The Tore Down Rhythm

I make no bones about the fact that I’m a big Freddie King fan, and his version of “I’m Tore Down” is one of my personal favorite tunes. If you have Eric Clapton’s “From the Cradle” CD (or mp3 or whatever those kids are listening to these days) you’ll hear he did a killer version of it.

In reality, the rhythm is a pretty standard shuffle pattern that works for a variety of tunes. Just the other day I was teaching one of my private students the same pattern as used in a Joe Bonamassa tune, and then I heard it in an Albert King video where he was doing “The Sky Is Crying” so it even works in a slow blues.

This first video will give you an overview and walkthrough of how this rhythm is used in this song. I’ll put downloadable versions down below.

This is lesson 6-1 from Blues Guitar Unleashed so if you don’t have it and you like this:
Click Here To Learn More About Blues Guitar Unleashed…

This next video is a slow version play along, try it first once you think you’ve got the hang of it.

And finally… the whole enchilada at full speed

Downloads

355 Comments

  • Leo

    Reply Reply August 18, 2018

    The lesson torn down was easy to learn Gruff thxs

    • Leo

      Reply Reply August 18, 2018

      The lesson torn down was easy to learn Griff thxs,excuse the mispelings

  • Leo

    Reply Reply August 18, 2018

    It was easy to learn gruff thxs

  • Donnie Villagomez

    Reply Reply December 22, 2016

    abogados online

  • phil

    Reply Reply July 6, 2016

    Thanks Griff I have purchased several of your lesson killers blues solo 5 easy blues solos jam tracks and all are great and helped me alot. Is there a way a can purchase from you the licks used in the song torn down at least the 2 main fills in beginning or the solo written out as you do it in the other lessons?

  • Steve M

    Reply Reply June 21, 2016

    Hey Griff, thank you for the lessons. I already have BGU. Well done. I am always curious as to what drove you to want to teach, and to do it so well. You have a great gift for it. Thanks for wanting to share. BTW, the ending is actually the “Ellington ending.” The Basie ending is nice too but it is different. (P.S. I didn’t know that till I looked it up.)
    Thanks again, your lessons are helping me greatly. Steve M

  • William Fischer

    Reply Reply September 3, 2015

    This has been a great lesson I even sent a copy to my son who is a beginner. I have such a great time with these thank you for giving us your time

    • Ruben duran

      Reply Reply November 13, 2015

      Lesson on this one great will done like the repeat’s

  • Doc Eli

    Reply Reply July 25, 2015

    I’m with you LuckyMann I kand seam ta git ma haid wrappd round whutzit tiz I’m suposd to be leurning. Not shur whut I’ma listinen ta a strumm paturn, rythem thingie, pannen round, er justa pikin thingie so I gess I am way to slew fer this high faluten staff.
    Doc

  • Doc Eli

    Reply Reply July 25, 2015

    I’m with you LuckyMann, I just can’t get my head around what is the rhythm, just picking, pannin around or just what it is I am supposed to learn.
    Doc

  • Paul Warner

    Reply Reply July 25, 2015

    Talk about a captive audiance. I doubt seriously that there is another guitar teacher on the Internet who gets this kind of response, and as it has been said here over a hundred times, excellent lesson with a very good teaching style. You deserve every bit of the plaudits people give you for your giving freely, patience, the effort alone in putting these videos and lessons together, and seriously making people happy and giving them hope that they can become somewhat skilled, enough so to play in front of people.
    As for the riff and the song, I have probably played that riff, who knows how many times, and I have done it in so many different combinations, with triplets in various parts of the riff itself. When I would go out and listen to bands I would always hear that riff in some form or another, so no doubt it has been a popular riff for a very long time.

  • Joseph W Chu

    Reply Reply November 21, 2014

    Thank You very very much for all these wonderful lessons!!! I have following you for few years for a blend in guiltar playing now I can really play some thing to entertain myself some time I also have some walking litsener while I was practice in the park 🙂
    Joseph

  • J Carmona

    Reply Reply October 19, 2014

    You are probably one of the easiest guy to learn from. Your explanations are really clear (mainly for someone like me that only started 1yr ago). The nice thing after practicing your lesson for a while, you got the feeling that you can play something. Thank you for taking the time to post those videos
    J

  • Normand Lamoureux

    Reply Reply September 3, 2014

    Nice and easy for someone like my age to follow(87) . Thank you

  • Douglas

    Reply Reply July 26, 2014

    Like wow,really great lesson to learn.I am starting to figure how to play the blues.

  • Dar Guitar

    Reply Reply July 25, 2014

    wow another great lesson terrific thanky you the best easy to follow for guys like me I am 70 and still learning from you. super lesson

  • errollindsay@yahoo.ca

    Reply Reply March 19, 2014

    Love that lesson will spend some time practicing

  • ritchking@gmail.com

    Reply Reply February 25, 2014

    Excellent Basic approach!!
    Good Show Mr. Griff……
    Rich King

  • Friend -

    Reply Reply November 20, 2013

    hey griff, nice! Isnt this called Arrpeggio? You taught that. I see you live in Corona CA. I have a friend or shes a friend of my wife so long ago before we we met and our 30th anniversary is the 26f NOV

  • dennisprice49@fsmail.net

    Reply Reply November 7, 2013

    Hi Griff I started playing guitar in 1958 around 1962 I happened to
    be at a youth centre and there was a band rehearsing there .
    The bass player was on the phone to his girlfriend so I picked
    up the bass and started messing around the band licked what
    I did and said would you like to join the band as there bass
    player was leaving maybe the licks I played came from the
    fact that I was trying my best to be a guitarist I ended up
    joining the bootleggers that was the name of the band.
    there I stayed most of my life with many great bands thereafter
    as bass player / now its back to guitar thanks to you

  • Dan2BitBarnes@yahoo.com

    Reply Reply November 6, 2013

    Thank you Griff , I have enjoyed everything you have sent me . I really like the way you set up these lessons . You make it easy to understand , and easy to follow along with . Unfortunately I missed the last lesson on the 12 bar blues , the
    page would not open . Thank you again……..2bit

  • Luckymann4@yahoo.com

    Reply Reply November 2, 2013

    I haven’t got a prayer.

  • w.tykocki@btinternet.com

    Reply Reply October 30, 2013

    Wow Amazing didn’t think I would get it nailed this quick

  • terry.topple@gasfrac.com

    Reply Reply October 25, 2013

    nice Griff that’s something that i can catch on to pretty quick keep up the good work and thanks a gain for all the videos i find them easy to learn have a good one out for now

  • aljr.1@wildblue.net

    Reply Reply October 23, 2013

    Thank you so so much. You make a beginner like me sound like a pro. Thanks again and keep’em coming.

    Al

  • mcvent1@gmail.com

    Reply Reply October 22, 2013

    I really like the way you teach. I’ve been singing karaoke for all these years, but I decided to learn to accompany the song instead. I know basic chords on guitar and I just recently sign up Ukelele lesson I am enjoying it, but I want to master guitar as well. I wan’t to be able to sing and play, but my weakness is timing, I get lost soon as I started singing. You think you can help me? I like Eric Clapton song, Wonderful Tonight. Can you teach me the accompaniment? Do you think that the Video lesson will help me improve my skill? I just want to be able to accompany my song. Thanks!

  • rdp55@cfl.rr.com

    Reply Reply October 18, 2013

    Outstanding!! Thanks a lot.

  • edwardoverstreet@rocketmail.com

    Reply Reply October 18, 2013

    You are truly the Eric Clapton of guitar instructors

  • Paul Guy

    Reply Reply October 14, 2013

    As ever Griff, much appreciated my friend.

  • flightdreamerp51@bellsouth.net

    Reply Reply October 6, 2013

    Thanks for the lesson, you make it easier to learn.

  • stuartconstr@yahoo.com

    Reply Reply October 5, 2013

    every guitar player worth his salt knows who joe bonamassa is. i like your teaching style

  • hoseabradley2@gmail.com

    Reply Reply October 4, 2013

    Griff I’m truly a novice, but I believe in your approach of instruction. I will be purchasing your program with the faith that you will lead me in becoming a Great Guitarist. Thx Bradley

  • Friend -

    Reply Reply September 22, 2013

    Junot341 here,

    The generosity that Grif shows on this site is completely off the hook. I am calling people i haven’t talked to in years telling them to plug into Grif, no matter how good they play, or think they play. Nureyev and Barisnakov in their prime went to the barre everyday; position 12345, to begin each rehearsal.

    I just feel a great glow of giving on this site that cannot be found on any other instructional sites anywhere. The lesson above is a major gift! I forgot how to play it and never, would have put it together in one session without Grif’s approach. Tell your friends, hell, tell everyone.

    TY, Junot

  • andydreste@talktalk.net

    Reply Reply September 20, 2013

    Griff the Great xx thanx m8!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • helencalder@sky.com

    Reply Reply September 20, 2013

    hi, Griff. Just listened and played along to “tore down” style rhythm and had a great time. Feel like I’ve accomplished something. Thanks. Helen, Biggar, Scotland

  • Muston57@gmail.com

    Reply Reply September 12, 2013

    I like playing a lot of Hendricks and Stevie Ray Vaughan and the things I’ve seen you play have really given me a lot of good ideas

  • Friend -

    Reply Reply September 9, 2013

    I enjoyed your explaining about the sore fingers. When I would have a new student a young one or have a poorly adjusted guitar. I have them practice only for 15 minutes at a time twice a day so their fingers would not get sore and cause discouraging stiuation.

  • martingibson885@yahoo.com

    Reply Reply August 29, 2013

    Grifff where did you study music?

  • John Garland

    Reply Reply August 26, 2013

    That’s real cool griff red house by Hendrix next especially the intro

  • mzm10@yahoo.com

    Reply Reply August 24, 2013

    Right clicking your downloads isn’t working for me, Mike

  • Friend -

    Reply Reply August 20, 2013

    It;s cool, man.

  • 4paws19@gmail.com

    Reply Reply August 18, 2013

    Hey Griff
    Thanks for all the great tips you have been showing!
    Have to tell you tho the email you sent out about the
    12 Bar Blues didn’t work. It went to some default page and doesn’t work.
    Can you take a look and see what the problem may be? I have to believe that
    I am not the only person out there that had the same problem.
    Thanks for looking into this. Talk soon.
    C

  • dlmaw@msn.com

    Reply Reply August 11, 2013

    YOU ALWAYS SUPPRISE ME WITH THE VERY VERY GOOD STUFF!

  • thousandairebuilders@aol.com

    Reply Reply July 28, 2013

    I wanna be just like you when I grow up (I’m 55). Thank you for giving. Tim

  • dougpatzel@hotmail.com

    Reply Reply July 26, 2013

    Great blues rhythm Griff, can you show the solo for the song, for I don’t have it on CD!!

