More Advanced TAB Reading

There have been a few questions on the Blues Guitar Unleashed members’ forum about reading some of the more unusual symbols in TAB (tablature).

I did this video in hopes of answering those questions and thought it would be useful to a lot of people.


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  • Michael Chappell

    Reply Reply July 18, 2015

    hey Griff, Great lesson on the TAB. I think in one of your Courses that I purchased you go through the TAB & Music I think it may be in Pentatonic Scales & Technique Mastery.
    It would be great when you do these types of lessons that you Refer to what Course we can find them in as some members here may like to know what Griff Hamlin Course they can purchase to brush up on these key points.

    All good for a refresher.

    Michael – St Andrews – Australia

  • David Dutton

    Reply Reply April 2, 2015

    Thanks Griff. This has certainly helped to clear the fog. A lot less guesswork now.

  • Frank

    Reply Reply February 27, 2015

    Griff, I wish I was younger so I had more time to let you lead me down the road to being a magnificent guitar player such as yourself.I started learning guitar a year ago. I’m 72 yrs old. I am enjoying learning, but I want to do the chord thing and not put too much effort (time)into being a polished player or spend time learning notes or the playing skills that this video explains. I can only wish that I took the time years ago to learn to play like an accomplished guitar player. I see your passion for what you do, what a lovely way to wake up each day, loving what you do. Keep up the great job of teaching as you.

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  • Michael

    Reply Reply November 21, 2014

    Thanks Teach, I had a couple questions on all of that, and once again you
    cleared them all up for me 🙂 Thanks again Griff !

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  • Bob Polecritti

    Reply Reply July 21, 2014

    This was vey instructive and very helpful. Thank you.

  • James Olinger

    Reply Reply May 31, 2014

    Exactly what I needed to clear up some confusion! However, I’m studying very hard to learn to read the notes “old school” style because I feel that they are much more descriptive than tabs. I would really benefit from having a lesson just like this one for the notes…if you ever get some free time.

    Thanks for putting this together!



    Reply Reply April 12, 2014

    I find odd that you would post a ” TAB ” video, i remember, Griff commenting on how inaccurate TAB really is.
    keep up the great work

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  • dale

    Reply Reply November 19, 2013

    Thanks Griff, placed note is bgu manual. this will help greatly.

    Thanks Dale


    Reply Reply November 19, 2013

    I like it .I hope I can do some of it .I like the way you did it .

  • christoff

    Reply Reply November 10, 2013

    Thanks for this one Griff it clears quiet a few points that can be puzzling from time to time.

  • rex perceval

    Reply Reply November 2, 2013

    What a teacher !
    You explain everything so clearly. If I don’t learn then I have a big problem.
    Wish you lived next door.

  • Friend -

    Reply Reply October 30, 2013

    Very good lesson! I have actually spent a good deal of time on the internet seeking answers to some of these symbols. Well done, nice way to start todays practice session. Thank you!

  • Vinnie Siehl

    Reply Reply October 30, 2013

    Great lesson. Once again, I have learned more from you in a short video lesson than I did in over two years of private lessons. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Mike Monteleone

    Reply Reply October 29, 2013

    Thank you, Griff. The combination of tab explanations and actual notes on your guitar really helps.

  • Jerry

    Reply Reply October 23, 2013

    It pays to be a member. Great lesson on TABS, Thanks for the clarification!


    Reply Reply October 14, 2013

    Thanks Griff, Yes this does help…….Like many others tab is not a strong point with me. I really benefit from your skillfully taught lessons. thanks again.


  • Alfredo

    Reply Reply October 13, 2013

    Thanks for answering a few questions I had about tab. GREAT LESSON .

  • Mike

    Reply Reply October 8, 2013

    Hi Griff, Thank you very much for the explanation, how much would it cost to have a copy of the book you were demostrating out of, in a PDF format.

    Great work.


  • Robert

    Reply Reply October 6, 2013

    Thanks for the time you put in to do this, has really helped with explaining tablature.

  • Gary L.

    Reply Reply September 23, 2013

    Thanks for the excellent lesson! It helped a lot!

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    Reply Reply September 19, 2013

    I’ve yet to understand tabs..several people have explained it to nephew was playing a song after I gave him his first guitar. When he never had one. All in tabs

  • John McMillin

    Reply Reply September 12, 2013

    Most helpful, Thanks

  • Bill Thomas

    Reply Reply September 9, 2013

    I REALLY wish I could download this lesson. Any chance f that happening?

  • Ed

    Reply Reply September 9, 2013

    I’m still trying to learn tab and somtimes have trouble understanding some symbles. This cleared up a lot of confusion on my part. I was taking lead lessens from a gentleman who used his own symbols which just messed me up big time. Thanks for helping clear up my mess.

  • Tom

    Reply Reply September 9, 2013

    Great stuff Griff… I am 75 and accustomed to standard notation. Usually I return to the standard when stumped with tabs.

    I now have a greater understanding of reading tabs….thanx tom

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    Reply Reply September 9, 2013

    This is what I do consider a good way for a good teacher for teaching in a very good way. Good job Griff: thanks.

  • derrick killingsworth

    Reply Reply September 1, 2013

    Hi Griff. As usual, extremely clear. Most of what you have explained was new to me. Grateful, as ever

  • jonnie Brasco

    Reply Reply August 9, 2013

    One new email(lesson) since July 25th? Is it because I’m behind because of surgery and am taking them in order? I had carpal tunnel surgery both hands, hands kept going numb and would drop the pick, could only play 5-10 minutes without pain….so had surgery and now no more new lessons! JB

  • Jonnie Brasco

    Reply Reply August 1, 2013

    No new lessons in a week? I think your new gadget that lets you know if folks are looking at your emails or watching your videos is failing you. Keep them coming Griff! Please!!!!!

  • Frankie

    Reply Reply July 24, 2013

    Outstanding Griff , Thanks again …


    Reply Reply June 30, 2013

    Very interesting

  • Newberry

    Reply Reply May 12, 2013

    Thanks Griff that really helps.

