Live videos are a great way to see your favorite guitarists in action, but they’re usually shot from such a distance that you can’t see the players’ fretwork clearly.
There’s no such problem with this pair of B.B. King videos from the 1993 Montreux Jazz Festival. Thanks to the stellar camerawork, you can get a close look at B.B.’s fingers as he performs his deep bends and signature vibrato on his timeless hits “The Thrill Is Gone” and “Blues Boys Tune.”
Take close note of what he’s doing. Then, when you’re finished watching here, head over to this pair of fantastic video lessons in which King himself talks about and demonstrates vibrato, bending, stretching, chromatic scales and more.
The 2015 Montreux Jazz Festival will be held July 3-18.