While to some folks The Blues and Christmas don’t exactly go hand in hand, there have been some truly great Christmas blues songs recorded throughout the years.

Honestly I really didn’t know about this until one of my students brought it to my attention and I started to investigate further all of the Christmas songs out there done by blues artists.

This particular one, “Merry Christmas Baby” was recorded by Elvis Presley. It’s such a perfect example of one of the Blues Guitar Unleashed lessons at work, that I just had to make a video out of it and show you how it’s put together.

Granted, this is not a note-for-note transcription of the tune, that would be illegal. This is, however, very much in the style of Merry Christmas Baby and is a common idea that could be used for dozens of blues songs. Enjoy and Merry Christmas Everyone!


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    411 replies to "Merry Christmas Blues Lesson"

    • donsanantone@gmail.com

      this is most excellent ’cause Christmas is coming up and i’ve got a few weeks to learn and practice and also have my 2 g-kids learn the music on their respective electronic keyboards and we can play it together! –thanx a mil, griff!

    • G string Jones

      Hi Griff I know this is a bit on the late side nice work on merry Xmas babby its soulfull sweet and a nice sound for little effort Thanks Amigo.

    • Ann

      enjoyed the christmas tune Griff. Thanks.

    • Art

      Hadn’t gotten around to thanking you for the Christmas uploads and the attached tabs for them. I’ve been meaning to ask you for a long tme; what model is your tele? I’ve been hunting for a similar tele and can’t find one. Thanks Griff as always

    • Radu Calin

      Thanks Griff and Happy New year!

    • Paul

      Great lesson! I got alot out of it. Thank you.
      I know this isn’t Chtistmasy, but could you teach us this song by early,early Fleetwood Mac?
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMz3ApUvaR4&feature=related .

    • Maurice

      All the best Griff. Belated Merry Christmas.

    • Michael Cooper

      FYI – “Merry Christmas Baby” is an R&B Christmas standard written by Lou Baxter and Johnny Moore. Recorded by Otis Redding and a jillion other artist. Nice ro see the way simple lick can be used for so many different tunes. Thanks!

    • coop

      Hey Griff, Christmas and music go hand in hand, hope yours is a merry one. Thanks for all the gifts!!

    • Jorge L Martinez

      You are the BEST Griff! Thanks for all the emails and encouragment.
      Have a Merry Christmas.

    • Graham Bowerbank

      All the best Griff, although I play in a band, your material always inspires, thanks once again.

    • Brook Weston

      A Happy holiday thanks to you for all your lessons and the gift that is the universal language of Music!
      Peace on Earth and all the best to you and your Family

    • John T

      Another enjoyable and helpful lesson. Thanks Griff

    • Chris Zimmermann

      Thanks Griff, I always enjoy your lessons. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.

    • Laurence

      Merry Christmas and SUCCESSFUL New Year.

      Loved the Merry Christmas Baby, many thanks.

      Laurence (Kent) U/K.

    • Mike Rooney

      Thanks, Griff – I haven’t had a lot of playing time lately, hope to get more time soon – I’ve been squeezing it in as I can. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    • Michael Wenig

      Incredible generosity. In the true spirit of the Season. Merry Christmas to your and yours!!!

    • Audrey

      Thanks Griff, A Very Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    • david

      merry xmas griff thanks for a year of musical gems

    • Jay

      Great Christmas gift. Thanks, SantaGriff & merry Christmas to you & yours.

    • Ray Castillo

      Thank you for the Christmas greeting at such a busy time of the year.
      Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

    • mkardell

      Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Sweden; snow -5Β°.

    • Gasbo

      awesome little christmas gift Griff, thanks, and I do recocgnize it from the course. Merry Christmas to you and yours from outside Buffalo NY where it def resembles Christmas where we have snow on the ground !

    • Mike Henry

      Happy Xmas from a very wet UK

    • colinwulf

      Thanks for everything Griff ,you’re the best. Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to you & all πŸ™‚

    • Norm Yates

      thanks Griff. That was great. I will try it out on some guests over the next few days. My course material just arrived on Friday but i wont get it until Christmas day.I cant wait to get started on it.
      Wishing you a Merry Christmas from the snow covered North. (Toronto, Canada)

    • DJ

      Thanks for your lessons. Would surely help us newbies if you could play the whole like all the way through before you start the actual HOW TO part of lesson?

    • Harold

      Thanks Griff and a Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    • steve sansom

      merry christmas and a happy new year from a british fan long may you continue showing how to play

    • erdogan

      thanks again Griff merry Christmas to you to

    • Peter Green

      Thanks for everything Griff, have a great christmas with your family, and an even better 2013

    • Jyff

      Thanks for all you give me all year long!!!! Merry Christmas to you and all of yours!

    • Wolfgang Striegel

      Hi Griff

      well done, all the time i love to hear your playing and listen your instructions !

      Merry Christmas and a good 2013 !

      Greetings from Lake Constance, Germany

      Wolfgang from Loch Talamh Irish Folk music and Rolling Bones Rock Music

    • John

      Thanks again Griff and for all the video instruction and help in 2012, Wishing a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family from a rain soaked cold Britain.

    • Fred Cedillo Sr.

      Merry Christimas and Best Wishes to you and your family Griff from Santa Fe, New Mexico

    • Jay B

      Many thanks Griff. I play it frequently on my ipod. great Elvis song. Merry Christmas to you from snow covered WV.

    • Mike B.

      Thanks Griff, for this, as always, great video. Merry Christmas to you & your family from kinda rainy and freezing rainy Bremen in Germany.

    • Bill

      Thanks Griff, and Merry Christmas to you and your family from Canada where it is very Christmasee!

    • David

      Thanks Grff! And a very Merry Christmas to you and your family.

      Once again, Happy Hollidays,

    • Chris Moore

      Merry Christmas, Griff

    • John Chapman

      Merry Christmas, to you, Griff ,to your family and Blues lovers everywhere. From a rain soaked Northumberland, England.

    • Andy Tan

      Merry X’mas & Happy New Year to you & Family.I improve a lot thru your coaching Cheers!

    • bob b.

      great little video i really liked it and merry christmas to you and your familly and all of your viewers

    • raymondlikes

      From Toledo, Ohio. God bless and Merry Christmas. ..

    • diddly do

      Thanks for all the lessons/tutorials & fun stuff throughout the year – I’ve learnt loads especially from you acoustic BGU package . A very Merry Christmas to you & yours Griff.

    • Tommy

      Hey Griff thank you so much for all your lessons I have learned so much
      I hope you and your family have a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year
      love the Elvis style blues riff

    • Bruce Henning

      Thanks Griff,
      Great video and Merry Christmas to all, We have a chance for snow here in Missouri,(hope we get it)

    • Tim

      Thanks, Merry Christmas, Griff.

    • Pete Rich

      Thanks and Merry Xmas Griff from a very wet UK – great lessons, I’m learning alot. Looking forward to the full package that I just ordered last week.

    • Brian Leary

      Thanks for all you do Griff it’s all very much appreciated. However who wants a hot climate at Xmas πŸ™‚ As the man says we have floods here in the UK–dark at 1600hrs and damn cold. I love it, lets me practise my lessons.


    • Peter

      Nice one Griff… Simple yet effective

    • Paul Freeman

      Many thanks Griff,two great lessons, plus the Sheryl Crow / Clapton clip. Happy Christmas to you in sunny California, its chucking it down with rain here in the UK !

    • les

      thanks griff let me along with others wish you a merry christmas les

    • ruth blizzard

      Merry Christmas Griff. Thanks for the lessons. Ur great.

    • Larr

      Thanks and Merry Christmas!

    • Francis Mercuri

      Hey thanks griff, May the Spirit be always with you. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    • Donald

      Another great lesson,Merry Christmas and Happy New Year……

    • Fergus

      Thanks and Merry Christmas to you and yours, Grif.
      I see there are 4 pages of comments, so don’t know if this is a repeat.
      “Merry Christmas Baby” is written by Charles Brown, RIP, who also did “Please Come Home for Christmas” by the Eagles. He is most famous for “Driftin’ Blues”, on Eric’s “From the Cradle”.

    • Chris from perth

      Always appreciated Griff. Merry Christmas from a hot down under

    • Troy

      Thank you so much-I have always loved this song-or any blues tunes by Elvis for that matter. Within about ten minutes I have this down thanks to your lesson. Now if I can just figure out that James Burton guitar lead on the Elvis recording! πŸ™‚ Truly though-I loved this lesson and I can actually play it which is even more exciting.

    • robert cook

      Merry Xmas Griff,I think I can play around with this one on the porch, thanks.

    • William

      Merry Christmas Griff. Great stuff! My 13 year old is finally picking up his guitar and this is a great lesson to teach him for Christmas. Thanks again for all your great videos. – Bill

    • Carl Nussbickel

      Griff, very kool, Merry Christmas to you as well!!