  • Bill Plaza

    Reply Reply May 5, 2013

    Now ur scaring me!

  • Michael

    Reply Reply April 25, 2013

    Thanks that helps me quite a lot,I have bought some beatle tab books and led zeppelin tab,it does show you in the book what the notes mean,but you have made it easy to under stand some of the notations that are not really explaned thank you michael

  • Joe

    Reply Reply April 14, 2013

    Thanks Griff – needed that. Little things like help a whole lot.

  • Ed Barthel

    Reply Reply April 14, 2013

    Thanks Griff for covering the things that others forget to. They often forget that at one time they didn’t know what all those things meant either. Thanks for covering all the basics.

  • Norm

    Reply Reply April 13, 2013

    Thanks Griff this helps alot

  • Thomas Livers

    Reply Reply April 10, 2013


  • Robert Rhodes

    Reply Reply March 30, 2013

    Very helpfull as always.

  • Graeme Hyslop

    Reply Reply March 22, 2013

    Thanks again Griff, very informative.

  • mike

    Reply Reply March 18, 2013

    Thanks Griff.

  • Geoff

    Reply Reply March 12, 2013

    Hi Griff , it’s great to learn to read but it’s way too advanced for me but very interesting thanks Geoff

  • roger r............

    Reply Reply February 26, 2013

    hey griff as allways a pleasure to watch learn thanks roger r………

  • Herman

    Reply Reply February 18, 2013

    Thank you for sharing your lessons and expertise with us.
    I enjoy the lessons and have learned a great deal from the over the past few monts.

  • Roland Wright

    Reply Reply February 11, 2013

    Have not gone that far with lessons. I will try them.
    Thank You

  • Joe

    Reply Reply February 9, 2013


  • Greg Thompson

    Reply Reply February 8, 2013

    Very good, very informative.

    I’m al ol’ bass player 64 yrs. old and traveled the country in the 60’s play’in bass by ear and now I’m try’in to learn 6 string guitar and maybe read a little music. I always see these symbols and notes on paper but kinda wonder what they mean. Thank you, good job. Big help !!

  • Jim Kubitza

    Reply Reply January 30, 2013

    Got it Griff! If I can’t do the finger slides, play it with my toes. But just PLAY it. Right? Seriously, whatever works … works. Everybody’s not supposed to sound identical to everybody else. Thank you for converying that and not getting all hung up on the trivial details and pedantics like so many “teachers” do!

  • Jim Kubitza

    Reply Reply January 30, 2013

    Der notesensquigglies haben mit der braingerfarten! BOOM deedle deedle deedle BOOM deedle deedle deedle. How to play der polka!

  • michel arsenault

    Reply Reply January 28, 2013

    I love the way you teach,even if i am french canadian and that i m not perfect in english,
    michel arsenault

  • Alan Laursen

    Reply Reply January 25, 2013

    I couldn’t agree more with the comment on Griff’s teaching ability and methodology. I am still in the beginning stages of working through the BGU DVD’s, but Griff breaks it down so well that I am able to follow along quite well. The combo of demonstration and tablature is excellent. Thanks, Griff.

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    Reply Reply January 23, 2013

    Hi Griff : You are a good teacher . All the best to you. reman67

  • George Shea

    Reply Reply January 17, 2013

    Your lessons are very informative and helpful….tu

  • james sternberg

    Reply Reply January 13, 2013

    Great lesson on TABs
    I learned a lot here.

  • Paul

    Reply Reply January 10, 2013

    Nice discussion. I haven’t seen so many notes since I played saxophone!! Maybe I should find a reed and practice two instruments!!!

  • Jim Flynn

    Reply Reply December 24, 2012

    Tab reading isn’t the real problem in my opinion. The real problem is reading and UNDERSTANDING the music notation. Rythm and tempo don’t transfer from paper to student easily. Having a recording of the music helps us learn a song in monkey hear monkey do fasion, but unless you sit down and try to read and understand the musical notation along with the song playing, you’re not going to learn to read the music. Knowing the BPM of a song would also be a helpful learning tool. As a new student of music this is the most difficult, time consuming and frustrating part of the entire learning process. Being an old guy also doesn’t help!
    Thanks for all you do to help all of us, old and young, learn.

  • Gerald Irwin

    Reply Reply December 12, 2012

    Very useful. I have not reached some of this yet, but now I know how to interpret them when I do.

  • Bart Hargis

    Reply Reply December 7, 2012


  • paul edwards

    Reply Reply November 16, 2012

    thanks griff.something to refer to when i get stuck. hearing you play it at the same time as following the tab makes it easier to understand.

  • dale

    Reply Reply November 5, 2012

    thanks Griff, you answered some of my concerns…….. thanks I also would like to see something of chuck berry. really like your site. later………..

  • michael jones

    Reply Reply September 12, 2012

    HI Griff another very helpfull video on tabbs , could i ask a favour any chance of a video of the man CHUCK BERRY iam sure a lot of silver serfers will be hooked please could you play CAROL thank you Michael Jones how about this blues name given by my matesG STRING JONES .

  • Ann Rutty

    Reply Reply August 31, 2012

    Hi , A lot to take in but,very interesting and challenging.

  • Lindsay Stewart

    Reply Reply August 20, 2012

    There is a Joe Bonamassa utube video from his studio playing “Stop”. The organist is
    following a chart. Could you translate these symbols for me or direct me to a source
    to help me read them. Thanks, The Novice.

  • Ole Mikkelsen

    Reply Reply August 19, 2012

    Hej Griff
    Like your video about the notation reading stuff. I want to learn more the same way you did it here. What can I do-
    regards Ole

  • victor casiano

    Reply Reply August 18, 2012

    hey griff i cant seem to receive your downloads im disapointed how can i order your dvds? ive been playing for many years without knowing scales and im pretty good but really need to get to learn the basics thanks Vic

  • roger

    Reply Reply August 18, 2012

    This certainly makes things a lot easier to understand.
    Thanks Griff


    Reply Reply August 3, 2012

    I learn alot just watching this vedeo. Now it all makes sense when i see all this lines from one number to another it’s clear and understanding thanks.

