Gary Clark Jr. When My Train Pulls In Lesson

Nothing but a fun lesson today from a new Gary Clark Jr. song called, “When My Train Pulls In.”

This was brought to my attention recently, and while I’m a bit familiar with Gary Clark Jr., I’ve been trying to hear more of his music. He’s become quite popular recently as a modern blues player.

So if you like his music, you might enjoy this lesson. And if you haven’t heard his music, this might inspire you to check it out further.

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  • Dean

    Reply Reply December 20, 2017

    He has a real cool solo acoustic version on YouTube

  • Bob

    Reply Reply October 4, 2017

    Nice lesson. Hadn’t heard Gary Clark Jr, but like the sound. Found an acoustic version he did on YouTube that has a great sound as well. I don’t have the technique to do all of what he does, but will work on some parts.

    Thanks for expanding my horizons and giving me more ideas to inspire more playing.

  • Ken Reimer

    Reply Reply October 2, 2017

    Great video, too bad there isnt tab for this one.

  • Michael Chappell

    Reply Reply September 28, 2017

    Hey Griff, I just like the sound and it fits well for the song..

    All good.

    Cheers Michael -Sydney-Australia Sept 2017

  • Rich

    Reply Reply September 26, 2017

    Glad to see a lot of Gary Clark Jr fans here as I am. I too first picked up on him from the Crossroads DVD and really dig this song. I wish I had gotten one of his blue Epi Casino signature models when they were out. Inspired me to get a Casino anyway. Love how dirty his sound is with all the distortion. Been wanting to learn this number and do it with my jam band. Thanks Griff.

  • ChrisGSP

    Reply Reply September 25, 2017

    GCJr. did this song at Crossroads 2013. It’s probably up on uTube somewhere. I just watched it again on the DVD; fabulous!! He’s got a rhythm guitarist on a Gibson double-neck who plays the whole track on the 12-string neck. Behind the riff it looks like he’s playing a D-Major triad on the top 3 pairs at the 7th fret – so that’s B on the 7th fret of the first string, G on the 8th fret of the second string, and D on the 7th fret of the third string. That’s a G Major chord (G, B, D) – BUT, think of it as E minor 7th without a root (E, G, B, D without the E) and that’s what it is. Gary is playing his Epiphone semi-solid that I think is a Casino, very much like Griff’s 335 in the lesson, and brother to my DOT!! If you find this on uTube or the DVD, DO NOT FAIL to check out the NEXT song – “Please Come Home”. It’s not blues, but it’s amaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing !!!
    Cheers from the Great South Land,

  • Jeff

    Reply Reply September 25, 2017

    Nice variation on the ‘blues’ theme which uncovered a couple of interesting and new concepts for me. Actually, it never ceases to amaze me how the same few notes, like this riff, can sound so different and distinctive – the blues is alive !

  • Mike caribguitar

    Reply Reply September 24, 2017

    Glad to see you grabbing onto G C Jr– he blew the top off Chicago Blues Fesr as headliner and opening for EC at Mad Square Garden this year,
    Love seeing you dissect this tune! more! As usual,Griff,you’re an inspiration.

  • Jim 58

    Reply Reply September 24, 2017

    This was the song I heard that impressed me enough to see what Griff and you all thought of his playing. Thanks Griff for choosing this number!

  • Mike g

    Reply Reply September 24, 2017

    You are a superior guitar player 100 times over”…..just saying. I like what he’s doing for blues. .peace

  • Mike g

    Reply Reply September 24, 2017

    Great griff, been trying to figure that out also like to play brite lights

  • Ralkite

    Reply Reply September 24, 2017

    I’ve used a downloaded tab to play that riff for a while which just focuses around an open E chord.
    Your version makes way more sense plus explains the rest of the song nicely. Thanks heaps

  • Glenn

    Reply Reply September 24, 2017

    I’m so glad GCJr finally hit your radar!….Great riff!
    Please, Please…..PLEASE….!!!

    show us what he’s doing on ‘Don’t owe you a Thang

    (Can I git an Amen?!)

  • Terry Tosh

    Reply Reply September 24, 2017

    I like that A LOT. Whenever I can master Traveling Blues I will get back to this must have lesson. Thanks!

  • credenhill

    Reply Reply September 24, 2017

    Gary Clark Jnr was due to play with Eric Clapton in Los Angeles in March this year until the concert was cancelled due to EC sickness.

  • cory

    Reply Reply September 24, 2017

    Great lesson as always.
    How about doing an artist focus series. I really like Gary Clark Jr.
    he has some great music and it would be fun to focus on artists like him.

  • Craig

    Reply Reply September 24, 2017

    Check out 1969 Fleetwood Mac video
    Peter Green. Song name “oh well”
    May not be exact same riff but darn close
    Then different direction

    • Carlos Nells

      Reply Reply September 24, 2017

      Yeah Peter Green…thanks Craig for naming the artist…

    • ChrisGSP

      Reply Reply September 25, 2017

      Craig, I LOVE that song. “Can’t tell you ’bout the shape I’m in, I can’t sing I ain’t pretty and my legs are thin. Don’t ask me what I think of you, I might not give the answer that you want me to.” I remember figuring it out off the 45 back in about ’69 or ’70. I wore that single out jumping back and forth on the riff until I finally got it. Peter Green has always been one of my favourites. I’ve got the “Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac” albums, the ones he did with Mayall, and the recent stuff with Splinter Group etc.
      Cheers from OZ. Chris G.

  • Michael L Castle

    Reply Reply September 24, 2017

    Thought you might find this interesting:

  • Mick

    Reply Reply September 24, 2017

    Hmmm… Been a bgu’er now for sometime. Griff is no less than GREAT in his playing, teaching and inspiring! Gary,… not so much…

    • Mike g

      Reply Reply September 24, 2017

      Gotta agree with you

  • Findlay

    Reply Reply September 24, 2017

    This is really nifty. I’m a bit ashamed to say that I came across Gary Clarke Jr watching the film “Chef” with the kids. I like this a lot, but for something fascinatingly similar, look up Songhoy Blues from Mali and the first track on their first album, “Music In Exile”. It’s a song called “Soubour” and a similar thing is going on.

  • Dean Murphy

    Reply Reply September 24, 2017

    Beyond my level of skill yet, I really enjoyed watching and listening. Really like the riff. Thanks Griff and Gary.

  • Mark Wales uk

    Reply Reply September 24, 2017

    Cheers Griff
    For the lesson off now to check him out 😎🎶

  • Kev

    Reply Reply September 24, 2017

    My favorite is his version of Catfish blues. Would love to see you break it down.! Going to work on this now. Great pick up.

    • Ed

      Reply Reply September 24, 2017

      Another vote for Catfish Blues. This one first made me a Gary Clark Jr. fan.

  • jalapeno

    Reply Reply September 24, 2017

    Thanks for another great lesson Griff. That 2nd that Gary plays, I’ve used it a lot with a minor blues but I thought of it as a 9th. I like to sit on it for a few beats with a slow vibrato. I think it is a cool note in a minor blues.

  • Francis Manakkil

    Reply Reply September 24, 2017

    I love this stuff. Was in the look out of some pattern to start on Phrygian minor. Thanks million Griffith.

  • Terry

    Reply Reply September 24, 2017

    Cool riffs. Will be adding this to the list.

  • Juanlu

    Reply Reply September 24, 2017

    It sounds good,I dig it! Great update!

    It’s cool to see that your lessons are alive and you listen to the students requests.

    Bye Griff.

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