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Interesting, I have always been told that lead runs were based on scales, but have never seen a practical example.
These lessons are answering questions I always had and I’m amazed at how many notes I played that were right after all when I bent strings and how many 2 string chords were right as well. Now I just have to put it all together. Thanks….
Thanks,Griff,following everything in bits & pieces as per instructed! Before I move on,yup,you guessed it, As with most things,I will play along w/ the recordings even if it takes a while before it sounds good. I will take my time and remember that how I practice can be as important as what I practice, happy strumming!! Raytuned88
Great series Griff!I look forward to trying to play the last two with as much enjoyment as I have had trying to play the first three. I have had some experience with the pentatonic scale although I rarely play in E.
I am still awaiting the course material.. currently in transit. But this lesson was really great! I am an over the hill 69 year old trying to learn to play the blues and finally I can see myself making some progress. Thanks… I am finally seeing how the scales form music… prior I was simply playing notes with no real plan and sound. Great stuff!!
Getting back into guitar after many decades and looking forward to playing a lot when I retire in a few years. Learning a lot of new things watching the videos. Am interested in buying a new guitar. Do you do reviews or have recommendations?
You’ve shown me ideas where I go back to a single note (sort of in reverse, rather than following the exact pattern of the scale). also bending the string and then coming back to the same string, same fret without a bend. great – thanks.
Really loved this one, my kind of tunes Griff. Thanks.
U realy a christan even when am not riplying ur mail that,s mean that u real want to win a soul. Keep it on God will bless u.
PLEASE EXCUSE LARGE FONT BUT I AM PARTIALLY SIGHTED
I MIGHT BE STUPID AND IF I HAVE GOT THIS WRONG – PLEASE ACCEPT MY APOLOGISE – BUT ON THE FIRST SCALE DIAGRAM – E MINOR PENTATONIC IS WRONG – I THINK – YOU SHOW A NOTE ‘C’ ON THE G STING FRET 5 AND I THINK IT SHOULD BE A ‘B’ – TO MATCH THE TAB – THE BLUES DIAGRAM FURTHER ON SHOWS THIS – AND IS CORRECT
HOPE THAT HELPS – I REALLY LOVE YOUR WORK – THESE BEGINERS LESSON ARE REALLY GREAT – AS YOU BREAK DOWN EVERYTHING SO NICELY – PLEASE CARRY ON THE GOOD WORK – AM SAVING UP TO BUY A COURSE FROM YOU – SO MUCH THANKS — YOURS – DAVID BRIAN HOMEWOOD – UK – BLUES ON
WHAT HE IS PLAYING WOULD OVERRIDE THE TAB. A STRING TUNED TO G WILL PRODUCE C AT THE 5TH FRET, AND B AT THE 4TH FRET. IF YOUR EARS AND EYES DO NOT AGREE WITH TABLATURE, THEN TRUST YOUR EARS AND EYES.
Griff…thank you for breaking things down and explaining what is going on.
These are great lessons.
Will we see the tab for this soon? Anxious to get it.
And, friends? Would you believe that not too far in the past I was absolutely convinced that tabs would never work . . . that traditional music notes on a staff would be preferred to any newcomer.
Wow! Was that ever a bone-headed idea!
Sorry Griff . . . I meant the tabs for DOWN TO THE STATION.
wow a real blues fee without sweat or tears. I got lots of pleasure from this, and all your emails. Such a laid back style of teaching but so easily understood. I dig the shirts by the way!
Griff, you have box 4 depicted on the fretboard diagram. I think you meant to put box 2 in your illustration.
It’s not box 4. But the fretboard diagram doesn’t match the tab.
Just picked up the acoustic to try this. Great, looking forward to the next episode.
Can you provide a link to the full song being played as I am struggling to find an example of this with the lyrics
Much appreciated for your teaching-philosophy. It is your philosophical approach that is the hook for me. I am self taught, play by ear guitarist since the 70’s. Recently I am making it a point to learn all the pentatonic shapes, major modes, harmonic minor scale shapes…. This all gives enlightenment to what my ears and fingers have been doing for 40 years. Your teaching approach covers all learning curves, w/o “talking” down to any level, but in the same respect, not losing a higher lvl learner.
looking forward to more daily nuggets and periodic videos.
That quick back to the slide down on string 3 is new for me – Sounds great – Thanks ma-man Griff, for sharin’ the great riff!
Paul Wilson uk
Every time I read the comments there’s people moaning about little mistakes well let me tell you these scales can be played anywhere on the neck bending and tugging strings down is the blues you can play the scales up and down all you want it won’t sound like the blues your all trying to play soon as a bend or a slide comes in then there’s your blues you got to have the feeling and the rhythm and timing
For a couple of days, I have been trying to mix minor and major pentatonics , following the swing pattern . And to my surprise your video is about the same idea… We need to realize it takes a great deal of time to get our ears ear familiar to it,Then I can hopefully create some harmony, which will ultimately lead to being able to compose a song on my own. The idea is to understand what is going on when all those great players do what they do. Thank you for bringing that up.
