Case Study: Another Great Blues Solo With Just 4 Notes

Demonstration Of The Solo

The Breakdown

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  • Geoff Clegg

    Reply Reply November 6, 2014

    Brilliant as always and thanks for the TAB and yhe Videos


    • steve

      Reply Reply December 1, 2015

      Brilliant! and I totally get it

      However, staying in that one position for 12 bars is kind of boring and it sort of sounds the same …

      and not to be too critical, but the amp settings are a little too ‘high pitched’ and missing the traditional warm blues tone

      but as always, your a great Teach !

      • Ron

        Reply Reply December 14, 2016

        One of Griifs other lessons points out that the same pattern can be played anywhere you find a root note. Just position the root under your fingers in the same manner as the lesson and play the exact same pattern. It will work! And you get variation with a single riff. Its a great way to do call and response.

      • Jack

        Reply Reply October 22, 2023

        It’s your job to get creative and make the four notes jump.
        And you’d probably blame the amp settings for the reason why you sucked at soloing.
        There’s always one ;^{

      • Bill Mason

        Reply Reply October 23, 2023

        Love the instruction

    • dennis nakashima

      Reply Reply December 16, 2021

      amazing what you can do with 4 notes! You are great to listen to.

  • Rick Slagle

    Reply Reply November 9, 2014

    Its not that hard if you listen VERY closely but watch the vids can help too ! thanks Giff !

  • Dee

    Reply Reply November 11, 2014

    Hello Griff, I have had a look at the 4 note video and it looks to be fun! Can you tell me the total cost of your course not what you are taking off the price! The bottom line is the important bit!! Also, and this is why I haven’t bought anything so far..will it work in the UK? Our TV has a different number of lines to the USA so not sure that DVD’s or CD’s bought in America will work in Britain? Do you do different versions for different countries? I really can’t be bothered with the hqassle of returning things if they don’t work here etc. Thanks in advance for your answers to my queries

    • Sheldrake9er

      Reply Reply December 1, 2015

      Dee – if you buy the on-line version, it downloads fine for UK computers. The DVDs work fine on PAL (ie UK system). It’s a very good course.

    • Phil

      Reply Reply December 1, 2015

      Hi Dee

      I have a couple of the courses and have found them to work great, really worth it

    • Mark Wales uk

      Reply Reply December 1, 2015

      Hi Dee I’m from the uk and I’ve had a few of Griffs DVDs they work fine for me
      hope this helps all the best

  • Mark Wales uk

    Reply Reply December 1, 2015

    Thanks Griff for the lesson just when you think what should I work on next you drop me a cool lesson

  • David Bignell

    Reply Reply December 1, 2015

    Thanks Griff. Great as always.

  • Bernie Curran

    Reply Reply December 1, 2015

    Hi Griff
    Message to “Dee” via your latest lesson: Got Blues Guitar Unleashed about a year ago.
    Everything works just perfectly! Maybe it’s just the warm Scottish weather.
    Subscribe to a courseDee,then watch your playing soar.

  • Dave

    Reply Reply December 1, 2015

    Hi Griff, thanks again for providing continuous stream of material, encouragement and excellent course material. It makes me want to buy something from you but I’m still working on the Blues Guitars Unleashed course and the Theory made Useful. You deserve an award for teacher of the year or something….you have my vote for the teacher all-star team.

  • Kyle

    Reply Reply December 1, 2015

    Great stuff, as always!

  • Paul Warner

    Reply Reply December 1, 2015

    Great lessons. It’s so good to have something to fall back on if you don’t know where to go or you run out of ideas. I actually practice these four note riffs quite a bit now. I haven’t before but I think they are so important to feeling comfortable in playing a lead solo, that I now include a bunch of these in my repertoire. This is an excellent lesson good for anybody wanting to be decent on guitar.

  • Oge

    Reply Reply December 1, 2015

    Sorry Griff. but you snowed me right off the bat (not really too difficult). I had the riffs fairly well until I realized that I really didn’t know where I was key wise. I went back to the beginning and think you said we were playing in the first box of the D scale (I don’t hear well either). That doesn’t look like the first box of any scale to me. Did I miss something or do I just need to go back and start my scales over?

    • Rod

      Reply Reply September 8, 2018

      Griff is using a block of notes from shape 2 of the pentatonic scale. For the position he is using, the scale is Gminor pentatonic. (The notes could equally be from E major pentatonic, but if you listen carefully to what he plays and noodle around on your guitar using the same notes, your ear should tell you that G is the tonic or “root note” that the tune revolves around and wants to return to. A simpler alternative way to decide is to realise that the tune sounds moody or melancholy or sombre, and not bright and cheerful, and so is in a minor key

  • crawwford sprague

    Reply Reply December 2, 2015

    i have been learning from your lessons thanks.

