The House Pattern

This is one of my favorite patterns for blues soloing. It’s basically the blues scale… but with some extra goodness.

A lot of people call it the BB King box or something similar because BB does use it a lot, but so does Albert King, Freddie King, and darn near everyone else.

This video is just about learning the pattern… I didn’t put any licks in it because I didn’t want to make it too long. Just just play around with it and try it out.

I use this pattern a lot in 5 Easy Blues Solos and Killer Blues Solos Made Easy if you’re interested in more uses for this.

Download the video here – WMV | MP4

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148 Comments

  • Don

    Reply Reply March 8, 2018

    Absolutely OUTstanding! Thanks again, Griff; you really make this FUN! 🙂

  • Charles vanderwindt

    Reply Reply March 7, 2018

    Oops, i meant “this Trojan guy”

  • Charles vanderwindt

    Reply Reply March 7, 2018

    Most enlightning lesson yet for me. Thanks for this, it had some lightbulbs come on. As you said, dont need to play a “scale” to sound good. Now the minor/major options are a lot clearer.
    Question, are there any other patterns in any of the other 4 ” pent. scales/ boxes ” that can be used in this manner?
    Thanks again. Oh and dont pay any attention to this Trohan guy’s comments.
    I think he is from a different planet.
    Cheers,
    Charles

  • dan

    Reply Reply March 7, 2018

    Love it thanks.

  • Christopher Belcher

    Reply Reply June 9, 2017

    Griff,
    I don’t think I’m exaggerating (too much) in saying that this lesson opened up a whole new world for me in soloing. Thanks so much for your insight and ability to make these concepts accessible to your viewers. Quick question: does the second in the minor scale work as a kind of passing note if you’re playing over the five chord? Thanks so much.

  • Jerry Shulman

    Reply Reply May 9, 2017

    Griff –
    You bend strings so easily, while I find it so hard. Is it me, or could it be my vintage (7 1/2inch radius) fretboard.

  • Deb

    Reply Reply May 6, 2017

    Hey Griff , I love this little gem !! Being a huge BB fan , with just a little knowledge from you i can tap in to those beautiful licks of BB.s and make my own .. Cheers .. Deb Australia

    • Steve Taylor

      Reply Reply March 8, 2018

      hey deb, im from brisbane, where you from ?

  • Llort

    Reply Reply May 6, 2017

    You chart shows the fingering to be between the strings and I am finding it impossible to get any sound out of my guitar.

    • dan

      Reply Reply March 7, 2018

      you’re looking at it wrong. it’s a horizontal fretboard not a tab.

  • JACK FLASH

    Reply Reply May 5, 2017

    That was GREAT…LOVE TO SLOW IT TO .25 SPEED TO STUDY IT….I used it alot as I already was using it but with a wall to stare at as I play I combine a lot of TREASURES IN THE ZONE….

  • Bill Milby

    Reply Reply May 5, 2017

    As always, I love these short lessons. A thought for the production of these videos that make them more helpful for my skill level. Whenever you demonstrate these licks over a jam track, I would find it useful to super impose what cord you playing over. I’m ok over the I cord but, I have trouble with what specific notes I should be targeting for the IV and V. I know the scales but i have trouble getting it from my head to my fingers. I need a video that show specific notes for each cord…I really need to be “hand fed”. As always, great stuff

  • Brian Burke

    Reply Reply May 5, 2017

    Really great stuff, Griff. Very helpful

    • PAUL DRAGOTT

      Reply Reply May 5, 2017

      HEY GRIFF!! BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE I GOT AN EMAIL GOODIE FROM YOU. YOU LOOK GREAT MAN. I MOVED AND THAT’S BEEN OVER 18 MONTHS. THE MOVE, ME BEING DISABLED, TOOK ME MONTHS TO RECUPERATE. SO I WAS WAS NOT PAYING GUITAR JUST WRITING LYRICS. NOW YOUR BACK! I MISSED YOUR LESSONS, THAT WAS A COOL PATTERN . I HAVE BEEN PLAYING UN PLUGED. JUST TRYING TO BUILD UP MY FINGER STRENGTH. BEEN PLAYING A LOT OF ROY OBERSON AND ERIC CLAPTON . I PICKED UP A TUNE FROM HIS CD,ON THE ROAD WITH BB KING. ERIC IS REALLY SICK. I HAVE KNOWN HIM SINCE THE 70’S. I HAVE BEEN PRAYING FOR HIM. I HOPE WE DON’T LOOSE ANOTHER GREAT ARTIST.NO WORD FROM HIS WIFE. SO THAT’S GOOD. I HOPE. TAKE CARE AND CAN’T WAIT FOR ANOTHER LICK, OR SOLO. :-)PAUL.