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  • tonythebluesman@gmail.com

    Reply Reply July 17, 2013

    hey im taking this free course again . lost the first which is important.the first 4 so far im doing great with it thanks

  • Rob Waldrup

    Reply Reply July 2, 2013

    This is really from Ray Sharpe and the Razor Blades or just Ray Sharpe. I learned this from a SRV CD where he was doing a radio interview (I forget the name of the CD) and he did these notes. The song is called “Linda Lou”. YOUTUBE it and check it out. Fun ditty.

  • Dave

    Reply Reply June 30, 2013

    Lovin’ it! Keep ’em coming! Really looking forward to the course getting here next week!

  • customers

    Reply Reply June 30, 2013

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  • will

    Reply Reply June 28, 2013

    Thanks ,.you put it to where.i can understan .

  • Donald

    Reply Reply June 22, 2013

    Griff, I like that lesson. Thanks

  • Colin Campbell

    Reply Reply June 14, 2013

    Excellent example of playing the rhythm for Tore Down.
    It would be great if you would do a lesson on the Tore Down solo.
    Maybe it is somewhere else on the web site?

  • Barry

    Reply Reply May 28, 2013

    Nice one Griff. Thanks Barry.

  • Yufiq

    Reply Reply May 23, 2013

    Thanks Mr. Griff, it’s a nice end of blues, but I need more varied

  • W.J. Mildfelt

    Reply Reply May 14, 2013

    That was PHUN, Griff I will do it tonite

  • Jim - UK

    Reply Reply May 13, 2013

    Hi, thats really is easy and yet heard so often.
    You’re really giving away all the secrets.
    Thank you

  • Demetrious

    Reply Reply May 13, 2013

    Hi griff, mate. I love your simple teaching style,your technique really spins me out okay great lessons,l wish I had a guy like you backlng to me up. I try to play what u s showing on your videos I’m using a nylon string guitar I’ll be waiting for more videos thank you very much Griff.god loves y mate. Demetrious!from the land down under.Yeahhh!!!

  • John

    Reply Reply May 12, 2013

    I should also say I enjoyed this portion as well!

  • John

    Reply Reply May 12, 2013

    Is there a solo bit for this piece? Will you put it up for view?

  • Frank Marino

    Reply Reply May 11, 2013

    very good Griff. real nice

  • rob kline

    Reply Reply May 10, 2013

    new guitar player: I know it”s the blues Iam looking for. ps you will be hearing from me soon.rob

  • Ray Jackson

    Reply Reply May 9, 2013

    Love this one totally, except I always have the temptation of breaking into FOOT TAPPER by The Shadows when I play this routine. As I was note for note with you, I decided that I would accompany you on this one Griff. WE sounded GREAT!!!! Thanks for a lotta FUN. Ray (UK)

  • Milo

    Reply Reply May 7, 2013

    Thank`s enjoyed and something I can use,
    now getting it up to your speed
    Milo

  • Joseph W Chu

    Reply Reply April 23, 2013

    It is a very nice tone!

  • David Fralix

    Reply Reply April 16, 2013

    very good

  • michael

    Reply Reply April 12, 2013

    Your very awesome Griff! You’ve given me so much inspiration, my being disabled and home 99% of the time. Your lessons are by far the best! Thanks

  • Rick

    Reply Reply April 11, 2013

    Thanks, Griff. You’re like the Mister Rogers of guitar teachers, and I mean that in a very good way. You are calm, patient, and understanding of those who are struggling with the basics. I’m learning a lot from you.

  • Warren

    Reply Reply April 9, 2013

    Tore Down is one of my favorite tunes. I have learned the lead part (Clapton version) almost note for note and found it can be used in other tunes almost transparently, like “Stop Messin’ Around” by Gary Moore. Terrific video for the rhythm part.

  • cristopher jones

    Reply Reply April 7, 2013

    I think your teaching methods are wonderful and you are super cool for spreading around all that good know how! I have played for years and seen so many people try to keep knowledge to themselves, which I think is silly. I have learned so much from you very quickly and easy, I have played for 16 years and you have opened the flood gates for me, thank you , and keep up the good work.

  • Robert

    Reply Reply April 2, 2013

    Good Morning,

    I have learn more in a week tha the last complete year by myself.

    I find the lessons very well done in the sense that I like the short exercise. Sweet and short to learn. Very motivating.

    The only improvement I would like to see so far is to have the diagram of how your finger are really placed on the cords. Sometimes it takes me some time to figure it out as it is not that clear on the video. I find them by sound.

    Beside that, I enjoy very much the lessons and like your the flow.

    Thank you very much.

    Robert

  • Rob Walker

    Reply Reply March 31, 2013

    Very nice job….again. Thanks

  • Doc Bob

    Reply Reply March 21, 2013

    This has always been on my bucket list and now I am actualy plating a song. I apppreciate the way you break it down. Your are a good teacher and I am having fun learning. Thanks!

  • OGarcia

    Reply Reply March 20, 2013

    This lesson is just Great! I enjoy playing it and my friends enjoy listening to it. Thanks!

  • Paul

    Reply Reply March 11, 2013

    Good review from BGU DVD1. Had to get out my chord chart. Forgot where C7th was at the Upper frets.

  • Charles Hanson

    Reply Reply March 11, 2013

    Hi Griff!
    I’m really enjoying your lessons. I’ve even gotten to where I actually turn the TV off. I’d rather practice than hear 5 min of program and 10 minutes of commercials, besides, the guitar sounds sooo much better without all that background noise!!!. Thanks!! I love your lessons!!!

  • ROCKY GALLO

    Reply Reply March 9, 2013

    griff thanks for these video lessons. It seems that ever since a bad cycle accident in 04 I have trouble learning struff. It is a lot easier for me when im see it and hear it and you explain it all at the same time. your great.thanks ROCKY

  • LunaJune

    Reply Reply March 5, 2013

    Griff I just want to say a huge thanks… I’ve been playing acoustic since 1977, and only just recently got an electric.. inspired by Rory Gallagher… and I just haven’t been able to truly hear this guitars sound and really connect with it…. until….. I found your lessons on a google side line as a suggestion .. best thing ever… I’ve been playing every night really cool stuff. really excited, love your approach to teaching.

  • john hughes

    Reply Reply February 28, 2013

    I puchased the tore down set and already I can do some things not done by me in 35 years…very good. personally, Griff I am leanring alot and the TV practice concept is good.

  • imsnowyone

    Reply Reply February 25, 2013

    Griff,
    I am a 80 year old diabetic wanabe guitar player. I have been fooling around with music for about 40 years. Your email lessons are the greatest inspiration I have ever received. I started playing guitar about 3 years ago, and things were not going well. When I received your email things started to turn around. Now I am really enjoying music again. THANK YOU!

  • john

    Reply Reply February 24, 2013

    wow i really enjoyed this

  • Frankie

    Reply Reply February 5, 2013

    Fantastic !!! Very good …

  • davy

    Reply Reply February 4, 2013

    excellent!!!

  • Neil

    Reply Reply January 31, 2013

    Sorry, buy the course – too old to butt

  • Neil

    Reply Reply January 31, 2013

    That’s my morning sorted then.
    Love this stuff, might even but the course pay day
    Peace
    Neil ‘crazy’ Kelly

  • gypsy gerling

    Reply Reply January 27, 2013

    i’m havin’ a ball getting reaquainted with the guitar(i haven’t played in years. the blues is my musical roots and my first love. by the by, from the cradle is one of my all time favorite albums(primarily because it was recorded almost completely live in studio). thanks much.

  • james sternberg

    Reply Reply January 8, 2013

    Griff,
    I like the lesson.
    it helps me to get back into flat picking again.
    thanks
    jimmyrs

  • bill richardson

    Reply Reply January 8, 2013

    good stuff Griff

  • Jim Kubitza

    Reply Reply January 4, 2013

    To all you newbies to the blues. Griff is absolutely right about not needing to know a million licks. And also about what he calls “playing on the porch” to accompany yourself. Every little lick he will show you is not one more in your bag of licks, but many … because if you just use those same notes and try them this way and that way and combine part of that lick with part of another, and just “play on the porch” and let yourself “ramble” and be creative, you will be amazed at all the variations that just seem to happen as if by magic and a new little bit of spice will be added to your playing every day. The same thing applies with chord shapes and fiddling around with pieces and parts of those shapes. So one lesson from Griff is really many many lessons! If we all do this, we will all discover we have our own unique sound … like Clapton is Clapton and SRV is SRV. This is what makes the blues SO much fun … much more fun than just leaning a bunch of songs note for note. And this is really what “jamming” is all about. Happy New Year!

  • Jim Kubitza

    Reply Reply January 4, 2013

    Thank you so much for all you are doing for my playing! I love your emiaied lessons and look forward to them. They are a bright spot in my day! I got my BGU course with the bonus pack and am very impressed. VERY nicely packaged and well-done. I have been playing for over 40 years, and was already a passable bumbling “blooze” player. I breezed right through Lesson 1, and lesson 2 was a surprise. You showed me a new form of the IV/V chord I didn’t know! After noodling around swapping it with the shapes I already knew, this way and that, it has opened up a whole big range of new tonality and flavor to my playing! So you taught me something valuable on day 1! I am jacked, and 2013 is going to see my blues playing ability take off like a rocket! Thank you so much!

  • dale

    Reply Reply January 1, 2013

    great start to a new year thanks Griff

  • jay

    Reply Reply December 29, 2012

    Hey Griff, your the man. Just by watching the lessons you have sent,You showed me things I never got out of any book. I just wanted to say thanks again for the video lessons. Nevertheless I’m a seasonal worker with two kids. Maybe when times are better,hopefully soon I’ll be able to enjoy my copy of BGU. the good lord willing

  • Bob B.

    Reply Reply December 20, 2012

    Griff:

    Just received Guitar Unleashed and the Bonus pack. Great service ordered on Wednesday received on Tuesday. That’s amazing especially because it was shipped to me in Canada.
    Thanks

  • James Stuart

    Reply Reply December 6, 2012

    Love your lessons. I just bought a cello and I am strumming away on it. Keep em coming.

  • Gene Wegrzyn

    Reply Reply December 5, 2012

    I ordered your course on November 17. I’m still waiting. It would be nice to get somthing for my 224.00 dollars,besides a few E mails. Here is my order no. 75798. Thank you. Gene

  • Mike R.

    Reply Reply December 3, 2012

    Nice lesson Griff. Thanks!

