Start A Tune Otis Rush Style…

Nothing but fun today – it’s a great way to start a tune and it ain’t that hard to play. Dig it!

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By the way, the Tore Down rhythm I refer to also in this video is in Blues Guitar Unleashed, along with about 30 other great lessons!

38 Comments

  • RogerJ

    Reply Reply February 12, 2017

    I know exactly how to do this, and it’s so simple – so why have I never done it…? Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Bob V

    Reply Reply February 8, 2017

    Great lesson Griff! You have helped me immensely.
    Bob 62

  • JUMPING JACK FLASH

    Reply Reply February 5, 2017

    That was great…I will veiw this again…

  • daniel

    Reply Reply February 5, 2017

    Thanks so much Griff!!

  • Charles schultz

    Reply Reply February 5, 2017

    Great Pics Licks and Runs Giff, Thanks.

  • Gary

    Reply Reply February 4, 2017

    Like this one Griff. Please keep the help coming in !!!

  • Sloppy John Weaver

    Reply Reply February 3, 2017

    Great stuff, keep ’em comin’

  • Dave S

    Reply Reply February 2, 2017

    ‘This will go with any blues in C, and there are heaps of them, and any blues that’s not in C can be made to be in C’ or something…. never laughed so hard, right out loud! So cool, Griff, and a cool little fun lesson. Thank You!

  • john lawson

    Reply Reply February 2, 2017

    I love this kind of ‘quick hit’ … another piece of the puzzle…thanks so much…John…

  • timothy theys

    Reply Reply February 2, 2017

    it’s such a classic cool intro riff….and even sounds great slowing it down to slow blues!

  • Peter

    Reply Reply February 2, 2017

    Hey Griff
    Love this last one. So cool. Any chance you could actually make learning it a lesson

  • Brian C

    Reply Reply February 2, 2017

    I typically don’t leave a response even though I watch every one. I love this little diddy. It reminds me of old Fleetwood Mac. I’ll defiantly be using this one. Thanks man.Keep sending vids.

  • Mr Griffin

    Reply Reply February 2, 2017

    Great fun to play.
    Thanks Griff.

  • Steve

    Reply Reply February 2, 2017

    This is a great little riff! Love it! Thanks as always, Griff!

  • Dr Gonzo

    Reply Reply February 2, 2017

    Great stuff Griff!

    • Tom

      Reply Reply February 2, 2017

      Hey, Griff-Thx a lot-that Otis intro is great! I’m a 75 yr old dude who loves blues guitar, but started playing guitar at age 52; a little late. Haven’t played for few years, but gettin’ back to it. The Otis thing re-inspired me. Thank you. I’ll look forward to more stuff.

  • Brenda

    Reply Reply February 2, 2017

    Wonderful Griff. I really dig that/.

  • Jim Menzies.

    Reply Reply February 2, 2017

    Thank you Griff enjoyed that. Jim.

  • Paul Grammas

    Reply Reply February 2, 2017

    Since it’s Groundhog Day, will we get this lesson every day from here on? 😎 Six more weeks of winter but enough do overs to really learn it!

  • tony

    Reply Reply February 2, 2017

    cool moves as always ! using as a chuck berry thing great idea for me . J B G

  • David Douglas

    Reply Reply February 2, 2017

    Thanks Griff,
    Glad you mentioned Chuck. The second you started out I thought about him. I just recently came to realize that at the heart of his music was the blues but with a happy feel and the tempo kicked up.
    Great stuff Griff.
    Have a great day Maestro,
    Dave

  • Frank Oliver

    Reply Reply February 2, 2017

    I am 70 yrs old and want to learn the Bass guitar……due to very limited low income, what suggestion can you offer for something by internet? Thanks.

    • Worth Houghton

      Reply Reply February 2, 2017

      Hey Frank, I’m a long time guitar player that switched to bass in my band a few years ago. Youtube has a ton of great bass lessons, and many are by instructors that have classes and instructional packages like Griff.

      One of the best is a guy names Scott Devine from Scott’s Bass Lessons. He has more than 50 videos with a lot of great technique and theory and his own subscription class and a lot of free materials as well. Mark at TalkingBass.Net is really good too. If you’re looking to learn specific songs, Finbar Bass is great, and there are a million more if you just youtube the song you want to learn.

      Good luck, I’ve enjoyed the heck out of playing bass, and I find it makes my guitar playing better as well.

    • TOM FARKAS

      Reply Reply February 2, 2017

      Frank, If you haven’t got a bass yet I suggest you look at the local pawn shops in your area. If you can find a Fender Squire “Jazz” bass model or a Dean Edge series I’d buy one of those, their necks are much narrower and easier for beginners to play. They also are usually cheaper, about $100 bucks . For an amp, a Fender bassman will set you back about $100 , so for 2 bens you’re on your way. I’m 68 and I started playing bass at 12, so I’VE BEEN AT IT A WHILE. The one piece of advice that I can give you is to marry up with a drummer that knows what he’s doing. You two will be laying down the “groove” and you must be in sync. Other than that, Worth Houghton gave you some good sites to check out free lessons. Take care and practice, Tom

      • Tom

        Reply Reply February 3, 2017

        Tom Farías-you’re right on re: Fender jazz bass-I’m 75 & just picked up bass few years ago when I took a haitis from 6 string blues. I got a Fender 5 string jazz bass & love it.

  • Legoge47

    Reply Reply February 2, 2017

    Thanks. Enjoyed that lesson.

  • PatB

    Reply Reply February 2, 2017

    That’s a good lick. I can see using that one. I’m going to try it with Slow Blues Solo 2 In 5 EBS.
    Thanks Griff

  • Pedr ap-Ioan

    Reply Reply February 2, 2017

    Diolch i ti Griff ! – Thank you Griff ! I very much enjoyed that, simple effective lesson, and as usual very well presented ! just loved that sound !

  • Victor

    Reply Reply February 2, 2017

    Great !

  • Joyce Knake

    Reply Reply February 2, 2017

    Neat, I like it. Easy to understand and play.

  • Gary Bankhead

    Reply Reply February 2, 2017

    It’s the BLUES man!

  • Gary Bankhead

    Reply Reply February 2, 2017

    Bb Eb G C, you’re are correct sir! not an F9. The third chord, the 1/2 step slide is F6. If you strum only the top 3 strings, G B e. Strange voicings! I feel the sound is the “thang” . lol!

  • Frank O'Connor

    Reply Reply February 2, 2017

    Thanks Griff. A nice little tune. Thanks for the lesson.

  • bill collins

    Reply Reply February 2, 2017

    Love watching your video blogs find stuff been playing for years just didn’t put it all together!! Thanks. Bill

  • Kim Alexander

    Reply Reply February 2, 2017

    FUN ! thank’s-Kim

  • Norm Mastromoro

    Reply Reply February 2, 2017

    Griff

    Is what you called an F9 chord also identifiable as an Eb6 chord?

    NM

    • Griff

      Reply Reply February 2, 2017

      Close, but yes, the top 3 strings match up. F9 would be F A C Eb G, while Eb6 is Eb G Bb A, so the A, G, and Eb are shared.

  • Leigh T

    Reply Reply February 2, 2017

    Griff, all great stuff, and fun. Thanks!

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