  • Ken Terrill

    Reply Reply May 5, 2017

    Thanks, Griff. A few minutes noodling with those two “house” boxes tells me I will be spending much more time there–so many different patterns to play in easily played boxes. Also, the best lesson so far on major/minor sound within a tune.

  • Llewellyn Carr

    Reply Reply March 10, 2016

    Hi Griff,
    The little house….WOW! its got a lot in it….Amazing as always.

    Thank you very much,

    Llewellyn

    Bangalore – INDIA

    • Roy

      Reply Reply April 11, 2016

      Nice I love it thanks

  • David G

    Reply Reply March 8, 2016

    Excellent little lesson that is HUGE in practice. Thank you, Griff!

  • Pat

    Reply Reply March 8, 2016

    Thank you Griff. I’ve seen you demonstrate this concept but never got the
    difference in the bends. That’s the icing on the cake.

  • David Hurry

    Reply Reply March 7, 2016

    Hey Griff ,do you have a downloadable PDF ,so that I can save it on my adobe reader to use so that I can learn to play it on my guitar

  • Mike

    Reply Reply March 7, 2016

    Looks to me that the minor pattern is box 2 and the major pattern is box 3, am I correct?

    • Scott

      Reply Reply March 7, 2016

      Yes.

    • Pat

      Reply Reply March 8, 2016

      Take another look at box 3 string 1. Griff made a point to say this is not a scale. Take it for what it is, and don’t confuse yourself .

    • lee

      Reply Reply May 23, 2016

      No, because F# is not a note in the A minor pentatonic scale

  • Jake Whicker

    Reply Reply March 7, 2016

    Griff, thanks a million. I’m getting better and better every day because YOU are my teacher!

  • Ray Allen

    Reply Reply March 7, 2016

    Griff, Another great lesson, Love em all .Thanks for all you do for us.
    To all the negative responses tell them to get a life and play drums,anything just leave the pickers alone !
    Ray

  • Andy

    Reply Reply March 7, 2016

    Thanks Griff – Love this, one of your best!

  • Tea

    Reply Reply March 7, 2016

    OH! I love it.
    Thanks Griff

  • Tony Venuti

    Reply Reply March 7, 2016

    I have seen several versions of this “house pattern” idea. Most of the others point out that, from the “minor house”, you should drop the pattern DOWN THREE FRETS, to shift into the “major house”. But in this approach, Griff shifts UP TWO FRETS to change to major. Are these both correct??

    • John Trojan

      Reply Reply March 7, 2016

      Griff. “”GRIFF – – -!!!” Youtube instructors are INFORMATIONAL i.e.; – -they pass to their audience “”INFORMATION””. Sad but true, THEY {{AL}}–[-“ALL”-} [[FORGET}} THIS QUINTESSENTIAL POINT. YouTube instructors are [[-GUITAR-]] PLAYERS!-at least they all [demonstrate]. Chords. SCALES, Riffs & Licks ON THE [[-GUITAR-]]. As great as you are-or try to be- not (-NOT-) everyone IS A GUITAR PLAYER (NOT !!). How does is a Keys Player or a Woodwind Player – -{ME} – -know the finger positions indicative of Each Note on the guitar FRET BOARD ??? Only guitar players recognize the individual note(s) an index finger placed on the 3rd fret on the 2nd string ACTUALLY {{-“IS-“]]. YouTube instructors are [[-in & of- ]] the Elitist Mind Set that the guitar {“IS”} the End All and BE ALL of {“ALL”} INSTRUMENTS. This is instrumental CHAUVINISM in its Rawist, Purest–CRAPPYIST– form and it JUST ISN”T TRUE !**. All right; A minor Pentatonic Blues Scale: what ARE the notes to this Scale? “V-E-R-B-A-L-I-Z-E” Them Griff. “SAY” them-[[ALL]] of them (***).HELP US ALONG, “Please”; where WE, as [“budding Musicians”]- – – WANT to be. PLEASE !!**. Thank You, Griff. John T. PS. ((-“Keep ‘Em Coming*-).