  • michael

    Reply Reply December 3, 2012

    griff

    you’re a great teacher.

    thanks for being there helping us out.

    mr

  • Lane Hall

    Reply Reply December 1, 2012

    Hey Griff, great work you’re doing here. I’m bumping 60 years old and my Dad bought me my first guitar when I was 12 so do the math. I’m not a great player but not a novice either. I said all that to say this, one can pick up something new everyday. I received my purchase this week with all the CDs, DVDs, the Bonus CDs and the very nicely laid out book. I like spiral binder which lets it lay flat when open. I’m the type that reads the instruction manual from cover to cover before I ever pick up a screw driver. I like to know where I’m going so right now I’m watching the DVDs along with the book but haven’t broke out the Les Paul yet. Just had to throw that in there. It’s pretty new and I’m kinda proud of it.
    Dad bought me the “Mel Bay” book on chords along with that first guitar so that’s where I started. I learned a lot of basic chords and worked my own technic around that. I had no idea or even thought of how a chord is actually constructed until I watched your 1st DVD. There’s a method to the madness there. I’ve played major, minor, 7th, 9th, etc… since I first learned but never knew how, whoever came up with all of it. I think your program is going to be well worth the money to me. Thanks, Lane Hall

  • Mark N

    Reply Reply November 22, 2012

    Beautiful, easy to follow. Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

  • gary

    Reply Reply November 21, 2012

    Sir you blow me away so much it unreal. That is some thing i have done for years except for the basie part. I am trying so hard to learn to play and like I have said before I am a 64 yr old disabled Vietnam vet that loves music BLUES that is. I also build and repair accustic stringed things. One question I do haveelectric gutiars the amp i use the most is a 30s early 40s National sportsman tube amp. Its what i can afford. what kind of pedal would be a good one to use to get some diferent sound out of the old girl? Thank you for you time and all the things you do for us to be better players.

  • Tony Marrello

    Reply Reply November 17, 2012

    Again Griff thanks, very nice:)

  • lloyd

    Reply Reply November 12, 2012

    thanks Griff good tune I just love the way you explained the fingering part.keep up the good work you are one of the best on line see you,& thanks again. L . J.

  • daniel caissie

    Reply Reply November 8, 2012

    .great song you do a real good job teaching it. i never bothered trying to learn it but now i just did. thank you much.

  • Adalberto

    Reply Reply November 4, 2012

    No doubts you are great !!!
    many thanks
    Adalberto

  • Bernard

    Reply Reply November 3, 2012

    Thanks a lot
    All your lesson been very helpful

  • jonnymoondog

    Reply Reply October 30, 2012

    Hi Griff Great Stuff Really Interested In Yoiur Complete Course What Is Total Cost Shipped To England

  • Sam

    Reply Reply October 29, 2012

    Great Griff Sounds great and looks like it is easy to play, keep these basic lessons with the great sound coming. Thanks Sam

  • Marc Maene

    Reply Reply October 28, 2012

    thanks a lot !!!

  • guitarguy95@yahoo.com

    Reply Reply October 23, 2012

    Your so cool about your pace,you make it easier then anybody else.Keep it up.from, ,,,Guitarguy95@yahoo.com

  • Roger

    Reply Reply October 20, 2012

    Good stuff, Thanks

  • Russ

    Reply Reply October 19, 2012

    Good stuff Griff.

  • marcos

    Reply Reply October 17, 2012

    Hi Griff! Been playing for quite a few years now
    and had never played this awesome rythm part. Enjoying it!

  • Kirkn

    Reply Reply October 17, 2012

    Great work Griff. You & your staff put-out quality product. Thanks so much for your personal touch. You’ve definately got my vote if you decide to run for anything~<(;^D)=BigSmile -Kirkn

  • Tim

    Reply Reply October 16, 2012

    Thanks Griff and Staff. This Tore Down stuff has really got me fired up, as well as the 4 note Jimmy Page. Thanks !!!

  • Clarv

    Reply Reply October 16, 2012

    Hey Griff – great lesson and great tune! I may have missed it if you mentioned in the video, but is this what’s referred to as Downtown (or Uptown if moving up from root) blues shuffle? I recently watched an online lesson from Berklee that covered this. BTW, that’s a great outro too. First time I’ve heard of the Basie ending. I like it very much!

  • Israel

    Reply Reply October 16, 2012

    Thanks Griff, I just sit here in front of my puter copying what you do best. Thanks again

  • Jerry Hughes

    Reply Reply October 16, 2012

    Well this one should take me about 3 months….. Old Age catching up (66). But will not quite trying. Thanks again Griff for the cool Blues.

  • Ronnie

    Reply Reply October 16, 2012

    Nice Griff, Thats one of my favorites too. The way you explain it is awesome man!

  • Steve Ayala

    Reply Reply October 16, 2012

    Excellent training video. Gets you moving rapidly up and down the fretboard using alternate picking. A great Funtime practice tool.

  • Paolo

    Reply Reply October 16, 2012

    Thanks a lot Griff for your superb lessons !!!

  • neil

    Reply Reply October 16, 2012

    Hi Griff,
    great stuff,I’m a great fan of yours,I was wondering if you could help me out,or make thing’s easier for me,I was in a accident a few years ago,& I had to get a pin in my left thumb,so being right handed I cant bend my thumb to mute o close the low E string,I was wondering if you could help make things easier for me,I will be very greatfull if you can..Thanx…keep up the great work…

  • Jimi Martin

    Reply Reply October 16, 2012

    If the video doesn’t play you have options under the videos to download it for either Windows Media Player or as an MP4 version. Try that and it should work.

  • Eaun Boyd-Wallis

    Reply Reply October 16, 2012

    Hi Griff, your lessons are a great help and inspiration to a very enthusiastic -but sadly ‘not-a-natural’ – guitar player like me.
    This lessons, as ever, gives me insights into riffs and techniques that I hear from some of my favourite artists and I will enjoy putting them into practice.
    Thanks for your help and keep the lessons coming!

  • Mike K

    Reply Reply October 16, 2012

    Just great..not in to blues just yet..maby thats a sin for not,but your brief lessons are very tempting..

  • Quero

    Reply Reply October 13, 2012

    This is a good lesson in rhythm for all! Thanks Griff

  • George Bowmer

    Reply Reply October 10, 2012

    This lesson will not play??????
    What am I Doin wrong???

    Thanks

  • tony m.

    Reply Reply October 4, 2012

    this was truly an inspiring video I have seen many and this was great thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kitty

    Reply Reply September 29, 2012

    Nice and fun. I gotta do the slow version for a while

  • Norma

    Reply Reply September 27, 2012

    Great! Really nails the Blues Rhythm pattern for newbies. Thanks

  • roger

    Reply Reply September 24, 2012

    nice one griff.on list of things to learn. roger.

  • Ray LaChance

    Reply Reply September 22, 2012

    Fantastic griff….nice patterns…learning alot.

  • les

    Reply Reply September 12, 2012

    hi griff im rapped i always wonderd how they did that i love the old blues sound the new stuff now days even country is only pop music without feeling or rithum thats only my thaughts of cause to each his own thank you for showing me the easy i realy apperate it .how come i dont see many female coments or blues players there are alot great femail blues & jazz players out there arnt any of the girls learning anymore

  • Perry Bennett

    Reply Reply September 11, 2012

    Many thanks Geoff. I can now play an absolute classic piece of blues!!

  • Jimmie Hamilton

    Reply Reply September 6, 2012

    Does this guitar course teach how to play blues songs?

  • Jim

    Reply Reply September 3, 2012

    Hi Griff very good just got back to the guitar after few years not playing

  • dave grabar

    Reply Reply July 24, 2012

    cool ! old blues, It will help me get dextarety back in my hand. I’m haveing A real hard time trying to pick it back up after crushing my hand and setting it down for 15 years.Thanks for the help,I look forward to your course.

  • juan benavidez

    Reply Reply July 9, 2012

    Great sutff ,can’t wait to get started on this tune!!

  • john the dog

    Reply Reply June 7, 2012

    Dear Griff, have been playing the Guitar for more years than i can remember but your lessons are so easy to follow my 2 grandsons are now playing very well and they two love you lessons many thanks from all of us in the UK. We will all be playing down at the local Blues club tonight hope we do well.

  • steve jenkin

    Reply Reply June 6, 2012

    Thanks a million Griff
    Your lessons are helping me get my enthusium for playing lead guitar again
    Steve J

  • joe

    Reply Reply May 30, 2012

    one word griff WOW, well maybe a few more, i have had so much fun playing along with your videos i cant tell you how amazing they are, many thanks joe. glasgow

  • steve phillips

    Reply Reply May 26, 2012

    Hi griff, great set of videos, thanks very much, Steve

  • michael böttcher

    Reply Reply May 21, 2012

    Danke Griff, 50 Jahre habe ich hart gearbeitet und keine Zeit für Gitarre gehabt. Jetzt mit 68 Jahren kann ich das Leben genießen und Rock & Blues lernen. Nun werde ich ein Altrocker.Grüsse aus Deutschland
    Michael

  • John Gelbart

    Reply Reply May 20, 2012

    Thanks Griff,cool stuff – gonna get on to this asap.

  • Pat

    Reply Reply May 19, 2012

    Really. Nice :), been playing for about 2 years just saw this and started playing it straight away, keep up the good lessons griff

  • Laurence

    Reply Reply May 14, 2012

    Just the job shipmate. This IS the stuff for heroes – great
    Laurence aka Captain Seahorse

  • Mike Wood

    Reply Reply May 13, 2012

    Nice one Griff !

  • arnold tate

    Reply Reply May 12, 2012

    you tore it down ! see if I can put it back together ? THANKs !!

  • David

    Reply Reply May 7, 2012

    Thank you Griff great lesson, one of my favorite songs

  • mike

    Reply Reply May 2, 2012

    thank you

  • Howard

    Reply Reply May 1, 2012

    Hey Griff,
    Great stuff, please keep it up. Due to some bad habits developed 50 years ago I’m finding this to be a slow process but it is working!
    Thanks.

  • burl etue

    Reply Reply April 23, 2012

    I’ll be 59 next month, been playing since I was a kid and still can learn something. Keep doing what you’re doing !! People need to learn a productive way of living, instead of TV and video games.

    Again thanks Griff,

    Burl Etue

  • mark

    Reply Reply April 20, 2012

    Hi Griff I’m getting alot out of your lessons Ilove the blues and it fits my style of playing I remember when I was young playing music by the Animals Chuck Berry and so on but in school I played the drums and the funny thing is I learned a few magor chords that my Dad taught me but the rest I played by ear listening to albums wished I learn more but anyhow thanks alot

  • ed

    Reply Reply April 5, 2012

    Griff, Please informed me when you are planning to give discount on your blues beginner DVD. I Really like the way you present the lesson. I just can’t afford the DVD right now.

  • jaystrings2@aol.com

    Reply Reply March 30, 2012

    Hey, thanks, Griff. Good licks & really like your teaching. Good to know.

  • Ben

    Reply Reply March 30, 2012

    Thanks, we’re gonna have some fun with that…

  • josephine

    Reply Reply March 22, 2012

    Thank you!!! Todays lesson really got to me. I like the way you teach. josephine

  • David

    Reply Reply March 16, 2012

    Fantastic stuff. You really help me alot and I’m grateful.

  • bill

    Reply Reply February 3, 2012

    Thatwas great I think I can handle that.Very easy to follow.

  • mg

    Reply Reply February 1, 2012

    Great stuff that I can play! Happy camper.

  • LInDeZign

    Reply Reply January 26, 2012

    Hi Griff…
    Am so happy with the lessons, and am lovin’ this one..!

