Don’t Lie Rhythm

Surprisingly (to me, anyway) I’ve had a lot of requests recently to demonstrate one of my own songs.

It’s an older one, but “Don’t Lie” always seems to be a favorite, so today I’ll walk you through the basic rhythm and changes for the song. And if you’ve never heard, there’s a fun video below where you can hear the original song…

Downloads of this video – MP4 | WMV | TAB (PDF)

Now… this next video is the original recording of the song, but someone (not me) had some fun with the video.

The video you’ll see doesn’t match up with the song, but it’s the same song performed live at a little coffee house gig several years ago. So the guitar parts don’t match and the words don’t match… but somebody did a pretty decent job of lining it up so it’s at least something to watch while the song plays (the first few seconds is really funny too 🙂

43 Comments

  • david moon

    Reply Reply June 16, 2017

    a lot (most?) of the solos in that mashup were not you. Somebody went to a lot of trouble to sync everything up and it worked. Do you know who was the player, KWS?

    And the song (chord progression and lyrics) is cool regardless.

    Reminds me of KWS “Somehow, Somewhere, Someway”

    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=kenny+wayne+shepherd+somehow%2c+somewhere%2c+someway&&view=detail&mid=32E39F80133590C7039A32E39F80133590C7039A&FORM=VRDGAR

  • Jake Whicker

    Reply Reply May 5, 2017

    Awesome! Really cool! I am stealing this for sure.

  • Stephen J Diotte

    Reply Reply May 1, 2017

    Griff:
    Am I correct in thinking you are not really picking each note but just including them in the sweep action you are doing? At speed it’s hard to tell but it doesn’t look like you are picking them specifically

  • stsphen jarman from australia

    Reply Reply April 30, 2017

    Very good performance good to see you have talent and exultant teaching videos. Keep this going. Also do you have your CD’s n pal formate.

  • Gene

    Reply Reply April 30, 2017

    Wow!!! That was great,I wish I could do that.Good job!

  • Fred J Fowler

    Reply Reply April 30, 2017

    very nice. tx. sing more . . . u r good. xo

  • Rob

    Reply Reply April 30, 2017

    SRV &KWS heavy influence for sure.
    Cool song!

  • Scott

    Reply Reply April 29, 2017

    Thank you for taking the time to describe the settings on both your guitar and pedal to get that tone.

  • Scotty

    Reply Reply April 29, 2017

    I too am loving this song!!
    I’ve never seen you play live before so am very glad that you shared!

    Lots of you have said SRV, and I don’t think you’re wrong….
    The other guitar player I think of when I hear this is Kenny Wayne Sheppard. Others agree?

    • Scotty

      Reply Reply April 29, 2017

      Doh! That will teach me for responding before watching all the videos. Clearly it’s a KWS inspired song too.
      Love it!

  • John

    Reply Reply April 29, 2017

    AWESOME,

    Griff why hasn’t Eric Clapton or any of the other BIG blues names covered this song?????????
    TREEEEEMENDOUS BOY!
    oh and by the way thanks for all your free lessons

  • Tom Anthony

    Reply Reply April 29, 2017

    Great Stuff Griff, Love the Energy….Cheers

  • Bruce McDermott

    Reply Reply April 29, 2017

    Really want to learn this. Where can I find the lyrics?

  • Michael Chappell

    Reply Reply April 29, 2017

    Hey Griff,

    You have to show us How to play your own songs maybe the next BGIAB V3..This song is so COOL that I am going to learn the Rhythm of it. It just has a great groove & feeling.. I have a Strat same colour as yours, not sure I have a tube screamer but on my Boss ME 80 (Effects Board) it is bound to be in there or close to.
    This song seems to have the influence of SRV sound but much better.. because it comes from our best guitar teacher Griff Hamlin.

    Michael-Sydney-Australia 29 April 2017.

  • Manticore

    Reply Reply April 28, 2017

    A few years ago? Mon ami, that live recording was of a gig a decade ago!

  • John

    Reply Reply April 28, 2017

    This makes for a great opening song! This one is stoked with lots of coffee! caffeinated indeed!
    I enjoy this number and the style. But it’s your song. Lots of high-class attention getter…
    I printed out the sheet music, maybe hope to learn a portion of this. I have lots of learning to do.

    Thank you, Grif!

  • Steven Siegel

    Reply Reply April 28, 2017

    Good tune. Stevie Ray is not easy to get his groove down right. Best I have herd is him and Albert in session recording and they both were a pure delight to listen too.