      • Andy

        Reply Reply March 7, 2016

        er….Trojan – fella – you’re in the wrong place. Griff is a blues guitarist teaching blues guitar to people who want to learn blues guitar. You wanna learn keys find a keys teacher. Wanna blow your horn find a horn teacher – don’t dis’ someone for not doing what they NEVER made the slightest claim to do.

        • Rod

          Reply Reply March 10, 2016

          I’m super upset Griff doesn’t deliver coffee to me while I watch these video lessons. I mean seriously, I really love coffee while watching these video. I paid a lot of money for a membership and I think he should include coffee and maybe a biscuit, too. Good grief, John, anything else you’d like Griff to provide? Please re-read Andy’s response above. It pretty much sums it all up. And thanks Griff for all the great daily info.

      • Tony Venuti

        Reply Reply March 8, 2016

        Waaayyy too much coffee.

      • mpaq

        Reply Reply May 6, 2017

        what a ridiculous post. I guess we should go view a piano tutorial and beat up on the teacher for not showing us how to bend a note!

      • Charles vanderwindt

        Reply Reply March 7, 2018

        Get a life man!

    • Andy

      Reply Reply March 7, 2016

      That’s not quite right. This is way cooler. The 3 frets down trick gives you the major pentatonic scale whatever scale shape/box you’re playing. This house pattern isn’t the major pentatonic scale – it can sound major or minor when you bend the 2 note – just like Griff explained.
      And Griff recently went to some length to discourage use of the 3 frets down trick too.

      • Tony Venuti

        Reply Reply March 8, 2016

        Roger that.

        • Griff – makes sense to me Wouldn’t we all love to have Griff as our personal blues guitar teacher ? Count me in… !

  • israel

    Reply Reply March 7, 2016

    pls break it down begginer so we can understand

  • Louie O.

    Reply Reply March 7, 2016

    Griff,
    being a BB fan the “house” patterns are nothing new to me, I have incorporated them in my blues playing for a long time, but rarely do I go from house to house, so to speak, as you do in this lesson! Thanks for giving me a different perspective, you’ve got me looking at it a little differently with this lesson, the sign of a good teacher, and the reason that I started started with PTTB many years ago and continue on!

  • Rob

    Reply Reply March 7, 2016

    really would like this Tabbed out,and a longer Jam track but thanks really good stuff

  • mark

    Reply Reply March 7, 2016

    what does this have to do with anything, I thing griff is a little bored today

  • Clif B

    Reply Reply March 7, 2016

    I’ve been doing this for a long time without really knowing what I was doing. Thanks for another great blend of technique and theory.

  • Rudy

    Reply Reply March 7, 2016

    Nice. Why are the dots in between the strings, on your fretboard diagrams?

    • Bruce

      Reply Reply March 7, 2016

      They’re on the string, between the frets. The diagram is horizontal not verticle.

      • Rudy

        Reply Reply March 7, 2016

        Ahh. Got it. Thanks.

  • Mark Wales uk

    Reply Reply March 7, 2016

    Cheers Griff
    For the lesson love the BB box pattern

  • Rob S

    Reply Reply March 7, 2016

    Thanks Griff awesome stuff

  • Bharat

    Reply Reply March 7, 2016

    You have let out arabbit out of your magic bag. Its very nice. Thank you .

  • David Norfolk England

    Reply Reply March 7, 2016

    Hi Griff
    First let me say that I love our videos — however I do have difficulty in following your finger movements and relating it to the view of My fretboard that I see when I look down to it.
    My tip — for people that have a IPad like me — if you tilt the iPad backwards the picture flips upside down and become the view of the fretboard that you see when you are playing — now it’s so much easier to follow your finger movements – and copy them.
    It’s an important point to consider – and maybe an opportunity to consider when you do your videos to “show” your finger movements in this way — (upside down) I’ve I’ve “the view that you see of the fretboard when you look down and play”
    Hope that you’ve got my drift?
    Blessings
    David
    Norfolk England

  • JesseRay

    Reply Reply March 7, 2016

    Super cool….. Super thanks to you.

