How To Jam By Yourself As A Beginner

So… today’s lesson is more for the beginners… but it might be quite useful to some of you more experienced players as well.

Because even though you might be familiar already with all of the things I’m about show you… you may not have thought to put them all together in quite this same way. And if you are more experienced, you should be able to take this even further and really stretch with it.

Just watch the video and grab your guitar 🙂


  • Bob

    Reply Reply November 27, 2018

    Some months ago i made a suggestion that maybe once a month you should include something for new people (beginners) in your daily emails. The above video is a perfect start. I hope to see more beginner oriented emails in the future. Many of us would find it a true motivator and very inspirational.

  • Julian

    Reply Reply October 4, 2018

    Cripes! I’ve been doing that since about 1957.

  • Rob

    Reply Reply September 28, 2018

    Hi Griff, sorry about my last reply, Ide had a few jars prior to looking.
    Can you tell me the first part that your strumming ‘E’ & ‘A’ power chords? looks like your holding down the first finger then the third finger and releasing?
    It’s probably simply boring to you but this beginner needs a lotta help?

  • Rob

    Reply Reply September 25, 2018

    Hi Nice one Griff, just what I wanted, but do you do any tabs for these loose lessons, it look like the minor Pentagon scale?

  • BLong

    Reply Reply September 24, 2018

    Hey Griff,
    This is a great idea that I need to work on. My counting is pretty good as far as getting the beats correct. My challenge is keeping count of which bar is up and which chord I should be playing. Starting with the alternating 2 bars of the basic chord and 2 bars of improv looks like a way to help me get this down better.
    Thanks for all the good tips!

  • Terry

    Reply Reply September 24, 2018

    Thanks, Griff! You’ve just given me fresh inspiration for today. And I have to find the time to finish several of your terrific courses.

  • Hugh

    Reply Reply September 24, 2018

    I’ve been following your lessons for awhile now. It’s as if you know right where I’m at as far as learning stuff. I’m a beginner or maybe an advanced beginner. I’ve been playing around in the key of E. I ordered your “52 Rhythm Fills and Variations” course. I would highly recommend this course if this lesson interests you or this is something you want to do. I jam all the time alone. It’s why I play and learn, to have fun and be challenged!

  • Dave Calhoun

    Reply Reply September 24, 2018

    Good lesson. I use a Boss pedal and record 2 jam tracks in each key to play against. The track allows me to keep time and experiment with different riffs. If I lose count it is very obvious and the repeating loop lets me get back on track with the count. Trying riffs and sliding scales helps my speed and fingering so my brain automatically learns to keep time.

    • Norm Maskery

      Reply Reply September 24, 2018

      I enjoyed it Geoff! Very much. Timing is so so important. Huh!

    • Norm Maskery

      Reply Reply September 24, 2018

      I enjoyed it Griff! Very much. Timing is so so important. Huh! Any chance of getting the tabs?

  • Rick

    Reply Reply September 24, 2018

    Please provide downloadable tab and video so I can view this offline.


    • John

      Reply Reply September 24, 2018

      The video is on YouTube so you could use one of the plethora of YouTube downloaders to download the video.

      As for the tab – in a way the whole point of this, to me, is to free form using the blues pentatonic scale – Griff is using box one on this, you can find tab for that in a multitude of places.

      Have fun with it!

  • Jack

    Reply Reply September 24, 2018

    I love your teaching you break it down
    You talk about timeing but for. Me your count on song are great but to short I would like to see a short course with a song In time with out loud counting
    Maybe as many as 12 songs you could play the chords after you count half ,then count and play-the rest of the song in 12 song different timeing what do you think

  • Big E

    Reply Reply September 24, 2018

    Love the short, daily video jams/lessons. It’s a great addition during my Classic Rock Guitar course work. Thanks for it all Griff!


    Reply Reply September 24, 2018

    it’s very nice.Ithank You Griff!!! Pavel

  • Norm Maskery

    Reply Reply September 24, 2018

    That was so good griff. I really got a lot out of that lesson. I hope u will do more of that playing on the porch.

  • Rev Harm

    Reply Reply September 24, 2018

    Im in the orlando area and need a personal teacher of your quality. My friend and teacher passed away and i got no one now. I have friends and they are super players but crummy teachers..your thoughts?
    I own some of your courses and am a slow learner…but i am teachable…sooooooooo..

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