The Grip

Great blues-rock technique starts here. Learn the ‘thumb-over’ grip used by nearly every legendary blues and blues rock guitarist.

About This Course

If you want to master the sound of Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, or countless other legends, you’ll need to re-learn how to hold the guitar. Traditional methods teach a thumb-behind approach. There’s nothing wrong with this approach….unless you want to do it the way most blues and rock legends did.

The Grip is a 2 hour lesson that breaks down the mechanics of playing chords and soloing using the thumb-over grip. Using an E-Form bar chord as a template, you’ll learn the physics of The Grip, what makes it work, and exercises that will stretch your endurance and physical strength to new levels.

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The Grip

Includes all downloadable course materials, including lesson videos, and exercises.

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Course Tour

You should know what's taught in this course before buying. So here's a tour through the course, with a description of each lesson.

  • Part 1
    Part 1: Introduction

    We start the lesson by looking at why The Grip is important to the style of music we love. We'll look at the advantages this grip offers, and some of the players that have used it.

    • Lesson Video
  • Part 2
    Part 2: Grip Mechanics

    This section is a real nuts and bolts look at exactly what each of your fingers will have to do in order to use The Grip in your own playing.

    • Lesson Video
  • Part 3
    Part 3: E-Form Application

    The most difficult application of The Grip is the E-Form chord. To play this kind of chord cleanly requires precise positioning of each finger tip. In this section of the lesson, I'll go through each note of the chord, explaining how your finger will have to be positioned to fret the note cleanly.

    • Lesson Video
  • Part 3
    Part 3: G-Form Application

    This is one of Jimi Hendrix's signature chord forms. We'll look at how The Grip gives you a big advantage when playing this chord, and how to play it cleanly.

    • Lesson Video
  • Part 3
    Part 3: 7th & 9th Chord Application

    In this section we look at how you can play different 7th and 9th chords using The Grip. These aren't nearly as challenging as the E-Form chords, so your fingers will get a break during this section.

    • Lesson Video
  • Part 4
    Part 4: Exercises

    Now for the good stufff... In this section we go through some tedious exercises that will force you to pay attention to your finger positioning.

    Most of these exercises are focused on the E-Form chord application because that is the most difficult one to master.

    • Lesson Video
    • Exercises

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Course Features

We put a lot of work into making these courses easy to follow, but most importantly effective. Here's a list of features this course offers.

  • Instant Downloads

    As soon as you buy this course, you'll be able to download a zip file containing the entire course. The files are not encrypted, locked, or protected in any way. You own them forever.

    • The videos will play in Quicktime Player or iTunes.
    • Tablature is provided in GuitarPro and PDF formats.
    • Backing Tracks are in MP3 format.
  • iPads / Tablets

    Because we use standard video and audio formats, you can download our courses onto iPads, or other tablets. You just need an app (like Goodreader) that can download and unzip files.