    • Michael

      Thanks for all the lessons you have sent me thay have all been great. You have inspired me to play again and I thank you. My family and I would like to wish a merry Christmas to you and your family
      Thanks again

    • Bart C

      I’ve fiddled around with those sliding notes but wasn’t sure what chord they belonged to, so my usage of them has been limited–until now. Thanks & Merry Christmas!

    • JonBouye

      Thanks Griff…Wishing you and your family the very Merriest Christmas and Happiest New Year!

    • Reg Waghorn

      Thanks Griff. Merry Christmas to all and a happy new Year.

    • tommy

      that was good

    • Alan

      Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year to you. Thanks you for this to cool lesson.Your this best have a great year. πŸ™‚ !!

    • barry jowers

      merry christmas to all you guitar pickers out there thanks griff for all the great lessons

    • Dave

      Thanks for this present Griff. Sending you and your family the best wishes. Merry Christmas.

    • William Hyslop

      Thanks very much Griff

    • Ed Vidal

      Great! Thanks,
      Merry Christmas

    • Wayne

      Yep.Yep, yo. Ho ho ho

    • Gerry Leftwich

      Yep!…right outta BGU! Boy oh boy, my confidence is beginning to skyrocket! Thanks Griff!!


    • r ware

      i started learning to play late in life age 44 now iam 50 still not very good but the info you have shown me has really helped it has been easyier to understand thank you and merry christmas

    • TL

      Merry xmas Griff–I’ll be playing this super slick little ditty for family and friends here in snowbound NE Ohio! (but one week ago it was 55 and we were still playing golf in SoCal mode!)

    • Samuel

      Thanks a LOT!! my son will love this when he gets his guitar for Christmas, he loves that style of music!
      Thank you!! and hope you have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!! πŸ™‚

    • Dan Gill

      Merry Christmas. Thanks for getting me back into guitar playing after 25 years of my 1964
      Tele being locked away. I’m having fun now!

    • bunk

      Griff, Thank you so much for your lessons. I’ve learned a lot from them. I think you’re a
      great guitarist. Have a Merry Christmas!

    • Frank

      Hi Griff’
      Merry Christmas to you and your family,all the best for 2013.Thank you for every thing you have done this year.
      Cheers Frank.

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    • Andy C

      Merry Christmas! and thanks for the way you make playing the guitar fun

    • Allan

      Merry Xmas right back at ya buddy.. Even though im a novice I could play that in a few minutes thanks to your clear instruction video.. Thanks al

    • sempei

      Thanks Griff, Merry Xmas to you and your family. Hope in 2013 you can show more of the styles and riffs of the likes of Elvis and the Big O.Well should i say more of James Burton who was the lead guitarist. Love you do some of the songs used in the Black and White Concert of The Big O. there were some great solos in that concert.

    • Ric Haley

      Thanks for the tunes…..Merry Christmas!

    • Andy

      Merry Xmas Griff and thanks

    • Tom Johnson

      Merry Christmas!

    • Nola

      Thanks Griff.. Geeze… I can actually play that one! Whoo Hoo!!

    • Serge Lapointe

      I wish you a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and I hope to follow your flash course on the net; I appreciate them very much, thank you

    • jwc0207@comcast.net

      Mary X’mas!!!

    • Michial Freigang

      Griff-Happy Holidays/Merry Christmas
      Simply said-you are the best

    • Richard Tatro

      Great Lessons, by a very personal user friendly teacher! Merry Christmas Griff, and keep on with that excellent style of teaching. Some of the licks are difficult for this old toot, but I keep trying!

    • romo1948

      Sweet.. I loved Elvis’ bluesy Christmas tunes.

    • TerryB

      Thanks Griff for this and all the other lessons you have sent over the past year. Have a Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

    • Michael Jones

      Thanks Griff a very nice touch at this time of the year.Whats Santa bring you?Thank you my friend for all you have helped and taught me this year .A very merry xmas to you and your family Just for the record in Stockton on Tees in the Uk. The weather is very cold and wet.

    • Nikki

      Hi Griff,

      THANKS! for the Cool Yule Licks !

      HAPPY & HEALTHY Christmas & New Year / New World !

    • bluesrock

      Very interesting, thank you so much for sharing.

      Merry X’mas and a very happy new year.

    • Stanko Botic

      Marry Xmas, and thank you.
      Little lessons like this one, and yesterdays blues one are fantastic. I did not get around to purchasing anything yet. Very busy lately, and getting older. Lessons on video are great and I applaud you for taking your time. I defenitely learned a lot so far. Yes, guitar is harder to play than I tought. I am having fun . Thank You, Stanko

    • Saul Good

      Thanks once again Griff. And thanks for all the presents you share with us throughout the year. You go way above and beyond what is required to simply market your products and I know that there is a lot of work put into your frequent freebies. I, and many others on here truly appreciate your good heart and always positive presentations.
      Merry Christmas to you and your family and all the best in the new year.

    • John

      Griff, it looks like Christmas is alive and well in Sunny Southern CA; Merry Christmas to you and yours! Thanks for the gift!

    • Dennis Shepler

      Thanks Griff for the licks, and Merry Christmas, from sunny Northwestern Costa Rica.

    • Gary S.

      Just want to say how much I appreciate the lessons and how they have impacted my life. Surgery, after an injury to my left arm that damaged my elbow and the nerves in my arm, had me feeling pretty down. Earlier in the year I happened upon one of your introductory Blues lessons and picked up my guitar just to mess around with it and see what I had left for mobility and feeling in my left hand. It was painful and really slow the first couple of times I tried it, but after a week I really noticed a difference. Physical therapy wasn’t working well, but I found that repeatedly playing some of your lessons began to give me some mobility back and showed me that there may indeed be light at the end of the tunnel and I might be able to play the guitar again. After a month I bought the “Unleashed” set and have been slowly working my way through it. Now, several months later I can chord again and find the notes on the strings, and can play music again!!! I thought I’d never be able to enjoy sitting on a chair in the living room and just plucking tunes on the guitar, but although it’s going to be a long grind to get back to the level I was at prior to the accident, your course and the way you present it have helped me overcome my depression and experience the joy of playing again. My heartfelt thanks and a very special Merry Christmas to you and yours Griff; and have a great New Years as well.

    • Jeff Hinton

      Great song Griff! Your friendly easy going approach is why I purchased your course. Thank you and merry Christmas to you and your family!

    • Wayne

      Thanks so much for the Christmas tune and a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family from me and mine here in snowy Ontario Canada.

    • Paul Smith

      Thanks Griff, I’ll give this one a go.

    • Mike

      Thanks for all the work you have done for us all year.
      Merry Christmas to you and your family.
      #1 Albert Collins Student

    • Sam Long

      Thanks gotta love this tune.

    • Mark N

      Thanks Griff, I love all the lessons! Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    • Skip

      Merry Christmas Griff. Thanks, this is great stuff.

    • Chris.

      Thanks Griff for the easy slide cords and licks.
      Seasons Greetings to you and yours.

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    • Jim Henley

      Griff, Ya need get into the singing part of the sample’s you show on your lessons so your students can see just where the music matches the words. Makes it easier to understand.

    • Rick

      Great licks and thanks for the thought.

    • AzMike

      Hello Griff,

      Thank you for your continued great lessons, off the cuff quick things, and your obvious care for your students, myself among them!

      I think you are clear, concise, and easy to understand, and I have learned alot. Every time I meet up with my friends who play, I share something from your videos or classes. Sometimes I act like it’s mine, though πŸ™ LOL.

      I started out with BGU, and am still working my way through it.

      Best wishes from the desert.

    • Rick House

      Thanks again for all the terrific lessons
      that are clear and consice. I know that
      you put a lot of thought and effort into
      every lesson. I have benefited from the
      Blues Unleashed packet ( a gift from my
      wife) not to mention the special tidbits
      you toss to all of us. You’re a great
      instructor, a very talented musician, and
      make us all feel like we are getting
      private lessons from a friend.
      Thanks Griff for keeping me stoked and
      wanting to continue to learn. I love
      playing my guitar and now even more .
      Best wishes to your and your family
      for the coming year. Keep Picking !

    • Dissanayaka

      Hi Griff,
      Even though I haven’t bought anything from you I have learnt a few lessons by watching you playing and it is really awesome.
      Happy new year to you&your staff..dissan ,N.J..

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    • Clark

      Hi Griff.

      Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to you and yours. Your products are the best.
      With practice you’ll make a bluesman of me yet.


    • Richard Prater

      I love all of these lessons, I have learned a lot of them, and they are very helpful to me.

    • Rob

      Hi Griff,
      Thanks to your Christmas generosity I now have a copy of every training program you have produced. Many thanks for your diligence in putting together such easy to follow instruction- Merry Christmas to you and your family and i look forward to progressing into the future with you as a guide to musical excellence. God bless

    • Ray Allen

      Hi Griff,
      You hit a soft spot with me when you said Elvis. Have to learn it.
      I want to thank you for all you have done this past year helping me improve my guitar playing.
      I’m looking forward to what you do in 2012.
      I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year.

