Using The Speed Building Blocks With BGU

As I write this, you’ve got about 24 hours left to grab Blues Speed Building Blocks at the special launch price of 40% off here –

Or, you can get it as part of your All Access Pass, which I don’t have a very fancy page for, but you can get more details here –

Now, for today’s video I wanted to answer a question I’ve seen a few times, which relates to using the “building blocks” in the Blues Speed Building Blocks course with other solos – like those in Blues Guitar Unleashed.

So in this video, I’ll show you how the building blocks are found consistently throughout other solos you’ll learn, and how you can use the skills from Blues Speed Building Blocks to make those solo get under your fingers faster. As a side benefit, you’ll understand if you should possibly put off solo 4 for a little while 😉



Got any questions? Leave them below and I’ll keep making videos on how to integrate these tools and courses for you.


  • Bob

    Reply Reply April 28, 2018

    Perfect timing for this. I have been trying to figure out the integration of courses as I have been going and think this will help by extending it to new opportunities to learn songs and obviously the other courses. Thanks Griff. Oh by the way that solo 4 has taken me a long time but with hearing you in my head telling me to count I think I am on the downward slope of the mountain.

  • Jack Maxey

    Reply Reply April 27, 2018

    Hey Griff…I have/bought your ‘Guitar Theory Made Useful’& it is!( very useful maybe not very easy) I don’t expect it to be very easy! Learning basic guitar chords…changing them quickly..learning timing…all of this is tough at first! My question is….”Do you have a lesson(s) that teach chord usage in using extended chords…aug…dim..7ths 9ths..sus..It’s hard for me to communicate this. I guess I could say…take a song..( with these cords in it) and immediately after the how to build that chord by changing a simple,known chord like C to a Cmaj7 ( just lift the index finger) & or..change C to C7 by adding that one note. Then your( the lesson) moves on to other more complex chords( built from simpler chords.I have learned quite a few chords over the years but I learned them one by one from sheet music. When I would come to that chord in the piece…I would stop playing..form the chord with my fingers one finger/note at a time..then start playing/singing over again until I reached that chord again! Anyway…I just thought that there may be ways to learn to form new chords faster and easier! I am enjoying your course!

  • Paul Blaesing

    Reply Reply April 27, 2018

    Griff, I already bought the “All Access Pass”, which includes this course.
    I would like to get the “DVD/CDPack” and the Printed Manual”.
    Is there a way to do this without having to pay for the “Digital Edition”.
    If so, what would the cost be, and how would I do that?

    • piebaldpython

      Reply Reply April 27, 2018

      Paul….as I understand things…your AAP gives you ALL courses to learn from. In about 3 months, you will get a Golden Ticket (based on your AAP) and you can use that to “own” BSBB. At the time you exercise your GT to get BSBB, you can then contact Griff to get the Manual/DVDs. Can’t do it before then because you don’t “own” BSBB yet.

      This is exactly what I am planning to do.

      • Paul Blaesing

        Reply Reply April 27, 2018


      • Paul Blaesing

        Reply Reply April 27, 2018

        What is GT?

  • Ronald Larson

    Reply Reply April 27, 2018

    I’m bugged by not being able to count and play at the same time, it bugs me. I’m at the intermediate level and know a bunch of licks and solos, but this basic ability has always seemed difficult to me. I see how useful it is to be able to do it.
    I have always avoided it by counting up to the point where the phrase begins and then just playing the phrase but that only works sometimes.

    So, I signed up for the course–I need this skill in my bag of tricks.

    Thanks for cranking this one out Griff.

    • PAUL

      Reply Reply April 27, 2018

      my old eyes could not make out anything on this video.
      i can keep a beat with out counting out loud. been doing it for 50 years listen to the base player,or the snare drum. then move your bidy to the beat. Be like Steveie wonder That is how he keeps a beat.

  • DaveyJoe

    Reply Reply April 27, 2018

    I like the presentation here Griff. This is what we are working towards. Thanks for the breakdown.

  • Jeff

    Reply Reply April 27, 2018

    Skip solos #4. As coincidence would have it that’s the newest one I’m currently working on. I kind of sort of been able to struggle through the first 12, but not really.

    Since I’ve done that work, I’ll use it as a stand alone 1-chorus solo and keep working on it. But I’m not going to go to the next two choruses until I’ve done Solos 5 and 6.

    Thanks for the heads up on Solo 4. I just thought that the course was designed to build, one lesson after the other. Meaning I didn’t think it was beneficial to skip a solo before starting the next one. Now I know. Thanks for the clarification.

    • Griff Hamlin

      Reply Reply April 27, 2018

      You don’t have to skip it, just know that it’s going to take more listening than solos 5 and 6 because of the slow tempo and slip-and-slide time. It’s not technically more challenging for your fingers, but for many people who struggle with timing, it will appear harder because of the lack of strict time.

  • Royce

    Reply Reply April 27, 2018

    Should I focus on BSBB before trying to move thru the BU2 solo Lessons? Should I try counting the 5 and 6 notes per beat or use the feel to make it sound close?

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