Freddy King: The Classic Instrumentals (Volume 1)

Learn to play 11 of Freddy Kings classic blues instrumentals from the early 1960s.

Freddy King: The Classic Instrumentals (Volume 1)

Learn to play 11 of Freddy Kings classic blues instrumentals from the early 1960s.
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About the Class

Westside Chicago blues meets the 60s surf Guitar instrumental craze

What will you learn in this course?

11 of Freddy King's classic blues guitar instrumentals from the early sixties.

I will take you through each verse of every song and teach it - as best I can - note for note from the original recordings. In the process, I will help you to mine a virtual "King's Treasure" of licks and ideas from Freddy's seemingly inexhaustible blues guitar vocabulary.

The introduction includes a brief overview of Freddy's style and includes short lessons on the chords he used, his thumb-finger right-hand technique, soloing positions, and the Freddy King sound/tone. I also have a short video listing what I think are the best Freddy King CDs and vinyl albums for your purchase in order to hear the original recordings of the tunes I will teach.

I then go through each of the 11 tunes, verse-by-verse, teaching the introduction, main melody lick, solos, and end tags for each song. I break down the solo verses in each song phrase-by-phrase to help you understand and learn each individual lick Freddy used. In places where I do not know or am not sure, about what Freddy played, I offer my best "educated guess." Complete, downloadable, Tabs are available for each verse of each song along with a Freddy King chord chart and other resources to help you understand how to play what he played. 

*Tabs are handwritten. I have only recently started using Guitar Pro 7. They are primitive but accurate.

This first volume of lessons focuses on Freddy's "more approachable" instrumental tunes - grouped by the key they are played in and generally progressing, in order, from easiest to more difficult. Tunes taught in this volume are

  • Key of G: "Heads Up," "Freddy's Midnight Dream," Sad Nite Owl," "Washout,"
  • Key of E: "Hideaway," "Just Pickin'," "Funnybone," "Out Front,"
  • Key of A: "Sen-Sa-Shun,"
  • Key of C: "San-Ho-Zay," and "Butterscotch,"

These lessons will keep you busy learning new licks and ideas for hours. You can also use most of what you learn in these lessons to figure out many of Freddy Kings' other licks and solos - on his vocal tunes and instrumentals.



David Moore

Guitar Teacher
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I am a high school teacher who has played and studied traditional blues guitar styles for more than 30 years. I specialize in electric blues recorded between the years 1947 and 1970. I also play and teach pre-war acoustic blues. I love all forms of American roots music and have been playing the guitar since I was 17. I enjoy teaching and...

Class Requirements

  • You need an electric guitar and an amp + beginning to intermediate guitar skills
  • You should also be a little familiar with the songs taught in the lesson series before getting started

What's Included

Level: Intermediate
Duration: 6 hours 54 minutes
104 Videos
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