  • willie j

    Reply Reply July 29, 2012

    thanks was great well all ur free lessons are a gift and tk you have to get one of your blues courses soon i think just cant decide witch one its all good and am improving got down at the station down smile

  • erdogan

    Reply Reply July 29, 2012

    I thank you girff very helful an fantastic lesson.

  • Charles

    Reply Reply July 28, 2012

    Really enjoyed , I really get frustrated when I can’t get the right affect , simply because I do not get the tab reading . Once again thanks!

  • I really like how you put your teaching techniques for a clear understanding.

  • ritzcracker007

    Reply Reply July 26, 2012

    kool techniques , i like them ,good skills to learn ,thnkz

  • Carol

    Reply Reply July 26, 2012

    Helpful. Thanks

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    Reply Reply July 26, 2012

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  • David

    Reply Reply July 14, 2012

    Thanks much for those explanations, Griff. That was very helpful.

  • Dan

    Reply Reply June 3, 2012

    Thanks,very helpful.I usually glossed over it anyway when it doesn’t make sense.

  • Audrey

    Reply Reply May 14, 2012

    Thank you so much for clearing up questions that I’ve had for a while. Tabulature can be intimidating, especially if there isn’t someone to tell you what it means.
    You’re the best.

  • Jan P.

    Reply Reply May 8, 2012

    Thanks for the lesson.
    I have stumbled over your “Soloing without scales- 4 note solo” and did like your method of teaching. I did buy the whole package. It is good but it does not contain the material to which this lesson applies. What is the title of this whole subject and what does it cover. How much does it cost?
    Pls let me know.
    Jan p.

  • Kenny

    Reply Reply May 8, 2012

    Great stuff Griff, now I just have to put it together ,see how we go ha.

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  • Eric Ray Hendrix

    Reply Reply March 25, 2012

    Griff, I see you remembered what I taught you.

  • Dale Wood

    Reply Reply March 20, 2012

    Thanks Griff, for some reason it is difficult to find tab notation information on the more advanced techniques. Slides, slurs, bends, hammer-ons, pull-offs, are all out there but how they are interconnected in various techniques are hard to find. Thank you, and God bless you for what you do for us out here.

  • tony57

    Reply Reply March 16, 2012

    Another example of Griff giving first class instruction. This has helped no end, please keep it coming

  • TL

    Reply Reply March 3, 2012

    Fantastic demystification at last!

  • Kedai Cenderahati

    Reply Reply January 25, 2012

    Wow! this is great. very helpful to beginners. Thanks!

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    Reply Reply January 18, 2012

    Hey Griff, good stuff, I’m hoping to buy some of your lessons soon , waiting for loot to come my way, Could you give me some prices on what you have for sale. My brother Paul has bought some off you stuff and is happy with what he bought,Thanks, Sonny .

  • Antonio Hernandez

    Reply Reply January 15, 2012

    Good Info

  • Andrew

    Reply Reply January 14, 2012

    Hi Griff,

    I have Blues Guitar Unleashed and I am working through it. I have also watched many of your free lessons and have bought the Theory course. I know you stress the importance of “counting” and that foxes me all the time – never having been a mathematician. I may have missed lessons that you have done on this subject and, perhaps, you could either point me to the parts of the packages that deal with that OR could you do a special in depth lesson on counting and how you relate it to tablature. I’m convinced I have seen you do something on this but I watch “dozens” of lessons and teachers and might have forgotten where it was. I am trying to grapple with the theory course and have fun working out chords BUT my greatest weakness seems to be in getting the timing right. Sorry if I’ve picked a question that you have already covered and will gladly go to the back of the class and shut up. However, your help would be greatly appreciated. Too far to come for a personal lesson as I live on the south coast of England.

    Thanks for all your great lessons,


  • michael

    Reply Reply January 12, 2012

    Hey Griff,man I’ve got several of your dvd’s,I would love to do 1 on 1 with you.Your lessons are great,I’ve advanced a lot with your courses thnx n keep em bent

  • Alan

    Reply Reply January 10, 2012

    Very useful, thanks

  • Susan

    Reply Reply January 6, 2012

    So, on the last example where you hold the bend on the 6th fret, you’re also picking first and second strings at same time? thanks much.

  • Tony Lukianowicz

    Reply Reply January 5, 2012

    Great lesson! Very useful. Thanks.

  • russell grice

    Reply Reply December 31, 2011

    Thanks Griff this helps

  • cjoy

    Reply Reply December 27, 2011

    Thank you so much Griff I would love to have your dvd’s you teach so well.

  • Jim

    Reply Reply December 26, 2011

    thanks, Griff. You’re the best teacher I’ve encountered.

  • lee hendershot

    Reply Reply December 12, 2011

    Your tab explanation cleared up a lot and really helps. Thanks again for all you do.

  • Edward

    Reply Reply December 12, 2011

    I have been playing for a long time, then I took a break to raise kids, this series of yours has helped me get back into the groove a lot easier than trying to go it alone

  • James Cheatham

    Reply Reply December 9, 2011

    I have really enjoyed the email lessons you are sending me on top of me going thru your Blues Unleashed course. I have already learned a more than I thought I would this soon. Thanks again.

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  • Tom Hopsicker

    Reply Reply December 2, 2011

    Good stuff! Thanks!

  • Ken Pearson

    Reply Reply November 30, 2011

    Hi Griff,
    Another little Gem.
    Many Thanks Ken.

  • Ed Powell

    Reply Reply November 24, 2011

    This helped clear some things i didn’t know and wondered about. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

  • Michael Watland

    Reply Reply November 20, 2011

    Thanks for the video that explained a lot for me especially the slide versus pulloff thing.

  • alan finnemore

    Reply Reply November 15, 2011

    Dear Griff

    Many thanks for my cd’s and manuals “Blues guitar unleashed” they
    arrived a couple of days ago.

