Adding Notes To Pentatonic Scales Without Thinking

I know this might seem odd… but I like to add notes to my pentatonic and blues scale boxes without having to really think too much…

So, to that end, there are a couple of spots in the boxes where those extra notes just fit, and they are easy to see and use.

In this video, I’ll show you some ways to utilize these notes, and some options for how you can articulate them and blend them in with your regularly scheduled pentatonic note playing.


  • jean dominique

    Reply Reply March 13, 2019

    A good and valuable one, Thks

  • Paul Spiel

    Reply Reply March 11, 2019

    Dig the extra note tip

  • ChrisGSP

    Reply Reply March 6, 2019

    Griff suggests that “you take a variety of jam tracks” to practice against. I use VLC Media Player, mainly because it’s FREE, but also because it’s GOOD. There’s a thing in VLC called a “playlist”, in which you can create a set of songs or pieces that are grouped together, and when you play the playlist it plays that group of pieces one after the other. So…. get three or four jam tracks at different tempos or different feels and in different keys and group them together in a playlist. I’ve got four or five of these playlists that I use regularly, and each one goes for about 15 minutes. So I can start one up and practice for 15 minutes or so in different keys and different tempo/feels without taking my hands off the guitar. Perfect!!!
    Cheers from the great south land of Oz,
    Chris G.

  • Danniel Dickson

    Reply Reply March 6, 2019

    Awesome man! A lightbulb just went off

  • Chris

    Reply Reply March 5, 2019

    Got it……..UBJ2 Got Nowhere To Turn – F#min.mp3

  • Chris

    Reply Reply March 5, 2019

    What is the backing track you are using? Sounds familiar but cant place it.
    Good stuff…Thanks

  • Ken M

    Reply Reply March 5, 2019

    Every now and then I hear or see something that is like an apiphany “ probably spelled that incorrectly “ but never thought of the Dorian that way . I’ve always just started in the second position of the major scale . Thanks that makes it so much easier to incorporate.

  • Rick Bobick

    Reply Reply March 5, 2019

    Great Stuff: Been watching your teachings for a long time. How about a few lessons on how to use the “right hand” to improve your (1) picking accuracy and (2) speed.
    I am having issues with clean and quick picking, especially on the up stoke. You introduction to this lesson is what I would like to do, but can’t without your help.
    thanks and best wishes,

  • Ron

    Reply Reply March 5, 2019

    Totally agree about the brainpower comment. I’ve been playing for over 50 years but I WISH that on day one of guitar lessons my teacher would have said this: Look, music is a language, when you talk you don’t have to think about the letters of the alphabet do you? No, you just put together words into coherent phrases, sentences and paragraphs, because you know the language so well you don’t have to think about it. You put your attention on what you want to express.
    So it is with notes, musical phrases, and coherent musical ideas, you have to know the fundamentals so well that you no longer have to think about it. You can put together musical ideas in a fluid coherent way without thinking about where to put your fingers. You can just put your attention on what you want to say musically.
    Preaching to the choir? Lol!

  • Bill Thomas

    Reply Reply March 5, 2019

    Darn, Griff! I think that intro you played in the first minute of the video is one of the finest blues solos I’ve ever heard. What a way to make your point right out of the gate. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  • tony jorgensen

    Reply Reply March 5, 2019

    hi griff, thank you for another great lesson.I learn from each one.

  • Roger Sidoti

    Reply Reply March 5, 2019

    Hi Griff!

    I have been a BGU fan for at least 5 years and have purchased a number of courses! This video is spot on! I help retirees who want to learn to play guitar and I preach “The Pentatonic patterns are a road map, not a straight jacket!!”It was nice to see affirmation of that mantra in this video! As a former teacher and high school principal, your teaching style and approach to new material is excellent!

  • johnnie

    Reply Reply March 5, 2019

    Good stuff as always. I don’t like to think about it either and the bends and twidles just make it so much more interesting and fun.

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