What can you say, it’s a classic, it’s from “The King,” and it’s a blues… with some attitude!

Dig it!


    20 replies to "How To Play Jailhouse Rock"

    • Michael Chappell

      Hey Griff, Great lesson and good to see some 50’s and maybe 60’s 12 bar blues songs.
      This one is a great song and I have already started on it but have to get back to it.. as you said original tuning is Eb but sounds also good in standard tuning..the solo is 8 bars starting with 9th fret Bstring together with 11th & 12th Fret fret G string Bend..
      You need to sing as you have a great voice..
      Thanks
      Michael-Sydney-Australia 13th July 2020

    • Dan

      Really appreciate you taking the time to bring these older songs back to life. I really lean to this older style of music. Thanks again for sharing your talent with us who really enjoy the guitar. Blessings

    • Chesterboy

      Great Griff just mastered timing for BB king work shop so important
      Chesterboy

    • Flagestad (Norway)

      Correction: Should of course be “Georgia”…

    • H. " '59" Flagestad

      Scotty Moore was quite an inventor as to guitar sound. Someone who knows what guitar he played on Jailhouse Rock? (Some Gibson I guess). Nobody has been able to just copy his sound, as far as I have ever heard. I guess he was still with Elvis on King Creole, what a cool guitar sound on that one too, – so let that one be the next sometime, guitar man Griff… Thanks a lot for this swingin’ Jailhouse lesson.
      And remember, – let the 50s roll like a big wheel in a Georia cotton field! (freely after Big Joe Turner..)

    • Joel G

      Great lesson to go with the tab of last months GW issue.

    • tony

      Do You hate that fender. It was sounding very bad . A little buzz is okay but seemed like its crying for help. Sounded great when You first got it . Thanks for the lesson anyway buzz buzz buzz buzz . l o love it needs dude.

    • Donovan

      Plus you had Elvis singing so surely none of the girls cared what the band was doing, or if Elvis could play a guitar. None of it mattered.

    • Dennis Boyer

      This is fun! Thanks Griff. I wish you’d do a course on ‘popular’ ’50s and ’60s songs, maybe if you prefer, just those that incorporate mostly blues notes.

      • Dennis Boyer

        I’d buy it in a heartbeat!

        • David

          I strongly agree with Dennis. I think most players who have been attracted to the blues also like early rock with the blues progression/shuffle. When I look back I realize the rock songs I liked most were based on the blues.

    • rich cibelli

      Great Tune, thanks for the lesson….

    • Mike

      Love it Griff. Is that just reverb?

    • Jim Cinnater

      Hey Griff!! Greetings once again from your son’s college town, Denton, TX (when UNT is in session of course as my wife ‘works’ at the neighborhood second university TWU when not complicated by this COVID deal)!! Is this your new (old) 1969 Fender Stratocaster you picked up from Norm?? Jim C.

    • john lodyga

      The blues brothers version probably would have helped a bit.

    • Jeff

      The blues is the roots. The rest is the fruits.

      • Ray

        Reminds me of a comment a friend once said (He is in L.A. now, serious studio player and teacher, but Griff knows Steve, I believe Griff was one of Steve’s students). Why is LA like granola? Because when you remove all the fruit and nuts, all you have left are flakes…..

        • DaveyJoe

          I don’t think granola comment quit matches up withe Jeff’s comment. Not even a little bit.

      • DaveyJoe

        Very appropriate comment there Jeff.
        7/4/20

    • Jerry Persall

      I very much enjoy these little lessons on how some of the early classic rock tunes were done. If I could play all of the James Burton stuff as well as the unnamed studio guitarists stuff I would be even more immensely happy than I am and that’s a lot at 75. Very much appreciated!

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