Blues Phrasing Using Rhythm Figures

This is a lesson aimed at anyone trying to do some blues soloing, but struggling to make sense with what you’re playing.

It’s easy to just throw stuff against a wall and see if it sticks, but it’s a brand new game when you start thinking ahead and using what you’ve played before to influence what you play next.

So in this video, I’ll show you a way you can “rip off” the rhythmic figure of a lick, and then apply it to any pattern, in any direction, for a world of new and different sounds that are much easier to predict.

13 Comments

  • Terry

    Reply Reply April 5, 2019

    Timing Timing Timing. Guess it always comes back to that..

  • jean dominique

    Reply Reply April 4, 2019

    I liked the idea of cohesion. You made it so simple. My problem is continuity after the phrase. Thank you for shedding some light on that excellent video…

  • Harold Vietti

    Reply Reply April 4, 2019

    Thanks Griff.

    Another great lesson. You reminded me that I need to listen to the rhythm and blind my licks with purpose and it does not have to be complicated.

    • Harold Vietti

      Reply Reply April 4, 2019

      Oops. I meant blend.

  • chris clemans

    Reply Reply April 4, 2019

    Great lesson Griff it does open up a lot of possibilities, Love the PRS Guitar, I just had a Paul Reed Smith MCARTY 594 dbl cut delivered its Killer!!

  • John

    Reply Reply April 4, 2019

    great lesson it opens my pathways for me

  • Ulrich

    Reply Reply April 4, 2019

    Griff, this is one of the lessons that really boost my playing.It opens everything, hands, mind, fretboard. Great! And thanks.

  • Pete B

    Reply Reply April 4, 2019

    Hi Griff
    Another sweet lesson.

    Many thanks as always.

  • Keith

    Reply Reply April 4, 2019

    Gives me another part of the phrase to listen to.. I’m always worried so much about the exact pitches, that I forget the timing or rhythm is pretty important. Trying to lift that by itself is a little less difficult and very beneficial. Thanks, Griff!

  • p-ant

    Reply Reply April 4, 2019

    thanks what’s your name

  • tommytubetone

    Reply Reply April 4, 2019

    Like it!!

  • Terry Bailey

    Reply Reply April 4, 2019

    Love the Guitar!

  • Grant Reid

    Reply Reply April 4, 2019

    Thanks Griff,

    Helpful as always!

    Regards,

    Grant!

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