I'm happy to have found BGU while stumbling through the internet forest, When I saw one of Griff's lessons I was immediately drawn to the style of instruction.
Just a quick shout out to Griff saying thanks for all the encouragement that I feel in the daily email blogs. For a beginner (at a late age) the volume of skill sets can seem overwhelming, but Griff always offers something for everyone, a little (to a lot) theory, challenging licks (geared to many entry points), counting (I only have 10 fingers and those all seem to be consumed with other jobs).
This summer I started a couple of BGU courses, and everyday I leave time in my day to practice skills. Griff's lessons hit the marks perfectly (explained in easy pieces) and help make sense out of various 'songs' and note progressions I've found in the basic shuffles. Griff offers great advice, too, like 'listen', so now I try to pick out the elements instead of just letting the music wash over me; listening to the radio the other day I found I could follow the shuffle in Billy Boy Arnold's - Squeeze Me Tight.
I've really enjoyed the short lessons, especially the recent "A fairly easy boogie for you", and my wife even thinks it sounds nice - high praise, indeed!
I was listening to my favorite radio station, Bluesville, last week and what should pop up, 'Someone' recorded by Griff Hamlin and the Single Barrel Blues Band - hey, that's my teacher!