Mixing Major And Minor In 1st Position

Mixing up the Major and Minor Blues sounds can be essential to really nailing the blues sound… … but it can also be a big pain in the neck! When do you change? How do you change? How do you practice it? All of that and more in today’s video… If you want more info…

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Rory Gallagher Blues Rock Riff

This riff came from a Rory Gallagher recording, but I’ve heard it (or variations of it) in many songs over the years (CCR comes to mind, even though I can’t think of which song.) It’s in E, and like many blues things in E, it’s based around the open position E minor box 1/box 2…

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These Women Play The Blues

Since it happens to be Mother’s Day, I thought it might be a good time to celebrate some of the female blues guitar players out there… Generally speaking, there aren’t nearly as many female blues guitar players out there as the men, but I think that’s changing – especially over the last few years. So…

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Getting Your Hands Back

For whatever reason, we all have to spend some time away from our guitars… It’s never fun, but it happens. Maybe it’s an injury, maybe it’s work travel… Maybe it’s just that the kids have been sick and your time hasn’t been your own. It doesn’t matter, you want to get back to where you…

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Playing “Acoustic” On Electric

These last few days we’ve been talking a lot about “acoustic” blues, in the sense that it’s blues you play by yourself – and not with a band… But I really want to emphasize that these skills are just as useful on an electric guitar – with a band – as they are without! In…

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Holy Smokes We Did It – Thank You!!!!

Wow! What a day yesterday… in case you didn’t hear, our new album, I’ll Drink To That, hit #1 on the iTunes blues charts!!! Thank you so very much for all the love and support, we’re super excited and thrilled to hear so many great reviews of our music. Of course, you can get it…

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Twisting Up A Jimmy Page Lick

Let’s take a simple, 4 note Jimmy Page style sequence of minor pentatonic notes, and look at some quick ways we can manipulate it into some different sounds without changing the notes… only the beats 🙂 This is important because it helps to see that, once your fingers can make some movements, there are a…

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That Texas “Chunka Chunka” Rhythm Thing…

In today’s lesson we’ll talk about how to get that Texas-style “chunk” out of your blues rhythms. Also, we’ll talk about where a lot of those different classic riffs in the style of SRV and Kenny Wayne Shepherd (and that Griff Hamlin guy) come from. Grab your guitar and let’s get going:

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The New Album Is Coming!!!

I think it’s only been about 7 years, or so, that I’ve been talking about doing a new album (and only 19 years since my last one…) But the wait is almost over. April 26th, Griff Hamlin & The Single Barrel Blues Band will be releasing our first CD called, I’ll Drink To That (barring…

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Soloing In E Without Box 1

This is a short video based on a question from a viewer who was struggling with soloing over a blues in E… which I understand (because I had the same problem when I was new to soloing.) E is an odd key because, on the low end, Box 1 of the Pentatonic scale is in…

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