Buddy Guy Approach To Slow Blues Soloing

Buddy Guy is one of the absolute last living blues legends (if not the last) and I’ve been listening to some of his music more often lately… I wanted to do a lesson on some essential Buddy Guy licks… but he’s somewhat of a chameleon, able to adapt and change based on the situation and…

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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…

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Mike Bloomfield IV to I Lick

This is a lick I heard Mike Bloomfield do and I just love it… it’s a move that I find myself doing, but I didn’t realize just where I’d stolen it from 🙂 So we’re gonna do two things today – first, I’m gonna show you the lick… But then, I want to show you…

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Do You Need Real Music?

Q: How do you get a guitar player to stop playing? A: Put sheet music in front of them! It’s an old joke that nods to a common misconception about guitar players – that we can’t read music. Not only that, I pride myself on the fact that you don’t have to read music in…

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Don’t Poke The Root Note…

This is one of those things that I see many of my less experienced blues soloists do… In fact, I see it in my son’s jazz band at school, it’s just a common thing when you’re not as sure about what you’re going to play next. The tendency is to not want to leave empty…

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“Ask Griff” Feb 15, 2019

We talked about a whole bunch of fun things yesterday on a live version of “Ask Griff…” So grab a cup of coffee and listen to some thoughts on practicing tips, the “jazz blues” and how to modify a 12 bar blues to make it more jazzy… Plus, we talked about more advanced scales and…

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When To Stop And When To Butcher It

A lot of beginning and intermediate guitar players have the tendency to stop every time they make a mistake… Which may, or may not, be the right thing to do. Let’s talk about the different types of practicing, and when you want to plow through vs. when you want to stop and fix every last…

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More Little Chords & Inversions

A lot folks get stuck playing the same-old-same-old chords and patterns when it comes to blues rhythm playing… but it doesn’t have to be that way. When you realize that there are only 4 ways to invert a 7th chord (our bread and butter of the blues) and you probably already know 3 of them…

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Clapton’s Secret Move?

There is a particular move that I see Eric Clapton do that seems to be a bit unique to his style… And since so many of you have been asking for more analysis and insight into Clapton’s playing, I thought I would delve into this particular box 1 to box 5 shift that Clapton does.…

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The Boys Are Back In Town

OK, so I was feeling a little more towards the Classic Rock side and did one of my live session on the Facebooks and YouTubes with one of my favorite songs… It’s “The Boys Are Back In Town” by Thin Lizzy… and even if you don’t care much for the song, the chord progression is…

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