BB King Style Licks (Guitar Lesson)

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Artur Menezes

BB King Style Licks

Taught by Artur Menezes in The Evolution of Modern Blues seriesLength: 6:04Difficulty: 3.0 of 5

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The Evolution of Modern Blues

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Endless energy. Youthful Innocence. Vintage vibes. Winner of the ultra-prestigious Gibson Blues Guitarist of the Year, Artur Menezes, now joins the JamPlay roster of artists and educators. We are excited to announce his course, The Evolution to Modern Blues, covering the past, current, and future of this beloved genre. Hoping to learn the blues from scratch, or tired of the same licks? If so, this course was built for you.

Series IntroductionLesson 1

Series Introduction

Artur discusses his new course, what you can expect to learn, and what you should know going in.

Length: 6:28 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Harmony & the 12 Bar BluesLesson 2

Harmony & the 12 Bar Blues

Understanding the form of the 12 bar blues is foundational to blues guitar playing. Internalizing where the chords land and understanding the harmony is key to mastering the traditional blues form.

Length: 5:11 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Fast Change and Minor BluesLesson 3

Fast Change and Minor Blues

We've learned the standard 12 bar form. There are many different feels that fit within that basic form. In this lesson, Artur takes a look at a variation in the 12 bar blues: the slow change and fast change...

Length: 6:32 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Slow BluesLesson 4

Slow Blues

Although a very common type of blues, don't be fooled by the word "slow" in slow blues. Slow does not mean easy! In fact, it can be a challenging feel to master. Artur gives us his take on the slow blues.

Length: 9:14 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
ShuffleLesson 5


The shuffle is one of the core feels of blues. In this lesson Artur talks about how to "feel" the shuffle, and gives some ideas of what to play over it.

Length: 3:33 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
TurnaroundsLesson 6


Turnarounds are lines played over the bars 11 and 12. They're commonly played on blues tunes and their function is to conclude the "sentence"(round). Like when you're reading a book and you finish a paragraph...

Length: 8:48 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Minor Pentatonic Scale (Shape 1) + LicksLesson 7

Minor Pentatonic Scale (Shape 1) + Licks

To improvise over a blues tune, major or minor, the Minor Pentatonic Scale is a foundational component. In this lesson Artur explains the scale, and will teach you the 1st shape and give you 4 licks that...

Length: 12:30 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Minor Pentatonic Scale (Shape 2) + LicksLesson 8

Minor Pentatonic Scale (Shape 2) + Licks

Now on to the 2nd shape of the minor pentatonic scale. Get ready for the scale plus 4 in position licks that will make you sound amazing!

Length: 8:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Minor Pentatonic Scale (Shape 3) + LicksLesson 9

Minor Pentatonic Scale (Shape 3) + Licks

Another scale shape, another 4 licks! This time it's shape 3 of the minor pentatonic scale.

Length: 8:18 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Minor Pentatonic Scale (Shape 4) + LicksLesson 10

Minor Pentatonic Scale (Shape 4) + Licks

The 4th shape add yet more flavors to your minor pentatonic scale licks. Again, we learn the shape and learn 4 cool licks to go along with it!

Length: 7:11 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Minor Pentatonic Scale (Shape 5) + LicksLesson 11

Minor Pentatonic Scale (Shape 5) + Licks

In this lesson Artur teaches us the last shape of the minor pentatonic scale. And as with the other shapes, Artur will give us 4 licks to go along with shape 5.

Length: 6:33 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Bends and VibratosLesson 12

Bends and Vibratos

Bends and Vibrato are some of if not the most important things to consider when you express yourself through guitar. They are what make you sound like you. In this lesson Artur shows us some vibrato and...

Length: 9:10 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Intro Licks - From the Top and From the FiveLesson 13

Intro Licks - From the Top and From the Five

Have you ever attended to a blues jam session and heard someone yell "Shuffle in D, from the five! 1, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4..."? What is that! In this lesson Artur teaches you those expressions and licks to start...

Length: 7:58 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Ending LicksLesson 14

Ending Licks

Finishing strong is very important when playing the blues! In this lesson, Artur explains how a blues tune usually ends and I'll give you some licks for this.

