Howdy, !

Honey, You Don’t Know My Mind

Lesson 8 – Rhythm Fill Riffs and Lead Guitar Course
Lesson ID: A0096

Last lesson, we used the hybrid country and bluegrass scale to improvise with fill riffs over the song “Cripple Creek”. We went over the chord progression, some beginner nice fill riffs, and some more advanced fill riffs for the intermediate players.

In this guitar lesson, we’re going to practice the 5th position key of G hybrid scale over the song “Honey, You Don’t Know My Mind”. First, we’ll break down the song’s chord progression and strumming. Then, I’ll teach you three different variations of the song’s instrumental break — we’ll have a version for the beginner pickers, a more complicated intermediate version, and an advanced version for the experienced pickers. This is another great song to play at your next jam!

Lesson Overview

Rhythm Breakdown

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Instrumental Break Chord Progression
01:59 min Verse Chord Progression
04:42 min Strumming Overview
06:00 min Alternating Bass Line
09:08 min Strumming – Pick DU Pick DU
10:28 min Strumming – Pick DU Pick UDU
12:19 min Strumming – Pick D Pick D Pick Pick Pick U UDU
Intro & Instrumental Break Chord Progression

G G G G | G G C C | D D D D | G G G G
G G G G | G G C C | D D D D | G G G G | G G G G

Verse Chord Progression

G G G G – G G | C C C C | D D D D | G G G G
G G G G – G G | C C C C | D D D D | G G G G

Strumming Pattern Ideas
Pattern 1

Pick D Pick D — we’re calling this one the “boom chick” pattern

Pattern 2

Pick DU Pick DU — hear this one in action at 08:45 in the video above

Pattern 3

Pick DU Pick UDU — crank it up a notch with this one at 10:28

Pattern 4

Pick D Pick D Pick Pick Pick U UDU — hear a sample at 12:19

Instrumental Breaks

Scroll down on this tab to watch three different instrumental break guitar lesson videos — beginner, intermediate, and advanced. The beginner break is a combo of the “boom chick” strumming pattern and a nice melodic bass line. The intermediate version adds a little more complexity to the beginner break. The advanced version is tricky but I’d recommend trying to learn it if you’re a beginner to intermediate player because it’ll push your pickin’ to the next level!

Video 1 – Beginner Instrumental Break

Video Start Time Beginner Break Topic
00:00 min Overview
02:01 min Measures 1 and 2
04:37 min Measures 3 and 4
07:00 min Measures 5 and 6
09:22 min Measures 7 and 8
11:00 min Measure 9
11:56 min All the way through for practice

Video 2 – Intermediate Instrumental Break

Video Start Time Intermediate Break Topic
00:00 min Measures 1 and 2
03:12 min Measures 3 and 4
04:45 min Measures 5 and 6
07:01 min Measures 7 and 8
08:24 min Measure 9
08:59 min All the way through for practice

Member Content

Log in or register to learn the intermediate break!

Video 3 – Advanced Instrumental Break

Video Start Time Intermediate Break Topic
00:54 min Measure 1
05:05 min Measure 2
07:12 min Measure 3
08:52 min Measure 4
11:11 min Measure 5
12:46 min Measure 6
15:02 min Measure 7
15:23 min Measure 8
17:28 min Measure 9
18:02 min Recap
20:05 min All the way through for practice

Member Content

Log in or register to learn the advanced break!

Short Fill Riffs

In this video, I’ll show y’all 16 awesome country/bluegrass sounding fill riffs. These’ll be short fills that you can play over C and G chords. They sound great with “Honey, You Don’t Know My Mind” or you can use them with any other song in the key of G. I’ve added some scale charts to the next tab for reference. Each fill riff in this video is built around the 5th position key of G hybrid country/bluegrass scale. Visualize the scale as you learn each fill so you can start piecing together where these notes are coming from.

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Fill Riff Overview
01:58 min Four Beginner C Chord “2e&a” Fill Riffs
04:15 min Four Intermediate C Chord “2e&a” Fill Riffs
07:17 min Four Beginner G Chord “2e&a” Fill Riffs
10:07 min Four Intermediate G Chord “2e&a” Fill Riffs

Member Content

Log in or register to learn the fill riffs!

Scale Charts

G Major Scale

major scale key of g 5th position

G Blues Scale

5th position blues scale key of g

G Hybrid Country & Bluegrass Scale

hybrid country bluegrass guitar scale

39 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
robert runninger
robert runninger(@robertrun4172)
5 years ago

pretty cool devin! i am still picking away. actually having to go back and refresh on some things. mostly needing to slow down, and get cleaner. thanks again! oh by the way i was wondering at your level what is most challenging to you?

