I make no bones about the fact that I’m a big Freddie King fan, and his version of “I’m Tore Down” is one of my personal favorite tunes. If you have Eric Clapton’s “From the Cradle” CD (or mp3 or whatever those kids are listening to these days) you’ll hear he did a killer version of it.

In reality, the rhythm is a pretty standard shuffle pattern that works for a variety of tunes. Just the other day I was teaching one of my private students the same pattern as used in a Joe Bonamassa tune, and then I heard it in an Albert King video where he was doing “The Sky Is Crying” so it even works in a slow blues.

This first video will give you an overview and walkthrough of how this rhythm is used in this song. I’ll put downloadable versions down below.

This is lesson 6-1 from Blues Guitar Unleashed so if you don’t have it and you like this:
Click Here To Learn More About Blues Guitar Unleashed…

This next video is a slow version play along, try it first once you think you’ve got the hang of it.

And finally… the whole enchilada at full speed


    355 replies to "The Tore Down Rhythm"

    • Leo

      The lesson torn down was easy to learn Gruff thxs

      • Leo

        The lesson torn down was easy to learn Griff thxs,excuse the mispelings

    • Leo

      It was easy to learn gruff thxs

    • Donnie Villagomez

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    • […] is a song that’s a great example of a variation on what I commonly called the “tore down” rhythm. And there are a LOT of variations on that same […]

    • phil

      Thanks Griff I have purchased several of your lesson killers blues solo 5 easy blues solos jam tracks and all are great and helped me alot. Is there a way a can purchase from you the licks used in the song torn down at least the 2 main fills in beginning or the solo written out as you do it in the other lessons?

    • […] might be something like The Tore Down groove where it’s a common idea. The more riffs and grooves like that you learn, the easier […]

    • Steve M

      Hey Griff, thank you for the lessons. I already have BGU. Well done. I am always curious as to what drove you to want to teach, and to do it so well. You have a great gift for it. Thanks for wanting to share. BTW, the ending is actually the “Ellington ending.” The Basie ending is nice too but it is different. (P.S. I didn’t know that till I looked it up.)
      Thanks again, your lessons are helping me greatly. Steve M

    • […] it’s going to depend on the style, feel, and speed of your tune. Something like the Tore Down rhythm might be applicable in one place while the Stormy Slide or Blues Half-Step might be more […]

    • William Fischer

      This has been a great lesson I even sent a copy to my son who is a beginner. I have such a great time with these thank you for giving us your time

      • Ruben duran

        Lesson on this one great will done like the repeat’s

    • […] we covered what I call the “Basie ending” in the “Tore Down” lesson, there is another ending that comes up quite a bit and you should know […]

    • Doc Eli

      I’m with you LuckyMann I kand seam ta git ma haid wrappd round whutzit tiz I’m suposd to be leurning. Not shur whut I’ma listinen ta a strumm paturn, rythem thingie, pannen round, er justa pikin thingie so I gess I am way to slew fer this high faluten staff.

    • Doc Eli

      I’m with you LuckyMann, I just can’t get my head around what is the rhythm, just picking, pannin around or just what it is I am supposed to learn.

    • Paul Warner

      Talk about a captive audiance. I doubt seriously that there is another guitar teacher on the Internet who gets this kind of response, and as it has been said here over a hundred times, excellent lesson with a very good teaching style. You deserve every bit of the plaudits people give you for your giving freely, patience, the effort alone in putting these videos and lessons together, and seriously making people happy and giving them hope that they can become somewhat skilled, enough so to play in front of people.
      As for the riff and the song, I have probably played that riff, who knows how many times, and I have done it in so many different combinations, with triplets in various parts of the riff itself. When I would go out and listen to bands I would always hear that riff in some form or another, so no doubt it has been a popular riff for a very long time.

    • […] most common versions is Clapton’s on From The Cradle, and that’s the inspiration for lesson 6 in Blues Guitar […]

    • Joseph W Chu

      Thank You very very much for all these wonderful lessons!!! I have following you for few years for a blend in guiltar playing now I can really play some thing to entertain myself some time I also have some walking litsener while I was practice in the park 🙂

    • […] Now granted, it’s a LOT slower… but it’s none other than the famous “Tore Down” Rhythm. […]

    • J Carmona

      You are probably one of the easiest guy to learn from. Your explanations are really clear (mainly for someone like me that only started 1yr ago). The nice thing after practicing your lesson for a while, you got the feeling that you can play something. Thank you for taking the time to post those videos

    • Normand Lamoureux

      Nice and easy for someone like my age to follow(87) . Thank you

    • Douglas

      Like wow,really great lesson to learn.I am starting to figure how to play the blues.

    • Dar Guitar

      wow another great lesson terrific thanky you the best easy to follow for guys like me I am 70 and still learning from you. super lesson

    • errollindsay@yahoo.ca

      Love that lesson will spend some time practicing

    • ritchking@gmail.com

      Excellent Basic approach!!
      Good Show Mr. Griff……
      Rich King

    • Friend -

      hey griff, nice! Isnt this called Arrpeggio? You taught that. I see you live in Corona CA. I have a friend or shes a friend of my wife so long ago before we we met and our 30th anniversary is the 26f NOV

    • dennisprice49@fsmail.net

      Hi Griff I started playing guitar in 1958 around 1962 I happened to
      be at a youth centre and there was a band rehearsing there .
      The bass player was on the phone to his girlfriend so I picked
      up the bass and started messing around the band licked what
      I did and said would you like to join the band as there bass
      player was leaving maybe the licks I played came from the
      fact that I was trying my best to be a guitarist I ended up
      joining the bootleggers that was the name of the band.
      there I stayed most of my life with many great bands thereafter
      as bass player / now its back to guitar thanks to you

    • Dan2BitBarnes@yahoo.com

      Thank you Griff , I have enjoyed everything you have sent me . I really like the way you set up these lessons . You make it easy to understand , and easy to follow along with . Unfortunately I missed the last lesson on the 12 bar blues , the
      page would not open . Thank you again……..2bit

    • Luckymann4@yahoo.com

      I haven’t got a prayer.

    • w.tykocki@btinternet.com

      Wow Amazing didn’t think I would get it nailed this quick

    • terry.topple@gasfrac.com

      nice Griff that’s something that i can catch on to pretty quick keep up the good work and thanks a gain for all the videos i find them easy to learn have a good one out for now

    • aljr.1@wildblue.net

      Thank you so so much. You make a beginner like me sound like a pro. Thanks again and keep’em coming.


    • mcvent1@gmail.com

      I really like the way you teach. I’ve been singing karaoke for all these years, but I decided to learn to accompany the song instead. I know basic chords on guitar and I just recently sign up Ukelele lesson I am enjoying it, but I want to master guitar as well. I wan’t to be able to sing and play, but my weakness is timing, I get lost soon as I started singing. You think you can help me? I like Eric Clapton song, Wonderful Tonight. Can you teach me the accompaniment? Do you think that the Video lesson will help me improve my skill? I just want to be able to accompany my song. Thanks!

    • rdp55@cfl.rr.com

      Outstanding!! Thanks a lot.

    • edwardoverstreet@rocketmail.com

      You are truly the Eric Clapton of guitar instructors

    • Paul Guy

      As ever Griff, much appreciated my friend.

    • flightdreamerp51@bellsouth.net

      Thanks for the lesson, you make it easier to learn.

    • stuartconstr@yahoo.com

      every guitar player worth his salt knows who joe bonamassa is. i like your teaching style

    • hoseabradley2@gmail.com

      Griff I’m truly a novice, but I believe in your approach of instruction. I will be purchasing your program with the faith that you will lead me in becoming a Great Guitarist. Thx Bradley

    • Friend -

      Junot341 here,

      The generosity that Grif shows on this site is completely off the hook. I am calling people i haven’t talked to in years telling them to plug into Grif, no matter how good they play, or think they play. Nureyev and Barisnakov in their prime went to the barre everyday; position 12345, to begin each rehearsal.

      I just feel a great glow of giving on this site that cannot be found on any other instructional sites anywhere. The lesson above is a major gift! I forgot how to play it and never, would have put it together in one session without Grif’s approach. Tell your friends, hell, tell everyone.

      TY, Junot

    • andydreste@talktalk.net

      Griff the Great xx thanx m8!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • helencalder@sky.com

      hi, Griff. Just listened and played along to “tore down” style rhythm and had a great time. Feel like I’ve accomplished something. Thanks. Helen, Biggar, Scotland

    • Muston57@gmail.com

      I like playing a lot of Hendricks and Stevie Ray Vaughan and the things I’ve seen you play have really given me a lot of good ideas

    • Friend -

      I enjoyed your explaining about the sore fingers. When I would have a new student a young one or have a poorly adjusted guitar. I have them practice only for 15 minutes at a time twice a day so their fingers would not get sore and cause discouraging stiuation.

    • martingibson885@yahoo.com

      Grifff where did you study music?

    • John Garland

      That’s real cool griff red house by Hendrix next especially the intro

    • mzm10@yahoo.com

      Right clicking your downloads isn’t working for me, Mike

    • Friend -

      It;s cool, man.