    To explain to you I am a left handed player and I have a left handed
    chord book which I am using to convert the the chord diagrams in the
    manual. On page 15 D7 is easily converted by moving over to the left
    the notes on the 3rd fret. On page 18 the same D7 chord is shown in a
    different layout and does not feature in my left handed chord book.

    My question is can I use the D7 from page 15 instead of the layout on
    page 18. Or am I being a little dense and missing some of the point of
    lesson 2?

    Your comments would be appreciated.

    Many Thanks

    Alan Finnemore

  • Brian Lockeman

    Reply Reply November 14, 2011

    Griff….You Rock ! can’t beleaive now much i have learned.

  • Bill Powell

    Reply Reply November 11, 2011

    Very Well done! I appreciate the guidance here.


    Reply Reply November 10, 2011

    Griff…First time I’ve seen it explained and demonstrated in this way. I also like the format and your style is so pupil friendly.
    Nice One!

  • willie neal lee

    Reply Reply November 8, 2011

    good stuff man, It seems you always know what I’m thinking.
    keep up the good work.

  • sly

    Reply Reply November 6, 2011


  • RON

    Reply Reply November 6, 2011

    Hi Griff.Excellent information.Great lesson…………….RON K

  • john p caines

    Reply Reply October 21, 2011

    Hi Griff. Thanks for the lesson very helpful as always. ……….John.

  • Jack

    Reply Reply October 9, 2011

    Excellent video. Griff, you seem to know what beginners need to know.

    I was hoping to see you demonstrate how to play a slur from one note to another note on different strings. I see many of those and am never sure if I’m supposed to play up the fretboard where both notes can be played on the same string or do a “hammer on from nowhere.”

  • Gary

    Reply Reply October 5, 2011

    This part is easy for me. I taught myself to read music many years ago. Gary

  • ron

    Reply Reply September 26, 2011

    finally someone who makes this easy great work thanks

  • Enid

    Reply Reply September 26, 2011

    Thanks this will be a great help

  • Bernhard

    Reply Reply September 6, 2011

    Thank you. Great lesson. Clear instructions!

  • Enid

    Reply Reply August 31, 2011

    Thanks I needed that, Ididn’t kow what to make of some of those tabs

  • John Bahun

    Reply Reply August 27, 2011

    Hi Griff:

    Enjoying your lessons for sure!

    One criticism…. When I read your tab – several of the numbers are VERY difficult to read due to the string line going thru the numbers 6 8 and 9 are very difficult to read.
    Maybe consider a different font or style.



  • Bob

    Reply Reply August 7, 2011

    Thanks Griff, I got your dvd/cd’s, and finding the time is tough, your help with the tabs helped me to keep trying and not bypass what is written because I didn’t understand it. Thanks for all your emails

  • douglas berry

    Reply Reply July 29, 2011

    Thank you very much for all the emails. Just ordered your dvd/cd’s. I have been a drummer for 20 plus years and i picked up the guitar to try to explain to my guitarist what I was trying to write. However your emails got me to wanting to play the guitar more. I have seen what you send me and believe you can teach me how to play the guitar because I have always wanted to. From a drummers point of view, what you have showed me already, inspires me to want to be a blues guitarist because I love the blues. Although I play rock, heavy metal, country etc. on the drums.
    Thanks again,

  • Hg

    Reply Reply July 22, 2011

    Very cool.
    Thanks, Griff

  • jhah52

    Reply Reply July 19, 2011

    love the way you teach going to order soon anyone can understand how you teach i been with teachers who show you all they know and teach you nothing You i been looking at for bout 4 weeks and have learned more than they could teach in 2 years keep it up

  • Brendan Breen

    Reply Reply July 18, 2011

    Great to learn new stuff all the time

    Thanks for all your emails

    Best wishes from Australia

  • Chris T

    Reply Reply July 18, 2011

    Thanks, That was very useful.


  • joey veeeeeeee

    Reply Reply July 16, 2011

    Thanks Griff
    You answered some of my long time questions

  • Rob

    Reply Reply July 16, 2011

    Forgot about grace notes! Haven’t heard mention of them in a while.

  • kevin

    Reply Reply July 16, 2011

    thank you.

  • Greg Evans

    Reply Reply July 16, 2011

    Good stuff. Thanks for filling in yet another gap

  • Bryan Edwards

    Reply Reply July 16, 2011

    You explain it very well, as you say it is confusing.
    Thank you.

  • Bob

    Reply Reply July 14, 2011

    Thanks, so much is being explained that I did not know before. Love all these lessons.

  • Richard Ruh

    Reply Reply July 11, 2011

    Been playing or trying to play for years,but i ve always had problems with understanding Tablature the notaion is some what confusing for me. do you have any sugestions any would be apprecitaed…………Thanks Richard Ruh

  • Richard(Mike)Michael

    Reply Reply June 14, 2011

    THanks Griff, cleared up a couple of notations for me.

  • LonnieG

    Reply Reply June 10, 2011

    Thanks for explaining this.

  • Dale

    Reply Reply June 7, 2011

    Thank you. Everytime I pick up GP or GW mags and check out the tab sections, I’m blown away by all of the tab symbolism, almost to point of frustration. Thank you for clearing some of this up. Sometimes just a simple explanation is all that is required. Many thanks.

  • William Schroeder

    Reply Reply May 29, 2011

    Thanks for the explanations. Just wish that my playing sounded like yours. Goes to show that you can understand something and still not be able to do it!

  • B-F-S

    Reply Reply April 25, 2011

    Thanks, Griff. Nice clear and precise instruction and a really useful appendix for the BGU course.

  • robert silva

    Reply Reply April 25, 2011

    I just finally started the course and I appreciate that type of input in regards to your Tap notation, thanks.

