Getting Your Hands Back

For whatever reason, we all have to spend some time away from our guitars… It’s never fun, but it happens. Maybe it’s an injury, maybe it’s work travel… Maybe it’s just that the kids have been sick and your time hasn’t been your own. It doesn’t matter, you want to get back to where you…

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Playing “Acoustic” On Electric

These last few days we’ve been talking a lot about “acoustic” blues, in the sense that it’s blues you play by yourself – and not with a band… But I really want to emphasize that these skills are just as useful on an electric guitar – with a band – as they are without! In…

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How To Find All 5 Boxes – No Matter What Key

Certainly in people that I work with every day, wrapping your head around “the boxes” and being able to truly find all of the possible places to play your pentatonic/blues minor and major scales can be a challenge. So in this video, I’m going to try and break down just as simply as I know…

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Keeping Notes Ringing

Many beginning and lower-intermediate guitar players I work with have a tendency to cut all the notes short… and it’s just one of those things the separates the pros from the amateurs quickly. Luckily, it’s not something that takes hours and hours in the woodshed. Like many things, simply being aware of it, and focusing…

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You Might Be Practicing Your Boxes Wrong

I’m not sure how else to put it… but most of us learn the “boxes” of the pentatonic/blues scale in a way that… isn’t actually all that useful to us in the heat of battle (during an actual solo.) It’s not our fault, it’s how we have to learn them at first. But the problem…

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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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Keep Control Of The Ringing

This is a problem I see a lot of advanced beginners and intermediate players have… where things get all “ringy” because they aren’t controlling the extra vibrations with their picking hand. So in today’s live video, I’ll talk about why you should keep that picking hand palm actively muting at all times, and how you…

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The Janitor Story

My dad was a computer scientist, and he would ask me sometimes to be “his janitor…” Of course, I was puzzled, so I asked what that meant… Imagine, if you will, that it’s 2:00 in the morning, and you’re at the computer lab working on a problem that you haven’t been able to solve for…

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Finding Songs To Play

If you’ve been through my Beginning Blues Guitar or Strumming And Rhythm Mastery courses, then you’ve undoubtedly heard of the “Most Popular Strum In The World” (and make sure to imagine the voice of the most Interesting Man In The World guy from the commercials when you say it…) Well, someone asked me how to…

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Owning The 12 Bar Blues

A lot of times, if you’re new to playing the blues, or new to guitar in general, and you’re trying to solo it’s super easy to get lost in the form… So here’s a little live lesson I did yesterday on the YouTubes and Facebooks where I’ll give you some ideas on some ways to…

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