    • 4paws19@gmail.com

      Hey Griff
      Thanks for all the great tips you have been showing!
      Have to tell you tho the email you sent out about the
      12 Bar Blues didn’t work. It went to some default page and doesn’t work.
      Can you take a look and see what the problem may be? I have to believe that
      I am not the only person out there that had the same problem.
      Thanks for looking into this. Talk soon.

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    • thousandairebuilders@aol.com

      I wanna be just like you when I grow up (I’m 55). Thank you for giving. Tim

    • dougpatzel@hotmail.com

      Great blues rhythm Griff, can you show the solo for the song, for I don’t have it on CD!!

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    • tonythebluesman@gmail.com

      hey im taking this free course again . lost the first which is important.the first 4 so far im doing great with it thanks

    • Rob Waldrup

      This is really from Ray Sharpe and the Razor Blades or just Ray Sharpe. I learned this from a SRV CD where he was doing a radio interview (I forget the name of the CD) and he did these notes. The song is called “Linda Lou”. YOUTUBE it and check it out. Fun ditty.

    • Dave

      Lovin’ it! Keep ’em coming! Really looking forward to the course getting here next week!

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    • will

      Thanks ,.you put it to where.i can understan .

    • Donald

      Griff, I like that lesson. Thanks

    • Colin Campbell

      Excellent example of playing the rhythm for Tore Down.
      It would be great if you would do a lesson on the Tore Down solo.
      Maybe it is somewhere else on the web site?

    • Barry

      Nice one Griff. Thanks Barry.

    • Yufiq

      Thanks Mr. Griff, it’s a nice end of blues, but I need more varied

    • W.J. Mildfelt

      That was PHUN, Griff I will do it tonite

    • Jim - UK

      Hi, thats really is easy and yet heard so often.
      You’re really giving away all the secrets.
      Thank you

    • Demetrious

      Hi griff, mate. I love your simple teaching style,your technique really spins me out okay great lessons,l wish I had a guy like you backlng to me up. I try to play what u s showing on your videos I’m using a nylon string guitar I’ll be waiting for more videos thank you very much Griff.god loves y mate. Demetrious!from the land down under.Yeahhh!!!

    • John

      I should also say I enjoyed this portion as well!

    • John

      Is there a solo bit for this piece? Will you put it up for view?

    • Frank Marino

      very good Griff. real nice

    • rob kline

      new guitar player: I know it”s the blues Iam looking for. ps you will be hearing from me soon.rob

    • Ray Jackson

      Love this one totally, except I always have the temptation of breaking into FOOT TAPPER by The Shadows when I play this routine. As I was note for note with you, I decided that I would accompany you on this one Griff. WE sounded GREAT!!!! Thanks for a lotta FUN. Ray (UK)

    • Milo

      Thank`s enjoyed and something I can use,
      now getting it up to your speed

    • Joseph W Chu

      It is a very nice tone!

    • David Fralix

      very good

    • michael

      Your very awesome Griff! You’ve given me so much inspiration, my being disabled and home 99% of the time. Your lessons are by far the best! Thanks

    • Rick

      Thanks, Griff. You’re like the Mister Rogers of guitar teachers, and I mean that in a very good way. You are calm, patient, and understanding of those who are struggling with the basics. I’m learning a lot from you.

    • Warren

      Tore Down is one of my favorite tunes. I have learned the lead part (Clapton version) almost note for note and found it can be used in other tunes almost transparently, like “Stop Messin’ Around” by Gary Moore. Terrific video for the rhythm part.

    • cristopher jones

      I think your teaching methods are wonderful and you are super cool for spreading around all that good know how! I have played for years and seen so many people try to keep knowledge to themselves, which I think is silly. I have learned so much from you very quickly and easy, I have played for 16 years and you have opened the flood gates for me, thank you , and keep up the good work.

    • Robert

      Good Morning,

      I have learn more in a week tha the last complete year by myself.

      I find the lessons very well done in the sense that I like the short exercise. Sweet and short to learn. Very motivating.

      The only improvement I would like to see so far is to have the diagram of how your finger are really placed on the cords. Sometimes it takes me some time to figure it out as it is not that clear on the video. I find them by sound.

      Beside that, I enjoy very much the lessons and like your the flow.

      Thank you very much.


    • Rob Walker

      Very nice job….again. Thanks

    • Doc Bob

      This has always been on my bucket list and now I am actualy plating a song. I apppreciate the way you break it down. Your are a good teacher and I am having fun learning. Thanks!

    • OGarcia

      This lesson is just Great! I enjoy playing it and my friends enjoy listening to it. Thanks!

    • Paul

      Good review from BGU DVD1. Had to get out my chord chart. Forgot where C7th was at the Upper frets.

    • Charles Hanson

      Hi Griff!
      I’m really enjoying your lessons. I’ve even gotten to where I actually turn the TV off. I’d rather practice than hear 5 min of program and 10 minutes of commercials, besides, the guitar sounds sooo much better without all that background noise!!!. Thanks!! I love your lessons!!!


      griff thanks for these video lessons. It seems that ever since a bad cycle accident in 04 I have trouble learning struff. It is a lot easier for me when im see it and hear it and you explain it all at the same time. your great.thanks ROCKY

    • LunaJune

      Griff I just want to say a huge thanks… I’ve been playing acoustic since 1977, and only just recently got an electric.. inspired by Rory Gallagher… and I just haven’t been able to truly hear this guitars sound and really connect with it…. until….. I found your lessons on a google side line as a suggestion .. best thing ever… I’ve been playing every night really cool stuff. really excited, love your approach to teaching.

    • john hughes

      I puchased the tore down set and already I can do some things not done by me in 35 years…very good. personally, Griff I am leanring alot and the TV practice concept is good.

    • imsnowyone

      I am a 80 year old diabetic wanabe guitar player. I have been fooling around with music for about 40 years. Your email lessons are the greatest inspiration I have ever received. I started playing guitar about 3 years ago, and things were not going well. When I received your email things started to turn around. Now I am really enjoying music again. THANK YOU!

    • john

      wow i really enjoyed this

    • Frankie

      Fantastic !!! Very good …

    • davy


    • Neil

      Sorry, buy the course – too old to butt

    • Neil

      That’s my morning sorted then.
      Love this stuff, might even but the course pay day
      Neil ‘crazy’ Kelly

    • gypsy gerling

      i’m havin’ a ball getting reaquainted with the guitar(i haven’t played in years. the blues is my musical roots and my first love. by the by, from the cradle is one of my all time favorite albums(primarily because it was recorded almost completely live in studio). thanks much.

    • james sternberg

      I like the lesson.
      it helps me to get back into flat picking again.

    • bill richardson

      good stuff Griff

    • Jim Kubitza

      To all you newbies to the blues. Griff is absolutely right about not needing to know a million licks. And also about what he calls “playing on the porch” to accompany yourself. Every little lick he will show you is not one more in your bag of licks, but many … because if you just use those same notes and try them this way and that way and combine part of that lick with part of another, and just “play on the porch” and let yourself “ramble” and be creative, you will be amazed at all the variations that just seem to happen as if by magic and a new little bit of spice will be added to your playing every day. The same thing applies with chord shapes and fiddling around with pieces and parts of those shapes. So one lesson from Griff is really many many lessons! If we all do this, we will all discover we have our own unique sound … like Clapton is Clapton and SRV is SRV. This is what makes the blues SO much fun … much more fun than just leaning a bunch of songs note for note. And this is really what “jamming” is all about. Happy New Year!

    • Jim Kubitza

      Thank you so much for all you are doing for my playing! I love your emiaied lessons and look forward to them. They are a bright spot in my day! I got my BGU course with the bonus pack and am very impressed. VERY nicely packaged and well-done. I have been playing for over 40 years, and was already a passable bumbling “blooze” player. I breezed right through Lesson 1, and lesson 2 was a surprise. You showed me a new form of the IV/V chord I didn’t know! After noodling around swapping it with the shapes I already knew, this way and that, it has opened up a whole big range of new tonality and flavor to my playing! So you taught me something valuable on day 1! I am jacked, and 2013 is going to see my blues playing ability take off like a rocket! Thank you so much!

    • dale

      great start to a new year thanks Griff

    • jay

      Hey Griff, your the man. Just by watching the lessons you have sent,You showed me things I never got out of any book. I just wanted to say thanks again for the video lessons. Nevertheless I’m a seasonal worker with two kids. Maybe when times are better,hopefully soon I’ll be able to enjoy my copy of BGU. the good lord willing

    • Bob B.


      Just received Guitar Unleashed and the Bonus pack. Great service ordered on Wednesday received on Tuesday. That’s amazing especially because it was shipped to me in Canada.

    • James Stuart

      Love your lessons. I just bought a cello and I am strumming away on it. Keep em coming.

    • Gene Wegrzyn

      I ordered your course on November 17. I’m still waiting. It would be nice to get somthing for my 224.00 dollars,besides a few E mails. Here is my order no. 75798. Thank you. Gene

    • Mike R.

      Nice lesson Griff. Thanks!

    • michael


      you’re a great teacher.

      thanks for being there helping us out.


