There is often confusion about which Pentatonic or Blues “Box” you should play over each chord…

The question, itself, implies some misunderstanding so in this live video I’ll try and clear that up for you.

Hope you dig it… and, by the way, this one was filmed live on a previous occasion 🙂


    28 replies to "Which Box Do I Use For Which Chord?"

    • Layne Oliver

      Another piece to my puzzle found- great lesson Griff-Thank you!

    • Mike

      I know I’ve heard you explain this before in your other videos. However, this is the best explanation for me, that makes it all “click”!
      Thanks for sharing your gift with us.

    • Jim P.

      Griff
      Great explanation. Thanks. Guitar/amp sounds are important too. Could you also explain in all your lessons what pedal, amp, amp and guitar settings you are using. It would be helpful. Also, do you have a specific lesson dedicated to this subject?

    • Walter

      Thanks Griff, confirms my feelings when playing. As always great lesson!
      All the best,
      Walter

    • Jim Gulley

      Thanks for this video, it helps clear up THAT QUESTION for me.

    • Phil

      Hi Griff. We’re can I get the 5x 5 jam tracks

    • Michael Dattoma

      Hi Griff,

      I have been spending a lot of time learning to solo
      over each chord of the I, IV, V separately and zero in on the Root, 3rd and 5th of each chord in it’s appropriate box…Say starting in Box 1 for the I chord and then dropping into box IV of the IV
      chord for that 5th string root, and then Box IV again for the V chord, again for the 5th string root.

      Do I have this all wrong? Am I wasting my time or is this the proper way to solo over different chords during a progression? Michael

      • Don Hall

        Nothing wrong with that approach at all. Jazz guys, with complicated changes, pretty much have to change patterns when the chords change. But in the blues you can stay in the minor pentatonic box all the way through and never hit a “wrong” note. Griff explains that in several videos.

    • greg

      Thanks Griff. Enjoyed this one. Would be great to have a lesson on how to go about using the riffs I know and put them together for a fluid “Story Form” like you did.

    • Larry

      Griff, This is great and helpful, but CAN you play the pentatonic scale that corresponds with the chord? Say, the G pentatonic over the G than move to the C pentatonic when you go to the C chord?

    • Gary

      The idea of using boxes to develop flow and feel was great. I guess I’ve been exposed before but this is the first time it sunk it. Thanks.

    • Tim Moran

      Really good lesson, but a question: should you be targeting different notes in the scale over the IV and V chords, to fit the chord tones?

    • Chris CLEMANS

      This video really helps as they all do now I will go to my 5×5 course and use the jam tracks

    • Louis Ogden

      Great lesson. Thanks, Griff. I have a tendency to hold on to box 1 and this lesson was valuable to me. Where’s my Strat?

    • tony

      well the Pentatonic scale is a crutch . are we forgetting the major scale ? just sounds like noddle music or improvising . that`s just my opinion . You got to center around the root for it to sound like a phrase ( yes or no. )

    • Ted Ducote

      Griff, It appears in you demonstration of box 4 that the 6th note that you play which is a D is being played with your index finger in 8th fret on the 3rd string but the D is actually in the 7th fret. You are obviously playing the D note. Am I missing something or are my eyes playing tricks on me?

      • Griff

        That 6th note is a D on the 12th fret of the 4th string. I think your eyes were playing tricks on you there 🙂

    • Dan Scharf

      Good stuff as usual Griff…………I also have the BGU 1 and 2 courses. Have nip and tucked with them for what I do on guitar…..mainly play acoustic progressions to songs I like with a little bit of soloing (mainly box 1). This lesson helps in my perspective on expanding the range of where I play the solos. Many thanks

    • Jack Donoghue

      Hi, Griff.
      That was just great. I was struggling with that precise question. Knew about maj and min pentatonic scales, knew how to apply them – for the FIRST chord of the blues.
      After that, let’s just say, it was problematic. Ha-Ha!

      Thanks for the lesson. I really needed that.

    • Dennis Jenkins

      Griff, thank you, you just gave me the key to the blues realm! I downloaded BGU 2 years ago and haven’t finished it yet because I have ADD 🤓 and your daily email lessons get in the way! “Hey look there’s a squirrel!” This answered a number of questions that kept me a bit confused and now I am on my way! You are the best instructor on the internet! Thank you for so much musical pleasure! Keep it up! From Beaufort, SC!

    • Dennis Jenkins

      Griff, thank you, you just gave me the key to the blues realm! I downloaded BGU 2 years ago and haven’t finished it yet because I have ADD 🤓 and your daily email lessons get in the way! “Hey look there’s a squirrel!” This answered a number of questions that kept me a bit confused and now I am on my way! You are the best instructor on the internet! Thank you for so much musical pleasure! Keep it up! From Beaufort, SC!

    • Bob Eisenberg

      THAT was a great lesson! Thank uiu

    • john allen

      Hey Griff
      Great lesson!! I have often wondered why and how the flowing lead can just go on and on, will put this to good use today Thanks so much

    • Charles

      You always answer questions I’ve had when I needed them the most.
      Thanks,
      Charles

    • Strick

      Thank you. I can really use this lesson.

    • Trish Smith

      Great lesson. You are always so helpful and inspiring!

    • Mac

      Fabulous lession !!

    • Jeremy

      Incredibly helpful. Thanks once again for motivating me to keep learning and progressing Grif.

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