      Regards ,

    • margaret butters

      Hi Griff once again thanking you for your lesson on the guitar – as usual you make it sound so easy (signs of a good teacher) – so will give it a go.
      May you and yours have a good xmas and all the best for 2012

    • Keith

      Hi Griff,
      Here’s wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and the best for 2012 from West Calder Central Scotland. Really enjoy getting your ‘additional’ lessons to add to my BGU course. The Sun definitely is not shining here unfortunately, so, will just have to do some practice!!

    • Lex

      From Kenny Salter’s GPA, I connected to you and this great educational clip. Thanks for posting it and peace and blessings.

    • dennis richard

      Merry Christmass and Happy New Year. Like your stuff and will get back to your courses real soon.

    • Don Gloud

      Thanks, i have not bought anything from you, I don’t know how I even got on your mailing list but I like you and your information. Thank you, Merry Christmas from Beaverton, OR

    • Bill Narron

      Hi Griff, Merry Christmas to you and your family.
      I have a question for you!
      Are your courses on DVD and are there any hard copy written material that come with those courses?

      Love your videos and PDF TABS. Most of them are very easy for me to understand.
      Keep up the great work

    • Jeff Smith

      Hey Griff! Thanks for another easy to understand lesson. As always GREAT. WISHING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR . From Galesburg Ill

    • Nathalie

      Hi M. Hamlin! Thank for being a very good communicator! Now i teach what i learn here to my father, we jam together and have a lot of fun(teaching english)! and good moments too! All because of you! Merry Christmas !

    • barry hagan

      Thank you Griff and a very Merry Christmas from the cold&damp North of England to You and your Family. Barry.

    • Joey (Bud)

      Hey Griff, Wanted to say thanxs. I’ve picked up alot of knowledge from you since I picked up my guitar again ! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You and Your Family….(<:

    • Rick House

      Thanks for another “Griff Riff”. It’s always a
      Special Treat to get another quick lesson.
      Thanks for your terrific easygoing style in
      helping all of us to actually “learn” some true
      Blues Licks. Merry Christmas to you and
      your family. Have a great one !

    • cjoy

      Dear Griff, thank you so much for sharing your talent your the best I wish you and your family all the peace, happiness and joy for christmas and the new year .

    • kevin kirkpatrick

      hi griff, just wanted to say great job with your teaching technique real easy to follow and easy to understand. thanks alot and Merry Christmas and and a happy new year to you and your family see ya later kevin

    • Pablo

      Hi Griff, if you think you donΒ΄t have Christmas spirit, well, we beat you. It is 100 Β°F today in Asuncion, Paraguay, and I’m trying to put together a Christmas Blues, in English. So there, I got the Blues, man, big time. Here, everybody is drunk and half naked. No spirit whatsoever! Thanks for the lesson, hope they don’t sue you!!

    • pete fernandes

      I truly liked your technique and your way of teaching. Way to go! Continue with this great work
      Thank you and you have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2012.

    • Ed Webb

      This is also the lead in riff done for “Stormy Monday” too.

    • KarlH

      HI Griff;

      All the Seasons Best, all the way from snowy Montreal, Qc., Canada. I am not fanatical about Elvis, but he did do a number of great blues tunes. Good choice for the Holidays. Once again Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

    • tony

      Griff, thank you for all the types of infromation, tips and techniqes you provided us this past year. i think i speak for many others who feel the same way. your style and friendly way of conveying the information you share with us is great. all the best to you and your family. i look forward to next year and continuing to expand my guitar playing skills with your lessons. tony

    • Darcy

      Thanks so much Griff/i know i can’t thank you enough so Thank you,Thank you,Thank you!May the Good Lord Bless you and keep you!Merry Christmas!(again , Thank you_;)

    • Mark Curtice

      MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and the family Griff. Oh so sunny Central California as well. It could be worse but a little weather sure would be awesome. Thanks for the lesson, these are really cool and they just keep adding to the library.




    • "Old Time Rocker" Roger Hall

      Thanks for the “Riff Griff”. You and your family have a very Merry Christmas.

    • Dale

      Merry Christmas Griff to you, your family, and all of the fortunate fellow gp’s out there who have found your site, from us, here in sunny Minnesota. A special thanks for all of your hard work, dedication and fantastic training lessons throughout the year.

    • dave1723

      hey griff fantastic, really helpfull
      have a good christmas

    • jerry brock

      Thanks Griff. I haven’t been watching your video like I should, but what I have watched has already helped more than all the lessons I’ve taken. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

    • chester boy

      Hi Griff really inspiring lesson,thanks for the tips throughout the year,they give me encouragement with my BGU course.
      have a good Xmas
      chester boy

    • Mike (Sawtell, Australia)

      Really good demo – my licks never quite sound as good as yours!
      Have a great & safe Xmas to you and your family and keep up the great work in 2012 as I am getting better!!

    • John

      Thanks, Griff. I believe words & music are by Lou Baxter and Johnny Moore. Fun little tune to play!

    • nigel

      Hi Griff— loved the Merry Christmas Baby Elvis number. Its weird I had picked this one up last week whilst trawling for some Xmas carols!!! Its brilliant and your interpretation is much easier to play than the one Ive been trying. Keep it up Im still in basic mode but enjoying the course and the Emails.
      Merry Christmas to you and yours
      Nigel Wills

    • Peter Spencer

      Thanks for the Lesson Griff.May i take this opportunity of wishing you and your family a very merry christmas and a happy new year.I have enjoyed learning from your various courses this year.

    • Steve Wilson

      Happy Holidays Griff and thanks for all the little tips and tricks during 2011.

    • Lothar Ferchland

      A great little move I didn’t know before. Happy Christmas and Thanks a lot, MAESTRO !

    • steve

      hey griiff happy holidays thank you for the video if this is a gracenote shouldnt it rearly be a graceland note ha ha only joking steve

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    • G. P. Wilson

      Now this I can use with my everyday playing and jamming. Thanks for the vid and tabs.

    • Rod Abrahams

      Merry Christmas 2 U n yr fam n all the best 4 the new yr

    • Jeff

      Thanks Griff … happy holidays to you and yours……….

    • Jerry

      Hi Griff,
      Your lessons are great. Easy to understand and relatively easy to master. I really appreciate all you do to help us wantabe guitar players learn. I have a hard time sometimes because of numbness on my left hand from a back injury which makes it hard to make the chords but because of you, I keep trying. Thanks Griff and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

    • Danny

      Hey Griff,
      To be honest with you i thought it was cool there is a lot that you can
      do with it as far as sticking that riff with some really cool blues. I really enjoyed
      it you need to put out more cool licks like that out there take it easy.

    • Gary Stonley

      Merry Christmas to you too from the Great White North!

    • saurav

      thanxs griff

    • Trevor Nalliah

      Thanks A Lot Griff,,,
      Merry Christmas and Lots Of Love To You & Family,,,

    • Don P

      Excellent! Thank you Griff.

      Merry Christmas to you and yours. Hope it’s the best ever.


    • Donald C

      Great lesson Griff,enjoyed it!!!!

    • RickRand00

      Nice and simple for me. I’m having a lot of fun with it. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    • Bob

      Thanks a bunch … for both your well paced approach for the millions of us “living room late at night” players … and your efforts to keep in touch with us. There are hundreds (?) … or more teacher/players on the Web … and I’ve seen many … but you are in my top three …. the very best …. thanks … Bob in West Virginia …

    • Bobby Deason

      Thanks Griff for sharing. I really appreciate the clarity with which you teach. God bless you and your family. May Jesus be at the center of this season and our life.

    • stan-maine

      Hey thanks for this — quite a nice present for your readers. Happy winter holidays to you, your family and all the rest of us. Blues forever!

    • Paul

      Merry Christmas Griff, I prefer snow at this time of year in Scotland but wish we got less clouds in summer. atb

    • Charles Edwards

      Seasons Greeting Griff!

      Thanks for the licks and have a Merry Xmas!

    • kai

      thank you Griff you are an inspiration, just noticed your name if someone was to write ‘G riff’ get it?
      All the best mate and you is lucky you don’t have cold damp miserable weather

    • Phil

      Great tune Griff and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family and all the very best for the New Year. Wish I was in Cali, freezing here in Uk.

    • John Pavlovic

      Thanks for the Christmas wishes and neat tune, Townsville Australia

    • lee hendershot

      Griff, you have to be a fine fellow. No one could fake your good humor and joy with life and teaching the instrument you love. Merry Christmas and thanks for all you do.

