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2 Blues Soloing Kickstart

Need a Blues Soloing Kickstart?

Blues Soloing KickstartSome of you may be familiar with blues guitar teacher Griff Hamlin, and now he’s just come out with a new series of lessons called the Blues Soloing Kickstart.

Basically the Blues Soloing Kickstart is a free 3 part video series that is about an hour in length, total, and focuses on teaching you how to get started with soloing the blues.

You can sign up for the free blues lessons here: Blues Soloing Kickstart

Some of the things you’ll learn (for free…) include:

  • A 4-note solo you can use anywhere
  • A great practice technique for scales that isn’t boring
  • A 24 bar blues solo you can use in most 12 bar blues progressions (tab included)
  • Hendrix and SRV style grace notes, for spicing up your solos

I’ve reviewed some of Griff’s other courses, and the feedback I’ve heard from other people who have gone through them is positive, so all in all he’s got a pretty good reputation on the interwebz.

Learning to play guitar, like most other areas of life, requires you to develop your own strong perspective on certain things, and the best way to do that is to get exposed to differing viewpoints. That’s the main reason I recommend other guitar teachers such as Griff, to help give you alternative viewpoints to my own.

Besides – we’re talking about an hour of free blues soloing lessons, so what’s not to like?

You can sign up for the free blues lessons here: Blues Soloing Kickstart.


Playing Through The Blues Review

Here’s a sneak peak review video I did for Playing Through The Blues by Griff Hamlin:

Checkout Playing Through The Blues

Playing Through The Blues, by Griff Hamlin, is a solid course that will teach you how to play the blues guitar. I’ve looked through the course extensively, and below (and in the video above) you’ll see my observations.


  • You must have a good handle on all the basic chords. Barre chords, all the open chords, major, minor, diminished, and seventh chords are a good start.
  • You must understand and be comfortable with reading and using tablature or musical notation (staff). All the sample solos, licks and riffs are notated using both of these methods, although there are also video examples for nearly everything which help a lot.

The Good:

  • Griff gives examples for everything, both audio and video.
  • Everything is notated so you can follow along with tab or sheet music style.
  • Griff uses “boxes” to describe different scale patterns which gives him an effective way to refer to different patterns during the lessons.
  • Lots of sample riffs and licks to give you ideas
  • Several sample solos complete with video tutorial, notation, audio examples, and jam tracks. Being able to play solos of this caliber is basically the goal of the program.
  • Several famous blues songs broken down in fine detail. Griff shows you how to play them using the techniques the “masters” used (BB King etc)
  • Members only blog where Griff personally answers questions related to the course
  • 56 Day Guarantee on the product: if you’re not happy, you get your money back

The Bad:

  • No DVD option so you have to download everything (not a big deal, but it might affect the odd person or two).
  • Not much emphasis on theory, which in my opinion is critical to understanding the guitar, and how to play it. However, he does give you what you need to know, even if he doesn’t always explain why or how, from a theory perspective. I realize some of you actually view this as a positive, but hey — I’m the one doing the review! =)


If you’re familiar with chords and tab, and want to learn blues guitar, then this is likely a good course for you. I would rate this course as good for most beginners, and even some intermediate players. However, if you’re already comfortable composing your own solos in major, minor and pentatonic scale patterns, then you probably won’t learn a whole lot beyond the specific riffs and solos that Griff teaches (which are nonetheless handy ones to have in your toolbelt).

Checkout Playing Through The Blues