    • Lane Hall

      Hey Griff, great work you’re doing here. I’m bumping 60 years old and my Dad bought me my first guitar when I was 12 so do the math. I’m not a great player but not a novice either. I said all that to say this, one can pick up something new everyday. I received my purchase this week with all the CDs, DVDs, the Bonus CDs and the very nicely laid out book. I like spiral binder which lets it lay flat when open. I’m the type that reads the instruction manual from cover to cover before I ever pick up a screw driver. I like to know where I’m going so right now I’m watching the DVDs along with the book but haven’t broke out the Les Paul yet. Just had to throw that in there. It’s pretty new and I’m kinda proud of it.
      Dad bought me the “Mel Bay” book on chords along with that first guitar so that’s where I started. I learned a lot of basic chords and worked my own technic around that. I had no idea or even thought of how a chord is actually constructed until I watched your 1st DVD. There’s a method to the madness there. I’ve played major, minor, 7th, 9th, etc… since I first learned but never knew how, whoever came up with all of it. I think your program is going to be well worth the money to me. Thanks, Lane Hall

    • Mark N

      Beautiful, easy to follow. Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

    • gary

      Sir you blow me away so much it unreal. That is some thing i have done for years except for the basie part. I am trying so hard to learn to play and like I have said before I am a 64 yr old disabled Vietnam vet that loves music BLUES that is. I also build and repair accustic stringed things. One question I do haveelectric gutiars the amp i use the most is a 30s early 40s National sportsman tube amp. Its what i can afford. what kind of pedal would be a good one to use to get some diferent sound out of the old girl? Thank you for you time and all the things you do for us to be better players.

    • Tony Marrello

      Again Griff thanks, very nice:)

    • lloyd

      thanks Griff good tune I just love the way you explained the fingering part.keep up the good work you are one of the best on line see you,& thanks again. L . J.

    • daniel caissie

      .great song you do a real good job teaching it. i never bothered trying to learn it but now i just did. thank you much.

    • Adalberto

      No doubts you are great !!!
      many thanks

    • Bernard

      Thanks a lot
      All your lesson been very helpful

    • jonnymoondog

      Hi Griff Great Stuff Really Interested In Yoiur Complete Course What Is Total Cost Shipped To England

    • Sam

      Great Griff Sounds great and looks like it is easy to play, keep these basic lessons with the great sound coming. Thanks Sam

    • Marc Maene

      thanks a lot !!!

    • guitarguy95@yahoo.com

      Your so cool about your pace,you make it easier then anybody else.Keep it up.from, ,,,Guitarguy95@yahoo.com

    • Roger

      Good stuff, Thanks

    • Russ

      Good stuff Griff.

    • marcos

      Hi Griff! Been playing for quite a few years now
      and had never played this awesome rythm part. Enjoying it!

    • Kirkn

      Great work Griff. You & your staff put-out quality product. Thanks so much for your personal touch. You’ve definately got my vote if you decide to run for anything~<(;^D)=BigSmile -Kirkn

    • Tim

      Thanks Griff and Staff. This Tore Down stuff has really got me fired up, as well as the 4 note Jimmy Page. Thanks !!!

    • Clarv

      Hey Griff – great lesson and great tune! I may have missed it if you mentioned in the video, but is this what’s referred to as Downtown (or Uptown if moving up from root) blues shuffle? I recently watched an online lesson from Berklee that covered this. BTW, that’s a great outro too. First time I’ve heard of the Basie ending. I like it very much!

    • Israel

      Thanks Griff, I just sit here in front of my puter copying what you do best. Thanks again

    • Jerry Hughes

      Well this one should take me about 3 months….. Old Age catching up (66). But will not quite trying. Thanks again Griff for the cool Blues.

    • Ronnie

      Nice Griff, Thats one of my favorites too. The way you explain it is awesome man!

    • Steve Ayala

      Excellent training video. Gets you moving rapidly up and down the fretboard using alternate picking. A great Funtime practice tool.

    • Paolo

      Thanks a lot Griff for your superb lessons !!!

    • neil

      Hi Griff,
      great stuff,I’m a great fan of yours,I was wondering if you could help me out,or make thing’s easier for me,I was in a accident a few years ago,& I had to get a pin in my left thumb,so being right handed I cant bend my thumb to mute o close the low E string,I was wondering if you could help make things easier for me,I will be very greatfull if you can..Thanx…keep up the great work…

    • Jimi Martin

      If the video doesn’t play you have options under the videos to download it for either Windows Media Player or as an MP4 version. Try that and it should work.

    • Eaun Boyd-Wallis

      Hi Griff, your lessons are a great help and inspiration to a very enthusiastic -but sadly ‘not-a-natural’ – guitar player like me.
      This lessons, as ever, gives me insights into riffs and techniques that I hear from some of my favourite artists and I will enjoy putting them into practice.
      Thanks for your help and keep the lessons coming!

    • Mike K

      Just great..not in to blues just yet..maby thats a sin for not,but your brief lessons are very tempting..

    • Quero

      This is a good lesson in rhythm for all! Thanks Griff

    • George Bowmer

      This lesson will not play??????
      What am I Doin wrong???


    • tony m.

      this was truly an inspiring video I have seen many and this was great thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Kitty

      Nice and fun. I gotta do the slow version for a while

    • Norma

      Great! Really nails the Blues Rhythm pattern for newbies. Thanks

    • roger

      nice one griff.on list of things to learn. roger.

    • Ray LaChance

      Fantastic griff….nice patterns…learning alot.

    • les

      hi griff im rapped i always wonderd how they did that i love the old blues sound the new stuff now days even country is only pop music without feeling or rithum thats only my thaughts of cause to each his own thank you for showing me the easy i realy apperate it .how come i dont see many female coments or blues players there are alot great femail blues & jazz players out there arnt any of the girls learning anymore

    • Perry Bennett

      Many thanks Geoff. I can now play an absolute classic piece of blues!!

    • Jimmie Hamilton

      Does this guitar course teach how to play blues songs?

    • Jim

      Hi Griff very good just got back to the guitar after few years not playing

    • dave grabar

      cool ! old blues, It will help me get dextarety back in my hand. I’m haveing A real hard time trying to pick it back up after crushing my hand and setting it down for 15 years.Thanks for the help,I look forward to your course.

    • juan benavidez

      Great sutff ,can’t wait to get started on this tune!!

    • john the dog

      Dear Griff, have been playing the Guitar for more years than i can remember but your lessons are so easy to follow my 2 grandsons are now playing very well and they two love you lessons many thanks from all of us in the UK. We will all be playing down at the local Blues club tonight hope we do well.

    • steve jenkin

      Thanks a million Griff
      Your lessons are helping me get my enthusium for playing lead guitar again
      Steve J

    • joe

      one word griff WOW, well maybe a few more, i have had so much fun playing along with your videos i cant tell you how amazing they are, many thanks joe. glasgow

    • steve phillips

      Hi griff, great set of videos, thanks very much, Steve

    • michael böttcher

      Danke Griff, 50 Jahre habe ich hart gearbeitet und keine Zeit für Gitarre gehabt. Jetzt mit 68 Jahren kann ich das Leben genießen und Rock & Blues lernen. Nun werde ich ein Altrocker.Grüsse aus Deutschland

    • John Gelbart

      Thanks Griff,cool stuff – gonna get on to this asap.

    • Pat

      Really. Nice :), been playing for about 2 years just saw this and started playing it straight away, keep up the good lessons griff

    • Laurence

      Just the job shipmate. This IS the stuff for heroes – great
      Laurence aka Captain Seahorse

    • Mike Wood

      Nice one Griff !

    • arnold tate

      you tore it down ! see if I can put it back together ? THANKs !!

    • David

      Thank you Griff great lesson, one of my favorite songs

    • mike

      thank you

    • Howard

      Hey Griff,
      Great stuff, please keep it up. Due to some bad habits developed 50 years ago I’m finding this to be a slow process but it is working!

    • burl etue

      I’ll be 59 next month, been playing since I was a kid and still can learn something. Keep doing what you’re doing !! People need to learn a productive way of living, instead of TV and video games.

      Again thanks Griff,

      Burl Etue

    • mark

      Hi Griff I’m getting alot out of your lessons Ilove the blues and it fits my style of playing I remember when I was young playing music by the Animals Chuck Berry and so on but in school I played the drums and the funny thing is I learned a few magor chords that my Dad taught me but the rest I played by ear listening to albums wished I learn more but anyhow thanks alot

    • ed

      Griff, Please informed me when you are planning to give discount on your blues beginner DVD. I Really like the way you present the lesson. I just can’t afford the DVD right now.

    • jaystrings2@aol.com

      Hey, thanks, Griff. Good licks & really like your teaching. Good to know.

    • Ben

      Thanks, we’re gonna have some fun with that…

    • josephine

      Thank you!!! Todays lesson really got to me. I like the way you teach. josephine

    • David

      Fantastic stuff. You really help me alot and I’m grateful.

    • bill

      Thatwas great I think I can handle that.Very easy to follow.

    • mg

      Great stuff that I can play! Happy camper.

    • LInDeZign

      Hi Griff…
      Am so happy with the lessons, and am lovin’ this one..!

