How To Add Some Variety To Your Solos

It’s super easy to get stuck in a steady steam of 1/8th notes when you solo…

So in today’s video I’ll give you a couple of ideas on ways to break out of that rut and add some more variety to your blues solos.

Hope you dig this and I hope it inspires you to try some new things today!

16 Comments

  • Rick

    Reply Reply September 20, 2018

    Love your stuff Griff. The real reason I am commenting though is your shirt. I was in an army unit in Germany with the AH-1 ( Cobra ) helicopter during the eighties and our unit moto or call sign was Snake Bite. It was also on our unit patch. Would love to get that shirt. Not yours of course.

    • Griff

      Reply Reply September 20, 2018

      I got it at Kohl’s… but it’s been a long time. I’m not sure if they still carry it.

  • Marv Murray

    Reply Reply September 19, 2018

    Ur always full of great info. Griff. Really helps us beginners ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  • Bob C

    Reply Reply September 19, 2018

    Giving your suggestions a shot – it’s not (for me at least) as easy as it sounds. Getting into a rut doesn’t take much effort – getting out is something else. Thanks to my main blues man.

  • Peter (South Coast UK)

    Reply Reply September 19, 2018

    Really helpful, Griff. Many thanks.

  • Chieko T

    Reply Reply September 19, 2018

    Hello Griff,
    Advanced Beginner here…needed this today. Thanks!

  • Ian Robins

    Reply Reply September 19, 2018

    Great lesson,Griff. So simple but so effective. Thanks.

  • Terry b

    Reply Reply September 19, 2018

    Hey I just wanted to mention one more thing about the principle of this lesson. There is a video on YouTube with a live performance of the thrill is gone. It has b.b., Clapton, Robert cray and jimmy vaughn playing. Four guys playing basically the same notes in each of their own style and feel and each rendition is great. That is one of the great things about the blues.

  • Daniel Kleindienst

    Reply Reply September 19, 2018

    Hey Griff,
    I make a pretty good portion of my living playing music, I’ve been playing a long time,…. I just wanted to tell you that I enjoy your videos and I appreciate you being a super nice guy and obviously a patient and thorough teacher!

    Have an awesome day!

  • Terry b

    Reply Reply September 19, 2018

    Thanks griff, you keep me motivated when your lessons are something I have been trying on my own show up in a lessson. Hadn’t played in front of my wife in a few months so I took a shot at the b flat solo from soloing w/ out scales. I used your backing track and most of your solo with my licks thrown in. She said me and ” my band” were getting pretty good. Always good to hear from my most honest critic. Thanks again you are helping me to accomplish one of my life long passions.

  • DaveyJoe

    Reply Reply September 19, 2018

    Very cool!

  • Keith

    Reply Reply September 19, 2018

    Thanks, Griff! Think you’ve just switched on a light for me!

  • Bill45

    Reply Reply September 19, 2018

    Griff, you sent out a Freddie King turn around lick about a week ago. Using your “learning new licks” methodology, I memorized it and started using it against a couple of shuffle jam tracks and then a couple of slow blues jam tracks.

    While in a slow blues key of E, I found myself “improvising” during the bars leading up to the turn around and began to realize I was caught in “8th note-itis” so I experimented with imitating some of the rhythmic ideas from the Freddie King lick. An amazing thing happened! All of a sudden my improv ideas became a lot more interesting! So I am now trying to do the same thing with other “stock phrases” by stealing the rhythmic ideas from other licks and applying them to my own noodling.

    Thank you for all of your “extra” insights that you share so willingly. I think I am making progress!

  • Tom Hopsicker

    Reply Reply September 19, 2018

    Nice lesson!

  • mike z.

    Reply Reply September 19, 2018

    Griff , another great lesson . A long time ago , I was taking Trumpet lessons , and my teacher always would say ” play it with feeling ” when we were playing a song . I think along with what you said today , and the ” feeling ” makes a song much better . Thanks , Mike Z.

  • Chris Babcock

    Reply Reply September 19, 2018

    Good stuff Griff!

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