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Tackle Today: What B.B. King has taught me about trading

October 23, 2019

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Tackle Today: What B.B. King has taught me about trading (B.B. King performs live at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, 1972 by Gijsbert Hanekroot-Redferns)
B.B. King performs live at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, 1972 by Gijsbert Hanekroot-Redferns.

« I don’t do chords. »

The year was 1987. The Irish band U2 invited American blues master B.B. King to record the song “When Love Comes to Town” for their 1988 album “Rattle and Hum”. There is a curious story that goes along with this recording session.

The musicians were talking through the arrangement of this particular song when they turned themselves to King to continue the discussion. The blues guitarist gave them a straight answer:

— ‘Gentlemen, I don’t do chords.’

King never really mastered chords. Not only that, but he wasn’t quite an expert in playing his guitar and singing at the same time either. Still, no one in their right mind would say B.B. King was a nobody.

For those of you who don’t know what a chord is, the very basic explanation is that chords are a group of typically three notes sounded together, usually as part of a song’s harmony.

Yes, three notes. Only three. And B.B. King couldn’t do it. He played just notes. One note. Then another note. And then he made poetry out of every one of them.

This teaches us a valuable lesson in trading.

We’ve just released the Tackle Trading Playbook with 31 strategies in it—Long Stock & Short Stock + 29 options strategies. The lesson is that we don’t have to master them all. Just one. Pick one, master one. Get it right, and I mean perfectly right, just one strategy in one stock/ETF. From start to finish. Make that strategy profitable with all the winners and losers that come in the package.

Just one note. Then you try to play chords.


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2 Replies to “Tackle Today: What B.B. King has taught me about trading”

  1. Avatar ROBERTBREWER says:

    Christian … great article .. I revere BB .. one of the best … love the tie in .. options & blues … Thanks

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