    • Peter Green

      Hi Griff,Wishing you and your family a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year, still plugging along with the music but am getting there. The wife says not bad for an old bloke.catch you in the new year.pete

    • Frank Hewlett

      Hey Griff,
      Since I didn’t read all of the comments, someone may have already told you. The original writer and artist of “Merry Christmas, Baby”, is B B King. Great lick to learn, because it can be used in so many places and songs. Thanks.

    • Todd Gilbert

      Hi Griff,
      Merry Christmas Baby was the first christmas song I remember. Performed by Charles Brown in the late 40’s. Thanks for the memories. i am learning your tab on my Ukulele.
      Peace and Blessings.

    • Danny

      Hi Griff.Just want to wish you and your family a merry christmas and all the best for the new year. Also ordered your dvd with Bob as instructor. I have a few courses; some by you,by marty,by claude Johnson,by Dan Denley.Just cannot wait for the mailman. I am sure to enjoy this new course . Thank you for all your e-mails, much appreciated.

    • Philip Chircop

      Merry Christmas to you and your family Griff. Your lessons are fantastic. They are nice and clear without any downloading hesitations that I have experienced with other sites. Keep them coming.

      Melbourne Australia.

    • Hennyrockstar (wilds of New Mexico)

      Best Holiday Wishes to you and yours, Mr. Hamlin. Your courses, “electronic encouragement” and video gifts such as this have really helped me launch head-on through some serious brick walls in my playing. Much appreciated!

    • Denis LE PAGE

      thanks for all Griff.Merry Christmas for you and your family;
      take care of you.
      Denis from Brest (brittany west part of France)

    • Norm McNees

      Griff you so clear on how to do licks it is a pleasure to watch and learn from you! many many thanx Norm McNees

    • Henryk

      From Ottawa, the nation’s capital….ho, ho,ho… to You and Your Family and all your people here who are like an extended family….Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    • Brad

      Great video, as usual. Merry Christmas to you, too. No snow in Billings, MT (but a week to go yet)

    • RON



    • rick barros

      Merry Xmas too you thank you for the videos, they are a BIG help too me, I just started back playing after I almost had my ring finger cut off. I’m leanering to do it a bit diff. but the sound is the same God Bless. Rick B.

    • Mark

      Are the IPOD and WMV versions reversed?

      Great lesson and Merry Christmas!

    • dave

      Merry Christmas, and thanks for all the great videos!

    • Charles Amara

      Hi Griff, this is a good idea. Thanks for putting this video up. I’ve learnt from it. Merry Christmas.

    • lionel

      Thanks, Grif.

      Much appreciated!

    • Alex

      Merry Christmas to you too Griff. Regrettably no snow here on Vancouver Island either.
      By the way, trying to get the torndown DVD but your site does not seem to have a British Columbia option.

    • Maxwell

      I absolutely love these lessons-! Hopefully this holiday I can buy your booklet- all these different techniques have boosted my songwriting and playing skills immensely.I don’t know what else to say but thanks!

    • Mitch Penner

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, thanks Griff for all the great instruction in the blues, every tool you’ve laid this way has come to enjoyable use every time I play my ax. Thanks again, Mitch bbqbluesband

    • Jim Cameron

      Hi Griff , thanks for all the lessons and tips over the past couple of years, may I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.

      From ,

      Jim , Glasgow , Scotland

    • Pete

      Thanks Griff, always a pleasure. Merry Xmas and a happy New Year to you and yours.
      Chaffcombe, England

    • Jacques

      Thanks for all the great guitar tips it’s very appreciated and Merry Christmas to you and all your familly from a old guy from Quebec Canada.

    • ddavidson

      Hello there Griff,
      I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for the instructional videos posted over the last year.I have enjoyed them immensely.Your style of teaching which is so laid back and easy to understand is quite awsome.My blues playing has improved by leaps and bounds.
      Thank you once again.I also want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas and a Guid new Year from Scotland.

    • Herb

      Merry christmas Griff and family. Keep up the excellent work really enjoy the videos very informative.Playing stuff I never thought was possible because of you. thanks again and all the best in the new year.

    • John

      So simple, but sooo effective. A gem. Thanks and Merry Christmas Griff! (from London, England)

    • Tommy Allen

      Thanks, man! Cool AND easy! Merry Christmas!

    • Joey

      Thanks for all the great guitar tips during the year.Have a great holidays. Unfortuately I am from very cold province of Quebec Canada.

    • Mike

      Merry Christmas to you! Thanks for all the help!

    • Bruce

      Hey! Merry christmas to you!

    • Leon Allen

      As a jazz sax and flute player for many years who is teaching himself to play guitar, I want to tank you for the information you make available to your audience. I hope that they realize that in order to become a good player they have to learn as much as they can from people who know whats going on and then use that data to forge their own identity on their ax. Over the years I have taken bits an pieces of licks from Trane, Cannonball, Parker, Pat Martino, etc. from transcriptions and records which has, for better or worse, made me they player I am. Because life is short and it takes many hours to copy licks off of records, you help to shorten the learning curve for many musicians. As a musician and an ex music teacher in the public school system, I appreciate your efforts to share your knowledge and experience.

    • Rick Lewis

      Great Vid Griff, Have a great holiday. I too am in Sunny California.

    • Ronnie Kirkham

      Thanks Griff.

      Thanks for the excellent courses too. Really, really good.

      Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year.


    • Mike Iris

      Thanks Griff

      Merry Christmas to you and your family. Thank you so much for all your hard work.

      Mike I

    • mike

      Griff,thanks for this lesson. I was looking for a Christmas song . Merry Christmas to you and your family. Mike

    • Luther

      Thank you Griff. Merry christmas to you and your family.

    • Rocco

      Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
      from our family to yours Griff.
      Wishing you and your loved ones all the best
      during this holiday season.

      Thanks for the lessons… ;^)

    • Maggie Clark

      THANK YOU! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    • Maggie Clark

      Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    • jim

      Thanks Griff & Merry Christmas !

    • steve

      Thanks. I’ll give it a try

    • CurtisKing

      Thanks, That is a fun rifff from Griff.

    • Nezzy

      Thanks Griff – a nice, concise little lesson.
      From: warm-with-light-fluffy-snow Calgary

    • Ginter Schatz

      Griff, Thanks so much, great Lick, brought back memories, My mind plays it, but needs lots of practice. Thanks for the videos and tabs, they a;ways inspire me to play. Save all my stuff with BGU pkg I have from you. Merry Christmas to you and Family. Ginter from CT

    • Richard Michael

      I know about the Christmas thing . I live in southern Florida. Thanks for the lesson. Mike

    • John Picton

      In reply to Joesph Peano about slowing down the video one of the ways you can do this is to dowload a video player that has a slomo function – for example VLC media player (which is free). The slowdown function in VLS media player is in the bottom R/H portion of the scree, as standard it shows as x1 if you click on it you get a slider that allows you to slow down the video.

      As to a slow down feature on the course – the course actualy comes on DVD so if you play it back on your computer (again using VLC media player) you could slow down the video. However the courses all come with execellent books with tab etc. and Griff explaines everything extremly clearly. In addition there is a very lively and helpful forum if you get stuck. You really cant go wrong!

    • Gumar

      Loved it sounds like fun

    • Armando Pena

      great slide I can use in other ways.

    • jim shannon

      how would you end this? ending a song is sometimes one of the harder things for me,,,radio has the convenienceo f fading out,,i dont,lol,,,

    • rony dvir

      Merry Christmas and thanx for all the stuf

    • Eddy

      Thanks for all you do for us throughout the year Giff, great and interesting lessons. Merry Christmas and Happy New year to you and your family! Keep em comming!

    • matt

      That was cool thanks

    • Lindel D. Bryan

      You sound like Elvis

    • Karl

      hey not bad Giff thanks and Happy Hollidays to you and to your Family

    • Ray Juliano

      Thank you so much…these little lessons really do help me since I am a novice, taking lessons and just learning a lot of these things even tho I am 70 years old and my fingers are not as limber as they used to be, the tips you give for hand placement to make some of the positions easier are really helpful to me…thanks again and keep up the good work and Happy Holidays to you and yours. Thank you.

    • johnny

      Thanks for being out there!! You are a life saver on showing how to’s on a lot of aspects of guitar. The things you teach are the necessary basics to become a fluid player.
      Thanks again.

    • Jerry medina

      Merry Christmas to you and yours , I just moved from Chula Vista to Whitney Texas . Out here in the booniees (best way I could spell it ) Going over my BGU lessons is one of the ways to past the time .It seems like every time I replay them I get alittle something new from them . I really like your keeping in touch with your fans and the littlle video tips you produce and send out . Glad our paths crossed . Also a very happy and healthy New Year to you family . One other thing , Out here in Texas seems like you have to own a guitar to live here , Is there any Country or Southern Blues ,stuff in the works for the future ? Jerry J.

    • Mike Rush

      Really cool…thanks. Merry Christmas!

