Freddy King: The Classic Instrumentals (Volume 1) Introduction & Learning Resources
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When you play the Freddie King instrumentals one thing to know about Freddie King style is he didn't play a whole lot of chords. And he, but he bases his solo plane on chords and he uses a lot of partial chords in his plane. And so what I want to do here in this section before we really get into the different instrumental tunes is just show you some pretty common Freddie King chords and chord shapes that are part of his play the primary one, let's start with some first position chords, that East seventh. This court, he's going to use quite a bit, and a lot of people play it with four fingers, like this first finger on the first fret of the third string, second finger on the second fret of the fifth string, third finger on the second fret of the fourth string, and the pinky on the third fret of the second string.

That's an IE seven. Now Freddie King as you see will do a lot of legs. Based on that chord shape, so it really helps if you understand this shape. And when you start learning the instrumentals and some of the licks, he plays over the E shape, it'll make sense he's playing over the E chord. Another chord shape that he uses a lot is a seven. And this one, he actually does use as a rhythm court songs like funnybone and just pick him.

He's gonna do a lot of a seven. So my first finger on the second fret getting second, third and fourth strings, my ring finger or you can use your second finger on the third fret of the first string. Speaking of an a seventh another shape that Freddie uses is a long a. So there's an A doesn't play an A major just by itself too often. What I'm doing is making the eight chord and then stretching my pinky to the fifth fret of the first string. That's a shape a lot of country blues guys used and I think Freddie King having hung out with Eddie Taylor and Jimmy Rogers in Chicago, I think learn some of this from them, they both use that shape quite a bit.

Or maybe he learned it before then I don't know. Another shape that's really important is the B seven. And the B seventh he uses in a lot of different ways, and he'll often make this beach seventh shape and then tick around it. Pick individual strings while making that shape. So know this one, first finger on the first fret of the fourth string, second finger second fret of the fifth string, ring finger, second fret of the third string, Pinkie second fret of the first string. And just like the other chords, he'll play the chord but it also plays some licks around.

As far as first position chords go. I can't think of any others for the instrumental songs that he really uses, at least the ones on this volume of the of the DVD. This is the first of two I hope about Freddie King. So those chords first position chords. Now as far as barre chords go, and other kinds, of course, I guess one other first position chord is a C, seventh shape. And the C, got my first finger on the first fret of the second string, second finger on the second fret of the fourth string, third finger of the third fret of the fifth string, and then I'm tucking my pinky in on the third fret of the third string.

We've got a seventh chord, the C seventh Shay Freddy king of play it in D. They'll play it, he just by moving it. So how you know what key you're playing in the pens on your third finger. And which note you're getting on the fifth string, that's a C, C seven, this is a D, D, seven, d. e seven songs like butterscotch he'll use just a part of that shape. So in the key of C to play a g7 for The five chord and I'll play a little run like this. And it's really just a g7. Except he doesn't play the other notes.

So that's one, two, G, C seven shape seventh chord that you can play about anywhere. Probably the most important chord is one that he uses at the end of songs. And there's two different versions of this, think a B seventh shape and move it 12345 frets up to the seventh fret. Now you've got an E seven. And when we get into the end tags of some of Freddie's songs, he's going to end it. With that court, he's also going to use that chord as a transition chord at the end of a turnaround something like this.

So that's a court that you'll hear in the Freddie King instrumentals. Now, he'll take shape. And let's say we're playing in a first position a. And if you make that B, seventh shape at the fifth fret and just move every finger over a strike, you've got this a ninth, I don't know what chord This is a ninth seven. But what I've done is taken that B seven shape move everything over. That's the core that he used to end songs in the key of G and the key of A and the key of C. So this is an important one.

So I'm just making my B seven shape but I'm starting now with my first finger on the fourth fret of the fifth string, my second finger on the A fifth fret of the sixth string. Then my ring finger is on the fifth fret of the fourth string, and my pinky on the fifth fret of the second string and the G the open third. Kinda rings in there. When I first learned a lot of Freddie King stuff was trying to help Learning I thought he played a knife. If you listen carefully, there's a slight difference. And that's what he's doing.

So this chord shape can be called B seventh shape, you slide it as it is, you can get an E seventh usually just uses those to be seven, Isa. And then when he moves it over, you can play the C, A, G. Those are three places where he's gonna play that court, the other chord that we need to just talk about real quick, and I'll teach this when we get into the lesson for the song hideaway. And also, I can't remember if he uses that somewhere else but this court I call this the Freddy King seventh chord because you hear it or the hideaway seventh chord. This is an E seven. And I'm making this by my first finger on my pinky on the 12th fret of the first string my first finger on the ninth fret for First and second string. And then my second finger is on the 11th fret of the third string ring finger on the 12th, or my third finger on the 12th fret of the fourth string, we got this.

That's a cord that Earl hooker used. Other people used it peewee Creighton, used it. But Freddy gang use it and hide away when he does the stop time. And we'll learn that one as well. That's a cool chord, you can move it to D. You can move it to a C, you can play it almost anywhere. It's very nice chord very cool sounding seventh chord.

Trying to think through here and the 10 minutes that I have for the section. I can't think of any other chord shapes that Freddie's gonna use that are really important. And again, he played a Freddie King style that's not a chord style, but his solo licks and his fills are all based on these chord shapes. And so it'll help you and you try to figure out some of these licks. If you know the song is an E He's probably playing some kind of lick over. He said, The songs and a lot of times play over the A.

So those chords if you don't already know those chords, look at the chart that I have the downloadable chart. And you might want to learn those chords before you get into the instrumentals. Or you could just learn them as you need to. It's your DVD, or it's your video series you paid for it. You can do whatever you want. Just my my recommendations.

Alright, let's move on.

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