Albert Collins Style Solo


The interesting thing about Albert Collins is that he would occasionally phrase things differently to your average Blues guitarist due to his unusual F Minor tuning (from bottom to top: F, C, F, Ab, C, F). For the example solo, I’ve stuck to standard tuning, but the unusual fingering of the C# on fret 16 in bar 5 is an example of the kind of phrasing that would come as second nature in the F minor tuning Albert used.

This solo is a good example of phrasing; letting the notes breath. As the great pianist Artur Schnabel once said: The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes, ah, that is where the art resides.

As always, below the YouTube video you’ll find the backing track to play along with, and below that, the tablature. Aren’t I nice?!

Feel free to ask questions or just share your thoughts in the comments!

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Play along with the backing track:

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Albert Collins Style Solo

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  1. 1
    Rick perez

    GREAT SOLO!….SWEET STYLE MAN!!!..ALBERT COLLINS IS DEFINITELY THE MAN!….HE HAS CONTRIBUTED TO MY STYLE FOR SURE…IVE BEEN PLAYING FOR 32 YRS. NOW ..STARTED AT 8YRS. OF AGE…..AND NEVER TOOK LESSONS…JUST SAT IN MY ROOM AND LISTENED TO A LOCAL BLUES RADIO STATION WITH MY TAPE RECORDER TO RECORD SONGS AND PLAY THEM BACK REPETITIVELY TILL I HAD THE SONG DOWN..ONE SONG IVE ALWAYS WANTED TO PLAY AND HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR THE TAB BUT CANT FIND IT…..COLD COLD FEELING IS THE SONG…ANYONE HAVE THE TAB?.

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      geekyguitarist

      Thanks for your comment Rick, I admire the effort you guys made to learn stuff by ear back in the pre-internet years. You’re in good company though, I heard that Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck used to do the same! Now everything is too easily accessible and we can take it for granted 😉

      Unfortunately I don’t have the tab for Cold, Cold Feeling, but I can understand why you’d want to learn it – it’s sweet!

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