  • mark

    Reply Reply March 7, 2016

    have no idea on this, someone is bored and have nothing to post

    • mpaq

      Reply Reply May 6, 2017

      @Mark – what are you having trouble with? This lesson sounds more complicated than it is. Griff is referring to interval names but if you dont understand the jargon, as hes says… dont worry about it, just follow the box pattern…its only 5 notes and transposable to any key. Its a very basic but a very important and easy lesson to get you started with soloing.

      Not posted out of boredom as you put it, by any means.

  • Paul Thompson

    Reply Reply March 7, 2016

    Hi Griff, this has to be the most useful tip! such an easy switch from major to minor without too much effort to think about it, Your course and all of these neat tips have really helped my playing in general not just with the blues! Thanks

  • Charlton

    Reply Reply April 9, 2015

    Thanks Griff good stuff.i will be working onthat ttonite. Keep us rockin. Charlton

  • Michael Chappell

    Reply Reply April 9, 2015

    hey Griff,
    Just as cool as it gets, great.
    Michael-Sydney Australia

  • lonnie6a

    Reply Reply March 26, 2015

    Thanks again Griff, I have a peavey classsic vt series tube amp and this shape sounds so good on it that i thought that maybe you could post the jam track that you are using. Once again wonderful and fulfilling video.

  • Bruce

    Reply Reply March 16, 2015

    Griff, your diagram show the pattern in middle of fretboard , but yet you play the example on higher strings ? Also again a bit to fast ,and knuckles in way on which string sometimes. However it does sound good so l will just try on my own ,and see how it sounds . Usually my ear can soon match ,or find which notes sound off. lt does sound cool though, thanks for sharing.

    • Frank

      Reply Reply April 8, 2015

      Bruce: it’s not in the middle, you are looking at it the wrong way. The high e string is at the top of the diagram.

  • Tom Loates

    Reply Reply March 15, 2015

    Thanks Griff, simple and effective. You are a great teacher. (BGU Member).

  • Larry

    Reply Reply March 14, 2015

    Sorry Griff the D (10th fret high E string does Not work) over any of the 1/4/5 chords!!!!!! The other 4 notes work in the major.
    In the video you don’t play it all.

    • chazza

      Reply Reply March 14, 2015

      What on earth are you talking about? Have another look.
      D IS the IV chord by the way.

    • lee

      Reply Reply March 7, 2016

      D is the root of the IV chord, D7…and d is the 7th in the 5 chord, the E7. D is also the in the A minor Pentatonic scale. It works over all three chords. Playing a D over an A chord may sound a bit dissonant to your ear as it is an interval of a fourth. The other two chords the D is a chord tone and fits right in.

  • Paul

    Reply Reply March 14, 2015

    Interesting that you name the set of notes for its shape (it looks like a house). The pentatonic scales remind me of the shapes of letters a K S H N

  • Jim Gulley

    Reply Reply March 9, 2015

    Thanks Griff. I will learn this tonight

  • Drew

    Reply Reply March 9, 2015

    Awesome!!!
    The epiphanies I have after watching your videos…..

    I’ve watched hundreds of hours of YouTube video and I’m taking lessons….yet no one ever showed me (or articulately explained) how the BB King box really works with the bends

  • ROGER LUCKIN

    Reply Reply March 9, 2015

    HI GRIFF,
    GREAT LESSON AS USUAL. I AM QUITE UP WITH THIS PATTERN BUT THIS LESSON HAS OPENED MY EYES TO OTHER THINGS, SO THANKS.

    I HAVE A MARSHALL VALVESTATE 2000 AVT AMP AND WOULD APPRECIATE A LESSON ON HOW TO SET IT UP FOR THE GREAT BLUESY CRUNCH SOUND YOU GET. I PLAY IT WITH A GREEN MILE TUBE SCREAMER BUT STILL DO NOT GET THE SOUND TO THE LEVEL I WOULD LIKE. COULD THIS BE ANOTHER BLOG YOU COULD DO??? I WONDER HOW MANY OTHER GUYS OUT THERE ARE HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM.