  • lrocs

    Reply Reply April 24, 2011

    thx griff, clears a lot of the tab reading up. lrocs

  • lynn

    Reply Reply April 12, 2011

    thanks Grif, very good,I have your course and every thing you add makes it that much better

  • Wanda n

    Reply Reply April 10, 2011

    Did everything right, still unable to get to the forum, pls help.
    Always wanted to learn where were you all these years…..never held a guitar…..need lots of help…purchased both courses and in it for the long haul…I struggle and plow my way through the DVDs and manual each day……..driving my race car the way you suggested…..I am determined and one day I will be good….
    Thank you, thank you, thank you.. Blues babe in toronto

  • Brian

    Reply Reply April 10, 2011

    Hey Griff
    Just like to say I’m enjoying the course!
    Thank you.

  • RichH

    Reply Reply April 8, 2011


    Not only are your instructions a great learning experience for me, but I find myself relying on them sometime more as my motivational driver when I start getting laid back.


  • Peter McGlone

    Reply Reply April 4, 2011

    Hi Griff.
    First I would like to say what a brilliant Course the BGU is. There is a problem with the Audio CD 1 in that it is cracked. I never noticed it at first until I came to play along tracks 57 and 58 to which no sound comes out the rest of the Audio CD is ok. Just lately it chipped on the edge when I ejected it from my CD player. I cannot tell how careful I have been in handling it as I do with all my CDs. I bought tthe Course on 29th June 2010 through pay pal for £88.10 the reference payment is 35314369001. Would it be possible to replace Audio CD 1. My home address is 44 Cedardale Park Widnes Cheshire WA83JU England. Once again brilliant Course and great E mails. Thanks

  • Alvaro

    Reply Reply March 30, 2011

    Hi Griff, just got home and saw this, amazing! I can’t play like that yet but hey, looking forward to that, the guitar unleashed is awesome by the way, will keep at it, it is always good to have a look at what is to come in the future so i have a clue from now, thank you for all your support.

  • cliff johnson

    Reply Reply March 1, 2011

    Hey Griff.
    You do a fantastic job of teaching. My problem is that all of your video’s require a flash player that I can not download to my phone which is the only internet access that I have. Wish the video’s could be played through this medium. Thanks and keep up the great work.

  • Len Lawson

    Reply Reply February 21, 2011

    Hi Griff,Im enjoying your course,but I was wondering what your comments,regarding a quiry I have,here it is.I hope to eventually get to be a guitar player,my interests are really songs like Body and Soul,Georgia on my mind,Misty Satin Doll ,take the A train,now should I be trying to memorize tab or the notes? I suppose you just zip through the notes?I have the Jazz Standards book, and they dont show tab. Thanks Griff.Also my book just shows the notes ,will I be able to know where to put in the licks and other things ,like pulloff etc.thanks again Griff,Len.

  • Nev Johnson

    Reply Reply February 17, 2011

    Hi Griff; It’s old Nev from Spain, ex Jazz drummer and now on Guitar. As I’m nearly 72 and bits are falling off let me tell how impressed I am with PTTB. I now sit in with a local lot of (juniors) and jam away hammering and bending like a lunatic.Didn’t have the confidence before, but now I understand more it’s great. Like someone said”blues is easy to play but impossible to master”. Regarding PTTB it’s a pity we have to go from the written files back to the videos but I expect it would cost a fortune to do otherwise. Keep up the good work sir and thank you very much. Hey my favorite track is the Jazz/blues, I LOVE it; even my dog gets up and enjoys it.( Mind you He is deaf) Regards from one happy Welshman.

  • James

    Reply Reply February 10, 2011

    Great lesson. A necessity. Just a tip for you guys on here posting your email addresses and phone numbers in the comments section. You are opening yourself up to tons of spam and unwanted telemarketer calls. Not a good idea.

  • Bill

    Reply Reply January 29, 2011

    I think Griff could make stretched rubber bands sounds good.

  • glen

    Reply Reply January 10, 2011

    Griff, I’m currently in the same situation as TOM being a busy contractor. I appreciate the e-mails daily which goes beyond most instructional vidoes etc. Your ability, talent and experience is diffinitely transfered in your intructions. I’m basically a basement warrior and always interested in guitar players and their natural ability,yours goes beyond that in sharing years of the” little so called trade secrets” shared to get the proffesional sounds developed by so many diferrent artists in the music industry.

  • James Grant

    Reply Reply January 9, 2011

    Yes, indeed! Thanks Griff!!! t’s nice to see what I’m playing reinforced on a sheet of paper…Sometimes just the littlest things can slow me down, so it’s great that you help with those – consitently.

  • Tom

    Reply Reply January 7, 2011

    Hey Griff. You do a great job. I bought your course a little while back, but being a 49 year old busy contractor, I just haven’t gotten started. I get your emails, and check them out. It’s good to see someone that cares about “after the sale”. It seems to be getting more difficult to find people that stand behind their work, and genuinely care. Keep it up.

  • Robert

    Reply Reply January 5, 2011

    Great video, it sure helped me understand notation better. Like someone said above, thanks for service after the sale. Appreciate your great teaching ability.

  • Rex

    Reply Reply January 4, 2011

    I spend a lot of daytime on the IPad, I wish you could send these out along with a format that would work for us that are on the go.

  • Greg Pier

    Reply Reply January 4, 2011

    Finally bought your program after several weeks of receiving your e mails. I took lessons for several years then branched off on my own. I was at a stagnant spot in my playing until I stumbled across your program. You’ve renewed my interest and I approach every playing session with a new appreciation for learning. Great job.

  • Alan Tay

    Reply Reply December 24, 2010


    You are awesome! You have an amazing skills to focus on little details that I find it difficult to from other music books and DVDs!

    Love your DVDs and method of instructions.

    Windsor, CO

  • Tommie Peabody

    Reply Reply December 5, 2010

    Incredible write-up. Did you study the related piece within the Huffington Post some time back? It seems that more and more mainstream media are having to pay consideration to this. I hope your web site will get increasingly more subscribers as this issue gets much more coverage, as it is a great resource.

  • A.D. Hamilton

    Reply Reply December 1, 2010

    Thanks AGAIN! This did clear up some confusion I have had over the years reading TAB. Wish I’d have understood this 20 Years ago when I started! Every beginner should pay close attention to this explanation, It will save You HOURS of frustration later! Many Thanks!!!

