In this blues lesson you’ll see how we put together some of the things we’ve learned in the past…

If I take the simple “comping pattern,” add in some little chords, use the 4 note solo, and maybe pick a turnaround… I’m good to go.

So let’s do it!

    10 replies to "Playing The Blues In A Shuffle"

    • Jim Russell (UK)

      Awesome as usual Griff,
      Not too confident that I could pull that off yet but there’s certainly something to aim for, the next step I suppose.
      There’s a lot of little infills in blues that would be good to know. I don’t know what they’re called but it’s those little 7th or minor chords that are part of every blues song, you used some examples in this video.

      As always,
      a fantastic insight
      Jim 😉

    • Ted Pozniakoff

      Hey Griff, great indite into playing the Blues. Really liked the “playing in a jam session” that can go a very long way into playing with others.

    • Gary Cost

      Griff, The simplicity of the things you play and share here, is often overlooked by many guitarists. So often once a player learns his lead playing skills, they have a tendency to ‘overplay’, which may sound impressive for the novice, but is aggravating to other musicians playing and walks on every other note in the song. As I’m pretty sure you’ve said in the past, “You don’t have to play everything you know and jam it into every song you play! Try teasing the listeners and ‘build-up’ to your great stuff then play when and where it fits! After all, you’re playing ‘THE BLUES’ not SHREDDING!
      Thanks for the tips and keep it up!

    • Scott R

      Great lesson Griff.
      Which jam track did you use? 4Note Solo? One from BGU? Or one from one of your Jam Track collections?

    • Marc

      Excellent video. It’s good to show what’s going in the player’s head, and how he or she approaches their role as a musician in an ensemble. This is where all the teaching and learning really comes together. And this is why two players, with the exact same knowledge and skill level, can sound so different. We all “hear” things in our, own, unique way. Really good job.

    • DaveyJoe

      Great reminder for us Griff!

    • tony

      Good job thanks for demo. Could this be a follow up on yesterdays video? Seems likely it is which is cool . That last turn around was something my Dad did . Yes its a good one to finish up. I started playing seriously at 12. Self taught for the most part. Watching Dad was something which I will never forget. Could a ghost bend be a alternative I think so will have to experiment with it . C YA next time

    • Lynn R Parker Sr

      Great lesson! Puts it all together in an easy to play package. Thank You!

    • Rob

      There are a lot of people putting videos up to teach the blues but what always brings my attention to yours is the concise explanations given, that seems lacking in others who rely on their jokey/I’m cool vibe. For this reason your videos and BGU course seem to “click” for me. What I also notice is your constant reference to time. Being more aware of time has cleaned up my playing immensely along with the concept of “space”, room for others in a song/band setting which relaxes the learning experience for those “play at home” people.

    • Chris hutchison

      Thankyou Griff.
      Pulling off ideas like this really boost your confidence.
      You really jettison all those preconceived and Ilinformed notions of why we are studying music in the first place.
      Its fun,enjoyment,exploration,challenge,curiosity!
      Buried deep in one of your courses is the concept of treating any chord ,in a 1/4/5/1 progression for example, as a 1 chord.
      I love this idea,sounds so melodic/ defining especially when trying to grapple/understand the minor/major combinations.
      Best wishes from Western Australia.

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