    • James Smith

      Thanks for the Christmas song!
      May you and yours have Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year.
      Jim / James

    • Phil

      Hi Griff, just a little note to wish you and your family a Happy Christmas and a successful New Year.
      Thanks for the E Mails you send out sum very simple yet very useful lessens.
      All the Best from Manchester England

    • Joseph Paeno

      griff, I have recently found your website and instruction material. I am considering enrolling in your blues guitar unleashed guitar instruction video/CD course. I believe I could learn solo expression IF the instruction offers the ability to SLOW down the video to reveal the note/finger positions. I must have replayed the solo portion 20 times but still can’t quite get it. Is this possible? If so I will sign up without hesitation!
      Thank you.

    • Dennis

      Hi Griff,
      Many thanks for the help you give so many ahthis sonice to play
      thank you
      Merry chrismass and Happy New Year with lots of luck


    • Aidan Menzies

      thanks for the great lesson and a cool song for this time of year Griff. I’ve been plugging away at some Christmas songs and have pretty much nailed down six I am glad to say. most of them on my acoustic. Can’t wait to play around with this Merry Christmas Elvis tune.

      Thanks again,


    • Pikemaster

      Just wanted to say MERRY CHRISTMAS to you also ! and thanks for ALL that you have helped me with this past year. I enjoy the way you teach music and are one of the only ones that make it easy enough to understand for me to really pick up on . Thanks ! Keep up the ” GREAT ” work.

    • paul D'souza

      griff i just want to say merry christmas and a fantstic new year. thankyou for all your valuable information and your shareing of an incredible talent. god bless you

    • Billy Cook

      I am deeply indebted to ya. your technique of teaching is intresting even to the guitarist that has played and just wants a little more. Im really diggin ya.Wish I had the bucks and time to hang out more………like this stuff.

    • dragonfiveseven

      hey griff, seasonal greetings from idaho! got your lesson w/ Marty how cool, been jumping back and forth with you two. how bout a dual lesson or jam pack? best wishes to you and yours, thanks for all you do. pay it forward. D

    • john wood

      Hey Griff,
      Have a great xmas, and thanks for all the mails over the past year, I have learned some great snipbits from you, look forward to 2011.
      Merry xmas,
      Woodsie from t
      Tyneside UK.

    • Tony Rinehart

      Hi G, Just ordered the “Black Friday” course, thank you. This little 12 bar here is sweet. I’ve been playing since 1961 & never stumbled across this li’l gem before. So incredibly simple, yet so utterly effective. I played this into a loop & jammed to it for 1 1/2 hours. Fun, fun, fun for all ! Thanks fer sendin’ it on. And thanks for all the email tidbits, they rekindled my love for blues guitar. Normally, I play a Jazz bass. Now, I can’t put my Strat down. I look forward to receiving your materials, this my Christmas gift to ME ! Merry Christmas to all the Hamlins!

    • margaret

      Hi Griff – what a great teacher you are – if I can get round to learning the basic strings I would love to purchase your lessons – have a great xmas
      kind regards

    • andrew bankes

      Griff thanks for the licks, this is sooo kool and easy. spent almost a hour playing this best time in a long one, Happy holidays, ATB

    • George Johnson

      Hi Griff !
      Thanks for your very good licks and the easy way to teach us. I like the style of blues you play and try to learn from it, as much as possible.
      You may have a very “Merry Christmas”

    • George

      Thanks Griff great licks , and you make it look easy , Merry Christmas to you all.

    • Jack Jonas

      Hello and Thanks, Griff, Thats Nice Licks, Wishing you a Merry Christmas also. I
      enjoy your mail, keep it coming , I luv Musick, LOL, Jack

    • margaret

      Hi Griff – merry xmas to you – sorry could not get any sound out of the video and I do love Elvis songs so was very dissapointed – thanks for all your lessons
      kind regards

    • Jim Read

      MERRY CHRISTMAS from Hamilton, Ontario. Thanks for the easy to follow lessons that you’ve given… I do however agree with Murry in Ottawa, a way to purchase your full lessons without a credit card would be nice.

    • ricardo quejada

      hi griff, big thanks for your xmas song blues lesson. but i have reciev a message from DHL and FEDEX services here is the message: The company could not deliver your package to your address. The package was returned to DHL office. Information about your packgage is attached to your letter. look through the information about your package thouroughly. thas for blues guitar DVD home study course.ill paid that by credit card thanks griff. can you pls.help mo to reciev that? god bless you alwys.

    • Chris George

      Hi Griff, thanks for another great little lesson, always look forward to your e-mails
      I feel like i’ve taken a few more steps to becoming a guitar player!
      Seasons Greetings to you all the way from Australia
      regards Chris

    • Graham

      Hi Griff
      Thank’s for that lick it is so good
      Will use it at Christmas thank you and for all the grate lessons
      You give every one Merry Christmas to you and all your family
      All the best
      Graham from Western Australia

    • Martha Ann Brooks

      Thanks for a great video with some fun new blues to learn. Wishing you and yours Happy Thanksgiving and a very Merry Christmas!

    • Murray K in Ottawa

      Just wanted to ask, if your guitar blues course is available to purchase from you indirectly, as I dont use credit cards online or off, so cannot purchase it online?
      I share my online messages in your emails with my MRS, and we both love the way you explain the simplest of methods to get the sound results with the guitar. Perhaps it is time I got around to doing more than just bits and pieces since I have 3 of them, 2 acoustics (an acoustic Yamaha, and a Digas classical and an electric Gibson)
      By the by, yours is the first Christmas wish I have received this year (2010) so in return, To you and yours, may your days be merry and bright (too) that is think Happy, Happy. But do remember the reason for the season, eh!
      Murray and Rose K

    • Dr Golf

      Hi Griff,
      To do with speed. I remember when I was in a band in the 60’s the drummer tried to teach me how to do a drum roll. You started off with two beats with each stick, got faster and faster and then at a point it was almost like skipping and the roll developed. At that point I lost it completely. Its the same with guitar – I practice but all of a sudden I come to a grinding halt. Maybe I wasn’t meant to play fast or my brain is too slow. Does anyone else have the problem and how do you get over it?
      Dr Golf

    • Mike O.

      Hi, great song, nice gift for Christmas! Merry Christmas from Alberta, Canada! Mike

    • dean

      I would just like to say thanks for giving me and my children your time and knowledge I don’t get the time that i would like on my guitar I am an ambulance driver and most evening come home very tired but the help and commitment that you have shown and given has been inspiring and what I have learnt from you in this short time has been fantastic ,,so from me and mine to you and yours have a great christmas and new year

    • david moore

      seasonal greetings griff thankyou for continued sending of lessons u ace chap. i feel the need to submit some sort of remmitance to your cost and efforts i cant keep freeloading like this bless ya .

    • jarno

      just awesome!!!

    • Charles Steed

      Have you not heard ‘Christmas in Chicago’ by Leon Russell? Burl Ives sometimes gives me the blues, too.

    • Richard

      Hi Griff,
      I will be practicing tomorrow morning from the video. Sweet sounds and Elvis is King. Always was always will be. Very Merry Xmas to you and family. All the best for 2011. Gracias.

    • Karol

      Thank you Griff.
      Merry Christmas my virtual guitar friend.

    • Bernhard

      Dear Griff, Thanks. Wishing you and yours also a Merry Christmas and God bless you abundantly.

    • Walt Peters

      Wella Wella, This Video would play for about 3-4 seconds and then
      buffer for about 6-7 or 8 seconds… and did this about 13-14 times…..
      What the heck is go`n on here.???

      Wal of the `RAPIDS` `CEDAR` that is…….

    • Mauro

      Hi Griff, thank you very much. Best wishes from Italy

    • Cynicure

      Another cool lesson to keep me busy ’til I get my hands on the UBG course! I’ve downloaded so many licks’n’ lessons now for appetizers, I only hope I manage to get all this stuff down before the main course gets here! Merry Christmas, Griff, although here in the wonderful land of Oz it’s Friday 13th of August! And about a pleasantly cool 15%… winter here, but I’m betting it would seem like summer to our Alaskan friend! Nice to see a couple more Aussies here too…

      G’day mates!


    • john

      your product i s what everyone needs to get if they want to play better guitar i got mine about 2 weeks ago and the lessons are very informative and to the point i started with the clips off the net and liked them very much i recommend that if everyone liked them they should get the course hands down it lives up to the title it is really blues guitat unleashed thanks again john b

    • Joesky

      Hi Griff, I finally ordered the blues unleashed course. I’ve been playing many years,self taught, and was really impressed on how you can manipulate the various pentatonic scales. I’ve also been stuck in a rut with these scales.I believe that I’m finally starting to make sense with the scales. I cant wait for the coarse to arrive.