    • dave

      G’day Griff
      Ive just received my BGU package,and i must say im very,very impressed.and sat up till the small hrs off the morning on the first night, I am 56 yrs old and been play’n since 8-10yr old ya know and im not only learn’n but enjoy’n your teachings,im a sit on the porch player,but i can go anywhere with this learning i reckon an Im just on the first dvd.thankyou.

    • John Rolls

      Hi Griff
      Really enjoying playing the blues and learning from you .However I cant get the tab to download it keeps coming up file corrupted can you repost it please. keep on playing I’ve learned so much John

    • Luis

      Great stuff !!! Thank you very much, Griff.

      Greetings from Spain.

    • Mark Sheets

      I just bought another “Beginner Blues” DVD because I’m out of town for work. It sucks like most of the rest. This free stuff is very good. The next thing I purchase will be from Griff!


    • Dennis

      Hi griff happy new year Many thanks I like this song so much and now play it thanks what can one say !!

    • Tony (tone Deaf)

      Hey Griff. Like everyone else you have inspired me to knuckle down and play. You make it much easier to learn. I have purchased the CD’s and just cannot wait for them to arrive.

    • Thebighat99

      My brother can play the lead now I can play Rhythm. Thanks!

    • dan

      hey; really good stuff maybe one day Ill play like you.I like the guitar sound. trying to learn on a 12 string.I ll keep plugging away and watching these clips thanks.

    • floyd

      Thank you for the great insight, it has helped me to put it all together. Keep up the great work. We have all lived some blues and being able to put it to guitar makes life a little more exciting.

    • Martyn Whitfield

      However many “Thank Yous” exist in the world there aren’t enough for these videos.

    • Bob Bishop

      Hi Griff. Great teaching site. I’m a 60 yr. old beginner and gain inspiration by watching your lessons. I love to practice! But sometimes I feel “Tore Down” when the play’n isn’t comming along. I’m sure you know who Rory Gallagher is! Anyhow, could you feature something at a beginning level teaching a Rory Gallagher tune or portion there of…Also, Rory does some hot versions of “I’m Tore Down. By the way, you really come across well in your teaching style. I’m going to buy your lessons program asap. Thanks!

    • Denny

      Great instructional!!! Ya gotta love the BLUES!!!!!

    • Phillip "Kingsnake" Buscema

      My bad. I was thinking “Albert King” instead of Freddie.
      Got a chance to meet him during Steve Tracy’s book
      Going to Cincinnati. Am also big Freddie fan.

    • Tim

      Hi Griff, I think I’ve said this to you previously but I have to say it again, you are a great teacher. When I was about 10 I had a guitar teacher for 2 years and I have learned more from you from the generous E-mails you send. I never learned these basics that you teach. I sure wish now that I had . Currently I’m not doing well finanacially, but Griff when I am I will definately be ordering some lessons from you. I play good by ear and know quite a number of chords but you have given me the basics I need to get acceptably better. You will get my order in the New year that is for sure. I also recommend you to some of my other buddies in Red Deer, Alberta Canada.
      Thank-you very much. -Tim-

    • George


    • john prosser

      thank you very much. as i have been out of work and or under employed, can not afford as of yet , but asap i will. has been agreat help and actually helps get rid of the these blues ive had.

    • John Retallick

      Your good, I’ll keep watching as a 65 year old beginner!!

    • tom


    • larry sidelinger

      great stuff, thanks and i guess i need to invest in your program!!! I really enjoy your clips, i wish i had internet at home so i could play along with you, the office doesn’t cut it so good. thanks again

    • Ron Garris

      Wanted to make clearer my last post: “Good stuff, thanks Griff, makes things much clearer.”

    • Ron Garris

      Good stuff, thanks Griff, make things much clearer.

    • Doug Goddard

      Thanks Griff, I get a lot out ouf Your lessons thanks again, Doug

    • Johnny Klimas

      I Absolutely love it !!…….Thanks……J…….

    • bill e

      its great to advance my playing on line been playing 30 years thanks

    • Marc R

      Good Lesson for beginners.
      I think the use of 9th chords sound a bit tastier than the 7th on the IV
      Also instead of basic C7 , how about using 8x898x makes it easier to throw Pentatonic leads in C?


    • kevin oliver

      what about subing the c with inverted miner 6 chord a miner 6 c = CEGA
      Am ACEG look all the notes are the same but will using the inverted 6th chord it works in regular musil proud mary ccr well let me know thanks kevin oliver

    • Michael Dixon

      Griff I am just a beginner and can not pick up on finger positions from videos. Is there a printable tab version i can aquire of “Tore Down”?

      I really like your style and want to learn more about the Blues. Let me know and thanks for your lessons.

    • graham in england

      Griff. been messing with guitars now for years and have hit that “wall” where progress stops. UNTIL NOW!!!!! yOUR METHOD SOMEHOW GIVES ME INSTANT RESULTS. REALLY COOL. SOON AS I CAN I’M UP FOR THE FULL COURSES. MUCH RESPECT.

    • maarty

      Griff,firstly i saved all the free lessons you sent in a folder for months now,i briefly looked at a couple at the time,and liked what i saw, only now after practicing scales,excercises etc have i now looked and attempted to learn some of the things you have sent,i have tried to learn guitar over the years but gave up in frustation many times as im not good at the theory of it all,although when i hear songs and musical pieces i sort of know what they are doing but cant seem to do it myself.Anyhow for years “tore down i have known that tune in my head” and sort of roughly tried to play it,i have only now sat down watched your lesson on this and learned it,thanks mate! im stoked i can now play that tune a great thanks to you,i kept these lessons all these months knowing that the stuff you teach is what i want to learn,im now going to go through them all wich i had planned to do all along,will keep you posted as im interested in youre further courses. cheers from Maarty.

    • Nicky

      Great Blues , I’ve really picked up on this ease of blues
      keep em coming,,,Thanks

    • vern

      I sure will practice this tonight.

    • Andrew Tims

      My computer has run into some audio issues that I am still ironing out. I replaced the speakers and nothing. I downloaded the audio drivers again and the virus protection I purchased through AVG
      is blocking the install. Any thoughts how to get around it? I have been real busy with work and not able to put much time into this,but it won’t always be this way. I can get more from you if I can hear you too.

    • Tony H

      Super Cool. I have your Blues Unleashed and I am just started working on it. I have had to learn some music theory first and I am going to start working with your package. Both YOU and MARTHI SH have given me a start, and I plan took give all I can.


      A Nubee

      Tony Hernandez

    • Sherby

      Brilliant. Thank you so much, once again Griff.
      Mick in the UK

    • richard

      That is so cool griff.

    • Pete Daniels

      My progress has been amazing since I started using you course and instruction.
      Thanks Griff,

    • Zhmmy

      Your You Tubes played just fine. However, when I attempted to download (save as) that was not possible (grayed out). I think you haven’t made them Mac compatible.

    • Rob Lewis

      This info is pricelessoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo..

    • Russ Yocum

      I’m a 56 year old retiree that plays for my own pleasure. I have been frustrated for a few years due to dealings with snake oil salesmen and teachers with no soul. I have narrowed down my search for a better way to learn and you are at the top of the list. I think I will be ordering BGU in the very near future. Thanks for providing guidance, after 37 years in an applied physics lab you are the first to make me feel like I’m not a moron (with 13 top end american guitars). Your talents are appreciated, your teaching skills exceptional. Russ

    • Kevin Sullivan

      Your video lessons are great, straight to the point and educational, without the commercial
      hype. I am currently working on another instructional course, but as soon as I develope some decent theory I will be looking forward to purchasing your courses. It is still great to
      be able to pick up what you are making available. Thanks!!! KS

    • Mitch Ingman

      I wanted to express my thanks for your video lessons. I’ve been playing guitar “camp fire style” for 35 years, but after watching your lessons, I’ve been able to begin getting into the stuff people want to hear when we’re NOT sitting around the campfire. The different blues melodies and the riffs you’ve demonstrated provide me with all the instructions neded to really start improving my skills by simply practicing your lessons. Keep up the great work. You have a big fan in Peachtree City, GA.

    • Kit Sommer

      I am not ready to start. I don’t even have my amplifier yet. I’m going slow because I’m still working in the food business. I’ll retire in a year, but I’ll start watching the DVD’s in about a month. What I’ve seen so far is great. I love the blues. My favorite song is St. James Infirmary by Bobby “Blue” Bland. ( Way back when) I’ ll e- mail you when I am ready to start receiving e-mails again.
      Kit Sommer

    • J.D. Marr

      Well Griff, Ya talked me into it … 🙂 . I’ll be ordering BGU tomorrow by snail mail. Hopefully you can teach this ol’ dog a few tricks . used to play rhythm 20 plus years ago , then I did the whole American dream thing , ( you know , get married, raise kids , get that ol ‘ work your fingers to the bone job just to survive) Now the kids are grown , and I’m ready to learn something new. I love blues , can’t sing a note, so I figure , what better way to “sing ” than through the guitar. I have checked out many , many , online courses , and yours is the best I’ve found . Maybe I’ll do a before and after tape and send it to you . Oh, and one other thing , I know you probably wont have a chance to answer this, but , just wondering if you know any good online blues harmonica courses , my daughter is an awesome player, and I would defiantly prefer to go by your recommendation than try to filter through all the online BS these days. ( Hmmmm… maybe another addition to your courses ;)…) Well , thanks , for keeping the spirit alive ! ( Keep on rockin ! )

      J.D. Marr

    • Mike Clements

      Griff, There are many guys teaching guitar of some description over the internet. I chose you because you seem to be the nicest of them all. No brag, just good solid teaching from an outstanding teacher. Thanks for all you do.