    KEEP THE BLOGS COMING, I LOOK FORWARD TO EVERY NEW DAY!!!

    REGARDS,

    ROGER.

    • John Allen

      Reply Reply March 19, 2015

      Hi Roger

      It has been my experience that each amp is different so to ask for a specific setting isn’t always as easy as you think, I have found backing off on the volume knob of the guitar (once again hard to say what number to put it on cause a lot has to do with what style of pickup you are using also the guitar try getting it close as u can on the amp then turn the guitar volume to 0 and slowly play and increase the the lvl of volume that is applied while on clean channels the volume make a big difference in how loud a lot of the time when u got to the dirty channel is creates more saturation the higher you have the volume so if it feels a little to crunchy maybe back off if it sounds scratchy maybe back off on the tone some, bottom line it is a personal preference so play with it and see what sounds good to you

      hope this helps I spent many years trying to do it all with just the amp not knowing it is really a combination of the amp and the guitar

  • BobbyB

    Reply Reply March 8, 2015

    Simple but vast . Thanks Griff.

  • JR London

    Reply Reply March 7, 2015

    So simple….but so VERY effective. Another sweetie for the gig box! Many thanks.

  • Alex

    Reply Reply March 7, 2015

    Awesome as always. Thanks for rewiring my brain, Dr. Guitarenstein!

  • Henry 'H' Nield

    Reply Reply March 7, 2015

    Griif – just to say thanks for this video, a real piece of icing on the cake.. I’m working my way through the Blues Guitar Unleashed course I just bought from you and I have to say the way you teach really WORKS, and your generosity in sending out this free stuff will surely keep coming back to you in the form of good blues karma :-), as well as hopefully many course sales…many thanks. H

  • Stephen

    Reply Reply March 7, 2015

    Greeeat! As always. Thanks.

  • John K

    Reply Reply March 6, 2015

    Unless my ears deceive me, you don’t really use the four (tenth fret on the E string in this example) much when the one of the progression is playing, do you?

    • Dewesq55

      Reply Reply November 20, 2016

      That is not correct. He plays it in the second phrase/lick in the intro, bending it up and then back and pulling off to the C

  • Larry Twain

    Reply Reply March 6, 2015

    Hey Griff As always GREAT STUFF!!!!!!! What amp were you playing the Gibby 335 out of? Not that I will be able to recreate the sound you get with my talent but one of these days……..!

  • Ray Porter

    Reply Reply March 6, 2015

    Griff, I hope you get this because it can be confusing to alot of newer players. When you move around the neck and say you are onthe 3rd,6th,4th etc. Where did you start counting at ? What are the shapes that you use to count with? In alot of videos people refer to the number that they land on but not many explain how they got there.From what I understand it all depends upon what key you are in and what and where the root you start on. Thanks,Ray

    • Drew

      Reply Reply March 9, 2015

      Ray,

      1st is A (the root note for this exersize)

      2nd is the B

      b3rd is the C

      3rd is the C#

      4th is the D

      5th is the E

      6th is the F#

      There is more that (b5th/blue note) but that is the context.

      For me, the boxes and movable shapes are better used when I know whete the notes live in each box (root, 4th…etc)

  • tony

    Reply Reply March 6, 2015

    COOL BEANS BRO. I am a lot like the way you were . looking for that tasty lic or sound . I have found some in my own way. seems that in the back of my mind i have all this info but not really putting it all together. One piece of importance i think you left out . always return to the root . all may find if you search for that root else where and play the same pattern yes you can solo all day long . just return to the root note hell play a cord too possiablities are endless yes.i can see that a lot of others are getting it too.:<) .

    • tony

      Reply Reply March 6, 2015

      NICE MARCHALL HEAD MAN THATS NICE THE 100 WATT ONE YOU JUST GOT EAHHH

  • Colin Campbell

    Reply Reply March 6, 2015

    Thanks yet again Griff for letting all us students learn how to achieve a great electric blues guitar sound.

