How To Find All 5 Boxes – No Matter What Key

Certainly in people that I work with every day, wrapping your head around “the boxes” and being able to truly find all of the possible places to play your pentatonic/blues minor and major scales can be a challenge.

So in this video, I’m going to try and break down just as simply as I know how to do – with some straightforward rules that should apply to most people, if you know your pentatonic/blues scales from the “box” approach (which is also, very common.)

I’ve done videos on “the boxes” in the past, so I won’t spend a whole lot of time on them here, but hopefully I can give you some ways to practice that will help with seeing them on your guitar better.

Hope you dig the video!


  • Jeffrey

    Reply Reply April 10, 2019


    You hit the nail on the head! I was racking my brain out wondering how Guitar players can jump around the fret board & play any box! The five positions of the root note give’s the baseline to know what box to play in each postion. Griff I don’t watch all your daily videos, but this one really got my attention. Great information!

  • Jake L Whicker

    Reply Reply April 9, 2019

    Another amazing video lesson! Turned on the high beams to see much further up the road.
    Thank you!

  • Mark Curtis

    Reply Reply April 9, 2019

    Good explanation and examples. I enjoyed your adding info about using box 2 with your middle finger. I’m slowly understanding this theory with getting my muscle memory learning too.

    • PAUL

      Reply Reply April 9, 2019

      i stil ave this video.
      Just the Otr day, i was going trough my sheet tabs and lyirics for songs i play live. found the old 5 box’s.
      i know them al, and i knw they whre the same notes. i really just like playing box 1 and 2. unless i’m soloing a pink flyd sond, that use box5 and 6. thanks for what you do griff.

  • Ken M

    Reply Reply April 9, 2019

    Wow another short cut cool. I remember a year or so ago you encouraged us to be able to find the root notes all over the fret board so I did and I realized once I could do that it opened up a whole other way to look at the scales . If I could find the root notes and if I started from where ever it was I could go up the
    Fretboard or down the fret board . There are basically only those two options up or down or “right facing or left facing” and now all I had to do was navigate going across from the G string to the B string . This has givin me one extra way to see the boxes .

  • chris clemans

    Reply Reply April 9, 2019

    This was a great lesson. I went back to your lesson on finding all the notes on the neck and that shows you were a particular note can be found in different places on the neck and that opened things up. It just tied it all together also the course on boxes. Thanks again Griff

  • michael squires

    Reply Reply April 9, 2019

    This was great. Thanks. Will be viewing this s few times. You just opened up a whole new world

  • Dan

    Reply Reply April 9, 2019

    Great Video, great info as usual!
    I seem to be missing something:
    How do you decide when to you use the Major scale or minor scale?
    If not playing blues, should I be using the major scale to start my solo?

    Thanks again,

    • Griff

      Reply Reply April 9, 2019

      If it’s not blues, you have to figure out if it’s a major or a minor key… so it’s not a simple answer. If you believe it’s a major key, go with major pentatonic. Minor pentatonic can also work, it’ll just sound “bluesy” if it’s in a major key.

  • Gado

    Reply Reply April 9, 2019

    Me likee.

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