    • mel pulley

      Why, are so many of you tab-pdf damaged ?

    • Ronnie R

      Thanks for the free lessons Griff, very helpful indeed 🙂

    • bigboybilly

      you’ve done it again Griff!!! real good helpful stuff that i know will be used and appreciated by all.
      for me…..keep it coming! i have been acoustic/vocal player for years,always wanting to play some lead,and it’s coming on GGGGRRREAT!!!!!!!!!!! with your guidance.

    • Bill

      Thanks and great work. The veils are falling away from my eyes.


    • peter

      hi griff,
      i have learned so much from your lessons it is really appreciated
      all the pieces of the puzzle are slowly coming together. i am only an amature
      but the lessons mean so much to me, thanx again.

    • Wade Sprague

      Thanx Griff !! That was fun !!

    • Joey (BUD) Caruso

      I really do get alot out of your Free Lessons. I played the guitar for a couple of years way back when, Then got away from it ( Never Again ) and now I have been playing again for about 2 years.I know more now than I ever did, My Fretboard,Scales,Keys, Minor,Major and the 1-4-5 2-3-6 Etc.It really is amazing how it all works…To me it is like a puzzle and I keep putting more and more pieces together ! I learned alot from other free lessons I find, But I have learned alot from you to help me along…Thanks a Million, I’d like to sit around and have a few Beers with you, You seem like someone I would Like to hang with. I still have a ways to go so keep the lessons coming… I really Appreciate your help…I’m un-employed right now but when I get going again There are some things that you sell that I would like to have. Thanxs Again.

    • Neil Tong

      Hi Griff!

      A timely post! I ‘m working on lesson 6 at the moment , finally getting somewhere with it , thanks to BGU , my blues skills are coming along!

      Best wishes.

      Neil Tong

    • Dave Rugenstein

      Hi guys! (& gals!!!)

      Giff…(I also am a Freddy King fan!!) as an x-drummer and teacher, I really appreciate YOUR way of being …… Thanks! I also send your stuff to all my guitar playing buds, relatives, etc!!!! (& no one has complained, yet!!!). I say “x” because I am now 69 yrs young and it is only because of my Parkinson’s condition that I have given up drum set ( and now my upright bass playing!); i.e. I run out of energy very quickly. plus my left side is not in my control anymore….neither is my voice; so I don’t sing anymore, either, (which makes a lot of folks happy!).

      Anyway, what I appreciate about your presentations is your conciseness of explanation, and your smoothness of playing….! WOW! You make it all make sense!! Music IS the perfect metaphor for life!!! (muse+ic = relationships!!!) Thank you & please keep on, keeping on!!!!,

    • Lionel Ray Bayer

      Hello Griff
      As you may be knowing I am already a subscriber to your mails.
      I am retired and 69 years old, I play the guitar reasonably well – mostly country, Rockabilly and country blues. I can’t afford any of these courses, so I live out of the free stuff that is available in the net. I really appreciate and I thank you for the free lessons that you give out at times – like this marvellous lessson.
      Thanks Griff and may GOD bless you and your family.

    • cal walker

      as always clear an precise.

    • Davnkatz

      the old bass player again. As you were teaching/demonstrating, I realized a lot of the old-gold R&R songs used this rhythm. Chuck Berry may have been the “king” of using this technique. While Icannot apply the exact fingering to my upright-acoustic-doghouse-bull fiddle bass, You present the material in such fashion that I can adapt. VRY GOOD TEACHING!

    • Scopy Dapy

      Its cool and nice as a starting point, its effective.

    • Mike p

      Received your DVDs last week and though I have not had a chance to really sit down with them(thank god in these times I am fortunate to be employed and some what over whelmed )
      From what I have scanne through and your email lessons I am after 45 years of playing the guitar I have found something to get me out of the rutt. I own many fine instruments and i am so inspired I am going to pick up a low priced guitar to keep at work for my breaks . Your method appears to be clear and well thought out. Thanks for the dose of inspiration you are doing a good thing and you should be proud.

    • Michael Hiebel

      Thanks a lot … your instructions are truly simple to follow. (And heaven knows, I need simple).

    • MC

      Hey Griff,
      I like this. Hey, did you attach the scale or solo that could be combined with this nice progression?


    • Gordon Howell

      Hi Griff:

      This is the best guitar course I have had and I have been trying for years. I wasted a whole lot of money on other courses. The course is sequential and the video is very supportive and focused. Griff gets into the mind of the learner and appreciates the barriers and work towards smoothing them out. I know all the learners in his “Blues Guitar Unleashed Course” will agree with me. I am taking my time with this course because I feel that I will get there in the end. This is a honest testimony not staged. Great Instructor and course.


    • Lacy

      HI griff,
      I love your mini tutorials, it make my playing sound a lot cooler.

    • mike

      hey griff: cool lesson. could you show the little e7 & F up close. hard to see. am still working on BGU. thanks. mike

    • Bobby Alan

      Hey Griff. Just wanted to say that I really enjoyed Tore Down. I learned that pattern many years ago when I was listening to the sounds of “the Ventures”, Little Richard, and many more in that era. Your doing a real nice job teaching our younger protoge’s. I’d really like to jam with you some day. Who know’s in this business…….
      Thanks again,
      Bobby Alan

    • Scott Parker

      Why do you need alternate picking? kinda diifficult for a beginner. easier for me to upstroke, then down stroke.

    • Ernie

      I agree with Scott. Great lessons. Easy to understand and apply. You rock (or blues…)! Gonna definately purchase the program when more $$ frees up.

    • Scott

      Hey Man, I just wanted to say thanks. I’ve been out of work for a while so I can’t spend any money, and your lessons are so clear and consise that I WANT to buy them! I WILL once my personal economics gets back on track though. Until then, a hearty thank you!

    • Jim

      Great lesson. Fun to play along with.

    • Griff

      @John – thanks, I fixed that now.

    • John

      Thanks Griff for the breakdown on “tore down”. 🙂 *NOTE* the “slow jam track.wmv” is actually a MP4 and others may have trouble with the download as I did.

    • darrell fitzgerald

      hi griff i did get my blues on leashed thank. i run my own transmission shop it keeps me bussey. I play with some guys and thay notest the difference after one day. I just got to dvd 3 and cant wait to get to the rest . i am self tot and i see a lot of good thing in this . thank you very much.

    • rabthecab

      Thanx for another excellent lesson, but 1 question:

      Is there any reason why you play the C chord from the 10th fret of the 6th string rather than the 3rd fret of the 5th string? I find it easier this way, unless you’re actually playing a slide.

    • terry

      ..thanks once again griff for demystefying theBLUES,,,,,l like the basey ending,,,my friends want the secret,,,i tell them…GET ON TO GRIFF……

    • Anthony Selvaggi

      Great lesson Griff… as always dude!!!

    • Steve Dabney

      cool riff griff keep up the fine bussness!

    • Richie Mc

      Hi Griff,

      Thanks for figuring out an understandable way to teach blues guitar, Finally an easy approachable way to make it fun and enjoyable. I like the way your method of teaching blues guitar in small increments, it works well and it sets you up as you follow along with each lesson, before you know it you are noodling and playing blues riffs. I look forward each and every day to come home and practice playing and reading your e-mails. I am totally addicted to playing blues guitar know and I am putting all the blame on you GRIFF. Thanks man and keep the lessons coming , I cant wait until I can buy your Blues Unleashed CD and DVD Keep jamming and peace to everyone

    • jeremiah h.

      this is awesome!!!!!

    • Gene

      Yo, dude!

      I can’t download flash to my iPhone.

      Can you transmit a version compatible with the iPhone?

      Thanks! Gene

    • Dustin Elkins

      Dear Griff,Even though i can’t afford your whole course right now it is helping a whole lot,but there is one thing that has completely thrown me off and that is the twelve Bar Chord,what is it ,or what do you mean by it.It totally throws mind into a spin when I hear it,but hopefully I will be able to play the blues half as good as you with a lot of work. Thank You again; Dusty

    • chip

      I have been playing a 12 string for 40 years, strickly rhythm. about 8 years ago I started learning lead runs. I need all the help I can get. I don’t really have anyone to pick with, so I rely mostly on youtube. I would love to be able to obtain some backing tracks, jazz, and blues. your lessons are helping me greatly. thanks ever so much. I look forward to more of your lessons.


    • John Affleck

      Hi Griff ,
      I having problems with trying to download your postings, i missed out on the 4 note solo video, got everything else like TABS and such, but cant download the video, its a bummer as i like the fact that you explain the technique and style very well. I just received your lesson featuring Eric Clapton ‘The Tore Down Rhythm’. and couldn’t download these either. Any ideas why this is occurring? I will keep trying as i would like to continue receiving lessons from you. Do i have to be a payed subscriber to download videos etc?
      Like what your doing, keep it up.

