Facebook Live 5-19-17 Pentatonic Scales

Spent a little time on the Facebook live yesterday afternoon… in case you missed it, here’s the replay ๐Ÿ™‚

I don’t have downloads for this… but you can always watch it on YouTube as well if that makes it work better for you.


  • DaveyJoe

    Reply Reply June 14, 2017

    Very thorough Griff… I like it!

  • Gary Davis

    Reply Reply May 25, 2017

    Thanks again boss next time you have a FBI live class would you please inform all of us when and where it’s on. I really enjoy your lessons but sometimes being able to ask that all elusive question would help the learning Process even more. Thanks bigtime

  • Al

    Reply Reply May 22, 2017

    I’m glad that you put up the video as a kind of archive so those of us who cannot afford the specific time “live” can still get the great information you pass on. However, on the down side, watching it at a later date negates the opportunity to ask poignant questions that might also help others.
    My only question is about the “changing keys” that someone asked. I, personally, hardly EVER change with the chords (e.g. I, IV, V). However, as I’ve grown in experience, I’ve discovered a cool sound that I know I’ve heard some of the “masters” use. Standard blues rhythm in the background, the lead plays VI minor over the ‘root’ chord and switches to the ‘root’ key over the V chord.
    In the key of A, that means playing F#m over the A chord and switching to the Am over the D chord. The VI minor (or relative minor) offers a ‘softer’ sound that seems to gently bring the listener in to what you, as the lead guitarist, wants to say. Then you “hit them with both barrels” over the D, bringing the grit of the Am pentatonic to full bear.
    What do YOU think of using this? I don’t do it always. As you said, I never play the same thing the same way twice. I like to “flavor” up my music. Still, have you ever done this? Do you like the sound?
    Thanks for everything you do, Griff. It’s always a pleasure.


    • Steve

      Reply Reply May 22, 2017

      Hi Al, yes the F#m works because it is also the A major pentatonic scale…one and the same. However, when you play it, you have to, for lack of a better word, accent the A note and not the F# note. I believe Griff sent out an Email video on just this subject, I just don’t remember when. He explains it way better than I ever could. He also has a course on using major and minor scales in his catalog. I hope this helps a little. Griff can help a lot more……

  • Randy Signor

    Reply Reply May 21, 2017

    OK, I want the new four-note solo, por favor.

  • john lawson

    Reply Reply May 21, 2017

    Thanks Griff…good stuff…slowing coming to the decision to focus on a small piece of the pie and become ‘one with it’ … focusing on box 1 and 2 only for example and just really do a deep dive on that stuff! Then build on that. Sometimes easy to get distracted with new stuff I see and want to try. Anyway, thanks for another piece of the puzzle – or was it pie? John

  • Warner

    Reply Reply May 21, 2017

    Thanks, Griff, for the FB rerun. I never can catch stuff live as I don’t have times to sit down BUT really enjoyed your rerun discussion. I listened, started, stopped, reran, etc.; your videos are all the best learning tools. Yes, better than me expensive private lessons. The video messages make your courses (I own several and they are my favorites) come alive and be more personal. I am a true fan.

  • Ann

    Reply Reply May 21, 2017

    Hey Ann here from north Carolina. Did you say the 5 notes are d e g da
    Could you say them again please.

    • Rob

      Reply Reply May 21, 2017

      A, C, D, E and G.

  • Jyff

    Reply Reply May 21, 2017

    Good stuff. Thanks as always

  • David alcocer

    Reply Reply May 21, 2017

    Dave alcocer here, we jammed in Austin at Mr Mitchell’s home( evil ways) a complete pleasure to meet you and Laura, your style of play and teaching… amazing. I happened upon your 4 note solo video and that piqued my interest.
    Being relatable to your students as you are makes the journey that more appealing.
    I have two of your courses, and one day I hope to dig in deeper. Keep up the outstanding work.. stay golden … ( pony boy)
    Much respect.

  • Rod Woolley

    Reply Reply May 21, 2017

    There is one simple but very important tip I think that needs to be added to any lesson talking about using pentatonic shapes to play the blues . Once you know where to find the notes that sound good together before you can improvise your own blues tunes you need to listen to blues music to get into the mood and give your mind ideas to “fall back on”. To help you get started. it helps to keep in mind the first few notes of some blues tune that catch your attention and then follow them up with your own creation. You sort of have to “get the blues in you” or “infuse yourself with blues” . That helps to overcome the “what shall I do now” feeling.

  • david anderson

    Reply Reply May 21, 2017


    Very well done as usual. The FB forum is less “sterile” and seems more personal. I hope you will consider doing this more often but with a heads up next time. The best to you and yours.

  • Jeremy

    Reply Reply May 20, 2017

    Awesome Grif, thanks for the replay of this as I was probably fast asleep way down the bottom here in NZ when you were facing, face offing, fbing, facebooing, fboking or whatever it’s called!
    I like the keep it simple approach, because that works for me personally:-)
    As usual I appreciate your personal no nonsense tips and tricks to keep us all plugging in – in so many ways!
    There’s so many ways to look at this thing called blues, so it helps to keep coming back to these blues box basics
    Loving the journey, hope you are too!

  • Chris

    Reply Reply May 20, 2017

    Thanks for posting this as I missed the live version

  • Dan Scharf

    Reply Reply May 20, 2017

    Thanks Griff…..good review!

  • Rox

    Reply Reply May 20, 2017

    Great Griff:)

    Appreciate this very much!

  • Greg Heller

    Reply Reply May 20, 2017

    Checkin’ in, saying thanks for over the years, and asking for your 4-note solo magic.

  • Bill H

    Reply Reply May 20, 2017

    4note solo


    Reply Reply May 20, 2017

    Thanks for posting your lesson! Time has taken the “spring” out of my fingers so now always searching for chords that are user friendly to an older hand. As tthe saying goes…. “There may be snow on the roof but still fire in the furnace” ….. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Cheers ! Warren

  • Duke Wright

    Reply Reply May 20, 2017


    Just watching this youtube video….. as a purchaser of several of your products I’m disappointed I didn’t know about this yesterday so I could have participated. Did you send an email to your subscribers before hand? If so I didn’t get it.

    Duke Wright

  • Mark Wales uk

    Reply Reply May 20, 2017

    Cheers Griff
    For the lesson
    I like the Q&A ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŽถ

  • Mike

    Reply Reply May 20, 2017

    Hi Griff – I am having trouble with the cadence while learning to solo over a blues track. Any tips or lessons.

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