Length: 8:25 Difficulty: 2.5 FREE
BB King Style LicksLesson 15

BB King Style Licks

It's important to copy the masters in order to understand the blues language and with time develop your own phrasing. In this video I'll show some licks from BB King.

Length: 6:04 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Albert King Style LicksLesson 16

Albert King Style Licks

It's important to listen to and emulate the masters in order to understand blues language and feel. In this lesson, Artur shows us some licks from the legendary bluesman Albert King.

Length: 7:16 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Stevie Ray Vaughn Style LicksLesson 17

Stevie Ray Vaughn Style Licks

When we study the blues greats, it's inevitable that their style will seep into our own playing. Just like we can hear Hendrix in Stevie Ray Vaughn's playing, Stevie Ray's playing can find it's way into...

Length: 13:58 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Chord SubstitutionsLesson 18

Chord Substitutions

Using movements and chord substitution are very important to make the song more musical, mature and less boring for the players and for the audience. In this lesson Artur focuses on the "half diminished"...

Length: 10:28 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Soloing with the Chord SubstitutionLesson 19

Soloing with the Chord Substitution

Now Artur shows us an interesting way of improvising using chords and their arpeggios as the basis of the solo. He also shows us some licks based on the half diminished arpeggio.

Length: 11:18 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Major Pentatonic Over the BluesLesson 20

Major Pentatonic Over the Blues

Players like BB King and Derek Trucks mastered playing the major scale over a traditional blues progression. In this lesson Artur shows you how to integrate this into your playing.

Length: 10:25 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Minor Pentatonic RunsLesson 21

Minor Pentatonic Runs

This lesson is all about an easy but important exercise meant to connect all of the minor pentatonic shapes. Artur also gives us some fast pentatonic runs to help with our speed and dexterity.

Length: 6:53 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Minor Pentatonic Plus the Sharp 4Lesson 22

Minor Pentatonic Plus the Sharp 4

Instead of thinking modally, Artur is the type of player that likes to think: Minor Pentatonic + Target notes. In this lesson, he shows us some licks using the minor pentatonic, plus the sharp 4.

Length: 7:19 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Minor Pentatonic Plus the Major 3rdLesson 23

Minor Pentatonic Plus the Major 3rd

The minor pentatonic plus the major 3rd is the subject of this lesson. Get ready to add a major flavor to your tonality!

Length: 6:59 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Minor Pentatonic Plus the Major 6Lesson 24

Minor Pentatonic Plus the Major 6

More flavors to add to your playing - Adding the major 6 to the minor pentatonic scale gives that "dorian" sound!

Length: 5:06 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Minor Pentatonic Plus the Major 9Lesson 25

Minor Pentatonic Plus the Major 9

Adding the major 9 flavor to your minor pentatonic scale licks will give you a more modern sound. Join Artur as he explores this latest addition.

Length: 4:55 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Altered Scale Licks Over the ChangesLesson 26

Altered Scale Licks Over the Changes

Using the altered scale in just the right spot can start suggesting jazz tonality in your blues playing. In this lesson, Artur shows us the scale and how and where to use it!

Length: 8:27 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Dominant Diminished Scale LicksLesson 27

Dominant Diminished Scale Licks

Dominant diminished. Yet another scale that takes you into new territory, tonally speaking. Artur gives us some cool licks to use with this very unique scale.

Length: 8:33 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Chromatic LicksLesson 28

Chromatic Licks

Using chromaticism is an easy way to add a more modern approach and tonality. Artur uses chromatic connecting points to show us this concept.

Length: 7:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Minor Blues LicksLesson 29

Minor Blues Licks

The minor blues is a foundational blues style that has it's roots deep in the genre. Artur talks about this feel and shows us some of his favorite minor blues licks.

Length: 7:52 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Jazzy Swing BluesLesson 30

Jazzy Swing Blues

The more we move towards jazz tonality, the more sophisticated our blues becomes. In this lesson Artur improvises over a song from his most recent album. Talk about a modern evolution! This is entering...

Length: 6:38 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
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