    • Jim Ervin

      I like the version of that riff which uses a nice little 3 chord ending to launch into another common riff. I can’t tell you what the chords are as yet but I’d love to be able to play the whole thing.

    • Gary Bowes

      I play the guitar with two missing fingers on left hand. I have the ring finger, the little finger, and the thumb to fret chords and notes. I cannot play left handed. I have found that it is possible to play a lot of things even with this disability. I would like to thank you for showing me simple ways to achieve new knowledge even with the disabilities. Been playing intensively for 8 years.

    • Jim

      The first thing that comes to mind is… Thanx for another AWESOME lesson. If it wasn’t for you and the way you teach I’d still just be looking at the guitar I bought six years ago, wishing I could play it.

    • Darryl

      I really enjoyed this 1!
      The way you broke it down.
      I was jammin it in no time!!!

    • bursitis

      Proper food and proper nutrients are more important for the people to be healthy.

    • John Ricciardi

      Thank you very much for the lesson. I’m stationed in Iraq and just received the CD’s. I think all guitar players would enjoy this course. Again thank you.

    • cherri

      Thank you for the lesson. I’m still working on it. Thanks for breaking it down so I can understand it. The bar chords are hard on my wrist though.
      Keep up the good work!

    • Anthony

      Thanks, for the lesson, but can you send me the notes again to the bassie ending

    • Nick


      Thanks, you are the best. So easy and simply put.

    • Wayne D - Australia

      Well done on another good lesson.

      Great to play along with and some fun tips too. It’s just what I enjoy after a hard day in the garden.

    • Wayne D - Australia

      Well done on another good lesson.

      Great to play along with & some fun tips too.

    • James Handy-man

      Hey Griffin,

      You do so much for so many. I know you hear it all the time but you’ve been a great help to expand my knowledge. I’ve been playing since I was 9 or 10yrs old and in bands on and off since about 15yrs old. The only thing I know that you’ve asked of anyone is to log on and vote for your band. I’ve done that but I wish,( and I’m sure everyone else does too!) there was more we could give back to you. If you need anything we’re capable of helping you with PLEASE don’t hesitate to ask! Thanks for being so cool about helping people! Blessings to you and your family.From a good Canadian freind!

    • James Handy-man

      Hey Griffin,

      You do so much for so many. I know you hear it all the time but you’ve been a great catalist to expand my knowledge. I’ve been playing since I was 9 or 10 and in bands on and off since about 15yrs old. The only thing I know of that you’ve asked of anyone is to log on and vote for your band. I’ve done that but I wish,( and I’m sure everyone else does too!) there was more we could give back t you. If you need anything we’re capable of helping you with PLEASE don’t hesitate to ask! Thanks for being so cool about helping people! From a good Canadian freind!

    • don parr

      Peace ! I ” Love jonny winter Eric Clapton and Friends.
      Let me hear it.

    • Don Carr

      Hi Griff
      Just wanted to say hi and thanks. Alot of us as you know are strapped for cash these days and like others I two will get your CD when I can afford to.
      But I really want to thank you for all of your on line stuff. I get on every day to see what you have to give us. You are a great person to do this.
      I will voye for you as much as I can.
      Thanks again

    • Robert E. Russell

      too cool – as any youngster might say!! And this oldster says, Yeah, man, I like it.
      I keep reading your e-mails and thank you very much. I. really am not much of a gitterest (short for a guitar musician), but gosh I’ve been trying for many years – just without structure or aim. I intend to purchase the program, just waiting for the right time not to hinder my other bill payments.

    • Bob Gerbasi

      Griff, your teaching/instruction is sensational. I\\\’ve been out of work for almost two years and about to go nuts, but your sharing with the videos has been great for me. As soon as I\\\’ve got some extra cash be assured I\\\’m in for your program. It really is terrific. If you see a senior rocker at one of your shows, it\\\’s me. I\\\’m 72!!

    • Bob Gerbasi

      Griff, your teaching/instruction is sensational. I\’ve been out of work for almost two years and about to go nuts, but your sharing with the videos has been great for me. As soon as I\’ve got some extra cash be assured I\’m in for your program. It really is terrific. If you see a senior rocker at one of your shows, it\’s me. I\’m 72!!

    • Bob Gerbasi

      Griff, your teaching/instruction is sensational. I’ve been out of work for almost two years and about to go nuts, but your sharing with the videos has been great for me. As soon as I’ve got some extra cash be assured I’m in for your program. It really is terrific. If you see a senior rocker at one of your shows, it’s me. I’m 72!!

    • Bob Gerbasi

      Griff, your teaching/instruction is sensational. I’ve been out of work for almost two years and about to go nuts, but your sharing with the videos has been great for me. As soon as I’ve got some extra cash be assured I’m in for your program. It really is terrific. If you see a senior rocker at one of your shows, it’s me. I’m 72!!

    • Mike W

      very impressed with all the lessons and advise given…thanks

    • JazzIsBluesBluesIsJazz

      Solid groove Griff and a good way to teach it. I’ve been a blues man for more decades than I care to count sometimes, but I like the way you break down the material even though it’s not new to me.

      Something I would suggest though and something that I do with my students is to explain the music behind it. I find it helps if they understand the music.


    • TomG

      Hey Griff, I pretty much have to echo what most the others are saying here, YOU ROCK! Your teaching style is very cool and as everyone says the way you break it down you make it very easy to understand. I love how you combine the theory with the lessons as well. I bought your DVD set about 2 weeks ago and have been having a blast. My biggest problem is following your advice and not rushing forward for the cooler stuff 😉 As for the price, I was looking at taking some lessons from a local instructor in my area and 3 months of lessons covers what you have here easily. It is true you do not get the live feedback on your progress however with the lessons I don’t have a DVD I can rewind and playback over and over again either. Moreover, I find music teachers kind of like doctors. It is hard to say whether you will like the person until after going to them for a while. I knew I liked your style after I saw the 4 note riff jam. Thanks Griff! Looking forward to learning lots from you! Even though I have your kit, I still look forward to these emails to see what your up to here as well…

    • TomG

      Hey Griff, I pretty much have to echo what most the others are saying here, YOU ROCK! Your teaching style is very cool and as everyone says the way you break it down you make it very easy to understand. I love how you combine the theory with the lessons as well. I bought your DVD set about 2 weeks ago and have been having a blast. My biggest problem is following your advice and not rushing forward for the cooler stuff 😉 As for the price, I was looking at taking some lessons from a local instructor in my area and 3 months of lessons covers what you have here easily. It is true you do not get the live feedback on your progress however with the lessons I don’t have a DVD I can rewind and playback over and over again either. Moreover, I find music teachers kind of like doctors. It is hard to say whether you will like the person until after going to them for a while. I knew I liked your style after I saw the 4 note riff jam. Thanks Griff! Looking forward to learning lots from you! Even though I have your kit, I still look forward to these emails to see what your up to here as well…



    • Jimmy G

      Hey there Griff, what up?
      Thanks for taking the time to send this out! Definitely a cool blues lesson and a friendly reminder to dive back into your web site. Keep sending music out! Your teaching skills are excellent, the presentations are very understandable and it gives me something of interest to bring into my private music instructor. The site is a great supplement to my learning experience.
      Peace, Jimmy G.

    • hemu

      thank you for such a cool Rhythm.

    • andrew

      thanks , cool bananas
      cheers andrew

    • Margie

      Dear Griff,
      I am so excited to get your emails and to see what demo you have for everyone…I just bought a Godin guitar and I love it but love it more because I get to play the blues that you have been teaching us…it is awesome!!!! thanks so much Griff .
      Mad Marge

    • Rick

      Hi Griff!
      Great timing for these rhythm lessons, as some (many) of us are doing a Lead lesson of Tore Down from Bob Murnahan right now. I have EC’s TAB for Tore Down, so I have both, but you guys get it broken down into usable parts, and the videos make a big difference.. I should be able to play this at an open mike after I get done practising with the both of you! Thanks for everything!

    • Tom Decker

      Hello Griff!
      I stumbled onto your website somewhere along the line and found what I have been looking for for a looong time. I am old enough to be retired but young enouogh to learn. Your teaching is masterful and so easy to follow. I am more than a beginner but short of accomplished. Believing that in anything you do your fundamentals are so very important, I ordered the beginning DVD as well as the Unleashed. Thank you so much for your regular email lessons. They are fabulous. The only problem I have had is opening the TAB(pdf) for the Tore Down Rhythm lesson (the one I am responding to right now). It just says "This file is damaged and could not be repaired". Help?
      Thank you very much. Seasons Greetings. I new "student" and fan.

    • Big Dog

      I am playing a “Fender Tele, 1969 & a Fender Strat 1971, with 14=50 strings ? should I go to maybe “9-40s?? to get the strings to bend w/out all the squeeks Im getting now>? I have large hands but get too much unwanted notes when I try a full neck bend??

