When most folks talk about how BB King solos, they tend to refer to what I call the “house” pattern, sometimes also known as the “BB Box.”

It’s basically a grouping of notes that can be easily morphed into either a major or minor pentatonic/blues sound, but that’s not the point of this video – I have others that delve into that sound…

No, instead, today I want to take you back to 1974 and BB King playing live. I stole these 3 licks fair and square, and they will show you how BB King was also a master of good old Box 1 and Box 2 and moving brilliantly between the 2 sounds.

I hope you dig the video, feel free to skip ahead 30 seconds or so if you want to get around the intro and just go to the lesson.

If you want the TAB to the licks it’s here – PDF

    14 replies to "3 BB King Licks That Don’t Use The House Pattern"

    • John D.

      You are cool, even without an extensive social media awareness.

    • Ken M

      Tks Griff , every lick you teach I appreciate I try to digest them and use them when I practice . I’ve made great strides the last
      Couple of years , you keep me interested every day I see your email . Tks again . Jamming with my son tonight and tomorrow
      And it’s been a while .

    • jean dominique

      Enjoyable. Following your suggestion : playing those licks as often as possible can generate so much creativity….Thank you so much.

    • Jim Kubitza

      Great facial grimaces, Griff! 🙂 🙂

    • Tim T

      Love the second and third lick. So very BB. Thanks for sending the tab with the lesson.

    • Herman Wells

      Working my way through BGU 2 right now. Before purchasing the course I watched many of your videos. Just the fact that you give so much to so many through these videos for free indicates how much you love music and want to share it with everyone. Thanks for another great video.

    • Garnet Schneider

      your getting low on amplifiers

      • PAUL

        love that lick. love bb king! Lately griff, you seem to be more happy and a bit tipsy.
        you don’t need more stinking amps!! lol! thanks Griff!

    • Richard Parks

      Great quick lesson. Thanks

    • Neil Snow

      Thanks Griff for that great BB lesson.

    • DaveyJoe

      Pretty cool! Thanks, Griff!


    • Grant Reid

      Just a note to say, the video has not come through to me for some reason! . . . Thanks for all the awesome lessons though and I’ll be buying your packages as soon as I can afford to!


      Grant from Scotland!

    • Steve T

      Great lesson, Griff!

    • Rick Barros

      THOUSANDS THANK U’s ..U have me playing again..had finger surgery. learning to compensate.. lIKE SHE SAID..PLZ!! DNT STOP!! lol.. Bless U..

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