A Super easy electric guitar song lesson for beginners – a blues song by Albert King – Born Under A Bad Sign
Will Ripley (Campfire Guitar Star)
Born Under A Bad Sign
Albert king is a blues guitarist that became popular in the 60’s. Everyone could feel a hit when he played this riff, it became the first release and title track off the album, released in 1967. King recorded this song on his distinctive left handed guitar “the Gibson Flying-V”, which was strung upside down.
His sound remains legendary and was the influence of guitarists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. Although King fronts the song in the recording, the words and music were actually written by the record labels rhythm and blues singer, William Bell and bandleader, Booker T.Jones (of Booker T. & the M.G.’s). For the blues, nothing beats a great guitar plugged straight into a loud and dirty tube amplifier. We’re going to have fun with this one.
This riff uses 3 strings now using only your 1st and 3rd fingers.
Getting ready –
- Look-up “Born Under A Bad Sign” and have a listen.
- Become familiar enough with the riff so you can hum along in real time.
“Born Under A Bad Sign” – has a very cool call and response sound. Your fingering is based completely on the 2nd and 4th fret. It lines up well with using only your 1st and 3rd fingers. This is the first riff so far that is across 3 strings!
* Sit up straight & remember proper technique
* Try to feel the rhythm through your body and it will transfer through the guitar.
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