  • dave

    Reply Reply January 26, 2012

    G’day Griff
    Ive just received my BGU package,and i must say im very,very impressed.and sat up till the small hrs off the morning on the first night, I am 56 yrs old and been play’n since 8-10yr old ya know and im not only learn’n but enjoy’n your teachings,im a sit on the porch player,but i can go anywhere with this learning i reckon an Im just on the first dvd.thankyou.

  • John Rolls

    Reply Reply January 25, 2012

    Hi Griff
    Really enjoying playing the blues and learning from you .However I cant get the tab to download it keeps coming up file corrupted can you repost it please. keep on playing I’ve learned so much John

  • Luis

    Reply Reply January 23, 2012

    Great stuff !!! Thank you very much, Griff.

    Greetings from Spain.

  • Mark Sheets

    Reply Reply January 19, 2012

    I just bought another “Beginner Blues” DVD because I’m out of town for work. It sucks like most of the rest. This free stuff is very good. The next thing I purchase will be from Griff!

    Mark

  • Dennis

    Reply Reply January 10, 2012

    Hi griff happy new year Many thanks I like this song so much and now play it thanks what can one say !!

  • Tony (tone Deaf)

    Reply Reply January 6, 2012

    Hey Griff. Like everyone else you have inspired me to knuckle down and play. You make it much easier to learn. I have purchased the CD’s and just cannot wait for them to arrive.

  • Thebighat99

    Reply Reply December 31, 2011

    My brother can play the lead now I can play Rhythm. Thanks!

  • dan

    Reply Reply December 24, 2011

    hey; really good stuff maybe one day Ill play like you.I like the guitar sound. trying to learn on a 12 string.I ll keep plugging away and watching these clips thanks.

  • floyd

    Reply Reply December 22, 2011

    Thank you for the great insight, it has helped me to put it all together. Keep up the great work. We have all lived some blues and being able to put it to guitar makes life a little more exciting.

  • Martyn Whitfield

    Reply Reply December 22, 2011

    However many “Thank Yous” exist in the world there aren’t enough for these videos.

  • Bob Bishop

    Reply Reply December 9, 2011

    Hi Griff. Great teaching site. I’m a 60 yr. old beginner and gain inspiration by watching your lessons. I love to practice! But sometimes I feel “Tore Down” when the play’n isn’t comming along. I’m sure you know who Rory Gallagher is! Anyhow, could you feature something at a beginning level teaching a Rory Gallagher tune or portion there of…Also, Rory does some hot versions of “I’m Tore Down. By the way, you really come across well in your teaching style. I’m going to buy your lessons program asap. Thanks!

  • Denny

    Reply Reply December 6, 2011

    Great instructional!!! Ya gotta love the BLUES!!!!!

  • Phillip "Kingsnake" Buscema

    Reply Reply November 30, 2011

    Griff,
    My bad. I was thinking “Albert King” instead of Freddie.
    Got a chance to meet him during Steve Tracy’s book
    Going to Cincinnati. Am also big Freddie fan.

  • Tim

    Reply Reply November 27, 2011

    Hi Griff, I think I’ve said this to you previously but I have to say it again, you are a great teacher. When I was about 10 I had a guitar teacher for 2 years and I have learned more from you from the generous E-mails you send. I never learned these basics that you teach. I sure wish now that I had . Currently I’m not doing well finanacially, but Griff when I am I will definately be ordering some lessons from you. I play good by ear and know quite a number of chords but you have given me the basics I need to get acceptably better. You will get my order in the New year that is for sure. I also recommend you to some of my other buddies in Red Deer, Alberta Canada.
    Thank-you very much. -Tim-

  • George

    Reply Reply November 19, 2011

    Thanks

  • john prosser

    Reply Reply November 19, 2011

    thank you very much. as i have been out of work and or under employed, can not afford as of yet , but asap i will. has been agreat help and actually helps get rid of the these blues ive had.

  • John Retallick

    Reply Reply November 19, 2011

    Your good, I’ll keep watching as a 65 year old beginner!!

  • tom

    Reply Reply November 18, 2011

    cheers

  • larry sidelinger

    Reply Reply November 16, 2011

    great stuff, thanks and i guess i need to invest in your program!!! I really enjoy your clips, i wish i had internet at home so i could play along with you, the office doesn’t cut it so good. thanks again

  • Ron Garris

    Reply Reply November 14, 2011

    Wanted to make clearer my last post: “Good stuff, thanks Griff, makes things much clearer.”

  • Ron Garris

    Reply Reply November 14, 2011

    Good stuff, thanks Griff, make things much clearer.

  • Doug Goddard

    Reply Reply November 12, 2011

    Thanks Griff, I get a lot out ouf Your lessons thanks again, Doug

  • Johnny Klimas

    Reply Reply November 11, 2011

    I Absolutely love it !!…….Thanks……J…….

  • bill e

    Reply Reply November 7, 2011

    its great to advance my playing on line been playing 30 years thanks

  • Marc R

    Reply Reply November 4, 2011

    Good Lesson for beginners.
    I think the use of 9th chords sound a bit tastier than the 7th on the IV
    Also instead of basic C7 , how about using 8x898x makes it easier to throw Pentatonic leads in C?

    Thanks!
    Marc

  • kevin oliver

    Reply Reply November 3, 2011

    what about subing the c with inverted miner 6 chord a miner 6 c = CEGA
    Am ACEG look all the notes are the same but will using the inverted 6th chord it works in regular musil proud mary ccr well let me know thanks kevin oliver

  • Michael Dixon

    Reply Reply October 31, 2011

    Griff I am just a beginner and can not pick up on finger positions from videos. Is there a printable tab version i can aquire of “Tore Down”?

    I really like your style and want to learn more about the Blues. Let me know and thanks for your lessons.

  • graham in england

    Reply Reply October 28, 2011

    Griff. been messing with guitars now for years and have hit that “wall” where progress stops. UNTIL NOW!!!!! yOUR METHOD SOMEHOW GIVES ME INSTANT RESULTS. REALLY COOL. SOON AS I CAN I’M UP FOR THE FULL COURSES. MUCH RESPECT.

  • maarty

    Reply Reply October 25, 2011

    Griff,firstly i saved all the free lessons you sent in a folder for months now,i briefly looked at a couple at the time,and liked what i saw, only now after practicing scales,excercises etc have i now looked and attempted to learn some of the things you have sent,i have tried to learn guitar over the years but gave up in frustation many times as im not good at the theory of it all,although when i hear songs and musical pieces i sort of know what they are doing but cant seem to do it myself.Anyhow for years “tore down i have known that tune in my head” and sort of roughly tried to play it,i have only now sat down watched your lesson on this and learned it,thanks mate! im stoked i can now play that tune a great thanks to you,i kept these lessons all these months knowing that the stuff you teach is what i want to learn,im now going to go through them all wich i had planned to do all along,will keep you posted as im interested in youre further courses. cheers from Maarty.

  • Nicky

    Reply Reply October 23, 2011

    Great Blues , I’ve really picked up on this ease of blues
    keep em coming,,,Thanks

  • vern

    Reply Reply October 20, 2011

    I sure will practice this tonight.

  • Andrew Tims

    Reply Reply October 15, 2011

    Griff,
    My computer has run into some audio issues that I am still ironing out. I replaced the speakers and nothing. I downloaded the audio drivers again and the virus protection I purchased through AVG
    is blocking the install. Any thoughts how to get around it? I have been real busy with work and not able to put much time into this,but it won’t always be this way. I can get more from you if I can hear you too.

  • Tony H

    Reply Reply October 5, 2011

    Super Cool. I have your Blues Unleashed and I am just started working on it. I have had to learn some music theory first and I am going to start working with your package. Both YOU and MARTHI SH have given me a start, and I plan took give all I can.

    Thanks

    A Nubee

    Tony Hernandez

  • Sherby

    Reply Reply October 1, 2011

    Brilliant. Thank you so much, once again Griff.
    Mick in the UK

  • richard

    Reply Reply September 30, 2011

    That is so cool griff.

  • Pete Daniels

    Reply Reply September 5, 2011

    My progress has been amazing since I started using you course and instruction.
    Thanks Griff,
    Pete

  • Zhmmy

    Reply Reply September 4, 2011

    Your You Tubes played just fine. However, when I attempted to download (save as) that was not possible (grayed out). I think you haven’t made them Mac compatible.

  • Rob Lewis

    Reply Reply August 30, 2011

    This info is pricelessoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo..

  • Russ Yocum

    Reply Reply August 18, 2011

    Griff,
    I’m a 56 year old retiree that plays for my own pleasure. I have been frustrated for a few years due to dealings with snake oil salesmen and teachers with no soul. I have narrowed down my search for a better way to learn and you are at the top of the list. I think I will be ordering BGU in the very near future. Thanks for providing guidance, after 37 years in an applied physics lab you are the first to make me feel like I’m not a moron (with 13 top end american guitars). Your talents are appreciated, your teaching skills exceptional. Russ

  • Kevin Sullivan

    Reply Reply July 31, 2011

    Griff,
    Your video lessons are great, straight to the point and educational, without the commercial
    hype. I am currently working on another instructional course, but as soon as I develope some decent theory I will be looking forward to purchasing your courses. It is still great to
    be able to pick up what you are making available. Thanks!!! KS

  • Mitch Ingman

    Reply Reply July 31, 2011

    Griff,
    I wanted to express my thanks for your video lessons. I’ve been playing guitar “camp fire style” for 35 years, but after watching your lessons, I’ve been able to begin getting into the stuff people want to hear when we’re NOT sitting around the campfire. The different blues melodies and the riffs you’ve demonstrated provide me with all the instructions neded to really start improving my skills by simply practicing your lessons. Keep up the great work. You have a big fan in Peachtree City, GA.

  • Kit Sommer

    Reply Reply July 13, 2011

    I am not ready to start. I don’t even have my amplifier yet. I’m going slow because I’m still working in the food business. I’ll retire in a year, but I’ll start watching the DVD’s in about a month. What I’ve seen so far is great. I love the blues. My favorite song is St. James Infirmary by Bobby “Blue” Bland. ( Way back when) I’ ll e- mail you when I am ready to start receiving e-mails again.
    Thanks,
    Kit Sommer

  • J.D. Marr

    Reply Reply July 6, 2011

    Well Griff, Ya talked me into it … 🙂 . I’ll be ordering BGU tomorrow by snail mail. Hopefully you can teach this ol’ dog a few tricks . used to play rhythm 20 plus years ago , then I did the whole American dream thing , ( you know , get married, raise kids , get that ol ‘ work your fingers to the bone job just to survive) Now the kids are grown , and I’m ready to learn something new. I love blues , can’t sing a note, so I figure , what better way to “sing ” than through the guitar. I have checked out many , many , online courses , and yours is the best I’ve found . Maybe I’ll do a before and after tape and send it to you . Oh, and one other thing , I know you probably wont have a chance to answer this, but , just wondering if you know any good online blues harmonica courses , my daughter is an awesome player, and I would defiantly prefer to go by your recommendation than try to filter through all the online BS these days. ( Hmmmm… maybe another addition to your courses ;)…) Well , thanks , for keeping the spirit alive ! ( Keep on rockin ! )

    J.D. Marr

  • Mike Clements

    Reply Reply July 5, 2011

    Griff, There are many guys teaching guitar of some description over the internet. I chose you because you seem to be the nicest of them all. No brag, just good solid teaching from an outstanding teacher. Thanks for all you do.
    Mike

  • mel pulley

    Reply Reply July 5, 2011

    Why, are so many of you tab-pdf damaged ?