    • Big Dog

      Hell It took me 3 tries to fiqure out how to input your friggin security code?? Maybe I will need the beginners stuf as well??? get back to me when you can thz=x BD

    • Big Dog

      437031, I am with you on all your beginner rips,Im looking for the more advanced licks, the bends and prebends srv, buddy guy styles, and do you have any \&quot;Slide techniques?? I do like your laid back teaching styles but dont want to have to start from scratch ?? Can ya help on that level?? w/out having to wade thru all the beginning lessons?? Thx BD

    • Robert Johnson


      Je suis vraiment satisfait de votre facon d ‘enseigner et j’ai l’intention
      de me procurer votre cours “blues guitar unleashed” aussitot que mon budjet me le permettera.
      PS: merci beaucoup pour vos lecons gratuites!!
      (sorry I can’t write very well in english)

    • Neil Sullivan

      Hi Griff
      I just wanted to tell you that your lessons are excellent. I am learning quite a bit. I have been playing on and off for many years and your lessons are bringing everything together for me.
      Unfortunately I was laid off from my job of 7 years on Aug. 14 (My Birthday – nice timing by the company). At this point I can not afford your Blues Guitar Unleashed course, but as soon as I land another job I will put buying your course at the top of my list.
      Thanks so much for the "Free" lessons.
      Take Care
      Neil S

    • Stephen

      These are great teaser lessons. Soon I should have a bit of a windfall and be able to jump into all the sessions. I have learned so much can’t wait for "the rest of the story".

    • Walt

      Sounds good —- I have got to learn that — I`ve just started pick-
      ing up my guitar again….. What got me started was going to Blues
      Fest @ Brucemore in Cedar Rapids, IA. About 3 years ago Mr. Joe
      Bonamossa was the Headliner — That Boy can Play — and I`ve been
      hooked……… But it`s only been the last few months that I`ve been
      getting my fingers back on those strings and hardening the tips, it
      takes a while…….. and I will….. Thanks for the help and instruction…..

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


    • Vaughn M. R.

      Thanks for keeping it simple and providing so much instruction in your lessons.

    • William Birdsong

      Hey Grill, thanks for all the great stuff. Your a great teacher, I wish that I could have found you years ago. I will be ordering your course soon, just have to save a little cash. Thanks a lot, always, willie

    • Charlie

      Hi Griff, Your stuff is great to learn from, although I’ve been playing a couple of years now and everything that you have shown me seem so easy to do thanks…. trouble is now I want more and I’m lacking in the funds, because this is worth the time investment I will do something about it. I will just have to save up to receive these DVDs. So, I have to say thanks for your lessons this far. Peace, Out!!

    • Barry Lewis

      I saw someone mention Linda Lou. I unfortunately remember that tune. … here real name is Linda Lou. LOL. Again great stuff.

    • Marvin Fleischman

      I play harmonica and I found these videos helpful in playing along, basically playing around the notes of the various chords in differentcombinations.

    • Keith

      Hi – came across your 4note solo in a search for something else, WOW your teaching style and enthusiasm encouraged me to lay aside my sticks a while and reach for the guitar again after some years. Thank you. Now I need time out of the drum workshop to excercise my fingers again. Keep up the good work

    • rick

      i love this one…. easy, nice beat… perfect….. thanks.

    • Georgette

      Hi Griff,

      Thanks so much for the video’s they’re Great! I just started learning about 3 months now and have come quite far for such a short time. I’m looking forward to seeing more and learning more from you.
      Have a wonderful day!

    • alfred w Schultz, jr.

      Just a thought,I think what you are doing is the coolest teaching and study method I’ve seen on the web. I first thought oh sure another g-tar teacher,allthis guy wants is for me to spend my money on the CD’s but you really suprized me and continue to do so! I really want to thank-you for all you have done for me and for many others,this I am sure of.thanks bud,keep up the good work.The man in the upper room knows your heart & you will be rewarded! Big Al

    • robert

      this is to cool dude . thanks for helping this poor man out . if not for you and you tube i would still be lost . Thanks………….

    • andy m

      Ah Griff
      Another very cool lesson. Dig it , had a really good night at the reguler wednesday jam night this week things are starting to come together.
      I,m getting my head around the feel.

      Andy M

    • R

      Hi Griff,

      Just wanted to say thanks, heaps! I unfortunately are’nt in a position to afford to buy your course at present…but hope to in the future! You clearly love what you do (and have a ‘gift’ for teaching!) proven by the fact that you give alot of your knowledge for free…so clearly, its not ALL about the $$. I’ve always been a blues fan, but thanks to you,my 15yr and 11yr old sons are now hooked too, and blown away but what you’ve taught them…Thanks again, from Melbourne, Australia.

    • Rick Pope

      Hi Griff,

      I have been playing Rock-N-Roll and Country since I was 14 and I’m now 65. My cousin, Vince Gill and I grew up together in Oklahoma. When I got married 43 years ago I quit playing professionaly and Vince kept on going. I still have my first wife and 2 kids plus grand 4 kids. I just bought your complete Blues Guitar Unleashed Course and I’m really lookin forward to learning the Blues from you. Thank you for making this available to me.


    • Mr Music

      I checked out your 4-note blues lead and was enamoured with your teaching technique. So much so that I decided to buy your Blues Unleashed instructional program today (6-7-2009). I’m already eagerly awaiting its arrival. Meanwhile, I will take these free downloads you so generously provided and begin my new educational endeavor. I’ve been playing for years, but, as with one of your other fans, have been in a rhythm rut for decades. I am finally coming out of my shell and am sure your videos will help me immensely. Thanks so much! Mr. Music

    • eric

      i love this track great music thanks

    • johnny block

      you rock griff!for some reason this is so easy the way you break it down. i love this.i need to spend some time with this.but it will not take that long.what i learned in 30 minuts is blowing me away.im a begginer 2-3 years but i comprehend simple.you make this simple.talk to you soon.

    • Serge

      Encore une fois, fantastique leçon, pédagogie irréprochable et … effet garantie lors d’un boeuf entre copains !
      Merci merci Griff.

    • Geo


      Excellent lesson as always thanks so much for your

    • Vidar

      I have to agree with RW Shea that a few more advanced riffs would be cool. i know, you get them when you pick up a DVD or whatever. Right now I am what i choose to call “financially embarrassed.” i will pick up and pay for the more advanced stuff fairly soon, but seeing some on the site would be nice.


    • James

      Yeah baby, that’s what I’m talkin about.
      The most important thing Griff has taught me is to learn something new everyday.
      Every time I try something like this, I think…
      “I can’t do this” then
      “Maybe I can do this” then
      “I’ll be damned, I CAN do this!”

    • Alan

      Hi Griff
      Thanks for another clear and concise lesson, I really enjoy your teaching style and the clear videos with fretboard expansion. You have all ready done me a favour with your previous lesson on combining the Minor blues scale and the Major blues scale, I have got rather stuck into the Pentatonic, but I also realise now that during improvising I have been using Major scale stuff and some Dorian a bit like Santana, as well as straight blues. I am getting the money together to buy your dvd/cd set and would like the same info as another guy here in the UK, ie how to get it in the UK, postage costs and avaiability. Many thanks Alan

    • Troy

      You really keep it simple and understandable, you course is on my birthday list. I think the Blues is the ultimate expression of life, besides Gospel. Keep up the good work. God Bless

    • Mary Beth Dupre

      Will work on this
      Thank you much!!

      Mary Beth

    • Daniel

      Very encouraging, I love the blues, exchange rate a bit of a problem FOR NOW, Well done on putting these videos together, looking forward to the next one, thanks again

      Dan Australia

    • TONY


    • Wayne

      Thank you very much. I started playing guitar in 2003 and am enjoying it immensely. Most of my playing has been country rock, but I’ve found that a few blues notes have really added to some of the material, at least the band thinks so, ahem!! at this point anyway. We have a jam session at which we have mandelin and banjo players partake. We are all older players (60+), some have much more training and experience than I, but we all enjoy “shakin’ it loose” every Saturday afternoon. Most of our playing is done over “C” scale, and we’ve transposed a lot of music from some of the old (our generation)original rock & roll legends, ie. Buddy Holly, Ricky Nelson, of course Elvis and Fats Domino, along with many others as you can imagine. Some of the country riffs and runs, that I’ve tried to work on came from the works of James Burton, Scotty Moore,etc. These were hard to follow because any rendition that I was able to find, didn’t get anywhere near as easy to understand, or pick up, as what your videos show, and for that I am very grateful. Believe me the “blues” fits anywhere. Thank you. Wayne

    • steveo

      Awesome lessons.

    • Bobby

      I’ve learned a lot from your lessons which I’ll be practicing when I return to my country (Philippines) this weekend since I’m only a visitor here. I hope I can get your site in our country so I can continue with your lessons. God bless.

    • Ron de Groot

      Again thx for your lessons .

      I see you put in a lot of work to get us noobies playing that guitar 😉 and guess what ? it did work for me.

      Normally i would not pay money for guitar lessons on CD/DVD but i am gonna buy yours because this is so good , you a hell of a teacher to me 🙂
      I hope there is an option to pay other than trought the internet because that i wont do.
      Thx a lot

    • Elusiverick

      G-Day Griff,
      From down under down under,Tasmania.
      Thanks teach, if I could send you the proverbial apple you’d have it.
      Love the blues, love the lessons, appreciate your continued efforts.
      I’m another with a sad story, I’m getting over cancer & my wife is getting over a brain tumour , so when we recover financially I’ll become a customer also.
      I guess these freebies DO pay off eventually..

