over a girl named Lucille.
Get more anecdotes and more importantly, learn how to play in the style of the legends in the Blues Legacy.
The Thrill Is Gone Licks
For a full analysis of the chord progression and all the licks from The Thrill Is Gone, check the Guitar Conspiracy. Below is an excerpt:
Lick 1 – Cm Pentatonic, Em & Dm shape
The high octave you hear first is a B.B trademark, usually followed up by some kind of minor pentatonic.
B.B loves his Dm shape so in this lick Sandy use that shape to “answer” the high note.
Lick 2 – Cm & C Pentatonic, Dm & D shape
As this lick demonstrates, you can mix minor and major pentatonic over a minor blues as well.
Short notes, accurate pitching and butterfly vibrato go very well with the Dm shape.
Lick 3 – Cm Pentatonic, Dm shape
Slightly more melodic Dm shaped licks in ‘lick 3’: break it down into small fragments, make sure you can see every interval, and then transcribe it.
Lick 4 – Cm Pentatonic, Dm shape
This gentle Dm shaped lick uses a quick rake at the end, practice slowly and give it time to develop into a natural sound. Once you’ve got it, try to not apply it in everything you play, it’s addictive!
For a full analysis of chord progression and the 11 licks you hear in The Thrill Is Gone video lesson, turn to the Guitar Conspiracy.