    • Ray

      Gooday Griff, I’m from Australia and have been playing lead guitar in a rock band for many years. I saw your site about 5 days ago and immediately sent for your course. I love playing what you’re showing us. Never enjoyed playing my guitar as much as I have over the last few days. This latest little riff is just great. I look forward to getting stuck into your course as soon as it arrives.
      Wish I saw this years ago ..Thanks.

    • Todd

      Do you also have a country guitar series?

    • Ernie

      Nice lesson Griff. Reminds me a bit of Allman Brothers version of Stormy Monday Blues.

    • Mike Penoivch

      Hi Griff,
      Just purchased your instructional course last night. I am looking forward to beginning when the materials arrive. It looks like a quality product.
      Thanks again.
      Mike Penovich
      Los Alamos, NM

    • Dale

      Hey Griff…..Just new and I’m still waiting for the CD’s to arrive but I,m enjoying the little morsels you are sending in the mean time, even the wife is asking…what are you playing….that’s not her usual response to me playing in front of the computer…..she is not always so interested in my endeavors and most certainly not ever so tolerant of the noise I’m making….."I’ll make her a lover of blues yet"…you wait and see!
      Anyway….enjoying what you have sent so far and I’m picking up lot’s of little handy hints to improve my playing along the way…Cheers Mate…..from the out back blues lover…Dale

    • Dale

      Hey Griff…..Just new and I’m still waiting for the CD’s to arrive but I,m enjoying the little morsels you are sending in the mean time, even the wife is asking…what are you playing….that’s not her usual response to me playing in front of the computer…..she is not always so interested in my endeavors and most certainly not ever so tolerant of the noise I’m making…..”I’ll make her a lover of blues yet”…you wait and see!
      Anyway….enjoying what you have sent so far and I’m picking up lot’s of little handy hints to improve my playing along the way…Cheers Mate…..from the out back blues lover…Dale

    • Jimmie T.

      Another great lesson from the best!
      This simple step by step method- with just you and the guitar make it seem very personal and soooo easy to learn this way…
      I love this format.

    • Maurie...from Australia

      Hey Griff,just waiting for my dvd lessons to arrive ,getting good tips from your email lessons in the meantime.

    • Rick

      havn’t received my course yet, but sure am enjoying the lessons on the web. keep up the good work. finally a teacher who puts it out there straight forward with no b.s. thanx.

    • member

      Griff, All the best in 2010 from Slovenia

    • George

      Griff, thanks for the lesson it’s a good one,I hope you have a change to do some more if thease. happy newyear!!!

    • Martin

      Very cool and “simple” practice lesson… Lot’s of room for getting personal with it. It’s a cool, bluesy lesson that I plan on repeating again and again until I drive my wife & pets completely insane!

      Thanks for this and all the other lessons! Finding someone as personable as yourself that is willing to openly share their knowledge is golden, and I feel as if I’ve discovered a pot of it at the end of a rainbow in your lessons. Have a great 2010!

    • JARNO

      GOOD,I GUESS…!!!

    • Steve

      Thanks for all your tips and another great lesson.
      Hope you and your family had a good Christmas, and have a Happy New Year from me in South Wales, UK.

    • George Bennett

      Thanks Griff for all your help, and you and the family have a very happy new year.

    • Dan Evans

      Hey Griff,
      thanks for taking the time to show us these great tricks and tracks. You have made the blues easy for us to learn , enjoy and most of all understand. Thanks so much for the free lessons , when times get better, I’ll get the full monty. Can you put a few back tracks on some of the lessons so we can practice with them? that would be great.
      Thanks again,

    • ray rosendohl

      i have learned a few things from you,but i have never said thanks.im.46,and i hurt my back a few yrs.back .and about a year ago i started playing the guitar.i dont have a very big income.or i would have bought your lessons.everything i have learned,i have gotten from people like you .from youtube.and if it wasnt for you guys,i would hate to thank of were i would be right now.i would allmost say,you all have saved my life.im, not very good yet,and i cant practice for very long.but its the only thing in my life right now.
      i just wanted to say thanks,you have made a huge difference in my life.im sorry about the spelling.i guess i should be trying to inprove that.well anyway,i hope you and your family have a merry xmas,and thanks

    • Spikey Mikey

      Thanks Griff you’re the best

    • Derek

      Thanks Griff
      Another Christmas gift from you that was under the tree. Hope you and yours have a great time, and a Happy New Year.
      ps Warm down here in OZ at Christmas time too.

    • Bazza

      Griff……. thanks Matey and a very Happy Christmas to you and yours.

      Really nice riff that you have given us.Thanks

      Here’s to a bluesy 2010

    • ROS

      Hi Griff
      thanks for another great lesson,what a great teacher you are, you make every thing so clear to understand.

    • peter

      merry xmas eveyone, the
      blues aint so bad

    • Vic

      Hello Griff,
      Nice to hear from you again. It’s been quite a while. Thanks for the Xmas video and Tab. Soon as I can get some money together I shall get whole package. I really enjoy and look forward to your Email lessons. Have a very Merry Christmas and a great New Year. ‘Bye for now from Robin Hood country.
      Cheers, Vic

    • Gary A

      Hey Griff, That guitar sounds so sweet. The Bluesy sound is fantastic and the fingers behind it make it better which is the trick.
      Here’s my chance to thank you for the wonderful lessons on the cd which have been put together incredibly well. You support has been tremendous.
      I wish you and your family the best for the Xmas and New Year Period and also all your pupils? as well.
      GaryA from Downunder

    • John G

      Hmmm, I guess my Macs punctuation comes across as some form of literary tab on your site.

    • John G

      Merry Christmas Griff!

      I just got your \&quot;Blues Unleashed\&quot; discs two days ago and am extremely happy with it. You are an excellent teacher and do a great job of explaining and demonstrating what you\’re teaching. I\’ve been playing for many years, and a lot of people think I\’m a very good player, however, I\’ve never been happy with my own playing and know there\’s a lot I can learn. I know I\’d be much better than I am now if I\’d ever had a really good teacher in the past. Of course the DVD format makes learning very easy, as you can slow down and repeat things as neccessary, without being afraid of irritating the teacher. The $137.00 price is a real bargain when you consider how much private lessons cost these days. Because I just got the series I\’m not sure how deeply you go into the subject, but you should consider expanding it into more of the jazz blues voicings. modes, and progressisons, and put together Blues Unleashed II.
      Thanks again, and keep up what you’re doing.

    • Mike

      Hio Griff
      Another good one. I\\\’m still practicing for my \\\’exams\\\’, but your blues style helps me free up a little.
      Keep em coming. One day I may even buy the whole bunch, butfor now I\\\’ve got to fund my other course.
      Have a great christmas, and a prosperous new year. We have snow here in England, looks great but it\\\’s a pain for getting around and working


      Mike F

    • H20Rider

      Hey, Happy Holidays from way to the North of you in Santa Monica ….where it is at least 1 degree less hot.

    • Ian

      Hi Griff, just a quick thank you for the video& tab.
      Wishing you and your family a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and successful NEW Year in 2010.
      P.S. There ias plenty of snow here in Bonny Scotland.
      Take care and have a good Christmas Griff.


    • Rob D.

      Great Lesson! I realized that I have been playing this incorrectly for a long time. Please keep it coming.

    • Tom

      Hey Griff
      Thanks for your help I am trying to learn played in my 20s now 62 took out time to raise family now my time can’t get enough.
      Thank’s agian

    • ken/dillon,s.c.

      griff, thanks for all your lessons and help,your style is great and you come off as a average guy giving lessonsdown the street,as for some tech guy in a fancy studio giving bullcrap laessons u can;t understand,wishing u much suscess and a merry christmas to u and your family !

    • Terry T

      Hi griff I’m just starting with you ,ordered blues guitar unleashed and wondered if you have an archive section of past lessons that have been sent out or if there’s a way to receive them. I’m looking forward too the blues course when it arrives
      Ps I live in northern Canada -30 + the wind chill it was -52 I would trade you for a hot winter some time

    • Dave

      nice clean and simple. I gotta get that slide down though. Thanks

    • Paul G

      Another super idea/lesson Griff. I do get some things out of every lesson. Thankyou

    • steve davis

      Cool sound, I really like playing this. Thank you and Happy Holiday to you and yours

    • david griffith

      you’re a great teacher Griff … thanks

    • Hoss

      Thanks,Griff… Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    • steve

      Thanks Griff,good to hear from you.I like your lessons a lot they are a big help to me.

    • Jukebox Jimmy

      Hey Griff…
      Thanks for the AWESOME lesson…something REALLY easy but sounds SO cool on my electric guitar!!! Just love this little tune….
      I really like your teaching style, I’ve learned some cool stuff, like having a guitar teacher just dropping by… Hey, don’t worry about not having the ‘set-up’ and just doing this from your office with no preperation…WHO CARES, a ‘low key’ lesson like this is just like learning a cool lick from a friend, please do more of these Griff! Thanks again, Merry Christmas!!!

