E Major Pentatonic/Blues Riff Factory

There are SO many blues riffs that come from the notes in the open E Major Pentatonic and Blues Scales that you owe it to yourself to get really comfortable with these shapes and this form.

So in today’s video, I’ll walk you through an idea that I came up with quickly, but you could probably find or create a dozen more with even just a few minutes of your time. And I think you’ll recognize a lot of classic blues riffs as you go through this.

Download the video – MP4

Download the TAB – PDF


  • Michael Chappell

    Reply Reply June 3, 2018

    Hi Griff,Cool lesson and a good refresher. I have saved it for later.


    Michael-Sydney-Australia 4th June 2018

    P.S. I am sure your BGU Lab later today will go well. I am not there yet but one day I will be ready..Here’s a thought can us BGUers purchase simply an attendance / viewer only of the BGULab ie not participate but simply learn and view how the BGULab works. We could pay as a learner and you could send us the url to login in as part of your learning audience. I would like to watch it even if I could simply watch the recorded version due to the time difference but could be a great learning curve.

  • Kevin O'Sullivan

    Reply Reply May 25, 2018

    Thanks yet again Griff. I’m sure I’ve noodled that somewhere along the line but it’s great to be reminded of a riff so neat and simple yet so cool.
    As always, excellent teaching.

  • Alan G

    Reply Reply May 23, 2018

    Hi Griff… Another good exercise or workout if you like. I notice you have a copy of a Fender Jaguar (think). Is there something you don’t particularly like about Fenders….it’s the same with your Suhr…just wondering.

    • Alan Abriss

      Reply Reply May 24, 2018

      G&L make a better instrument than Fender and if you did not know the “L” in G&L is Leo Fender. After he sold Fender he went into business building better guitars. Check them out good stuff. I also have friends who swear by Suhr over Fender for similar reasons.

    • JohnnyB

      Reply Reply May 24, 2018

      The Suhr is a custom or semi-custom guitar. Not many Fenders other than SOME custom shop models would be of equivalent quality. The G&L seems to be the new Doheny model, which is a monster. Griff has a video somewhere in which he demo’d it for G&L.

  • steven siegel

    Reply Reply May 23, 2018

    It is one of the oldest guitar sounds that has been used all over the music world four decades. Cant forget to include it as a pattern in this comment.
    P 90’S sound good Griff with no distortion added in. Brings out that smooth got to have more of it music. I go back to that mode of music all the time can’t get enough of it.

  • Terry Terrell

    Reply Reply May 23, 2018

    Wasn’t that was Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison that Dwight Yocum covered?

  • Mike Mac

    Reply Reply May 23, 2018

    Nice lesson Griff really opened up that part of the neck for me – pretty sure SRV favoured his pattern a lot?

  • Jerry Owens

    Reply Reply May 23, 2018


  • Mike

    Reply Reply May 23, 2018

    I hear “My Girl” in that riff.

  • cowboy

    Reply Reply May 23, 2018

    more neat info for our “in the pocket” riffs…thanks…later.


  • John

    Reply Reply May 23, 2018

    I am finally and just recently starting to look at the root, flatted 3rd, perfect 5th, etc. That Griff mentions in the video. Next is to locate them without looking at the neck. I learned to touch type in high school so I think I’ll get there. I think it will be liberating to do so with the added benefit of really hearing the notes. Can’t get there soon enough.


    Reply Reply May 23, 2018



    Reply Reply May 23, 2018

    Hi Griff, as ever VERY useful information and tips, clearly explained and clearly put across. As an ex-teacher myself, may I say you do a grand job and you have helped MY blues playing come on in leaps and bounds.

    I thank you for that.

    BTW..how did your patents know you were going to be a musician who would use lots of ‘riffs’..and is that how they came up with your name ??? Parents eh ??

    Cheers JOHN (LONDON)

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