If you don’t know my friend, Steve Trovato, you are in for a real treat today.
Aside from being on the faculty at USC’s prestigious Thornton School Of Music and Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, Steve has done dozens of videos and courses for big names like Hal Leonard, Lick Library, Truefire, and many others. He has also written for just about every Guitar magazine I’ve ever read at some point.
I was lucky enough to have Steve as my private instructor for one of my semesters at USC, and we’ve stayed friends ever since. So I took advantage of a little downtime in Steve’s recording and teaching schedule (along with some not-so-subtle begging and pleading) and got him to come into the “Studio BGU” and do some lessons just for you.
This one is one of Steve’s (in)famous 1×12 licks that is a BB King classic. The 1×12 part comes because it is 1 lick that can be played all throughout the entire 12 bar form. So you’ll notice he plays the same lick (with very subtle variations you’ll want to listen to) over and over again and it sounds great no matter where he puts it.
And I’ve transcribed the lick and the TAB is right here (EDIT: Right click here to download the full TAB for all 12 bars which shows his variation.)
This lick works best over a mid-tempo shuffle like, “Every Day I Have The Blues.” It has been slowed down a little in the video (“Tempo De-Learno” as Steve calls it) but once you get it under your fingers you’ll be able to play it over many different songs.
Also notice the “4 Note Solo” box with the first finger on the root instead of the 3rd finger (I call this, the House Pattern.) This gives it a major blues sound but by bending the A up only 1/2 step to the Bb it blends in a little of the minor blues sound and that’s what makes it work over the whole progression.