  • Ray Jackson (UK)

    Reply Reply March 6, 2015

    Hi Griff. I play this sequence all the time, but doesn’t quite sound as good as when you play it. Probably down to your accuracy when bending. So, I’ll just keep on bending til I snap.
    Regards, Ray (UK)

  • Jean Dominique

    Reply Reply March 6, 2015

    You made this so simple. That is Griff’s house. If I understand, the minor is from the 4 notes solo, which I learned even before I subscribed to the course . I have always enjoyed it. My biggest problem is the bending .I need to get familiar with it. As I watch you play, I hope I can get eventually have better control . until I can come up with my own piece ….

  • Cary

    Reply Reply March 6, 2015

    Griff – great stuff. In your demo you create a number of licks in each box. Could you make a follow up video showing how you created 2 or 3 of those licks in each box. ……thanks

  • Fran Mercuri

    Reply Reply March 6, 2015

    Nice, Thanks Griff. I watched the lesson twice and it began to be clear. You have a way of getting it simple and yet leave some for advanced theory to reveal. The jamming is out of site.

  • terry kinney

    Reply Reply March 6, 2015

    Very useful info Griff. I am still waiting for contact from cust. Service or anyone….now 9 phone calls and yet another email being ignored…and yes I have sent emails in other areas of course info. Please help.
    Lessdrop

  • Tom O'Dell

    Reply Reply March 6, 2015

    Thanks for this explanation of the BB box. This same (house) shape sits right in the minor box one scale as well. You taught a couple bb licks there in the past. Maybe you could ad those licks to this lesson as well. I would like to see those as well.

    Thanks
    Tom

  • jim

    Reply Reply March 6, 2015

    Right after the minor pentatonic, I think your “Houses” are next in importance of good, basic blues playing.
    Very handy! Thanks!

    • Ben

      Reply Reply June 1, 2015

      Still the minor pentatonic (box 2) (or the major depending which root you use)

  • John Brown

    Reply Reply March 6, 2015

    I think I’m finally ‘getting’ it, thanks to these brilliant little snippets you keep sending me. Three years now and I haven’t really looked at my ‘Playing on the Porch’ course yet. Thanks for the insights Griff.

  • Peter McKercher

    Reply Reply March 6, 2015

    Thank you Griff. This lesson has opened a huge door for me. Such a simple concept, yet what a difference it makes.

  • Coop

    Reply Reply March 6, 2015

    Very cool. I’m 57 and just started playing a couple of years ago. Found myself in a rut and trying to understand lead playing more. This video put some pieces of that puzzle together for me, thanks!

  • geoff

    Reply Reply March 6, 2015

    Very cool griff, many thanks boss.

  • marco crescenzio

    Reply Reply March 6, 2015

    that was very cool thanks.

  • robin

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    Hi Griff, it’s all so utterly confusing but you do help thanks !

  • Ian Robins

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    Thanks for this one, Griff. Excellent. And thank you B B King! I’ve played this ‘House Box” for quite a while but the timing and phrasing has clarified a lot for me. Cheers!

  • Mark Ogier

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    Quite possibly the best 8 minutes of blues instruction I have ever seen. Brilliant!
    Thanks
    Mark

  • Gary Colter

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    Best clip ever – Thanks Griff!

  • Ralph Conder

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    This short video was one of the most informative clips I
    have seen from you or anyone else a definte plus in explaining
    these two boxes , also I have many of your courses but haven’t got around to the 5 more solos YET but the 8BAR demo
    was a beautiful piece and is what I feel the blues is all about thanks

  • Tim

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    maybe I am just stupid, but I have watched this twice and get no understanding. What are these diagrams? The notes seem to be placed between the strings? And watching the video it does not seem that you are playing the patterns in the diagrams. But, I am probably just stupid.

    • Don

      Reply Reply March 5, 2015

      Tim,
      The horizontal lines are the strings. And the vertical lines are the frets. Hope that helps. Play on buddy.

      • Glenn Lego

        Reply Reply March 5, 2015

        I must be stupid too. I tried to do this on an acoustic guitar and all I got was lots of pain in my fingers and very confused.

        • TA Ratko

          Reply Reply May 5, 2017

          Glenn:

          I use nothing but an acoustic to practice. It builds your finger callouses and strengthens your fingers for bending notes. Stick with it!

    • Karl Farren

      Reply Reply March 8, 2015

      Hi Tim,

      In the diagrams, the horizontal lines represent the strings and the vertical lines are the frets. So, in each ‘box’ there are two notes on the top E string, two notes on the B string and one note on the G string.