  • Jeff

    Reply Reply April 28, 2017

    I’m truly amazed! I watched Joe Bonamassa at the Greek show the other day. He’s exceptional, but… I much prefer watching what you have demonstrated with this video. I can’t play very well yet but watching this video inspires me to keep at it. BTW you’re instruction is by far the best that I have been able to find anywhere.

  • Neil Snow

    Reply Reply April 28, 2017

    Great song. It has a cool groove to it.

    Thanks
    Neil

  • Karey Reese

    Reply Reply April 28, 2017

    That was very cool! I couldn’t see you picking the notes. Look to me like you were just strumming. I need to slow this way down so I can see how you picked the notes. I want to learn to play this. I really dug it.

  • Dr. Bo

    Reply Reply April 28, 2017

    Saw you do this song at BGU Live and really loved it. I was hoping to learn it. This is perfect! Thanks.

  • Jack

    Reply Reply April 28, 2017

    Hi, Griff.

    That’s just a GREAT song. I liked it VERY much.
    you say it’s been a while since your last album.
    Make another. “Don’t Lie” is just great.

  • PETER HOOIVELD

    Reply Reply April 28, 2017

    Great song Griff! Love the haunting sound of the turnaround!!

  • Tom Hopsicker

    Reply Reply April 28, 2017

    BTW, that song and the rest of the album is available on iTunes. 😎

  • Joyce

    Reply Reply April 28, 2017

    Love it! Thank you for sharing!

  • Seth Tyrssen

    Reply Reply April 28, 2017

    Well damn, Griff, that was cool!

  • Layne Oliver

    Reply Reply April 28, 2017

    Griff, that was AWESOME, fun to watch and hear and very inspirational!

  • Ronald L Mitchell

    Reply Reply April 28, 2017

    Oh yeah the boy can sing to Your juat to kewell 4 School.
    makes me wanna burn my guitars.
    well maby not

  • Mark Wales uk

    Reply Reply April 28, 2017

    Cheers Griff
    For the lesson how did you leave this one out
    Of the gig in a box courses 😎🎶

  • Louie o.

    Reply Reply April 28, 2017

    Very SRV like rhythm pattern. I was always partial to your song When Evil Comes. Love to play along to that song. Loved your album when it came out always disappointed you didn’t follow up!

  • Dave G

    Reply Reply April 28, 2017

    Awesome Griff!!! I concur with whoever said how about showing us the whole thing, thank you 🎸⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Andrew

    Reply Reply April 28, 2017

    I knew you were a great guitar player, but you sing very well too. That’s just not fair 😭. How come so many musicians can do both? I will be happy just to crack the guitar.

  • Kevin O'Sullivan

    Reply Reply April 28, 2017

    Hey Griff – that was truly Awesome! You really should put more of your songs out there. Top blues vocals too. You been keeping this stuff from us? I just loved it Griff.
    Thank you

  • PapaThor

    Reply Reply April 28, 2017

    Very enjoyable, hope our responses encourage you to give us all of this great tune, many thanks.

  • Tom Hopsicker

    Reply Reply April 28, 2017

    How cool would it be to learn that song and then get to play it with Griff’s band? Oh wait, that happened.

  • John

    Reply Reply April 28, 2017

    Griff: Thanks for the lesson – great tune and good lesson. Love the son as well.

  • John

    Reply Reply April 28, 2017

    It’s a pity you didn’t put the PDF on two pages, so that both could be open at the same time. It’s more awkward to have a PDF on three pages on the music stand.

  • Mike

    Reply Reply April 28, 2017

    WOW!!!! any more like that? That is something to aspire to. Great Griff, thanks.

  • Paul Korchuk

    Reply Reply April 28, 2017

    Must really like Stevie Ray.Saw him live when he was just getting started. You sound and play very close when he was younger. Excellent great listening tune. Paul

  • Dennis Miller

    Reply Reply April 28, 2017

    Great song….just wanted to give you a heads up. The last two video clips I received from you aren’t synced. The video and audio are out of sync.

  • Bill F.

    Reply Reply April 28, 2017

    Nice job Griff. You have a great voice. I like the tune…a little SRV-ish. Great playing.

  • Dq

    Reply Reply April 28, 2017

    Love the song and look forward to learning the lead parts. Were you using a looper when you were playing the lead?

  • Mark d.

    Reply Reply April 28, 2017

    Where’s that been hiding!…great voice!….smoking guitar!

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