  • Ronnie R

    Reply Reply July 5, 2011

    Thanks for the free lessons Griff, very helpful indeed 🙂

  • bigboybilly

    Reply Reply July 5, 2011

    you’ve done it again Griff!!! real good helpful stuff that i know will be used and appreciated by all.
    for me…..keep it coming! i have been acoustic/vocal player for years,always wanting to play some lead,and it’s coming on GGGGRRREAT!!!!!!!!!!! with your guidance.

  • Bill

    Reply Reply July 5, 2011

    Thanks and great work. The veils are falling away from my eyes.

    Bill

  • peter

    Reply Reply July 5, 2011

    hi griff,
    i have learned so much from your lessons it is really appreciated
    all the pieces of the puzzle are slowly coming together. i am only an amature
    but the lessons mean so much to me, thanx again.
    peter

  • Wade Sprague

    Reply Reply July 4, 2011

    Thanx Griff !! That was fun !!

  • Joey (BUD) Caruso

    Reply Reply July 4, 2011

    I really do get alot out of your Free Lessons. I played the guitar for a couple of years way back when, Then got away from it ( Never Again ) and now I have been playing again for about 2 years.I know more now than I ever did, My Fretboard,Scales,Keys, Minor,Major and the 1-4-5 2-3-6 Etc.It really is amazing how it all works…To me it is like a puzzle and I keep putting more and more pieces together ! I learned alot from other free lessons I find, But I have learned alot from you to help me along…Thanks a Million, I’d like to sit around and have a few Beers with you, You seem like someone I would Like to hang with. I still have a ways to go so keep the lessons coming… I really Appreciate your help…I’m un-employed right now but when I get going again There are some things that you sell that I would like to have. Thanxs Again.

  • Neil Tong

    Reply Reply July 4, 2011

    Hi Griff!

    A timely post! I ‘m working on lesson 6 at the moment , finally getting somewhere with it , thanks to BGU , my blues skills are coming along!

    Best wishes.

    Neil Tong

  • Dave Rugenstein

    Reply Reply July 4, 2011

    Hi guys! (& gals!!!)

    Giff…(I also am a Freddy King fan!!) as an x-drummer and teacher, I really appreciate YOUR way of being …… Thanks! I also send your stuff to all my guitar playing buds, relatives, etc!!!! (& no one has complained, yet!!!). I say “x” because I am now 69 yrs young and it is only because of my Parkinson’s condition that I have given up drum set ( and now my upright bass playing!); i.e. I run out of energy very quickly. plus my left side is not in my control anymore….neither is my voice; so I don’t sing anymore, either, (which makes a lot of folks happy!).

    Anyway, what I appreciate about your presentations is your conciseness of explanation, and your smoothness of playing….! WOW! You make it all make sense!! Music IS the perfect metaphor for life!!! (muse+ic = relationships!!!) Thank you & please keep on, keeping on!!!!,

  • Lionel Ray Bayer

    Reply Reply July 4, 2011

    Hello Griff
    As you may be knowing I am already a subscriber to your mails.
    I am retired and 69 years old, I play the guitar reasonably well – mostly country, Rockabilly and country blues. I can’t afford any of these courses, so I live out of the free stuff that is available in the net. I really appreciate and I thank you for the free lessons that you give out at times – like this marvellous lessson.
    Thanks Griff and may GOD bless you and your family.
    Lionel

  • cal walker

    Reply Reply June 30, 2011

    as always clear an precise.

  • Davnkatz

    Reply Reply June 28, 2011

    the old bass player again. As you were teaching/demonstrating, I realized a lot of the old-gold R&R songs used this rhythm. Chuck Berry may have been the “king” of using this technique. While Icannot apply the exact fingering to my upright-acoustic-doghouse-bull fiddle bass, You present the material in such fashion that I can adapt. VRY GOOD TEACHING!

  • Scopy Dapy

    Reply Reply June 23, 2011

    Its cool and nice as a starting point, its effective.

  • Mike p

    Reply Reply June 8, 2011

    Grif
    Received your DVDs last week and though I have not had a chance to really sit down with them(thank god in these times I am fortunate to be employed and some what over whelmed )
    From what I have scanne through and your email lessons I am after 45 years of playing the guitar I have found something to get me out of the rutt. I own many fine instruments and i am so inspired I am going to pick up a low priced guitar to keep at work for my breaks . Your method appears to be clear and well thought out. Thanks for the dose of inspiration you are doing a good thing and you should be proud.

  • Michael Hiebel

    Reply Reply June 3, 2011

    Thanks a lot … your instructions are truly simple to follow. (And heaven knows, I need simple).

  • MC

    Reply Reply May 30, 2011

    Hey Griff,
    I like this. Hey, did you attach the scale or solo that could be combined with this nice progression?

    MC

  • Gordon Howell

    Reply Reply May 17, 2011

    Hi Griff:

    This is the best guitar course I have had and I have been trying for years. I wasted a whole lot of money on other courses. The course is sequential and the video is very supportive and focused. Griff gets into the mind of the learner and appreciates the barriers and work towards smoothing them out. I know all the learners in his “Blues Guitar Unleashed Course” will agree with me. I am taking my time with this course because I feel that I will get there in the end. This is a honest testimony not staged. Great Instructor and course.

    Gordon

  • Lacy

    Reply Reply May 14, 2011

    HI griff,
    I love your mini tutorials, it make my playing sound a lot cooler.

  • mike

    Reply Reply April 25, 2011

    hey griff: cool lesson. could you show the little e7 & F up close. hard to see. am still working on BGU. thanks. mike

  • Bobby Alan

    Reply Reply April 18, 2011

    Hey Griff. Just wanted to say that I really enjoyed Tore Down. I learned that pattern many years ago when I was listening to the sounds of “the Ventures”, Little Richard, and many more in that era. Your doing a real nice job teaching our younger protoge’s. I’d really like to jam with you some day. Who know’s in this business…….
    Thanks again,
    Bobby Alan

  • Scott Parker

    Reply Reply April 16, 2011

    Why do you need alternate picking? kinda diifficult for a beginner. easier for me to upstroke, then down stroke.

  • Ernie

    Reply Reply April 15, 2011

    I agree with Scott. Great lessons. Easy to understand and apply. You rock (or blues…)! Gonna definately purchase the program when more $$ frees up.

  • Scott

    Reply Reply April 12, 2011

    Hey Man, I just wanted to say thanks. I’ve been out of work for a while so I can’t spend any money, and your lessons are so clear and consise that I WANT to buy them! I WILL once my personal economics gets back on track though. Until then, a hearty thank you!

  • Jim

    Reply Reply April 11, 2011

    Griff
    Great lesson. Fun to play along with.

  • Griff

    Reply Reply April 10, 2011

    @John – thanks, I fixed that now.

  • John

    Reply Reply April 10, 2011

    Thanks Griff for the breakdown on “tore down”. 🙂 *NOTE* the “slow jam track.wmv” is actually a MP4 and others may have trouble with the download as I did.

  • darrell fitzgerald

    Reply Reply April 5, 2011

    hi griff i did get my blues on leashed thank. i run my own transmission shop it keeps me bussey. I play with some guys and thay notest the difference after one day. I just got to dvd 3 and cant wait to get to the rest . i am self tot and i see a lot of good thing in this . thank you very much.

  • rabthecab

    Reply Reply March 26, 2011

    Thanx for another excellent lesson, but 1 question:

    Is there any reason why you play the C chord from the 10th fret of the 6th string rather than the 3rd fret of the 5th string? I find it easier this way, unless you’re actually playing a slide.

  • terry

    Reply Reply March 24, 2011

    ..thanks once again griff for demystefying theBLUES,,,,,l like the basey ending,,,my friends want the secret,,,i tell them…GET ON TO GRIFF……

  • Anthony Selvaggi

    Reply Reply March 19, 2011

    Great lesson Griff… as always dude!!!

  • Steve Dabney

    Reply Reply March 1, 2011

    cool riff griff keep up the fine bussness!

  • Richie Mc

    Reply Reply February 25, 2011

    Hi Griff,

    Thanks for figuring out an understandable way to teach blues guitar, Finally an easy approachable way to make it fun and enjoyable. I like the way your method of teaching blues guitar in small increments, it works well and it sets you up as you follow along with each lesson, before you know it you are noodling and playing blues riffs. I look forward each and every day to come home and practice playing and reading your e-mails. I am totally addicted to playing blues guitar know and I am putting all the blame on you GRIFF. Thanks man and keep the lessons coming , I cant wait until I can buy your Blues Unleashed CD and DVD Keep jamming and peace to everyone

  • jeremiah h.

    Reply Reply February 22, 2011

    this is awesome!!!!!

  • Gene

    Reply Reply February 19, 2011

    Yo, dude!

    I can’t download flash to my iPhone.

    Can you transmit a version compatible with the iPhone?

    Thanks! Gene

  • Dustin Elkins

    Reply Reply January 22, 2011

    Dear Griff,Even though i can’t afford your whole course right now it is helping a whole lot,but there is one thing that has completely thrown me off and that is the twelve Bar Chord,what is it ,or what do you mean by it.It totally throws mind into a spin when I hear it,but hopefully I will be able to play the blues half as good as you with a lot of work. Thank You again; Dusty

  • chip

    Reply Reply January 16, 2011

    I have been playing a 12 string for 40 years, strickly rhythm. about 8 years ago I started learning lead runs. I need all the help I can get. I don’t really have anyone to pick with, so I rely mostly on youtube. I would love to be able to obtain some backing tracks, jazz, and blues. your lessons are helping me greatly. thanks ever so much. I look forward to more of your lessons.

    chip

  • John Affleck

    Reply Reply January 10, 2011

    Hi Griff ,
    I having problems with trying to download your postings, i missed out on the 4 note solo video, got everything else like TABS and such, but cant download the video, its a bummer as i like the fact that you explain the technique and style very well. I just received your lesson featuring Eric Clapton ‘The Tore Down Rhythm’. and couldn’t download these either. Any ideas why this is occurring? I will keep trying as i would like to continue receiving lessons from you. Do i have to be a payed subscriber to download videos etc?
    Thanks.
    Like what your doing, keep it up.
    John

  • Jim Ervin

    Reply Reply December 4, 2010

    I like the version of that riff which uses a nice little 3 chord ending to launch into another common riff. I can’t tell you what the chords are as yet but I’d love to be able to play the whole thing.

