This video is a little more of a project for you, if you’re a beginning guitar player.

In order to be able to play with other people (really, in order to be able to play at all) you need to be able to play a simple rhythm, keep some time, and maybe play a little lead over it…

I talk a lot about counting, and I hear from a lot of students that they have trouble counting when it comes to single note lines – so this line is really easy and should be straightforward for counting.

You NEED to be able to do this. If you cannot, work on your skills until you can, and you’ll be setup for much more progress down the line. If you can do this already, that’s GREAT!

The “Blues In A” and “A Minor Blues Scale” video I mentioned in that video is at

Also, if this is where you’re at, and you want to improve your skills, you might want to consider my Beginning Blues Guitar course.

    21 replies to "A Beginning Blues “Project” For You"

    • Ed Beck

      If I don’t have a looper, could I just use a jam track in A, or does that defeat the purpose of counting the rhythm?

    • Larry

      Griff you are the best online guitar teacher by far. From your free lessons and blogs I learn more practical “down to earth” skills than anywhere. I’m sorry but I dislike all those other guys who promise Guitar “Secrets”, “Tricks”, etc, etc and just don’t deliver the skills. I struggle with timming, rhythm, chords, and all thing guitar and music. I have quit trying many times over the last 50 years but you give me hope. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. I can see you enjoy helping others and pour your heart and soul into it. And a big THANK YOU. 🙂

      • Robert


        • Robert

          Same boat Larry

    • Jeff Hershberger

      Thanks Griff. Been struggling with soloing still and this helps. BTW nice McCarty, that top is gorgeous.

    • mike Hoffman

      Great. I’ve been looking for a starting point…. even though I know all of this, I want to start at the beginning with discipline. And, the looper tutorial was great too! I know they are simple, but I learn best when even the obvious is pointed out to me.

    • Alexander Aliganga

      Great lesson Griff, although this lesson is for beginners it’s always good to review and get the basics down.
      Thank you Griff
      PS hope to see you play your 69 Fenders soon in one of these lessons.

    • dan gillard

      Hey Griff, Big Dan here from Michigan. I’d like to be your ad exec. for a moment and tell all you beginners out there that this the place to learn the Blues. His manual Blues Guitar Unleashed is my “Bible”. I’ve been with BGU for 10 years now, and went from a raw no nothing player, to a band player. (church & blues). Great teacher and his manuals are well illustrated. Thank you Griff!.

    • Pete

      why 66 bpm? curious

      • benj1707

        He comments that you shouldn’t play this slower than 60. So 60 +10%= 66. It’s just a number…possibly a starting point. If you can do this easily go for it!

    • Jeffrey

      Great video! Can never can get enough about timing & rhythm. Good practice tool. Griff keep the video’s coming!

    • Preston

      Can you do a coarse or a lesson where you play licks with different degrees of rhythmic complexity, the students then pause and try to figure out how to count it, and then you give the answer of how it would be properly counted? This would be helpful for things like learning SRV quarter note triplets and holding a note through different parts of a beat.

      • Griff

        You could do that easily with any course that contains licks (which is most of them.) Usually, I demonstrate the lick first – pause the video (repeat that section if needed) and see if you can figure it out. After you’ve made your best estimation, continue the video and I’ll walk through the count so you can see if you are correct.

    • Kenny Cawley

      Hi Griff,
      I’m a bit more advanced but some times I get a bit excited and get out of time, this lesson will help me greatly , thanks

    • tony

      Yup grew up in the time where there were no loopers and recording devices . There was reel to reel but well my Dad played guitar and piano Sister played Mom did too . My Great grand dad played a organ and other instruments . When as kids all five would fool around while playing music .I had a drum stick and beat it on something to keep the beat of the music. I was a natural . This video is a good one and I wish my first guitar teacher used this method . The teacher left the room for a phone call he said play whatever . He heard me playing the stairway thing and he asked to see how I was doing it . Because he had no idea how to. I did not go back for any more lessons . A student teaching the teacher HEY I should have charged him for that. I was just 16 I had started playing guitar at 12 . I am 60 and still learning I also teach a little . See ya next time.

    • Adam Wilson

      Thank you griff any more

    • Phil Sannella

      Good lesson griff I’m further down the road but as I play better I’ve realized it’s all about timing and counting and the ear hearing things I listen to music a whole lot different I’m picking it apart with pretty good success rate so much fun and sense of accomplishment ty

    • derek wright

      Hi Griff, I checked your web site and don’t see a lesson on how to use a looper. Have you done one I am missing?

      • tony

        I think Griff did one if He does not reply i guess it means he has but not just about the Looper . Other stuff too!

      • Griff

        Push the pedal to start recording, push it again to stop… not much to teach with those as they all have a manual and work a little different 🙂

      • Jeffrey

        Loopers are pretty straight forward! Ever looper is a little different. You just have to buy one, comes w’ instructions on how to use it! You can even record songs from your phone & save them. Can be set as a loop or a phrase! A phrase plays it once while a loop goes around & around until you stop it. I know I don’t use mine enough! Great device to have!

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