Key To The Highway – Easy Arrangement

Similar to what we did with Hoochie Coochie Man a while back, let’s look at an easy way to play the classic 8 bar blues, Key To The Highway…

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If this is just about your speed, you might want to check out my Beginning Blues Guitar course, or if all you need are the chords my Essential Blues Chords course will do the trick.

If this seems a little too easy for you, maybe check out Acoustic Blues Guitar Unleashed if you like playing solo, and Blues Guitar Unleashed to learn everything you need to know to jam the blues with a band!

22 Comments

  • David Tharp

    Reply Reply December 11, 2017

    Griff – Great video and I love the tee shirt. My wife spent a lot of time at Interlochen, in fact she graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan.
    David

  • Michael Chappell

    Reply Reply December 10, 2017

    Nice and simple Griff, saved it and will have a go at it later this week.

    Michael-Sydney-Australia 11 Dec 2017

  • Norman Blackmore

    Reply Reply December 6, 2017

    Griff,
    There is an alternate D7, one that you really like and also say is underutilized.
    It is the C7 shape, played up two frets higher. This is a chance for you to promote this chord shape that you like.
    Thanks for the great videos and for the Blues Guitar Unleashed, which I purchased.
    Cheers,
    Norm

  • Mike

    Reply Reply December 5, 2017

    Good stuff thanks Griff

  • John Sikora

    Reply Reply December 4, 2017

    Nice and easy to play and sounds great, Thanks.

  • Robyn

    Reply Reply December 4, 2017

    Thank you for a great lesson. I do not know this song, but sure is a good starting point.

  • Jerry Hearn

    Reply Reply December 3, 2017

    Send more love old school blues

  • D K

    Reply Reply December 3, 2017

    Yea griff sounds goodI like down my alley😎

  • Larry Tannery

    Reply Reply December 3, 2017

    Griff,

    These lessons are really helpful and easy to follow. I hope to see more of these presented and maybe a course from you with these types of songs. Thanks

  • Paul Grammas

    Reply Reply December 2, 2017

    Griff, thanks so much for presenting this “easy stuff“ To the rest of us. And you make it interesting and you’re kind about it and you’re one of the most awesome people I know.

  • Steve

    Reply Reply December 2, 2017

    Griff … This is great … not too challenging, fun to play … first song I have attempted to sing along – not great but getting there and having fun… still working through BGU but have ABGU in the queue … hoping today’s video is representative off what I am going to find in AGU. Keep up the great work!

  • Glenn Andrews

    Reply Reply December 2, 2017

    Was hoping for Eric Clapton’s version at the Philmore!

    • PAUL

      Reply Reply December 2, 2017

      NEVER KNEW THE WORDS EITHER. PLAYING RTYUM GUITAR FOR SO MANY YEARS, I HAVE GOT TO WHERE I DON’T NEED TO MUTE THE STRINGS. I KNOW WHICH ONES TO RING OUT.
      GUESS I’LL DOWN LOAD THE TABS AND LYRICS. I LIKE THE BLUES IN A VERSION. GREAT STUFF AS USSUAL GRIFF. THANKS.

  • Jim Fandrich

    Reply Reply December 2, 2017

    Griff,
    This course and the method that you use to teach in short is awesome.
    I’ve had a GREAT career in music for 50 years. Mostly as a classic rock and roll bassist, part-time drummer and keyboards. I’ve had some experience with 6-string all these years, but now that I’m retired, I can get after one thing I’ve always wanted to do… To conquer the BLUES GUITAR!
    Your course can definitely help with achieving my goal.
    You probably get stories like mine alot, but here’s the truth of the matter.
    I’m now retired,disabled from hauling equipment that’s to heavy and have lots of time on my hands. My wife, Ruby,of 40 years loves to hear me play guitar. I think that it’s a lot nicer for her to listen to as apossed to one note bass lines or pounding drums. Anyway, let me cut to the chase.
    My wife and I are living from check to check from SSA. After mortgage and bills we have precious little to live on. I really want your courses. I get a lot from what you share on your emails. If you can find a way to help an old fellow musician out, I would charish a generous gift of just SOME of the lessons you could help me with. I’M DYING TO PLAY THE BLUES!!!
    Give it some thought, please. Thanks for your time, your BIGGEST Fan,

    Jim Fandrich
    jimlrub @gmail.com
    & 209-283-0869

    THANK YOU

  • Jim King

    Reply Reply December 2, 2017

    Nifty! Obviously, this works with both 8-Bar and 12-bar tunes. I like the turnarounds. Playing alone, I’m always looking for more ways to make simple strumming more interesting. Thanks for another great tip!

  • Gary Neal

    Reply Reply December 2, 2017

    Great and easy, Griff! I really love the way you started with the easy and built on it. Thanks once again, Griff!

  • cowboy

    Reply Reply December 2, 2017

    cool approach in E…thanks…later.

    cowboy

  • Bob Utberg

    Reply Reply December 2, 2017

    Great stuff (as always) Griff! Good “camp fire”/sitting around the Christmas tree song and approach!

  • Davy

    Reply Reply December 2, 2017

    Loved that Griff. Thanks.

  • Gery

    Reply Reply December 2, 2017

    Griff, Great demonstration and explanation. You pick terrific songs to learn and songs that can generally be played (& learned) simply or with increasingly interesting embellishments. Much appreciated! Gery

  • Joel Anderson

    Reply Reply December 2, 2017

    Great lesson…which is funny to me. I just watched John Bonnamasa live at Carnigie Hall acoustic show on mtv and then see your lesson today. Thanks Griff

    • Jim King

      Reply Reply December 2, 2017

      It’s interesting how versatile and universal a lot of this is, right? You never know when you’re going to see something you just learned in action. Makes you feel good.

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