    • Will

      Thanks for that – Really like the ‘Merry Christmas Elvis’ tune, it’s fun to play too.

      Have a great Christmas,

      Regards, Will

    • Phil Worrall

      Hi Griff
      Thanks for the course, the emails and help…I am getting there slowly but surely.
      Merry Christmas and happy new year.

    • Randy Earnest

      I have really enjoyed the lessons that you sent, I haven’t had much time to use them yet but I have saved them all. Sometimes other things must come first, I am a young 60 years old and still have this great urge to learn to play lead Guitar, the rhythm come sort of easy but I have a real problem with solo lead.
      I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
      Thank for you efforts,

    • Dave Barrett

      Hi Griff Merry Chrismas And Happy New Year

    • Michael James Brown

      Merry Christmas Baby was written by Charles Brown.

      Thanks for all your video instructions!
      Also in sunny California

    • Morgan

      Hey Grif,
      Nice lesson on bass walk ups. However, “regretablly, sunny southern California”????? Here in Iowa we have 14 inches of snow on the ground and are currently getting freezing rain on top of it. I can only hope my wife can drive home from work safely. You can have our white Christmas!!! Thanks for all the guitar instruction and have a great holiday, white or not!

    • Tim

      Hey Griff,
      Merry Christmas to you and yours. Thanks for all you’ve done for us out here. It’s been fun and very satisfying.

    • Louie

      Griff thank you so much for all the fine lessons this past year. I have learned a lot. I wish you a very Merry Christmas and A Happy Healthy Prosperous New Year.

    • Dawn

      Thanks Griff for your wonderful instruction and videos. Hope you and your family have a great Christmas.
      Best wishes, Dawn

    • Robert (Rob) Lacelle

      Hi Griff,
      I just recently received both of your blues courses and I’m trying to retrain myself with your help. I am a 52 and I have always enjoyed picking up my guitar. This will be the first time that I have someone show me the right way to play my girls (my guitars). I got my first guitar thirty some years ago and the only tune that I know is House Of The Rising Sun. But I think I got it, so when I seen your courses I thought to myself that you will be the ONE that will get me out of this circle that I seem to be stuck on. I like what I see and I hope that sometime in 2010 I will be playing my girls with the sounds of B.B. King, Robert Johnson or Son House in the background. So thank you very much and a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year to you and your family.
      p.s. If you need some snow for your nice warm winter, there’s plenty here in Ontario and my friend your welcome to take as much as you want. Peace!!:)

    • George

      Griff thanks for the riff its a good one!!!! and marry christmas to you and yours.


    • Sergio

      Thanks for videos and tips you shared with all of us through the year.


    • Bill Pope

      Thanks for all the great material that you keep putting out for us. Have a safe and Merry Christmas from here in Canada…..where we have lots of snow and cold weather that we would be glad to share with you.


    • Bryan

      Enjoyed the video of you and Bob Murnahan, and this lesson.
      I am working my way through "PTTB" and "Pentatonic Power" and learning a lot from both. Have a Merry Christmas and a great New Year.

    • Garry Fortune

      Just a quick note to say thanks for all the great stuff you have sent me i am still in the early leraning stage but have enjoyed trying your stuff .
      have a great christmas to you and yours

    • carl

      merry christmas griff thankyou for all the outstanding lessons keep up the good work

    • daniel

      hi Griff
      i wish u very nice holidays
      and also thankyou for yet another great lesson
      best wishes

    • TBell

      Hey Griff….

      Thanks a bunch for the Bluesy Merry Christmas lesson!!
      Enoyed as always!!
      You and your family please have A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS & A FANTASTIC NEW YEAR!!!

      All the best!!
      Tom P.

      “In the now, Very Christmasy West Virginia courtesy of the recent snow storm” : )

    • Jeff O.

      Hi Griff, Thankz for all the tips you have have left me with over the year 2009.I hope to see more in the new year. Merry X-Mass and a Happy New ,Thankz again, Jeff.

    • VERN Crofford

      Thank\’s Griff,
      the best to you & and your family.

    • Brian Wagoner

      Thanks for the cool blues riff. Merry Christmas.

    • squirrelette (eve)

      have a very merry bluesy Christmas and a rocking new year
      from a no snow island in the uk.
      hope you and your family have a good christmas.
      i’ve learned so much from you

    • Mike T

      Hi Griff,
      I’m still new to guitar, but absolutely love your lessons. Your teaching style blows away the ‘competition ‘ and makes it so much more fun, as in, less frustrating. I’m getting your beginner’s course in the new year. There is so much ‘noise ‘ available on the web, but I’m satisfied you are the real deal. Merry Christmas from Nova Scotia, Canada.

      Mike T

    • Pete Harper

      Hi Griff, as a UK senior citizen I’m still hoping and trying to play blues, finger joints an’t what they used to be. videos great thank you. Best Regards Peter.

    • Robert Eldridge

      I think this little rythum is pretty kool! It’s easy and not frustraiting to learn.

      Thank you.

    • Kevin Jones

      Griff.. This sounds like the riff from Allman Bros “Stormy Monday”..
      Can we use 2nd & 3rd fingers for the slide? – I have a recalcitrant pinky..
      Thanks for the great free stuff.. I am about to pull the trigger on your lessons..
      Need a DVD player first.. BEST to All!

    • Larry Hayes

      Merry Christmas Griff and thanks for all your knowledge.

    • crumplefingers

      Merry Christmas Griff,
      Really love your teaching style, laid back,cool or whatever superlative you like. Just one thing where were you when I first started. Keep up the easyways for us thicko’s. More power to your elbow, hope the new year brings you even more succes and lots more learners.

    • Scott

      Have A Merry Christmas Griff and Family!

      Thank You Very Much for all the Info! I plan to purchase your course after things settle down from the Holidays. You are a Great Teacher (best I have seen on the net)
      Thanks Again Scott

    • Graham mc donald

      Hi Griff
      Thanks it\’s always good to hear from you and thank you for a nother
      Grate lesson i dont know if you celebrate christmass but all the best to you and your family
      Regards Graham and stay safe

    • nitro

      thanks thats great merry xmas from down under oz 45celcius here no white xmas in outback opal country cooler underground rock on see ya .Nitro Mac

    • Nitehowl

      Thanks Griff, it is always good to hear from you. It is always a pleasant surprise when I hear from you. It is always good. I say that because of all the crap mail everyone gets and we know if it is from you it will be good. For that I thank you. And Merry Christmas and happy New Year to all.

    • Tom H.

      Thanks Griff,…Merry Christmas from sunny Florida…looking forward to improving with your help in the New Year!

    • Walt Peters

      This Video worked OK but who knows if the Next/1 will………………

      Wal of the`RAPIDS` `CEDAR` that is………………………………….

    • Ray Lukehart

      I know we never really talked on here but I see you every day when I practice.
      I have all the solos learned and now working on DVD #4, its been rough but fun working and learning from the BGU course,I know your busy, so just a quick Marry Christmas to you and your family!!!
      P.S. BGU 2???

    • Ron Waters

      Hi Griff, merry christmas and happy new year to you and your family

    • Stuart Waller

      Always great to receive these little extras Griff, though I’ve fallen a bit behind recently with the course, it’s always there when there’s time and, before you know it I’m back on track again, Brilliant!
      All the Very Best Season’s Greetings to you and your family, together with, as always, my heart-felt thanks,
      Stuart (from England)

    • vernon

      Thanks… Merry Christmass!!

    • Con

      And from a very cold Ireland,Happy Christmas!

    • Jeff Colwell

      Thanks for the lesson Griff. Back when I was a teenager finding \&quot;jam partners\&quot; wasn\’t hard. Now that I am middle aged with college age kids it\’s not so easy. Thanks also for the convienience of this forum, I can loop it or pause if necessary….(keeps me from having to ask for technical help from the kids lol!)

    • Alan Scrase

      Thanks Griff and the season’s greetings to you and yours from yet another follower in snowy England!

    • John Guerrasio

      Hi Griff,

      I think Merry Christmas, Baby is by the late great Charles Brown. I saw him several times in a NYC club back in the 80’s and he’d do this tune every year even in the middle of July. It’s snowy and very cold in London!

      Be well,

    • Peter

      Currently my mornings start with breakfast with family and then 30 minutes with Griff. I’ll miss U when I’m through the lessons.
      Merry Christmas from a yesterday snow white, today rainy eastern Austria.

    • Stephanie

      Thanks for all your wonderful videos Griff. Merry Christmas to you and your family from a very snowy southern England.

    • gerry

      Hi Griff,
      Thanks for the lesson sounds really cool.The beginners course i have just about mastered and i am on the last page. Sorry i haven’t been on the forum for a very long time but my father has been seriously ill. Have been telling him about the course as he is an avid music lover of all kinds.Have a very merry christmas and a happy new year.

      gerry [from scotland]

    • Peter Bryenton

      Thanks for breaking this down into manageable pieces, Griff.

