Finding Major Pentatonics From A Shape Barre Chords

If you know the Major Pentatonic/Blues Scale, chances are you only know it from a 6th string root, which is fine until you need one from a 5th string root… Here is a great trick to use a chord shape that you probably use all the time, and good old box 1, which you probably…

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3 BB King Licks That Don’t Use The House Pattern

When most folks talk about how BB King solos, they tend to refer to what I call the “house” pattern, sometimes also known as the “BB Box.” It’s basically a grouping of notes that can be easily morphed into either a major or minor pentatonic/blues sound, but that’s not the point of this video –…

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You Might Be Practicing Your Boxes Wrong

I’m not sure how else to put it… but most of us learn the “boxes” of the pentatonic/blues scale in a way that… isn’t actually all that useful to us in the heat of battle (during an actual solo.) It’s not our fault, it’s how we have to learn them at first. But the problem…

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When It All Goes South :(

I make no bones about the fact that, for me, playing in a group, with a band, at a jam, or even just with a friend or two – is what it’s all about. The reason we practice and learn chords, riffs, scales, and soloing patterns is so that we can eventually get to that…

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Buddy Guy Approach To Slow Blues Soloing

Buddy Guy is one of the absolute last living blues legends (if not the last) and I’ve been listening to some of his music more often lately… I wanted to do a lesson on some essential Buddy Guy licks… but he’s somewhat of a chameleon, able to adapt and change based on the situation and…

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Adding Notes To Pentatonic Scales Without Thinking

I know this might seem odd… but I like to add notes to my pentatonic and blues scale boxes without having to really think too much… So, to that end, there are a couple of spots in the boxes where those extra notes just fit, and they are easy to see and use. In this…

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Mike Bloomfield IV to I Lick

This is a lick I heard Mike Bloomfield do and I just love it… it’s a move that I find myself doing, but I didn’t realize just where I’d stolen it from 🙂 So we’re gonna do two things today – first, I’m gonna show you the lick… But then, I want to show you…

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Do You Need Real Music?

Q: How do you get a guitar player to stop playing? A: Put sheet music in front of them! It’s an old joke that nods to a common misconception about guitar players – that we can’t read music. Not only that, I pride myself on the fact that you don’t have to read music in…

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Don’t Poke The Root Note…

This is one of those things that I see many of my less experienced blues soloists do… In fact, I see it in my son’s jazz band at school, it’s just a common thing when you’re not as sure about what you’re going to play next. The tendency is to not want to leave empty…

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“Ask Griff” Feb 15, 2019

We talked about a whole bunch of fun things yesterday on a live version of “Ask Griff…” So grab a cup of coffee and listen to some thoughts on practicing tips, the “jazz blues” and how to modify a 12 bar blues to make it more jazzy… Plus, we talked about more advanced scales and…

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