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 space, so during periods of thinking, you might tend to “poke” the root note a few times. It’s a safe place to be, and it’s not empty space, so it seems to work.

In fact, in my experience, most of my students don’t even realize they do this. So realizing it’s a thing is probably the first step to correcting it 🙂

But the second step is doing something better. If you’re going to poke a note, might as well make it sound cool while you’re at it, right?

13 Comments

  • chris clemans

    Reply Reply February 22, 2019

    Griff , what neck profile does your Paul Reed have also the video was great as usual

  • BILL CARTER

    Reply Reply February 21, 2019

    That was the most fluent blues I have ever heard you play.
    Can I have that backing track please Griff?

  • Robert

    Reply Reply February 20, 2019

    How about shirt where can i get mine ?

  • Mark

    Reply Reply February 20, 2019

    Now I would love the tab to the intro to this video and the backing track. That was nice. Any chance?

    • Drew

      Reply Reply February 20, 2019

      Ditto on that request. There’s a bit of Hard Times by Ray Charles in there somewhere. I’d buy the lesson.

    • PAUL

      Reply Reply February 20, 2019

      I HEAR THIS ALOT, ON SOLOS. MANY GUYS JUST REPEAT THERE LICKS, OVER AND OVER.
      I LIKE YOURT BGU LIVE T-SHIRT GRIFF. YOU SHOULD SELL THEM. I WOULD BUY ONE.
      THANKS GRIFF.

  • Mike

    Reply Reply February 20, 2019

    Sweet! Love these daily doses! Dose of dos in this case.

    • ChrisGSP

      Reply Reply February 20, 2019

      Ho ho Mike, were those Dosey Does? That go with Hokey Pokes in a square dance?
      Chris G.

  • Gary

    Reply Reply February 20, 2019

    Great job Griff, very help full thanks

  • David

    Reply Reply February 20, 2019

    My mother once told me if I kept poking the root I’d go blind. 😬

  • Rob

    Reply Reply February 20, 2019

    Nice new PRS !

  • Bill R

    Reply Reply February 20, 2019

    Great learning…was just in a Group guitar lesson last night when the instructor had us use our first “improvisation” try using basically Box 1 of the Penatonic scale…I sounded so good, (so I thought) but kept hitting that root note and hitting it in a “non poking” kind of way—this Grace note approach you show suddenly makes me feel a bit better about using it again, in a way that doesnt make it sound so repetitive and same like. Thanks for the “timely” quick lesson.

  • Terry

    Reply Reply February 20, 2019

    Nice. Great thought. Thks

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