  • Gary Bowes

    Reply Reply December 3, 2010

    I play the guitar with two missing fingers on left hand. I have the ring finger, the little finger, and the thumb to fret chords and notes. I cannot play left handed. I have found that it is possible to play a lot of things even with this disability. I would like to thank you for showing me simple ways to achieve new knowledge even with the disabilities. Been playing intensively for 8 years.

  • Jim

    Reply Reply December 1, 2010

    The first thing that comes to mind is… Thanx for another AWESOME lesson. If it wasn’t for you and the way you teach I’d still just be looking at the guitar I bought six years ago, wishing I could play it.

  • Darryl

    Reply Reply November 21, 2010

    I really enjoyed this 1!
    The way you broke it down.
    I was jammin it in no time!!!
    THANX SO MUCH
    Darryl

  • bursitis

    Reply Reply November 18, 2010

    Proper food and proper nutrients are more important for the people to be healthy.

  • John Ricciardi

    Reply Reply November 16, 2010

    Thank you very much for the lesson. I’m stationed in Iraq and just received the CD’s. I think all guitar players would enjoy this course. Again thank you.

  • cherri

    Reply Reply November 15, 2010

    Thank you for the lesson. I’m still working on it. Thanks for breaking it down so I can understand it. The bar chords are hard on my wrist though.
    Keep up the good work!

  • Anthony

    Reply Reply August 18, 2010

    Thanks, for the lesson, but can you send me the notes again to the bassie ending

  • Nick

    Reply Reply August 13, 2010

    Griff

    Thanks, you are the best. So easy and simply put.

  • Wayne D - Australia

    Reply Reply July 27, 2010

    Well done on another good lesson.

    Great to play along with and some fun tips too. It’s just what I enjoy after a hard day in the garden.

  • Wayne D - Australia

    Reply Reply July 27, 2010

    Well done on another good lesson.

    Great to play along with & some fun tips too.

  • James Handy-man

    Reply Reply May 13, 2010

    Hey Griffin,

    You do so much for so many. I know you hear it all the time but you’ve been a great help to expand my knowledge. I’ve been playing since I was 9 or 10yrs old and in bands on and off since about 15yrs old. The only thing I know that you’ve asked of anyone is to log on and vote for your band. I’ve done that but I wish,( and I’m sure everyone else does too!) there was more we could give back to you. If you need anything we’re capable of helping you with PLEASE don’t hesitate to ask! Thanks for being so cool about helping people! Blessings to you and your family.From a good Canadian freind!

  • James Handy-man

    Reply Reply May 13, 2010

    Hey Griffin,

    You do so much for so many. I know you hear it all the time but you’ve been a great catalist to expand my knowledge. I’ve been playing since I was 9 or 10 and in bands on and off since about 15yrs old. The only thing I know of that you’ve asked of anyone is to log on and vote for your band. I’ve done that but I wish,( and I’m sure everyone else does too!) there was more we could give back t you. If you need anything we’re capable of helping you with PLEASE don’t hesitate to ask! Thanks for being so cool about helping people! From a good Canadian freind!

  • don parr

    Reply Reply May 5, 2010

    Peace ! I ” Love jonny winter Eric Clapton and Friends.
    Let me hear it.

  • Don Carr

    Reply Reply May 4, 2010

    Hi Griff
    Just wanted to say hi and thanks. Alot of us as you know are strapped for cash these days and like others I two will get your CD when I can afford to.
    But I really want to thank you for all of your on line stuff. I get on every day to see what you have to give us. You are a great person to do this.
    I will voye for you as much as I can.
    Thanks again
    Don

  • Robert E. Russell

    Reply Reply April 30, 2010

    too cool – as any youngster might say!! And this oldster says, Yeah, man, I like it.
    I keep reading your e-mails and thank you very much. I. really am not much of a gitterest (short for a guitar musician), but gosh I’ve been trying for many years – just without structure or aim. I intend to purchase the program, just waiting for the right time not to hinder my other bill payments.
    roberte

  • Bob Gerbasi

    Reply Reply April 26, 2010

    Griff, your teaching/instruction is sensational. I\\\’ve been out of work for almost two years and about to go nuts, but your sharing with the videos has been great for me. As soon as I\\\’ve got some extra cash be assured I\\\’m in for your program. It really is terrific. If you see a senior rocker at one of your shows, it\\\’s me. I\\\’m 72!!

  • Bob Gerbasi

    Reply Reply April 26, 2010

    Griff, your teaching/instruction is sensational. I\’ve been out of work for almost two years and about to go nuts, but your sharing with the videos has been great for me. As soon as I\’ve got some extra cash be assured I\’m in for your program. It really is terrific. If you see a senior rocker at one of your shows, it\’s me. I\’m 72!!

  • Bob Gerbasi

    Reply Reply April 26, 2010

    Griff, your teaching/instruction is sensational. I’ve been out of work for almost two years and about to go nuts, but your sharing with the videos has been great for me. As soon as I’ve got some extra cash be assured I’m in for your program. It really is terrific. If you see a senior rocker at one of your shows, it’s me. I’m 72!!

  • Bob Gerbasi

    Reply Reply April 26, 2010

    Griff, your teaching/instruction is sensational. I’ve been out of work for almost two years and about to go nuts, but your sharing with the videos has been great for me. As soon as I’ve got some extra cash be assured I’m in for your program. It really is terrific. If you see a senior rocker at one of your shows, it’s me. I’m 72!!

  • Mike W

    Reply Reply April 22, 2010

    very impressed with all the lessons and advise given…thanks

  • JazzIsBluesBluesIsJazz

    Reply Reply April 17, 2010

    Solid groove Griff and a good way to teach it. I’ve been a blues man for more decades than I care to count sometimes, but I like the way you break down the material even though it’s not new to me.

    Something I would suggest though and something that I do with my students is to explain the music behind it. I find it helps if they understand the music.

    J.

  • TomG

    Reply Reply March 15, 2010

    Hey Griff, I pretty much have to echo what most the others are saying here, YOU ROCK! Your teaching style is very cool and as everyone says the way you break it down you make it very easy to understand. I love how you combine the theory with the lessons as well. I bought your DVD set about 2 weeks ago and have been having a blast. My biggest problem is following your advice and not rushing forward for the cooler stuff 😉 As for the price, I was looking at taking some lessons from a local instructor in my area and 3 months of lessons covers what you have here easily. It is true you do not get the live feedback on your progress however with the lessons I don’t have a DVD I can rewind and playback over and over again either. Moreover, I find music teachers kind of like doctors. It is hard to say whether you will like the person until after going to them for a while. I knew I liked your style after I saw the 4 note riff jam. Thanks Griff! Looking forward to learning lots from you! Even though I have your kit, I still look forward to these emails to see what your up to here as well…

  • TomG

    Reply Reply March 15, 2010

    Hey Griff, I pretty much have to echo what most the others are saying here, YOU ROCK! Your teaching style is very cool and as everyone says the way you break it down you make it very easy to understand. I love how you combine the theory with the lessons as well. I bought your DVD set about 2 weeks ago and have been having a blast. My biggest problem is following your advice and not rushing forward for the cooler stuff 😉 As for the price, I was looking at taking some lessons from a local instructor in my area and 3 months of lessons covers what you have here easily. It is true you do not get the live feedback on your progress however with the lessons I don’t have a DVD I can rewind and playback over and over again either. Moreover, I find music teachers kind of like doctors. It is hard to say whether you will like the person until after going to them for a while. I knew I liked your style after I saw the 4 note riff jam. Thanks Griff! Looking forward to learning lots from you! Even though I have your kit, I still look forward to these emails to see what your up to here as well…

  • TERRY SPALLA

    Reply Reply March 6, 2010

    HELLO–I AM 62 YRS OLD AND ALWAYS WANTED TO PLAY THE BLUES–BB-KING—SYLE WAS MY FAVOURITE BUT NEVER HAD THE TIME TO LEARN—WHEN I SAW YOUR SIMPLE TECHNIQUES I KNEW IT WAS POSSIBLE TO LEARN AT ANY AGE–SO TRUE–I NOW LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR LITTLE SESSIONS–KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK AND PATIANCE WE ALL NEED–IF I HAD MY TIME BACK I WOULD BE A PLAYER FOR SURE IF I HAD A TEACHER LIKE YOU WHO TOOK THE TIME TO CARE–THANKS A LOT -TERRY FROM NEW LOWELL ONT CANADA—

  • Jimmy G

    Reply Reply March 3, 2010

    Hey there Griff, what up?
    Thanks for taking the time to send this out! Definitely a cool blues lesson and a friendly reminder to dive back into your web site. Keep sending music out! Your teaching skills are excellent, the presentations are very understandable and it gives me something of interest to bring into my private music instructor. The site is a great supplement to my learning experience.
    Peace, Jimmy G.

  • hemu

    Reply Reply February 23, 2010

    thank you for such a cool Rhythm.

  • andrew

    Reply Reply January 19, 2010

    thanks , cool bananas
    cheers andrew

  • Margie

    Reply Reply January 16, 2010

    Dear Griff,
    I am so excited to get your emails and to see what demo you have for everyone…I just bought a Godin guitar and I love it but love it more because I get to play the blues that you have been teaching us…it is awesome!!!! thanks so much Griff .
    Mad Marge

  • Rick

    Reply Reply December 10, 2009

    Hi Griff!
    Great timing for these rhythm lessons, as some (many) of us are doing a Lead lesson of Tore Down from Bob Murnahan right now. I have EC’s TAB for Tore Down, so I have both, but you guys get it broken down into usable parts, and the videos make a big difference.. I should be able to play this at an open mike after I get done practising with the both of you! Thanks for everything!

  • Tom Decker

    Reply Reply December 4, 2009

    Hello Griff!
    I stumbled onto your website somewhere along the line and found what I have been looking for for a looong time. I am old enough to be retired but young enouogh to learn. Your teaching is masterful and so easy to follow. I am more than a beginner but short of accomplished. Believing that in anything you do your fundamentals are so very important, I ordered the beginning DVD as well as the Unleashed. Thank you so much for your regular email lessons. They are fabulous. The only problem I have had is opening the TAB(pdf) for the Tore Down Rhythm lesson (the one I am responding to right now). It just says "This file is damaged and could not be repaired". Help?
    Thank you very much. Seasons Greetings. I new "student" and fan.
    Tom

  • Big Dog

    Reply Reply December 2, 2009

    I am playing a “Fender Tele, 1969 & a Fender Strat 1971, with 14=50 strings ? should I go to maybe “9-40s?? to get the strings to bend w/out all the squeeks Im getting now>? I have large hands but get too much unwanted notes when I try a full neck bend??