      Merry Christmas to you from snowbound England.

    • Maurice Anholt

      Thanks for the instruction on the guitar.

    • Karol

      Merry Christmas Griff

    • Maurice Anholt

      Thank-you for the lessons that you have given to us. There are little subtle tricks that you give away and you explain exactly what is going on fingering and picking, and without explaining when you mute the strings, that it happens so fast…it is as if you are watching a magician doing slight of hand tricks right in front of you…over and over, you can’t see what is done unless it is explained and slowed down. And so it is with what you present to us on the guitar…slight of hand tricks that we watch Clapton and Gilmour doing right in front of us over and over…once in a while being rewarded for being very diligent, we will actually learn a riff. Thanks again for taking the time. Have a Merry Christmas! Maurice

    • CW

      …well, I’m not sure if its the original (I shouldnt have said that) but it is an early version anyway.

    • CW

      Here’s the full length original recording on YouTube…

      Thanks Griff!
      Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    • Tim

      NIce little mini lesson thanks a million!!!!

    • Steven

      I’ve just recently discovered you. I liked todays ‘mini’ lesson. Thanks

    • Milton Humphus

      Thanks Griff , I appreciate all your hard work and detection , Merry Christmas to you and family .

    • Rod

      Thanks for the little Christmas diddy Griff, and Merry Christmas from Alberta Canada home of – 18*C and about a foot of snow.

    • StormTracker

      Hi Griff….
      I’ve been watching your free online lessons for a while now….
      Great stuff…..love the blues…..
      I am planning on your coarse in the new year……
      Only one I keep coming back too….
      so easy to relate tooo…
      Merry Christmas to you and yours….God bless…


    • Glenn Smith

      Like it. Seasonal and easy to learn. You take great care of us, Griff. Just started your BGU lesson series recently. It\’s awesome! This is the most excited I\’ve been about playing in years. You have a knack for teaching. Thanks for everything.

      Best Holiday Wishes to You &amp; Yours!

    • Ian

      That was a great little lesson. Thanks I really enjoyed it.

      Merry Xmas from Perth Western Australia where it’s over 80 degrees today, so no white Xmas for us either : )

    • Deborah

      Hey Griff,
      Thanks for the lesson. Another blues secret unveiled.
      What a lovely gift. It’s always a pleasure to hear from you. Have a wonderful Christmas.
      Deborah in Santa Rosa, CA

    • paul

      hey griff

      things a little tight up here in canada. this should go over good in front of the liquor store. make some bucks. ha ha. merry xmass.

    • John Adams

      I like your tone. Which pickup(s) were you using on this video, and what amp (and its settings) were you using?

    • Ron Hogue


      Thanks for the Christmas video. Merry Christmas anD a Happy New Year to you and your family from the "Old Dude" in San Antonio, Texas.

    • Stephen

      Wow, I am on lesson seven tonight. This was a nice treat. Merry Christmas from overcast and cold Port Orchard WA.

    • Ewo Ericson

      Hi Griff , Thank for the Christmas Greeting . I just got your package. I was getting concerned that it got lost in the mail. But As the snow started thawing on my front porch, I saw this lump in the snow … and lo and behold It was my Guitar
      Unleashed Course. The box was a bit soggy, but due to the sealed plastic wrap,
      everything was dry and useable. I tried the #1 DVD , but have’nt got any sound out of it yet. I’ll keep on trying…. I’m looking forward to getting into it.
      Happy New Year to you. ………………………………..EWO

    • Rue Patricia

      Happy Holidays Griff ! Thanks soooo much for all the great help you give me and my playing .

    • Keith

      Very cool, I’m not there yet, but it gives me something to look forward to. Thanks for everything and Happy Holidays to you and yours.

    • shal


      i believe the original tune, and recording, was by the great blues pianist Charles Brown, who also wrote, “Please, Come Home for Christmas.” these are two of the best Christmas blues tunes ever


    • Billy

      Hi Griff..Thank you for all the help , appreciate the TAB`S and the Videos .
      Merry Christmas to you and your family .

    • Charlie

      Hello Griff, Merry Christmas to you and your family! You have helped me immensley. I practice everydat and sometimes twice a day. As soon as My budget allows it I want to buy your program. I am retired and on a fixed income so money is very hard for me to comeby. Keep up the good work….Charlie

    • Alex

      Shaka Bra, Plenty of snow in Utah, I’d rather be Surfing on a new stick, then sliding down hills on one. Trust me, snow is nice to visit, So Cal, or a nice warm Beach, is where one should live. Another thing, have you noticed, All the ladies, from the Beach, just keep getting hotter, As they get older? I think it’s the water or something, Solid Bra, Tank’s.

    • David Pemberton

      You are the man! Thanks for your excellent lessons! Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year…………………….Keep on, Keepin On!

    • Kenn

      426673 Nice new lesson Griff. Thanks I\’ve been watching &amp; learning alot. May you and your loved ones have a safe,joyous and blessed holiday season. Kenn

    • Glenn Williams

      Thanks for the lesson, and Merry Christmas. Its been a busy year, but studying your lessons has allowed me to relax and get away fromm the hassels. Again, Merry Christmas!!
      By HIS grace,
      Glenn W.

    • Mr Music

      Hey Grif,
      You make things so easy. Thanks for the neat video. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours.
      Mr. Music

    • Stella

      merry christmas …. glad to receive your vids …. with time off after the holidays … i will finally have time to look back and learn….


    • steve lindahl

      loved it, have a nice and safe holiday.

    • Loyd Deaver

      Thanks Griff. This will come in handy later in the week. Have a merry Christmas….

    • Jim

      Nice, very nice. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    • blueser

      Gracias mon ami,Merry Christmas! Gr8 stuff(just like last time!&all the other times before that_;) You’re the best!

    • Gary McMahon

      Thansk Griff
      Sunny Western Australia here about 100 degrees with Christmas day expected at about 110 (my wife and kids have never seen snow!!).
      Thanks heaps for this , cool sound.
      Best wishes to you and your family for this festive season. Thanks again for BGU and your forum, you’re a legend.

    • Rob

      Griff, Thank you!!! I love that song! merry Christmas

    • James

      Griff, That Was Very KOOOOL !!!!!! You always keep it real. Love these blues Lessons. Thank’s From Sunny Florida πŸ™‚

      Turn it on, Krank it up, and let Er RIPPPP !!!!


    • Bruce Anderson

      Thank’s Griff,

      A Very Merry Christmas to you and yours.


    • cornell dodson

      i was looking for that riff..thanks and merry christmas my man….
      blessings and favor be over you today
      cornell dodson[uss mt vernon]-39

    • Alejandro

      thanks a lot Griff, thats great , merry christmas for you and family too

    • Dave AKA Bluewater

      Griff – Merry Christmas! We’re kicking around the snow here in good ‘ol freezing cold Massachusetts. There couldn’t be a more perfect time to play an Elvis Christmas tune!

    • mike

      your the best man, i dig you the most!
      thank you so much and merry christmas!

    • Michel Gendron

      Great as usual!
      Thx again for all the good stuff.

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

      Trois-Rivieres, (Quebec)

    • Chris

      Thanks for the Christmas present. I am taking this to my Christmas jam nite tomorrow.
      Merry Christmas

    • Chuck

      Love it! Thank you very much! Merry Christmas to you and your Family!

    • DJ

      Thanks for the Xmas lesson. Still would appreciate it if you could play the whole lick or song through one time before you actually start instruction. Gives us a "what to expect" or how it SHOULD sound as completed song.

    • Tom Townsend

      Thank you, and Merry Christmas. What I also hear when you play the first riff is part of a Viagra commercial…. “When the time is right” wah wah… πŸ™‚

    • Steve

      Aways nice to see and hear something new from Griff – one of the good guys…. I purchased Blues Guitar Unleashed last year and consider it the springboard and inspiration for learning blues guitar. Maybe an intermediate lesson plan is in the works? Thank you and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    • Claude

      Thanks a lot Griff nice and funny one, and have a good holidays.

    • propanemike

      Great video.
      Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

    • Mike McC.

      Thanks Griff, and Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to you and yours.

    • Bob

      Way to go Griff
      I love it

      Merry Christmas to you to…


    • Ted

      Great Love it Thanks Griff

    • Michael Montella

      Hi Griff , I been watching you now for about six months , I \’m not in a band but I have learned alot from you I tinker with the guitar I use to play a long time ago &amp; always wantsd to play blues now just from watching I\’m realy getting it some leads freak me out after the holidays I hope to make time &amp; purchase your program \’ thanks you bring lite to playing \’ keep up the great work !!!!!

    • Anthony

      Hey Griff… that was cool. Nice video. Merry Christmas to you and your family too. All the best

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