  • John Adams

    Reply Reply November 9, 2010

    The video is too small for me to read. Is there anyway to make the video a little larger, or have a larger version we can download?

  • David Brown

    Reply Reply August 21, 2010

    Griff, I have purchase all the courses, BBG, BGU, SWS. The only problem I have with them is there are not enough hours in my day to cover them all. I had trouble keeping up with the first solo on SWS (tempo 124 bpm), but used the program you recommended Riffmaster and slowed it down to 80% and I was able to jam with it. Dude your teaching ability rocks.

  • mike ingram

    Reply Reply August 21, 2010

    great guitar course griff thanks

  • Dave Warner

    Reply Reply August 16, 2010

    When ordering the Blues Unleashed, you offered a discount on your beginner’s course. I decided to take advantage of that with the view it might help me to identify and perhaps correct any bad habits I might have taken on being self taught. Not only was this the case, but taking the time to go back to the basics has really been paying off so far. Another added benefit is I have a much better understanding of reading Tab than I have ever had.
    So starting out I really thought I would just breeze through the beginning course, but now see the benefit of taking my time to go through it as well. Nicely done and very well laid out so far! Thanks, Griff! And keep up the good work!

    Dave Warner

  • Frank Lo Monaco

    Reply Reply August 14, 2010

    Griff, great work. I’m currently going through the BGU course and have found it to be one of the best Blues Guitar course out there. Always learning something new and enjoying it as well.

  • Frank Lo Monaco

    Reply Reply August 14, 2010

    Griff, great work. I’m currently going through the BGU course and have found it to be one of the best Blues Guitar course out there. Always learning something new and enjoying it as well.

  • steve joshua

    Reply Reply August 13, 2010

    Hi Griff I must say how pleased I am with the emails and links you send me, I just download them and get to them as and when I can, God willing when there is some spare time, But the few things ive leared from your videos over the last month have progressed me more than ive leared in the last 30 or so years I have been trying, in the past getting frustrated and angry and puting the guitar away in the case throwing up the attic and years go by then you try again, and the whole process is repeated and before you know it your 50 something and you(me) can only just shake your head and wish, So thanks to you I can now read tab and follow it (very slowly) but im getting it and its starting to sound like theres a melody sound through the hap hazzard fingering, so thanks again Griff and may God bless you and yours. thanks Steve

  • Michael Joe

    Reply Reply July 6, 2010

    Thanks for the TAB tips! I am enjoying the BGU lesson. These lessons are far more superior than previous lessons I have purchased. Where I live, it is BLUEGRASS not BLUES so your lessons are just what I needed; on my schedule and pace (LOL). Thanks!

  • Mark Jergesen

    Reply Reply July 4, 2010

    Unfortunately, the maximize size button doesn’t work on your demo videos. In the case of your TAB Reading Video, I can’t see the symbols- they’re too small. I’m 60 years old and my eyesight isn’t great– Your lessons are informative, but your DVDs are unaffordable. Best of luck.

  • Aron

    Reply Reply June 10, 2010

    Griff Thanks , Got my good guitar out of the shop today so i can practice longer.
    Stroke in 2005 left me very weak and tire quickly but i am getting better every day
    music is a magical neurostimulator. Left hand is slow but responding, hammer ons
    work half the time, twiddeleys may have to use tremolo bar .My shop says my bridge
    is shot may use the old one a while longer . Strings wore out stop piece,replaced
    I found my long lost chorus box DOD . My oldest son borrowed 10 years ago,
    I ‘ll test it and play a little E blues Again Thanks

  • Mike Blaisdell

    Reply Reply May 29, 2010

    Hello Griff, I’m struggling right along here. Going to do it though. Griff, someone on one of these posts mentioned that a person could buy the course on a payment plan. I wrote and asked about this once a couple of weeks ago but didn’t hear anything back. I’m disabled and can do the payment plan with no problem if that is an option. Please let me know. My e mail is cell# 207-357-2616 Thanks, Blaze

  • Mike

    Reply Reply May 28, 2010

    Hey Griff, got your Blues guitar-unleashed and I think I may be missing a CD. Here is what I recieved: Audio CD 1 & 2, Bonus CD, DVD 1, 2,3,4 and Bonus DVD. Is there an Audio CD #3? Can you varify that I have all of the CDs & DVDs.
    Thanks, Mike

  • drb

    Reply Reply May 23, 2010

    Thanks for the tip. I’m not there yet, but when I get there I will at least have a clue. I’m liking your course very much (just finished practicing) and the fact that it is ongoing and improved all the time. I’m so glad I chose you as my teacher.

  • Mike Webb

    Reply Reply May 22, 2010

    Hi Griff,
    Great stuff. I’m enjoying your course very much

  • donnie salyer

    Reply Reply May 22, 2010

    Griff, just wanted to say still enjoying the blues lessons i purchased a couple of weeks ago, great job.

  • Tony Watkins

    Reply Reply April 24, 2010

    could send correspondence to

  • Tony Watkins

    Reply Reply April 24, 2010

    Hey Griff, Could you send all future correspondence to my new address,

  • Greg

    Reply Reply April 20, 2010

    Hey Griff,

    I love the course. Easy to follow. I especially like that you stay in touch with your clients after you have been paid. Very classy and professional. Thank you.

  • Fred Rickert

    Reply Reply April 11, 2010

    Aloha Griff:
    Thanks for the continuing information, I have the course and having a great time learning. Of course, playing the blues in Hawaii is a bit of a oxymoron, but somewhere, somebody has the blues so I play for them. Love your course.

  • Don Ward

    Reply Reply March 23, 2010

    Hi Griff…Great instructions and indeed so informative but it needs to be larger. Older folks such as I need it magnified significantly:-)
    Thanx, Don


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  • Joel

    Reply Reply March 11, 2010

    Good info, but too small to see.
    Nice course though, I am working my way through the beggining course first.

  • Ronzo

    Reply Reply March 5, 2010

    Thanks Griff for the info:

  • chuck

    Reply Reply February 10, 2010

    Excellent video, thanks grif.

