Certainly in people that I work with every day, wrapping your head around “the boxes” and being able to truly find all of the possible places to play your pentatonic/blues minor and major scales can be a challenge.

So in this video, I’m going to try and break down just as simply as I know how to do – with some straightforward rules that should apply to most people, if you know your pentatonic/blues scales from the “box” approach (which is also, very common.)

I’ve done videos on “the boxes” in the past, so I won’t spend a whole lot of time on them here, but hopefully I can give you some ways to practice that will help with seeing them on your guitar better.

Hope you dig the video!

    10 replies to "How To Find All 5 Boxes – No Matter What Key"

    • Jeffrey


      You hit the nail on the head! I was racking my brain out wondering how Guitar players can jump around the fret board & play any box! The five positions of the root note give’s the baseline to know what box to play in each postion. Griff I don’t watch all your daily videos, but this one really got my attention. Great information!

    • Jake L Whicker

      Another amazing video lesson! Turned on the high beams to see much further up the road.
      Thank you!

    • Mark Curtis

      Good explanation and examples. I enjoyed your adding info about using box 2 with your middle finger. I’m slowly understanding this theory with getting my muscle memory learning too.

      • PAUL

        i stil ave this video.
        Just the Otr day, i was going trough my sheet tabs and lyirics for songs i play live. found the old 5 box’s.
        i know them al, and i knw they whre the same notes. i really just like playing box 1 and 2. unless i’m soloing a pink flyd sond, that use box5 and 6. thanks for what you do griff.

    • Ken M

      Wow another short cut cool. I remember a year or so ago you encouraged us to be able to find the root notes all over the fret board so I did and I realized once I could do that it opened up a whole other way to look at the scales . If I could find the root notes and if I started from where ever it was I could go up the
      Fretboard or down the fret board . There are basically only those two options up or down or “right facing or left facing” and now all I had to do was navigate going across from the G string to the B string . This has givin me one extra way to see the boxes .

    • chris clemans

      This was a great lesson. I went back to your lesson on finding all the notes on the neck and that shows you were a particular note can be found in different places on the neck and that opened things up. It just tied it all together also the course on boxes. Thanks again Griff

    • michael squires

      This was great. Thanks. Will be viewing this s few times. You just opened up a whole new world

    • Dan

      Great Video, great info as usual!
      I seem to be missing something:
      How do you decide when to you use the Major scale or minor scale?
      If not playing blues, should I be using the major scale to start my solo?

      Thanks again,

      • Griff

        If it’s not blues, you have to figure out if it’s a major or a minor key… so it’s not a simple answer. If you believe it’s a major key, go with major pentatonic. Minor pentatonic can also work, it’ll just sound “bluesy” if it’s in a major key.

    • Gado

      Me likee.

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