      Hope this helps.

      Karl

    • Drew

      Reply Reply March 9, 2015

      Hang in there Tim.
      Start by lwarnibg the notes of A major ….then make a fretboard diagram and fill in each note for those notes…then learn the shapes of the A major and A minor pentatonic.
      It takes time.

  • Tom Ratko

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    Griff:

    Isn’t either of the patterns simply the “upper extension” of Box 1 for any key? Either also is the upper half of Box 2 for any key, right?

    • Griff

      Reply Reply March 6, 2015

      Yes, that’s correct. You got it.

      • Mark S.

        Reply Reply March 6, 2015

        Know what? The little light over my head just came on. Understanding has begun to sink in, like Ah Ha! and Voila!
        Thanks, Griff. This is fun!

  • Steve

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    Great lesson Griff…HA!!…Good BB’s Box and Evil BB’s box…always knew he had to have an evil twin playin like only he can…

  • Rudy Esparza

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    What I like about it is that you can play it with almost any blues key.

    Thanks Griff. your the man.

  • Chris Miller

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    Very helpful! And now I can’t wait to get home and try this! Thanks!

  • Terry Miller

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    This lick is in the slow blues in A on 5 easy solos. Thanks.

    • Don

      Reply Reply March 5, 2015

      Thanks for pointing the lick to the 5 Easy solos, I’ve got those, right where’s that guitar.

  • Tom

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    More great stuff, Griff. I’ve seen other people (even instructors) find the root and go one side for the major and the other side for the minor sounds. They didn’t give the musical explanation like received here from Griff. Great job.

  • Jim (Liverpool UK)

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    Hi Griff,
    This stuff is awesome, I could sit and listen to you all night except I need to have a go myself, wish me luck here I go…….

  • cowboy

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    sweet…later.

    cowboy

  • David

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    If I wasn’t a customer, I’d feel guilty. Dude, you are just givin’ it away!

  • OzzieJohn

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    Love this! I know this stuff is all obvious to you – you’ve been in this place for years (decades?). For me, it’s not the notes it’s how you show how to use them so fluidly / effortlessly to tell a musical story. Thanks!

  • Chas

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    Thanks again Griff, love this stuff. It not only helps me so much with my guitar playing but also my understanding of how the guitar works.

    Cheers.

    Chas

  • Ed M

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    This lesson is AWESOME! Thank you so much.

  • Gary L.

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    Excellent info Griff….Thanks!

  • geoff london uk

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    griff you explain things so easy if only i had known about you earlier in my guitar playing years i would not have spent so long sitting behind a drum kit

  • Mark Arnold

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    Thanks Griff I think this dives into my question about the short tasty speaking type solo gonna work on it the next couple days thanks again for what you do for us players !!!

  • Bluesman Vic

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    Griff
    Dynamic creativity at its finest level. You’re a great teaching and gave expanded my ability to deliver great solos! How about a quick refresher on ending a killer soloo? Keep it up my friend!

    Vic

  • Cary Dark

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    As always – great stuff – thanks for all your efforts

  • Charley

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    Griff,
    This stuff is finally starting to sink in. I really appreciate these little lessons. Thx

  • Bill45

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    Griff,

    Bear with me and I will relate the following to the “House Patterns”.

    I was in Denver over the weekend and got to go to a Blues Jam session at a place called Ziggies. I went with several friends who encouraged me to sign up to play. I’ve been studying your materials for about a year and have recorded BGU solos 1, 2, 3, and 6 and will record 4 and 5 shortly. Well, after I listened for a while, I would not even admit to owning a guitar, let alone sign up to play! The guys playing lead could pick more notes than ants on a Tennessee anthill! But after a while it got a little tiring because it almost turned into a “I can play more notes than you can” competition. And although the jam groups were all very good, sometimes less is more.

    B.B. King usually does not play lightning fast licks with lots of notes, but he always plays the right ones! The house patterns really give you access to all the right notes and a framework to let you really sound bluesy! I will keep plugging away and try to learn everything you make available to us (your students). I’ve made lots of progress but still have a long, long way to go but I am loving every minute of it.

    Thanks for all you do.