    • dooley

      must quickly post this to your LONG list of testimonials (does any doodler not? eh!) GREAT STUFF -keep them groovin’.
      I fall into the category of the exchange rate difference but THANK GOD FOR YOU R FREEBIES (and birthdays coming up.(turning 63)


    • Richard Hernandez

      Can’t play the videos you sent for “I’m Tore Down” and I can’t understand why.They start but they keep stopping and never finish.

    • Rabbi:Ariel Kohen

      Though I have only seen a couple of your videos I have found your approach to be relaxed and enjoyable. I have played for years and watched many people teach you are on a small list of people that I would reccomend. Keep up the good work,but most keep the joy of the music alive withen yourself and all those around you will be continually blessed. Thank you for doing what you do. Shalom.

    • Bryan Dreyfus

      I Have been and am still totally happy with your teaching style. I have been playing for over 40 years and you make learning easier than anything I have seen before.

    • kev smith

      hi griff
      just to let you know ive just brouht my first guitar and the free stuff you are doing is fab.Especially the four note blues.Your free stuff is brilliant for me as i have recently lost my job due to illness.keep up the good work,All the best
      kev smith

    • Laura

      Hi Griff

      Just downloaded you lesson for Tore Down. So happy you can show me how to play a song that Eric Clapton has done (my idol!!) and now you are too, thanks to the great lesson you have provided.
      On disability so ordering anything on line is out of my reach, but this was great!! Keep up the great work!!!!!

    • Russell Goulden

      I love the way you break it down, I find your lessons the easiest to follow along with. What you do is a great resource for “budding stars”.
      Keep it up… its much appreciated!!!

    • brady p browning

      love the e mails i purchased your playing through the blues several months ago then my computer crashed is there any i can get my lessons back i would love to get them back because i also purchased the riffmaster pro like i said i love the e mail

    • kenner

      thanks for the lessons. they are great. you do a great job explaining your lessons than all the others.they do more playing than showing what they do.i had 3 years of guitar lessons.know all chords,pentatonic scales etc. i now would love to be able to some nice lead guitar solos.hopefully i can get them from your site.thanks again for the music.keep it up .

    • Roy LeBlanc

      Thanks Griff,
      Your lessons are wonderful!
      I would love to be able to get backing tracks,BLUES OF COURSE, I am a big fan of FREDDIE KING and would love to get backing tracks.
      Can you help a desperate guitarist?
      Thanks Griff for a direction to get these.
      Many Thanks,
      Blues Lover,

    • Iam Wallace

      Thanks Griff
      You already sent me the vidio for this one, and i must admit, i am having some great fun with it.
      Once again Griff thanks.

      Ian Wallace

    • Mike

      Hi Griff,

      Love the lessons, but I am knew to Blues Guitar, and have a lot to learn. Do you offer complete Blues guitar lessons on DVD. I travel alot for work and it would be great to have these lessons on a DVD to practice when I am on the road.


    • Diego

      Hi Griff, I like your way and how you explain and teach lessons!!!
      I´ll follow you up everytime!!!

      Best regards.
      Diego – Argentina

    • chris

      Hi there,
      great lessons Griff,keep em coming.

    • Ronnie Joseph

      This is great fun to play. wonderful lesson

    • Duane


      I like your style of teaching but I was kind of hoping you would get to the part where you offer your Blues guitar instruction courses so I could see what you have available and in what format (dvd, dvdrom, video, interactive, on-line ect.) How about it? By the way I do not mean any dissrespect!


    • Tom

      Hello Griff,
      Thanks for the wonderfull lesson. I enjoy it a lot and keep on practicing it a lot too.

    • MAC

      Hi Griff excellant really like your stuff any chance of showing other scales that will fit in with Blues playing other than the blues minor pentatonic for example the mixolydian scale which can also be used in blues .Once again thank you for your great lessons .

    • Derek Leviston

      Hi Griff,

      must thank you for all the freebies they are great and very informative. I play a Petersen model B classical guitar(bought in 1962) so do’nt get the same sounds but the satisfaction from your lessons is enormous. Like one of your other “followers” the exchange rate is not great at the moment but for future reference how do I purchase your lessons. Many thanks once again for your generosity.

    • Joni

      Great practice for finger work..I love chords and strumming and rhythm studies with that, but this is what I need practice on and what I crave to learn more of…the coordination of the frets and strings and the rhythm feel for the notes!

      Keep more of this stuff coming, Griff!

    • junaidi

      Thanks a lot Griff,,all the materials from you really helping me…to get through,,..PTTB.
      Eventhough I’m a kind of busy with my work..but still find time to practice…

      Keep it up,,,,

    • Anthony

      I enjoy your lessons..It’s very hard to get a “good” blues teacher..You are the best teacher i have found online, and look forward to recieving new techniques and songs..Just wondering if you do any Stevie Ray Vaughn? any tricks etc… 🙂 Live in remote area, and its very pleasing to know i can jam at home…thanks.

    • Gene

      Grif: Thanks so much for all the great videos and other instructions. I’m having a ball with it. I especially like the Tore Down Rhythm and I’m practicing it regularly but I can’t figure out how you are making the C7 and the F on the first rest. It doesn’t look like to me that your fingers are making these two chords the same way you show in your tabs. I’m trying to hold the two chords the way you show in your tabs but it doesn’t sound as good as the way you play them on your video. Am I wrong or just confused??
      Thanks again for all this great stuff.

    • B.K.

      Thanks for that one, good fun to play

    • Chas

      I love your stuff, Iv’e learnt more from ‘PTTB’ and all the free stuff, you so generously give away, than all (and there are tons) of the other courses I’ve tried over these many years.

      I can’t thank you enough Griff.

      PS. Iv’e reached a level I never thought possible just a few weeks ago.

      Cheers mate!


    • RW Shea


      First, I concur with the other posters regarding your ability to get the lesson into the heads, and more importantly, into the fingers of the your students. (Myself included). Thank you!

      Secondly, I know you are busy however, would it be possible to include a few advanced riffs…step-by-step. (ie…some speed riffs, double stops, and possibly, speed riffs incorporating hammer-ons and pull-offs to increase the speed…Again, the emphasis is on Step-by-Step.

      While, I have not been on a 30yr. hiatus, as the poster above, I have been playing the same licks for 30 yrs…getting a bit bored…my “needs improvement” area is on speed bursts.

      Gratefully!!! And…PLEASE keep them coming!!!!!!

    • BruiserSr

      Very Nice lessons, a little advanced for a 66 yr old who just picked up guitar again after a 30 yr hiatus. Used to strum a little folk back in Sixties. But, I am trying to learn the Blues and you do a great job of going slow to performance speed.


    • Mark

      Enjoyed this very much. I love blues like these and they are great to shred to if so desired.

    • svend erik nydahl

      Real Great!
      Here we are mouvin.
      I enjoy youre music, I see your dvd s but can´t get acces to look at the price for them, no where I can click with my mouse, why?
      So if you will sell your stuff, let me know how?


    • TGG

      Hey Griff,
      You have a great way about your approach to teaching. Terrific job please keep the info coming out!

    • ozi margolis

      tnx so much 4 the time and effort u put into these lessons. I really appreciate them. You have revived my love for guitar and my thirst to progress along the musical river. I would dearly love to buy one of your courses, but at the moment the exchange rate is rather bad 4 me. I will however bite the bullet one of these days and take the plunge. In the meantime i want u to know thesse freebies are helping me tremendously,

    • Colin Summerfield

      Dear Griff,
      I am very impressed with your lessons both in content and qulity of video. Could you tell me how long it will take to get the whole set of CD,s and book sent to the UK.
      Many thanks
      Colin Summerfield

    • Griff

      If you have problems with the PDF, you may have to update to the newest version of adobe reader. You can download it free at http://www.adobe.com/products/reader

      Thanks for all the great input and feedback. Enjoy!


    • Gene

      I love your videos, but everytime I click on one of your TAB sites I get a message saying “this file is damaged and can’t be repaired”. What’s the problem? Can you fix it?

    • Steve

      Love the song… great lesson too. Saw Freddie at a nightclub in Steamboat Springs, Colorado 2 weeks before he passed, in ’76. He and his band played from 11:00 PM till 3:00 AM. I was one of a lucky 7 or 8 people able to stay and listen after the club closed at 1:00. Close up and personal. I’ll never forget it.
      The band totally smoked.

    • joe

      that lick is from a song called lindalou 1960.but its a good lick .joetheshakerRBL

    • harry jones

      Grif I am contuing to retain interest in your method of teaching I am no great guitarist I sang lead vocals and played rhythm guitar in a small r – n – r band a long time ago. I’m getting old now and would dearly love to play and sing blues but find continued theory alone too dry to take for long periods and fall back to the old strumming.But this seams different , I hope so because I’m sure this will be my last attempt.
      regards Harry

    • mike smith

      like the way you break it up in chunks&then put it all together.will get back to you after i work on it some

    • BILL


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