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  • larry d. toronto

    Reply Reply November 23, 2014

    Makes a lot of sense to play lead to the vocal melody. In drums and guitar I’ve been told to clap or hum the part. For some reason Griff’s teaching style made it very clear. The lyrics helped a lot. Maybe I might start singing too!

    • PAUL DRAGOTTO

      Reply Reply April 22, 2016

      WHAT HAPPENED GRIFF? I HAVE NOT GOT A VIDEO FROM YOU IN ALMOST A YEAR. I REMMBER THIS LESSON.

    • Frank D.

      Reply Reply April 23, 2016

      Griff you the man! You make me have hope for this old man with humty dumpty left wrist they put back together with a piece of steel in it(sorta like a guitar neck) as soon as i got the extra bucks i will buy some of your lessons. That car accident was just a minor etback and i wont quit after your incouragment.

  • larry d. toronto

    Reply Reply November 23, 2014

    Playing the lead to the vocal melody makes a lot of sense. I’ve been told in other lessons of drums and guitar to clap or hum the phrase. Griff’s teaching style made it very clear this time around. Having the lyrics helped. Maybe I’ll start singing!

  • Thomas R. Walker Sr.

    Reply Reply December 28, 2015

    Thank you Griff for all your help in blues rhythm and lead movements. I play for the church and all those blues feels work well in gospel music. Thanks again, and keep up the good work,You are such a great help! Happy New Year! Thomas πŸ™‚

  • Paul Warner

    Reply Reply December 28, 2015

    Very good lesson as per usual. Happy New Year!!!!

    • Tim Scott

      Reply Reply August 28, 2019

      I really enjoy your teaching style
      Easy to follow
      Makes sense
      Great stuff
      Thanks

  • phillip norman

    Reply Reply December 28, 2015

    Thanks for all the help this year mate.
    Have a Happy New Year Griff.

  • Jeffrey Stark

    Reply Reply December 30, 2015

    Hey, Griff….

    Brief history – I (begrudginly)took piano lessons from my mom as a kid, and she’d always tell me that someday I’d
    thank her….

    She was right.

    I took that knowledge
    (along with a couple of darn good ears), and bought my first guitar & amp ( Gibson Melody Maker with Sears Twin 12 Piggyback…What a rig!)…..3 months later, I was playing in my
    first of 24 bands over the course of 50 years thus far….Sidenote – I’ve NEVER had any lessons (except those 3 painful piano years), but have taught myself 6 other instruments, including pedal steel.

    Living on (musician) Social Insecurity & taking care of my 88-yr-old Mom who has
    been fighting
    malignant brain
    tumors since 1972 (and obviously terminal at this
    junction), has made it
    impossible financially to purchase any of your DVDs….

    But I’m here to tell ya that I THOROUGHLY enjoy ur blogs (especially the recent
    comments by U & some disciples concerning the typical problems that plague jam sessions) AMEN!

    Keep up the good work, Griff….I wish I would have had access to someone like you 50 years ago….I sure as Hell wouldn’t be worried about where my next meal was coming from…. ;?#/

    • Kim

      Reply Reply April 19, 2016

      Jeff i am 63 so i understand a bit ,good luck w/your mom ,she is fortunate to have some one like you to take care of her.WE have a 38 year old daughter who had to open heart surgeries years ago, one at 20 hours old! She can now do 15 miles on a mountain bike ! We will pray for you & her . If you ever get the chance, check us out on You Tube & Face book …Fox River Sports…Waukesha, Wisconsin good luck !

  • Tony harcourt

    Reply Reply December 30, 2015

    I liked it can’t wait to do it I thought he was very good

  • Tony harcourt

    Reply Reply December 30, 2015

    I liked it he makes it easy

  • John Triglia

    Reply Reply January 1, 2016

    Really Cool Thanks… Happy New Year

  • Rick Blodgett

    Reply Reply March 27, 2016

    Thanks for another great lesson, Griff. You explain everything so well that it’s a real joy to learn. My question is, was the third video every made and sent out, if it was I must have missed it. Please let me know if it’s available and thanks again.

  • michael massaro

    Reply Reply April 21, 2016

    great fun stuff Griff. See you in lake elsnore on the 23rd. getting so old fingers don’t work anymore. later (maybe)

  • jim

    Reply Reply April 21, 2016

    Thanks for another great lesson! I think you pretty-well sum up the style that most of us would love to be able to accomplish on the guitar – rhythm & lead nicely put together (with some musical sense!) – and played solo like a “real” song! Very nice!

  • lloyd fielding

    Reply Reply April 22, 2016

    Thanks Griff, this lesson was just what I’ve been after. Suddenly things a falling into place for me. I promise one day, when I have the money, I’m gunna buy your complete ” Blues Unleashed”.
    Again ta

  • Matt Pontillo

    Reply Reply April 22, 2016

    Griff , What would you say is the best AMP for blues and classic rock ? tube or solid state ? I have a line 6 spider 4 75 watt . Even with all its bells and whistles it still can’t sound like a tubed amp . What would you suggest ?

  • Michael G

    Reply Reply April 23, 2016

    Griff, I can often “hear” some good riff/lick combinations in my mind. But, when I sit down with the guitar, while trying to transfer it to the guitar, more often than not (ok, probably 90%) I get distracted with what DOES come out of the guitar, and start chasing rabbits. Sometimes, that can be good, but lots of times it frustrates me, because I really had a good idea in mind, and I never get it down. Any helpful ideas on how to prevent this and stay on track?

    • Marty

      Reply Reply August 26, 2019

      Get your self a small digital voice recorder and record your idea. Just hum it into the recorder and then, when you have your guitar in hand, play it back and translate it to the guitar. I have the same problem chasing rabbits. LOL

  • Lusayo m

    Reply Reply April 28, 2016

    griffin, I now know open guitar chords but how can i get started with playing the guitar e.
    g strumming strings and progression.

  • imi

    Reply Reply June 24, 2016

    Griff, i can’t say how i feel great after watching No.2 that’s perfect waiting for No.3

  • Gene Rife

    Reply Reply November 8, 2016

    Griff..I am really excited about these lessons, can not wait to try this stuff. What a fun time I am having.Thanks.Gene

  • Joseph Accardo

    Reply Reply November 8, 2016

    Great stuff love it!!!

  • Robert

    Reply Reply August 28, 2019

    Thanks Griff for your time and talent. Really helps this old man out.
    Seems every time I get a little cash stash that is intended for some of your lessons, something goes haywire and I have to spend it on fixing something ie; car etc. I do intend on getting your latest offer for killer blues solos on a credit card I’m not supposed to be using (the financial director will just have to accept it) to take advantage of your generosity.
    Again thanks for all you do freely share with us

  • Derek Hicks

    Reply Reply August 31, 2019

    Thanks for this video Griff. Have learnt so much from you over the last two years but this video was a lightbulb moment – thanks.

  • Dick Spindler

    Reply Reply July 9, 2021

    Really nice lesson, Griff. Don’t need to play a lot, just time it and phrase it correctly.

  • George Copeland

    Reply Reply February 3, 2022

    I have been following you for awhile and saving some of your e-mails for when I get better on the guitar. I have saved 3 e-mails on the song ” I’m Tore Down ” . Recently ( Feb. 1st ) you sent a very complete e-mail (with tabs) on that very song. I accidentally deleted that e-mail …. Is there any possibility you could resend the e-mail? Thanks

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