  • Gerry D.

    Reply Reply January 24, 2010

    Hi Griff

    As ever, thanks etc… Some advice please:

    These bends are proving really tough on my fingers, especially on the thick third string. I’m using an acoustic and I’m thinking I possibly need lighter strings. My fingers are really hurting. Also, for years I’ve never used a pick and adjusting is setting me back a lot. Thirdly, you seem to be doing something very subtle when you ‘stop’ the string after a bend. I’ve slowed down the video and it seems like you practically rest for a semi-quaver after the bend – but I can’t make it out on the video.

    By the way guys (and gals), I just discovered that on my (latest?) Windows Media Player, I can slow down Griff’s videos to about quarter speed and it’s still at the right pitch. This is REALLY cool as it means I can play along with the music at super beginner speed. Try it!

    Gerry (on the English/Welsh border – not quite as exotic as the African desert, but very inspiring nevertheless)

  • Al

    Reply Reply January 21, 2010

    Hi Griff , Thanks heaps for the lesson on understanding tab,there were a few things that it cleared up for me and was a great help,your method of guitar instruction is the best Ive ever come across by far ,there is alot of internet guitar lessons out there but none compare to yours, I intend on purchasing the blues guitar unleashed program as soon as i can afford it in the near future.

    Great stuff, Cheers man, Al Gibson, Brisbane Australia

  • Christopher

    Reply Reply January 18, 2010

    Thanks,rock on Griff.

  • Dave White

    Reply Reply January 17, 2010

    On your next update to your vidio lessons why show secton how to read and play these special tab signatures. than the student could always refer to that part of the video.

    I really thnak you for covering this. I have been really confussed

  • steve

    Reply Reply December 18, 2009

    Griff,can this be made downloadable so i can add it to my PTTB course?.

  • Hans

    Reply Reply December 18, 2009

    Hi Griff,

    can’t express how much how I appreciate your generosity , and willingness to shear all your knowledge with us.
    Much appreciated. Merry X-mass.

  • Alex

    Reply Reply December 17, 2009

    Griff Bro, good stuff, I had saved this lesson along with all your others. I have only been playing about 3 months. When this first came out it was over my head.
    I have played every day sense I got my first guitar. I now have 9 Guitars, I’m addicted to it. I know, I know, why haven’t I bought your course yet. I almost did last night, held off at the last second. Glad I did, my account would have been the red, I didn’t know until today it was that low.
    Just wanted to tell you, I have searched the net for lessons, almost every day. You my friend, hands down, have the most complete, easy to understand lessons, in every way.
    I will buy your course, thanks for the help, Alex

  • Marc

    Reply Reply December 12, 2009

    It would be helpful if the "full screen" option was functional on the lesson videos. I really like the teaching style, and appreciate the efforts required in putting this sort of thing together. ThankYou!!

  • Jess

    Reply Reply December 6, 2009

    Griff: You have made easy, what for years I’ve struggled to understand. Thanks for the opportunity. I now enjoy playing my guitar. Too bad that not all instructors have your gift.

  • Jess

    Reply Reply December 6, 2009

    Griff: You have made easy, what for years I’ve struggled to understand. Thanks for the opportunity. I now enjoy playing my guitar. Too bad that not all instructors have your gift.

  • bishop

    Reply Reply November 22, 2009

    hi there griff
    it me bishop wow man you show know your music,and man that really great,
    and i see also that u got patience to go alone with it ,great job and i give u a thumbs up with 10 plus(((smile))) great job


    Reply Reply November 2, 2009

    I was wondering what type of guitar strings that you would suggest using while learning to play the guitar? 526246

  • robert verner

    Reply Reply November 1, 2009

    my first time on blues guitar unleashed although i have made contact on the learners site.
    i have developed a great confidence in your ability to teach and had no problem in purchasing both the ‘beginners blues guitar course’ and the
    ‘blues guitar unleashed. i am a 72 year old, retired, irish australian with a passionate love of all things musical, always wanted to play a musical instrument so i am at the very beginning of the learning curve.
    still practicing the beginners course and have not even looked at the blues guitar unleashed course.

  • Mike

    Reply Reply October 3, 2009

    Hey Griff.
    Wonderful job. Thanks so much..

  • Ken Herrick

    Reply Reply September 30, 2009

    Hi Griff.
    I have bought your course and am glad I did! It is very thorough and complete! These added videos are a real plus. Thanks for all the help!

  • Chris Kershaw

    Reply Reply September 2, 2009

    Very well put together! Has helped a lot,Thanks-from Chris(U.K)

  • David

    Reply Reply August 20, 2009

    Hi Griff,
    You must be unique in internet guitar teachers because you really care about people. You understand that we have to start from the begining and do not know all the things other (so called) teachers assume. I wish I had not wasted my money on other courses before I came across yours.
    David – from across the pond in England.

  • Rick

    Reply Reply August 12, 2009

    Hey there Griff,this one helps me understand the reading of the tabs a lot more. As for the pull off’s I see there isn’t anything to show a pull off so you just go for what sounds and feels better for yourself correct? Love the course and I recomend it to anyone even if you take the payment option, once you do after the first week you’ll be so glad you did. Thanks again Griff and always looking forward to hearing from you. Regards Rick.

  • Cyberthrasher

    Reply Reply August 8, 2009

    Great job Griff. It’s kind of funny, I was working with a buddy of mine over the webcams trying to teach him lesson 11 from BGU and we got into a discussion of what the parenthesis meant. Based on what I’d been playing I kind of guessed that it was just a held out note.

    For all of you who are on the fence about buying the course or just can’t figure out how to pay for it, just do it. Even try to take the 3 payment option if you can’t really afford it. Having that bit of happiness from playing better will probably put your mind at ease over the economy as well. I’ve learned more these past few weeks than I have in the last 10 years of playing. Thanks Griff.

