Griff Hamlin | Using Surrounding Notes (Encasing) And Building Lines
Of all the "tricks" that guitar players use to create more interesting lines, this one probably took me the longest to figure out...And you can call them lines or licks, I suppose, but to me, lines seem to have more melody and more purpose behind them...Licks are great, and we all use them often, but a line is more challenging to create and requires a little more thought ahead of time. So in this lesson, we'll talk about a couple of melodic devices that I often see used to move through a simple series of notes with a lot more interesting motion.
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Again crossing over onto the "Classic Rock Unleashed" side, we're going to look at the chord progression, and some soloing ideas, from Led Zeppelin's classic, "Since I've Been Loving You." You might think. from just a basic listen, that while it sounds bluesy, it's not really a blues... However, if you don't mind digging into your jazz theory a little, you can actually explain this as a minor 12 bar blues. But even if you don't really care why, it's just fun to play and solo over... and we'll talk a little bit about the pentatonic scales and the modes that you can use.
Griff Hamlin: How To Play Mississippi Queen By Mountain
This is a song I always dug because it's just one of those classic 12 bar blues rock songs that you might not know is just a 12 bar blues at heart. The basic riff is all E Minor Pentatonic Based, while the intro solo is all E Major Pentatonic Based.. And all that goes on around a basic 12 bar blues in E chord progression. Hope you can dig it!
Griff Hamlin: Blues Guitar Lesson How To Play The Funky Rhythm From Tightrope By SRV
As much as I love funky rhythms, this is one of my all time favorites... In blues, we don't get to use these funky rhythms as often, and therefore they often get played incorrectly, or without much feel. So what I tried to do here was to break this down into levels - start simple, get more complex as you get more comfortable. I hope you can give it a shot and don't mind the buzzing low B (I've fixed it now :)
Griff Hamlin Lessons: The 3 Legs Of Blues Soloing And How To Use Them
OK... so this isn't a "lesson" in the sense of giving you something to play and practice on... But I would say that, "you don't know what you don't know," is equally as important... And sometimes we need to take the 30,000 foot view and make sure you're on the right track. You'll hear me reference this "soloing tripod" a lot in other videos, so I hope you'll indulge me a few minutes to clarify what that's all about and why.
Griff Hamlin Lessons: The Turnaround For 12 Bar Blues
This is that one old school 12 bar blues turnaround that everyone and their brother/sister/uncle/cousin plays... And you should too :) It works for a shuffle or a slow blues and it's just one of those moves you have to know, so get to learnin' it.
Griff Hamlin Lessons: Blues Rhythm Guitar Lesson The I IV I7 Move
For blues comping (playing blues rhythm guitar) this is a move that gets used on all kinds of tunes... Slow blues, shuffle blues, straight feel songs... really doesn't matter, this will work. It's also one of those "set and forget" moves - honestly don't worry too much about why it works (I'll tell you) but concentrate on experimenting with it and really making it your own. Play it - a lot - and get it down so it works for you. I promise you'll be glad you did.
Griff Hamlin: My Pedalboard And Teaching Rig
Above all else, the one question I hear time and time again is... "How do you get that tone?" Surprisingly, my video studio rig is very simple, and very inexpensive... probably not what you'd expect. I'll walk you through it all and link to this video in every other video from now on :)
Griff Hamlin: Blues Guitar Lesson How To Play Hide Away by Freddie King
While this is a fun little melody to learn and a cool tune... I have an ulterior motive for showing it to you :) We often talk about "playing on the porch" style stuff where you will be responsible for holding down the rhythm while, at the same time, attempting to play something that resembles a melody... Because as you probably remember, you need 3 things to make music - rhythm, harmony, and melody. Taking a little time to learn this would be SUPER beneficial if you're more towards the beginner end of things... And at the very least, fun if you're more advanced.
Griff Hamlin: Playing/Counting Rhythm & Lead Together
This video is a little more of a project for the beginning blues players watching... In order to be able to play with other people (really, in order to be able to play at all) you need to be able to play a simple rhythm, keep some time, and maybe play a little lead over it... I talk a lot about counting, and I hear from a lot of students that they have trouble counting when it comes to single note lines - so this line is really easy and should be straightforward for counting. You NEED to be able to do this. If you cannot, work on your skills until you can, and you'll be setup for much more progress down the line. If you can do this already, that's GREAT!
Griff Hamlin: First Finger Bend & Licks
I know that I'm usually the first person to say, "Don't bend with your first finger, that just doesn't feel good and it's hard." That hasn't really changed, but there *are* certain times when your first finger is going to be called upon to push some steel - and this is that time. These are a couple of Albert King-ish moves that tend to require the first finger if you want them to sound just right.
Griff Hamlin Lessons The Weight Intro And C Chord Variations And Fills
I often hear from students how they want to learn to embellish chords, so that's what we'll talk about in this video... I was inspired by "The Weight," by The Band, and the little intro that is played at the top of it. I originally played it in an 'E' shape, but later saw Robbie Robertson play it in a 'C' shape and thought that might make a cool lesson. So grab your guitar, I hope you enjoy it.
Griff Hamlin Live Stream | Pedalboard Rundown
Since I can't go out, I've been doing some updates to gear and I thought it would be a good chance to show you what I'm running currently, and why. Signal Chain on this board: Guitar - Wah - Vibe Machine - Prescription Electronics Experience - Boss TU2 - Zendrive - Lovepedal Super Six SRV - Keeley Katana Boost - Ibanez Echo Machine (rehoused by XTS) - Leslie G Pedal - Strymon Flint What I hope you'll pay attention to more than the actual pedals is the "why" behind each one, and the myriad of options that are very nearly the same and, in some cases, much more cost effective :)
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