  • Big Dog

    Reply Reply December 2, 2009

    Hell It took me 3 tries to fiqure out how to input your friggin security code?? Maybe I will need the beginners stuf as well??? get back to me when you can thz=x BD

  • Big Dog

    Reply Reply December 2, 2009

    437031, I am with you on all your beginner rips,Im looking for the more advanced licks, the bends and prebends srv, buddy guy styles, and do you have any \&quot;Slide techniques?? I do like your laid back teaching styles but dont want to have to start from scratch ?? Can ya help on that level?? w/out having to wade thru all the beginning lessons?? Thx BD

  • Robert Johnson

    Reply Reply November 29, 2009

    Bonjours

    Je suis vraiment satisfait de votre facon d ‘enseigner et j’ai l’intention
    de me procurer votre cours “blues guitar unleashed” aussitot que mon budjet me le permettera.
    PS: merci beaucoup pour vos lecons gratuites!!
    (sorry I can’t write very well in english)
    Robert

  • Neil Sullivan

    Reply Reply November 25, 2009

    Hi Griff
    I just wanted to tell you that your lessons are excellent. I am learning quite a bit. I have been playing on and off for many years and your lessons are bringing everything together for me.
    Unfortunately I was laid off from my job of 7 years on Aug. 14 (My Birthday – nice timing by the company). At this point I can not afford your Blues Guitar Unleashed course, but as soon as I land another job I will put buying your course at the top of my list.
    Thanks so much for the "Free" lessons.
    Take Care
    Neil S

  • Stephen

    Reply Reply November 21, 2009

    Griff,
    These are great teaser lessons. Soon I should have a bit of a windfall and be able to jump into all the sessions. I have learned so much can’t wait for "the rest of the story".

  • Walt

    Reply Reply October 26, 2009

    Sounds good —- I have got to learn that — I`ve just started pick-
    ing up my guitar again….. What got me started was going to Blues
    Fest @ Brucemore in Cedar Rapids, IA. About 3 years ago Mr. Joe
    Bonamossa was the Headliner — That Boy can Play — and I`ve been
    hooked……… But it`s only been the last few months that I`ve been
    getting my fingers back on those strings and hardening the tips, it
    takes a while…….. and I will….. Thanks for the help and instruction…..

    Wal of the `RAPIDS` `CEDAR` that is………………..!!!

    oo2487

  • Vaughn M. R.

    Reply Reply October 13, 2009

    Thanks for keeping it simple and providing so much instruction in your lessons.

  • William Birdsong

    Reply Reply September 24, 2009

    Hey Grill, thanks for all the great stuff. Your a great teacher, I wish that I could have found you years ago. I will be ordering your course soon, just have to save a little cash. Thanks a lot, always, willie

  • Charlie

    Reply Reply September 12, 2009

    Hi Griff, Your stuff is great to learn from, although I’ve been playing a couple of years now and everything that you have shown me seem so easy to do thanks…. trouble is now I want more and I’m lacking in the funds, because this is worth the time investment I will do something about it. I will just have to save up to receive these DVDs. So, I have to say thanks for your lessons this far. Peace, Out!!

  • Barry Lewis

    Reply Reply September 7, 2009

    I saw someone mention Linda Lou. I unfortunately remember that tune. … here real name is Linda Lou. LOL. Again great stuff.

  • Marvin Fleischman

    Reply Reply September 5, 2009

    I play harmonica and I found these videos helpful in playing along, basically playing around the notes of the various chords in differentcombinations.

  • Keith

    Reply Reply August 29, 2009

    Hi – came across your 4note solo in a search for something else, WOW your teaching style and enthusiasm encouraged me to lay aside my sticks a while and reach for the guitar again after some years. Thank you. Now I need time out of the drum workshop to excercise my fingers again. Keep up the good work

  • rick

    Reply Reply August 26, 2009

    i love this one…. easy, nice beat… perfect….. thanks.

  • Georgette

    Reply Reply August 24, 2009

    Hi Griff,

    Thanks so much for the video’s they’re Great! I just started learning about 3 months now and have come quite far for such a short time. I’m looking forward to seeing more and learning more from you.
    Have a wonderful day!

  • alfred w Schultz, jr.

    Reply Reply August 11, 2009

    Just a thought,I think what you are doing is the coolest teaching and study method I’ve seen on the web. I first thought oh sure another g-tar teacher,allthis guy wants is for me to spend my money on the CD’s but you really suprized me and continue to do so! I really want to thank-you for all you have done for me and for many others,this I am sure of.thanks bud,keep up the good work.The man in the upper room knows your heart & you will be rewarded! Big Al

  • robert

    Reply Reply August 10, 2009

    this is to cool dude . thanks for helping this poor man out . if not for you and you tube i would still be lost . Thanks………….

  • andy m

    Reply Reply July 31, 2009

    Ah Griff
    Another very cool lesson. Dig it , had a really good night at the reguler wednesday jam night this week things are starting to come together.
    I,m getting my head around the feel.

    Regards
    Andy M

  • R

    Reply Reply July 28, 2009

    Hi Griff,

    Just wanted to say thanks, heaps! I unfortunately are’nt in a position to afford to buy your course at present…but hope to in the future! You clearly love what you do (and have a ‘gift’ for teaching!) proven by the fact that you give alot of your knowledge for free…so clearly, its not ALL about the $$. I’ve always been a blues fan, but thanks to you,my 15yr and 11yr old sons are now hooked too, and blown away but what you’ve taught them…Thanks again, from Melbourne, Australia.

  • Rick Pope

    Reply Reply July 11, 2009

    Hi Griff,

    I have been playing Rock-N-Roll and Country since I was 14 and I’m now 65. My cousin, Vince Gill and I grew up together in Oklahoma. When I got married 43 years ago I quit playing professionaly and Vince kept on going. I still have my first wife and 2 kids plus grand 4 kids. I just bought your complete Blues Guitar Unleashed Course and I’m really lookin forward to learning the Blues from you. Thank you for making this available to me.

    Rick

  • Mr Music

    Reply Reply June 7, 2009

    Grif,
    I checked out your 4-note blues lead and was enamoured with your teaching technique. So much so that I decided to buy your Blues Unleashed instructional program today (6-7-2009). I’m already eagerly awaiting its arrival. Meanwhile, I will take these free downloads you so generously provided and begin my new educational endeavor. I’ve been playing for years, but, as with one of your other fans, have been in a rhythm rut for decades. I am finally coming out of my shell and am sure your videos will help me immensely. Thanks so much! Mr. Music

  • eric

    Reply Reply May 3, 2009

    i love this track great music thanks

  • johnny block

    Reply Reply April 23, 2009

    you rock griff!for some reason this is so easy the way you break it down. i love this.i need to spend some time with this.but it will not take that long.what i learned in 30 minuts is blowing me away.im a begginer 2-3 years but i comprehend simple.you make this simple.talk to you soon.

  • Serge

    Reply Reply April 22, 2009

    Encore une fois, fantastique leçon, pédagogie irréprochable et … effet garantie lors d’un boeuf entre copains !
    Merci merci Griff.

  • Geo

    Reply Reply April 19, 2009

    Griff.

    Excellent lesson as always thanks so much for your
    expertise.

  • Vidar

    Reply Reply April 16, 2009

    Hi…
    I have to agree with RW Shea that a few more advanced riffs would be cool. i know, you get them when you pick up a DVD or whatever. Right now I am what i choose to call “financially embarrassed.” i will pick up and pay for the more advanced stuff fairly soon, but seeing some on the site would be nice.

    thanx…
    Vidar

  • James

    Reply Reply April 4, 2009

    Yeah baby, that’s what I’m talkin about.
    The most important thing Griff has taught me is to learn something new everyday.
    Every time I try something like this, I think…
    “I can’t do this” then
    “Maybe I can do this” then
    “I’ll be damned, I CAN do this!”

  • Alan

    Reply Reply March 24, 2009

    Hi Griff
    Thanks for another clear and concise lesson, I really enjoy your teaching style and the clear videos with fretboard expansion. You have all ready done me a favour with your previous lesson on combining the Minor blues scale and the Major blues scale, I have got rather stuck into the Pentatonic, but I also realise now that during improvising I have been using Major scale stuff and some Dorian a bit like Santana, as well as straight blues. I am getting the money together to buy your dvd/cd set and would like the same info as another guy here in the UK, ie how to get it in the UK, postage costs and avaiability. Many thanks Alan

  • Troy

    Reply Reply March 16, 2009

    You really keep it simple and understandable, you course is on my birthday list. I think the Blues is the ultimate expression of life, besides Gospel. Keep up the good work. God Bless

  • Mary Beth Dupre

    Reply Reply March 16, 2009

    Awesome
    Will work on this
    Thank you much!!

    Mary Beth

  • Daniel

    Reply Reply March 12, 2009

    Very encouraging, I love the blues, exchange rate a bit of a problem FOR NOW, Well done on putting these videos together, looking forward to the next one, thanks again

    Dan Australia

  • TONY

    Reply Reply March 9, 2009

    THAT 4 NOTE SOLO IS A SIMPLE BUT INTERESTING VARIATION ON THE A BLUES SCALE,COULD THE SAME 4 NOTE BE USED ON THE E BLUES SCALE AS WELL?

  • Wayne

    Reply Reply March 1, 2009

    Thank you very much. I started playing guitar in 2003 and am enjoying it immensely. Most of my playing has been country rock, but I’ve found that a few blues notes have really added to some of the material, at least the band thinks so, ahem!! at this point anyway. We have a jam session at which we have mandelin and banjo players partake. We are all older players (60+), some have much more training and experience than I, but we all enjoy “shakin’ it loose” every Saturday afternoon. Most of our playing is done over “C” scale, and we’ve transposed a lot of music from some of the old (our generation)original rock & roll legends, ie. Buddy Holly, Ricky Nelson, of course Elvis and Fats Domino, along with many others as you can imagine. Some of the country riffs and runs, that I’ve tried to work on came from the works of James Burton, Scotty Moore,etc. These were hard to follow because any rendition that I was able to find, didn’t get anywhere near as easy to understand, or pick up, as what your videos show, and for that I am very grateful. Believe me the “blues” fits anywhere. Thank you. Wayne

  • steveo

    Reply Reply March 1, 2009

    Awesome lessons.

  • Bobby

    Reply Reply February 26, 2009

    I’ve learned a lot from your lessons which I’ll be practicing when I return to my country (Philippines) this weekend since I’m only a visitor here. I hope I can get your site in our country so I can continue with your lessons. God bless.

  • Ron de Groot

    Reply Reply February 26, 2009

    Hi,
    Again thx for your lessons .

    I see you put in a lot of work to get us noobies playing that guitar 😉 and guess what ? it did work for me.

    Normally i would not pay money for guitar lessons on CD/DVD but i am gonna buy yours because this is so good , you a hell of a teacher to me 🙂
    I hope there is an option to pay other than trought the internet because that i wont do.
    Thx a lot

  • Elusiverick

    Reply Reply February 21, 2009

    G-Day Griff,
    From down under down under,Tasmania.
    Thanks teach, if I could send you the proverbial apple you’d have it.
    Love the blues, love the lessons, appreciate your continued efforts.
    I’m another with a sad story, I’m getting over cancer & my wife is getting over a brain tumour , so when we recover financially I’ll become a customer also.
    I guess these freebies DO pay off eventually..
    Regards,
    Rick.

