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The Thrill Is Gone: Introduction

 

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In this tutorial you'll learn how to play the classic blues song "The Thrill Is Gone" as made famous by the one and only B.B. King. This song exemplifies the classic, moody minor blues and B.B.'s playing and singing on it is nothing short of legendary.

In this song he uses some very simple tools to create a powerful mood, like the notes of the minor pentatonic scale played with a soft touch and with super creative phrasing. The song starts with a melancholic sounding intro solo, where he sets the mood and the vibe for the rest of the song.

The backing band consists of bass, drums, strings and an electric piano, so there is not much empty space for rhythm guitar playing, and the main focus on this tutorial will be on the lead playing. However there is also a supporting rhythm player who plays some very cool jazzy fills and sparse rhythm parts throughout it all, while B.B. just plays a "stab" here and there. If you were to play this song with just one guitar, you'd follow the rhythm guitar for the verses and throw in a "stab" here and there, and then play the lead guitar for the solos.

Apart from the intro solo, there are two other great guitar solos- both played by B.B.. The first one is short and concise, while the 2nd solo is longer and ends in a big open jam, where the band ends up hanging on the I-chord until the track eventually fades. In this section the rhythm guitar even gets a couple of jazzy lead licks in there.

We'll talk about how to get your tones just right for this song, for both the rhythm and the lead guitar, the classic harmony with the classic "bVI" turnaround and much more. The song is in 4/4 with a solid 8th note based groove, and the quarter note equals 91 BPM. Let's get right to it!