Let’s have a live Blues Lesson about how to best handle chord changes when you’re soloing…

This, like many of my topics, comes from a student question… and it’s not a simple answer (they never are.)

Hope you dig it, of course… this one is best enjoyed with a beverage in hand – there’s not so much to actually play right off the bat. You want to get the concept in your brain first.


    10 replies to "How To Handle Chord Changes In A Blues"

    • Jeremy

      Best free lesson sitting in my mailbox I have ever seen.

    • John Mac

      For me this is such a good video. I’m ploughing through “How to Jam the Blues Alone” at present but the little takeaways in this video have switched on a light for me as visualisation is a key learning tool. Thanks Griff and BGU

    • John Harden

      How about an in depth lesson on horizontal scales (head playing)

    • Chuck

      “A lot more right.” You nailed it Griff. When you solo and hit those 1-4-5 chord notes, it really lifts up your playing. This is secret sauce territory. Please incorporate this concept in all your videos. Keep it bluesy, man.

    • Edward

      Priceless information from the best instructor on the internet. Thanks Griff! You made my day.

    • Michael Chappell

      Hey Griff,

      This lesson has just answered all my questions and answers that I think I got through doing the BGU Courses. I did figure out that playing in Am use the box 1 and finding the notes for the solo through the 1 IV & V. I like the way you explained all that in this lesson which was an eye opener and refresher.

      Excellent as usual.

      Michael-Sydney-Australia 16th July 2019.

    • tony

      I have known about this concept and try and get the other guitarists I know to try it. It a tiny bit tricky but there is a lot that can be done with it. It also sounds correct . THX

    • Gregory L Senich

      Excellent information, as always. I’ve been working on this a while and it is seemingly slower to get my head there and still play “smoothly”. That is without looking like I am stammering to find the ‘words’. I find it is easier for me if I lay down my own track on a Looper than try on a jam track for some reason. Chord tones do sound better and yes, pre-thinking is better than on the fly, at least, I assume, initially. You Rock! and thanks for all the great insights. Very much appreciated!

    • Interstate slim

      Thanks griff, I’ve stumbled into those target notes on chord changes, but now I can see how to get to them with a purpose. Also great tip on using the note pattern up and down the neck. Enjoy your day

    • Mark Newkirk

      I’ve been playing a few months and blues solo is fascinating to me. Difficult subject to grasp and looking for a place to start. I have all these ideas in my head but can’t get them to come out on guitar. This video opened ideas how to make this happen. Gives me something to work on. Thank you!

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