  • dooley

    Reply Reply February 18, 2009

    gidday!
    must quickly post this to your LONG list of testimonials (does any doodler not? eh!) GREAT STUFF -keep them groovin’.
    I fall into the category of the exchange rate difference but THANK GOD FOR YOU R FREEBIES (and birthdays coming up.(turning 63)
    REALLY APPRECIATE ALL YOUR TIME AND CARE

    DOOLEY -CANADA

  • Richard Hernandez

    Reply Reply February 15, 2009

    Can’t play the videos you sent for “I’m Tore Down” and I can’t understand why.They start but they keep stopping and never finish.

  • Rabbi:Ariel Kohen

    Reply Reply February 9, 2009

    Though I have only seen a couple of your videos I have found your approach to be relaxed and enjoyable. I have played for years and watched many people teach you are on a small list of people that I would reccomend. Keep up the good work,but most keep the joy of the music alive withen yourself and all those around you will be continually blessed. Thank you for doing what you do. Shalom.

  • Bryan Dreyfus

    Reply Reply February 7, 2009

    I Have been and am still totally happy with your teaching style. I have been playing for over 40 years and you make learning easier than anything I have seen before.

  • kev smith

    Reply Reply February 5, 2009

    hi griff
    just to let you know ive just brouht my first guitar and the free stuff you are doing is fab.Especially the four note blues.Your free stuff is brilliant for me as i have recently lost my job due to illness.keep up the good work,All the best
    kev smith

  • Laura

    Reply Reply November 18, 2008

    Hi Griff

    Just downloaded you lesson for Tore Down. So happy you can show me how to play a song that Eric Clapton has done (my idol!!) and now you are too, thanks to the great lesson you have provided.
    On disability so ordering anything on line is out of my reach, but this was great!! Keep up the great work!!!!!

  • Russell Goulden

    Reply Reply November 15, 2008

    I love the way you break it down, I find your lessons the easiest to follow along with. What you do is a great resource for “budding stars”.
    Keep it up… its much appreciated!!!

  • brady p browning

    Reply Reply November 14, 2008

    love the e mails i purchased your playing through the blues several months ago then my computer crashed is there any i can get my lessons back i would love to get them back because i also purchased the riffmaster pro like i said i love the e mail

  • kenner

    Reply Reply November 14, 2008

    thanks for the lessons. they are great. you do a great job explaining your lessons than all the others.they do more playing than showing what they do.i had 3 years of guitar lessons.know all chords,pentatonic scales etc. i now would love to be able to some nice lead guitar solos.hopefully i can get them from your site.thanks again for the music.keep it up .

  • Roy LeBlanc

    Reply Reply November 14, 2008

    Thanks Griff,
    Your lessons are wonderful!
    I would love to be able to get backing tracks,BLUES OF COURSE, I am a big fan of FREDDIE KING and would love to get backing tracks.
    Can you help a desperate guitarist?
    Thanks Griff for a direction to get these.
    Many Thanks,
    Blues Lover,
    roy

  • Iam Wallace

    Reply Reply November 14, 2008

    Thanks Griff
    You already sent me the vidio for this one, and i must admit, i am having some great fun with it.
    Once again Griff thanks.

    Ian Wallace

  • Mike

    Reply Reply November 14, 2008

    Hi Griff,

    Love the lessons, but I am knew to Blues Guitar, and have a lot to learn. Do you offer complete Blues guitar lessons on DVD. I travel alot for work and it would be great to have these lessons on a DVD to practice when I am on the road.

    Thanks
    Mike

  • Diego

    Reply Reply November 14, 2008

    Hi Griff, I like your way and how you explain and teach lessons!!!
    I´ll follow you up everytime!!!

    Best regards.
    Diego – Argentina

  • chris

    Reply Reply November 14, 2008

    Hi there,
    great lessons Griff,keep em coming.

  • Ronnie Joseph

    Reply Reply November 14, 2008

    This is great fun to play. wonderful lesson

  • Duane

    Reply Reply November 14, 2008

    Hi

    I like your style of teaching but I was kind of hoping you would get to the part where you offer your Blues guitar instruction courses so I could see what you have available and in what format (dvd, dvdrom, video, interactive, on-line ect.) How about it? By the way I do not mean any dissrespect!

    Duane

  • Tom

    Reply Reply November 14, 2008

    Hello Griff,
    Thanks for the wonderfull lesson. I enjoy it a lot and keep on practicing it a lot too.

  • MAC

    Reply Reply November 12, 2008

    Hi Griff excellant really like your stuff any chance of showing other scales that will fit in with Blues playing other than the blues minor pentatonic for example the mixolydian scale which can also be used in blues .Once again thank you for your great lessons .

  • Derek Leviston

    Reply Reply November 12, 2008

    Hi Griff,

    must thank you for all the freebies they are great and very informative. I play a Petersen model B classical guitar(bought in 1962) so do’nt get the same sounds but the satisfaction from your lessons is enormous. Like one of your other “followers” the exchange rate is not great at the moment but for future reference how do I purchase your lessons. Many thanks once again for your generosity.

  • Joni

    Reply Reply October 26, 2008

    Great practice for finger work..I love chords and strumming and rhythm studies with that, but this is what I need practice on and what I crave to learn more of…the coordination of the frets and strings and the rhythm feel for the notes!

    Keep more of this stuff coming, Griff!

  • junaidi

    Reply Reply October 26, 2008

    Thanks a lot Griff,,all the materials from you really helping me…to get through,,..PTTB.
    Eventhough I’m a kind of busy with my work..but still find time to practice…

    Keep it up,,,,

  • Anthony

    Reply Reply October 25, 2008

    I enjoy your lessons..It’s very hard to get a “good” blues teacher..You are the best teacher i have found online, and look forward to recieving new techniques and songs..Just wondering if you do any Stevie Ray Vaughn? any tricks etc… 🙂 Live in remote area, and its very pleasing to know i can jam at home…thanks.

  • Gene

    Reply Reply October 24, 2008

    Grif: Thanks so much for all the great videos and other instructions. I’m having a ball with it. I especially like the Tore Down Rhythm and I’m practicing it regularly but I can’t figure out how you are making the C7 and the F on the first rest. It doesn’t look like to me that your fingers are making these two chords the same way you show in your tabs. I’m trying to hold the two chords the way you show in your tabs but it doesn’t sound as good as the way you play them on your video. Am I wrong or just confused??
    Thanks again for all this great stuff.

  • B.K.

    Reply Reply October 24, 2008

    Thanks for that one, good fun to play

  • Chas

    Reply Reply October 24, 2008

    I love your stuff, Iv’e learnt more from ‘PTTB’ and all the free stuff, you so generously give away, than all (and there are tons) of the other courses I’ve tried over these many years.

    I can’t thank you enough Griff.

    PS. Iv’e reached a level I never thought possible just a few weeks ago.

    Cheers mate!

    chas

  • RW Shea

    Reply Reply October 23, 2008

    Griff:

    First, I concur with the other posters regarding your ability to get the lesson into the heads, and more importantly, into the fingers of the your students. (Myself included). Thank you!

    Secondly, I know you are busy however, would it be possible to include a few advanced riffs…step-by-step. (ie…some speed riffs, double stops, and possibly, speed riffs incorporating hammer-ons and pull-offs to increase the speed…Again, the emphasis is on Step-by-Step.

    While, I have not been on a 30yr. hiatus, as the poster above, I have been playing the same licks for 30 yrs…getting a bit bored…my “needs improvement” area is on speed bursts.

    Gratefully!!! And…PLEASE keep them coming!!!!!!

  • BruiserSr

    Reply Reply October 22, 2008

    Very Nice lessons, a little advanced for a 66 yr old who just picked up guitar again after a 30 yr hiatus. Used to strum a little folk back in Sixties. But, I am trying to learn the Blues and you do a great job of going slow to performance speed.

    Thanks

  • Mark

    Reply Reply October 22, 2008

    Enjoyed this very much. I love blues like these and they are great to shred to if so desired.
    Mark

  • svend erik nydahl

    Reply Reply October 22, 2008

    Real Great!
    Here we are mouvin.
    I enjoy youre music, I see your dvd s but can´t get acces to look at the price for them, no where I can click with my mouse, why?
    So if you will sell your stuff, let me know how?

    thankyou

  • TGG

    Reply Reply October 22, 2008

    Hey Griff,
    You have a great way about your approach to teaching. Terrific job please keep the info coming out!
    Thanks!!!!

  • ozi margolis

    Reply Reply October 22, 2008

    Griff,
    tnx so much 4 the time and effort u put into these lessons. I really appreciate them. You have revived my love for guitar and my thirst to progress along the musical river. I would dearly love to buy one of your courses, but at the moment the exchange rate is rather bad 4 me. I will however bite the bullet one of these days and take the plunge. In the meantime i want u to know thesse freebies are helping me tremendously,
    Ozi.

  • Colin Summerfield

    Reply Reply October 22, 2008

    Dear Griff,
    I am very impressed with your lessons both in content and qulity of video. Could you tell me how long it will take to get the whole set of CD,s and book sent to the UK.
    Many thanks
    Colin Summerfield
    Oxfordshire
    UK

  • Griff

    Reply Reply October 22, 2008

    If you have problems with the PDF, you may have to update to the newest version of adobe reader. You can download it free at http://www.adobe.com/products/reader

    Thanks for all the great input and feedback. Enjoy!

    Griff

  • Gene

    Reply Reply October 21, 2008

    I love your videos, but everytime I click on one of your TAB sites I get a message saying “this file is damaged and can’t be repaired”. What’s the problem? Can you fix it?
    Thanks

  • Steve

    Reply Reply October 21, 2008

    Griff,
    Love the song… great lesson too. Saw Freddie at a nightclub in Steamboat Springs, Colorado 2 weeks before he passed, in ’76. He and his band played from 11:00 PM till 3:00 AM. I was one of a lucky 7 or 8 people able to stay and listen after the club closed at 1:00. Close up and personal. I’ll never forget it.
    The band totally smoked.
    Steve

  • joe

    Reply Reply October 21, 2008

    that lick is from a song called lindalou 1960.but its a good lick .joetheshakerRBL

  • harry jones

    Reply Reply October 21, 2008

    Grif I am contuing to retain interest in your method of teaching I am no great guitarist I sang lead vocals and played rhythm guitar in a small r – n – r band a long time ago. I’m getting old now and would dearly love to play and sing blues but find continued theory alone too dry to take for long periods and fall back to the old strumming.But this seams different , I hope so because I’m sure this will be my last attempt.
    regards Harry

  • mike smith

    Reply Reply October 21, 2008

    like the way you break it up in chunks&then put it all together.will get back to you after i work on it some

  • BILL

    Reply Reply October 21, 2008

    TERRIFIC LESSON. I WANT TO SPEND SOME TIME WITH IT
    BILL

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