  • Legoge47

    Reply Reply December 2, 2015

    Thanks for the lesson.

  • Wheatie

    Reply Reply December 3, 2015

    I’ve been working on this 4 note solo for about a year and have expanded on it to the point where it’s helped me put together some phrases of my own. I think it’s a starting point that leads you into the right direction.

  • Doug

    Reply Reply December 15, 2015

    Nice video Could you provide the jam track?

  • Shane London

    Reply Reply December 17, 2015

    Hi Griff, What software are you using to transcribe what you play into music notation w/tab? Or is it something else? For me, its very cumbersome to write down my tunes on music staff book. Please help.

  • Tom W

    Reply Reply December 14, 2016

    Fun little practice session. In G right. Some how I got a download track in A. No biggie. Transposition lesson as well.

    • Tom W

      Reply Reply December 14, 2016

      I think I mixed in the backing track from another lesson.

  • Todd

    Reply Reply December 14, 2016

    Love your style of teaching, makes me have to think for myself, and thus remember better and play better. I finally know what to do with this pattern and can see the potential use of it all over the neck, in other patterns as well. By the way, I am half way through the beginning blues course (love it and could not recommend more!) and with all the emails from you since, it has been the best money iv’e ever spent on music instruction.

  • Willem

    Reply Reply December 14, 2016

    Thanks Griff ,very handy and fun to mess around with.

  • ChrisGSP

    Reply Reply December 14, 2016

    Hi Griff, That switcheroo is so cute !!! The demonstration is on the ES335, then the breakdown is on the Black Les Paul – I love your Gibsons 🙂
    Here’s a thing that I think I have mentioned before – there is no KEY SIGNATURE on the standard notation part of the PDF. That is a real no-no, especially in teaching materials – because it tells the student that the tune is in C when actually it is in G. Can you sort that out in future?
    Cheers from the Great Southern Land of OZ.

    • ChrisGSP

      Reply Reply February 25, 2023

      I see that the key signature is present now. Tx for your that 🙂

  • Cascade

    Reply Reply December 17, 2016

    Thanks, Griff. Another great lesson.

    To all of you wondering whether Griff’s BGU and other courses are worth the investment, the answer is an emphatic “YES”. You will not be disappointed.

    The jam track for the new 4 note solo can be found on YouTube at or you an search for ALL CAPS Blues in G jam track. Enjoy!

  • Marty Hutchings

    Reply Reply September 8, 2018

    Has anyone else had a problem opening Grif’s blogs using Firefox?

  • Ken

    Reply Reply September 8, 2018

    Hey Griff. This is so simple yet so effective for that little something extra to have in the arsenal.
    On one FaceBook site I follow someone had asked “Who do you recommend to get Blues lessons from?”
    Your name came up from various members time and time again. You are very well known as these entries came from a lot
    of people in different areas. I think that is quite a compliment to your teaching skills and guitar talents.
    P.S> (I chose your name to send in without hesitation!)

    • Ken

      Reply Reply September 8, 2018

      P.P.S. You have a “killer” vibrato technique! I have learned much from you.

  • Darryl Manire

    Reply Reply September 11, 2018 some of the strats that you may have..

  • Neil

    Reply Reply September 22, 2018

    On an acoustic, the full step bend, like in Lick 1, is hard for me to do…very hard indeed. On the electric it’s ok, but I broke a high e string (doh!), so back on the acoustic, instead of the full step bend, I’m sliding from D to E on the 12th fret and sliding back to D again. It takes a bit of practice, but it sounds pretty good. So now I’m practicing sliding for all the full step bends, at least on the acoustic.

    Just thought I’d mention it!!

  • Donald Wilkins

    Reply Reply December 17, 2021

    Well done! Looking forward to more of these ‘4notesolos’.

  • Bruno Madsen

    Reply Reply December 17, 2021

    Well, technically it’s not a four-note solo when you’re bending up to another note… but I’ll let it go this time! Just kidding… love your stuff and the four note solo is great for working on your feel as opposed to technique. Keep it coming!

  • Rick lees

    Reply Reply October 21, 2023

    I have a hard time with rhythm…. After all these years of playing that’s been my biggest struggle

  • Randy

    Reply Reply October 21, 2023

    would really be great if you put the counting along with the tabs

  • Charlie Husar

    Reply Reply October 21, 2023

    Thanks, Griff. It takes some chops to get those deep bends. What gauge strings do you use?

  • Ian Elliott

    Reply Reply October 22, 2023

    Great stuff as usual Griff.

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