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In this lesson I'm gonna show you how you can imitate the tone he's using on this track. A song like this can be played with almost any guitar tone, and B.B. King himself is notorious for just playing through whatever amp they might have at the venue he's playing at- it's all in the fingers! So always keep that in mind.

First thing you wanna do is to make sure your tone is clean, meaning that there's no distortion or overdrive on it. Distortion and overdrive typically comes from a guitar pedal, but it can also come from an amp that's turned up really loud.

Next thing you wanna do is crank up the reverb! You lose some of the intimacy and detail in the tone, but you gain a really cool ambient vibe that works perfectly for this song.

For the rhythm guitar he uses a delay effect which is the same thing as an echo effect. You can get this effect from a guitar pedal or most kinds of multi-effect units. This particular setting is what's called a "slap back" delay, which means that it's a single pretty loud repeat that comes immediately after the original note has been played. You hear that a lot in Country music and on blues lead guitars, but it's not that typical on a funky rhythm guitar like this... but we'll come back to that later.