Very well done but it will take me a lot of practice since I’m new at this .thank you Charley
Very good lesson. I am always messing around with scales and mixing one box with another in the development of riffs. This is something I do everyday. The thing I appreciate most is watching you do the counts, and more and more I see myself counting, or doing finger exercises to the tapping of my foot. I think it has actually improved my speed and a better sense of time. This I really appreciate….Paul
STILL LISTENING TO EVERYTHING YOU SEND TO ME…JUST STARTING BACK
TO PLAYING AGAIN AFTER A 6-MONTH HIATUS.
HOPE TO PRACTICE MORE FREQUENTLY NOW THAT I AM BACK IN FLORIDA
ON A FULL TIME BASIS. JUST TURNED 69 BUT NEVER TOO LATE TO LEARN TO PLAY GREAT!!!
THANKS AGAIN …..BOBBY G
Cannot see your fingers on the fret bar mostly you not the guitar
How about a lesson explaining what all those black and red and blue circles are.
the black one is a square it is the root note the red ones are the octive notes and the blue ones are the blue notes I believe . Hey everyone if you watch the cinnies enough times you might just get it . i have struggled with this guitar stuff over 40 years. sometimes just pick a 3 cord song you think you can play and have fun with it . there is no box to break out of its an extension of . i may have seen this many xs and took awhile to get it . so i guess you could say i suck at the guitar but in a good way . I will check the above stuff about the question . I realize Griff can not answer all
well i checked a black circle is a scale note. red is the root note and are the same note diffrent octive . blue of course is a blue note . and gray is a major note if they are included . if in black and white like so many of my notes are the black circle with a square around it is the root note . you can find these all over the internet . happy landings .
Thanks Griff. I think I can do this.
Nice lesson,I learned some of this by using my loop driver,I would record the rhythm to a song I knew,then try and put my own lead to it,and slowly I learn how to go up and down the guitar in different position .Still not where I want to be as a guitar player.
Just too good to be true, I follow every step, I’m not a beginner I’m a expert
Too good to be true, I’m an expert not beginner , I’ve followed every step
I’m a good follower , got a good teacher. Thanks for all your help,
Hi Griff, Great stuff. thanks for the lesson, well done.
I just got to do this lesson now 24th Feb 2016. I like your method of sliding into different boxes in Key of E Minor Box 1 & 2. I have been doing that with other Keys eg A Minor. I have been sliding systematically into all the 5 boxes across the fret board doing a solo jam on my looper. It works.
In this demo you seem to start on Beat 1 in triplets, seems the timing matches well.
For Key of E Minor when you get to the B7th Bar stretch can you not use a Capo?
All cool & great. Just love this Acoustic Blues.
I see your website needs some fresh & unique content.
Writing manually is time consuming, there is tool for this task.
Just search in g00gle for – rilkim’s tips
griff, I just started playing im a disabled vet got alot of time stuck in this chair i live on a small pension so for now i have to use the free lessions! and they are great!!!! but i missed alot. as you can see im doing #9 i copyed it but would like to get 1 thru 8. is it possable to still get them??? thanks keep your lesions comming your great!!!!!!!!!!! Dennis R.
This is a fantastic introduction to blues soloing! Griff never ceases to amaze me with how much good stuff he can manage to squeeze into such a simple, easy-to-follow lesson. As I watched I kept coming up with “so that’s how you play….an open E minor pentatonic scale…open E blues scale…Box 1…Box 2 minor pentatonic…Box 2 Blues scale…tie box 1 &. 2 together…”grace” note…slide… I really think that if we spent enough time on just this lesson, we could pull off a pretty decent solo for a 12 bar blues in E! Incredible! Thanks Griff!
Very cool – but I feel another shiny object has been dangled in front of me. Now I must concentrate on this one for awhile. But its the kind of stuff I signed up for. Off I go.
Good instruction you put out some good advice I have been picking for sixty years mostly by ear i learn something new all the time
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the horror – you should read about Bucksflooder first
That was interesting and it will go on the wall with the other related clip…
Thanks Griff, I always learn something from your lessons, but this one was one of your greatest! You opened a door for me. Thank you!
Thanks again, Griff!
Got me playing around on my guitar again!
Still crazy, after all these years!
Thanks again Grif. Helped me springboard to figure out some Los Straitjackets licks
“Can You Dig it!” is fun to play
Yes I got the video thank you so much
I liked this riff you showed us. I was able to use it in right away in different keys. I too am over the hill but I still love guitar and this was interesting. When I first heard the riff I tried it and after studying it I realized it was quite simple. I remembered the old saying “keep it simple stupid” and now it is lots of fun and like you said you can use it anywhere.
Thanks I enjoy your info.
Great lessons u have a flair for teaching Gruff thank u
Griff I been enjoying all of your lessons I just have a problem with my fingers going in the right place on the fret board along with my playing the strings with my right hand picking plus I don’t have a really what you’d call a quiet zone to practice your playing, to much negativity and I get discouraged, I know it’s not your problem but great lessons and thanks very much
Immersive, instructive and enlightening. Thanks and God Bless
Cool stuff Griff!!! I think it’s time for me to get reacquainted with my guitar. I switched to the ukulele a few years ago because of a finger injury.
These lessons are great, really appreciate them
Hey Griff! Lovin this. I just purchased your “How to Jam the Blues Alone”. Does this email series work in tandem with that or is this a standalone series?
Cheers from Vancouver!
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