  • Harmonica Dave

    Reply Reply August 3, 2009

    Well I finally did it, I ordered your dvd’s. I think the whole course is pretty cool. I even got a lot out of the e-mails that I revieved, & thats pretty good for a harp player 🙂 lookin forward to the lessons, & keeping in touch. Thanks

  • Mr Music

    Reply Reply July 2, 2009

    I have to agree with Marty. I am a “senior” citizen compared to most to visit your sites and use your videos. It was very difficult for me, in fact pretty much impossible to see the actual tab in the video, even with my glasses on.
    That being said, I sincerely appreciate all the help you are providing everyone. I am among those who truly appreciate your teaching methods. You seem like a “friend down the road” in your mannerisms and everything has been presented clearly and understandably. I already bought the Blues Unleashed videos and have started my training. Looking forward to playing some blues licks at an open jam. Thanks!

  • nick

    Reply Reply June 16, 2009

    thanks for all you have sent Griff ,i will be picking up the package ,but as others have said times are bad here as well.Once again i really appreciate the stuff you have sent so far.

  • ron

    Reply Reply June 11, 2009

    watched lesson on tabs still in dought where to start with it im probably not the only one would you show in order of strings and fretts the musis gos thank you so much . want your course but if i cant read tabs im sunk .///

  • David

    Reply Reply June 1, 2009

    The tab lesson is very clear and helpful, thanks. I just recently got the full course and it looks great. Just getting started but will let you know if it can even teach an old dog like me.

  • tgd

    Reply Reply May 29, 2009

    thx griff, i already knew how to read tab, but i always listen to things i already knew to pick up a few things i might have missed.

    also, a note to you beginners, always get your guitar in tune before every practice or playing session.
    buy a tuner, i have the boss tuner and buy a metronome. i also have a boss metronome.

  • Frank

    Reply Reply May 16, 2009

    Clearly explained.Bought your Blues guitar unleashed recently.A wonderful programme by an excellent teacher.Also great value.

  • Steve

    Reply Reply May 6, 2009

    I’ve noticed a lot of people saying thanks for the free lesson and I’ll buy it soon as I can. Well, I bought it and I can tell you it’s worth every penny and more.
    Griff, Thanks for the web lessons and the course, I’m 57 and haven’t played in a while, but you have motivated me to start practicing again. Good players are everywhere, Great teachers are hard to find.

  • Scott

    Reply Reply April 25, 2009

    For those of us with a limited internet connection (time or bandwidth) could you please always provide a download link for these videos, as you did in the Blue Junior video.

    I am in the desert in North Africa and these blogs and lessons are keeping me sane!

    I love the BGU DVD course by the way.


  • RICK

    Reply Reply April 18, 2009


  • hugh cummings

    Reply Reply April 18, 2009

    in tab when a fret number appears in brackets what does that mean

  • steve ambrose

    Reply Reply April 17, 2009

    Cool – This is terrific – it is so simple in realaty – and clears up any confusion. At this stage I will not only be able to read tab good but also all types of music !!


  • peter johnston

    Reply Reply April 13, 2009

    Hey Griff, good one. I never realised it was so simple. The reason is that I was used to seeing a whammy bar and thought that is how they make those fantastic sounds. Wrong!As well I have been playing keyboards for so long and they have a little wheel that you push to get those shaky sounds. Now as for the advanced tab reading I finally understand how it is really done, and it is a lot better than on a keyboard that is for sure. Thanks Mate, Peter. (Down Under)

  • Steven Williams

    Reply Reply April 11, 2009

    Very nice instruction video..Easy to follow. You just might Help make me a guitar player after all. Thanks

  • Ros

    Reply Reply April 11, 2009

    Hi Griff

    that was really helpfull

    thank you

  • Mark Garland

    Reply Reply March 27, 2009

    I ordered your DVD,s a while ago through another email listed above. But please keep sending these to this address. I enjoy recieving them,a nice bonus for the day when one arrives. Since I don’t recieve them at the other email, you must only send them to people who have not bought. You should send them to the pre buyers and the have boughts. It’s a reminder to spend some time on the guitar snd a pleasure to get and read. Thanks,Mark

  • Peter Trew

    Reply Reply March 12, 2009

    Great stuff, very helpful.
    Wish I’d found this site before I bought those hard to follow DVD’s.


  • Steve

    Reply Reply March 7, 2009

    Hey Griff,

    Nice job. I like the yellow cursor while you talked. It helped me follow visually. Also, I liked the guitar examples as it helped me hear the visualization. I hope to be buying your lessons soon!

    Roseville, CA

  • guy

    Reply Reply March 6, 2009

    another great frebbie lesson griff going to get the course as soon as i am able like many others my job is in the balance at the moment but you are doing a great job for the poor and worried man theres a good blues song in there somewhere dont you think keep it going griff you will get my order soon guy, derby uk

  • Bobby

    Reply Reply March 5, 2009

    I’ve just returned to my country (Philippines) from U.S.A. & I can’t get to play your lessons (utube)instructions, as well as the eric clapton U-tubes on your recent mails to me.Still wondering why.

  • Robert

    Reply Reply March 4, 2009

    What software do you use for writing notation?

  • David

    Reply Reply March 3, 2009

    Great video Griff, especially loved the added guitar to help with the lesson!
    If this economy ever turns around I’ll be picking up your course.
    Thanks Again

  • carlos tober

    Reply Reply February 11, 2009

    i want to learn to play.where do i start? i want to learn moor then then leed.i want to learn the cords up and down the neck.i want to learn cords and lead together like a solo.please email me back.

  • Marty

    Reply Reply February 10, 2009

    Interesting… I’m still somewhat uncomfortable reading TAB, so this has helped somewhat. One thing, though, it was very difficult actually seeing the notations on the video. They were pretty small. I attempted to magnify it, but only the print on the rest of the page was enlarged.

    Thanks Griff, for all the information you’re putting out to us! I haven’t picked up your course (yet), although hope to soon. As soon as I know if I’m going to keep my job (as so many others I’m sure are hoping to do…). In the meantime, your free instructions are awesome!! Again, Thanks!!

  • Chuck

    Reply Reply February 10, 2009

    Awesome instruction video, that clears up a lot of questions I had.


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