    • Paul Brown

      Reply Reply March 9, 2016

      Bill, I’m in Denver, too. I’ve been going to Ziggie’s for over 30 years and I’m just now trying to get up the cojones to join a jam.

      At my age I’ll never develop the speed of these nickel-a-note players, but I’ll still get up there with whatever I have.

      Remember, these lessons, and others on line, too, are great, but they’re the path not the destinations.

      Ultimately, from practicing these lessons, your own style will emerge and you’ll be able to fit it into a jam.

      Remember, BB King said he couldn’t play fast, so instead of playing the lots of notes, he strove to play the right notes.

      The late Joe Beck (jazz guitarist) once said the first thing was to identify the most important note in a phrase. If you only played those notes, you’d still have something worth listening to.

    • TA Ratko

      Reply Reply May 5, 2017

      Bill:

      In my view, it’s what’s left unsaid that says more that what’s said…particularly when what’s said is in time and in the pocket, and vice versa.

  • Steve

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    This little video was a great help to me to clearly be able to sort out the locations of the major notes in the A blues scale and how to go back and forth between major and minor. Also now understand there’s actually a second House Box above the BB King box that offers another string of sweet blues notes.

    There are many guitar instructors on the net, but you’re probably the best at creating an easy path to get from novice to being able to play guitar at a competent level. Nice Work, Griff!

  • Chris

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    I keep hearing about mixing minor and major scales, using major over chord I and minor over IV and V but never quite seeing it. Just seeing the two “house” shapes with their root notes (and seeing them being played in the example solo) suddenly made everything so much clearer!

  • Mike K - from VA.

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    Griff – thank you for yet another great lesson. I’m convinced that you have forgotten more than I’ll ever learn about the Blues style of playing but I keep at it thanks to your lessons and the sense of accomplishment they offer. As always, I’m looking forward to the next one!

  • Howard Spruit

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    Back when I first bit on the bait you refer to as the four note solo, I thought that it was lacking!
    I kept adding another note to it to make it sound right to me.
    So 7 months have gone by and now you tell me that it all works better with the addition of the FIFTH note.
    I would like to say, “I knew that” but being ignorant and lacking confidence, I was not sure.

    Thanks for confirming my gut feel.
    H Spruit

  • Bernie Curran

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    It’s just like waiting for the mailman with your nose pressed up against the window! Your daily “deliveries”
    are such a joy. Keeping up to speed with your BGU course, running up (and down) scales and getting the new riffs
    down are taking me to another level.
    Very much appreciated, Griff.

  • Eddie

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    Great info, as always.

    Thanks

  • Rex

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    That was really helpful and very cool Griff.

  • Jim

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    Hey Griff, for some reason the video is not synched with the audio. Is it me or you? Loved the “disjointed” lesson anyway.
    Thanks

  • Rex

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    That was real helpful and really cool Griff.

  • Jerzy Gawor

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    That my fellow students is THE Blues! Nice one Griff

  • Jimi

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    As always Griff, Thank you. You are an amazing teacher and I have learned so much from your tutorials. At 60 yrs old I have been playing classic rock for most of my guitar days, however just started learning the blues. Your lessons provide your base with so much detail and in depth look at how to play It makes it easier to understand. Thanks, Jimi

  • campbell cochrane

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    Great video Griff.

  • Art Tibaldi

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    Hi Griff,
    I always enjoy your lessons. Keep them coming. I am working on your “5 easy blues ssolos” (still on the 1st disc,ha) oh well I am 82 years old.

    If I could make a suggestion…in this lesson where you show the fingering charts, it would be easier for us if the chart was turned 90 degrees to the left and that you identify the fret number. Hope You’re not insulted.

    Regards,

    Art

    • Art Tibaldi

      Reply Reply March 5, 2015

      I ment to say ‘to the right’

  • pete williams

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    very helpful lesson -what else is there to say but thank you

  • John

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    I love it, it’s simple and it sounds good.
    Thanks, Griff.

  • Brian

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    Hey Griff, I’d like to see how the BB king box notes would be used in another scale position on the neck.

  • Brian

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    Hey Griff, I’d like to see how the BB king box notes would be used in another scale position on the neck.

  • mike bouiss

    Reply Reply March 5, 2015

    nice explanation of a mysterious concept to me….thx

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