Joe Mudd
Joe Mudd (@guest_400)
5 years ago
Reply to  Devin

The old go slow to get fast really applies across the board.
I teach skiing and the absolute best I ski is after I’ve taught
day in and day out going over basics slowly slowly picking out
all the tips and technics and then when I finally get to go free
then I explode and the pain of slowing down pays off big.
Thanks Devin great stuff.

robert runninger
robert runninger(@robertrun4172)
5 years ago

thanks to you devin i can’t put my guitar down to go deer hunting….lol…..aw what the heck my freezer is full anyway!

Dusty
Dusty (@guest_388)
5 years ago

Awesome lesson! The riffs that you have in there are sweet! Keep the good work up

Mark
Mark (@guest_389)
5 years ago

Very nice arrangement of this song. I’ll be getting on this tonight!

Brandon
Brandon (@guest_395)
5 years ago

Really nice lesson. I especially like the intermediate instrumental. Good stuff!

Tim Miller
Tim Miller(@tim)
5 years ago

Very cool rhythm and great lesson!

Jennifer
Jennifer (@guest_399)
5 years ago

What strings do you use? They sound really nice : )

Martin
Martin(@martinfan)
5 years ago

Nice one Devin

John
John (@guest_645)
5 years ago

Thank you so much getting slowly great stuff

falsealarmboy
falsealarmboy(@falsealarmboyhotmail-com)
5 years ago

Really cool lesson series, Devin. I’m learning more from this than I’ve learned anywhere else throughout 20 years playing. Lessons 5, 7 and now 8 have been particularly enjoyable as I love learning the longer riffs. Bit of a step up with the advanced riff here but I’m up for the challenge! 🙂 Couple of quick questions if you’d be so kind. 1) I’m starting to listen to lots more country/ bluegrass to help inspire my own learning/ playing. Really love Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. Have you any other recommendations for that old, woody acoustic style that they do?… Read more »

hamishselinger
hamishselinger(@hamishselingerhotmail-ca)
4 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, aside from Doc Watson, are the reason I play music. Please, for the love of god, do some lessons covering their songs.

Jocelyn Beauregard
Jocelyn Beauregard(@jocelyn)
5 years ago

Cool stuff Devin very interesting to play…thanks for the challenge!

Hank
Hank(@hstupihotmail-com)
4 years ago

Hi Devin,

Loved the “2e&a” C and G chord fill bonus lesson! Perfect for a song I’m doing soon that has some dead space in some of the vocal phrases ending over C and G chords. The short little riffs give my guitar accompaniment some much needed interest in those spots. I’d love to find some similar riffs in E, A, and D. Are there any other lessons on your site where I might find some? Thanks!

it.james.hlavac
it.james.hlavac(@it-james-hlavacgmail-com)
4 years ago

Hey Devin, I really enjoyed this lesson. However, it would be really great if you could also include an entire play through(through all verses). It would answer some questions. For instance, there is an instrumental intro, and 3 instrumental breaks. Do you suggest playing them all the same way?

fransverboom
fransverboom(@fransverboomgmail-com)
3 years ago

Fantastic lesson! Very helpfull to me , thanks man!

cassarta11
cassarta11(@cassarta11gmail-com)
3 years ago
Reply to  fransverboom

hey , are you from belgium ? !

fransverboom
fransverboom(@fransverboomgmail-com)
3 years ago
Reply to  cassarta11

No i’m from Rotterdam , the Netherlands . And you ?

cassarta11
cassarta11(@cassarta11gmail-com)
3 years ago
Reply to  fransverboom

belgium , not far away from the seaside ! i might pop in the netherlands soon or later ! let s catch up for a session ! https://www.tfoa.eu/nl/ , i found this website , they got nice stuffs in it , have a look honestly ! nice to meet you by the way

fransverboom
fransverboom(@fransverboomgmail-com)
3 years ago
Reply to  cassarta11

Great idea ! Yes i have seen that they have a lot of beautifull guitars over there

cassarta11
cassarta11(@cassarta11gmail-com)
3 years ago
Reply to  fransverboom

cassarta11@gmail.com , send me an e mail when you ve got time to arrange something ! by seeing verboom , i told myself , this man might be belgian :p

fransverboom
fransverboom(@fransverboomgmail-com)
3 years ago
Reply to  cassarta11

I wil ! I wish i was from Belguim when it comes to Beer 😉

cassarta11
cassarta11(@cassarta11gmail-com)
3 years ago
Reply to  fransverboom

let s get it done !

cassarta11
cassarta11(@cassarta11gmail-com)
3 years ago
Reply to  fransverboom

which one is your favorite

George Lange
George Lange(@georgeanddoris66hotmail-com)
2 years ago

You have a great knack for this musical style. I like it

Scott Morrow
Scott Morrow(@morrow1616)
1 year ago

Well that didn’t work, I was just inserting an image- SORRY- I don’t know how to delete that.

My questions was: Isn’t the G Maj scale incorrect on this? If I am looking at the other G major scale correctly- there should not be a fingering on the 4th fret of the G string. Is that correct?

G Maj scale 5th position question.PNG
Scott Morrow
Scott Morrow(@morrow1616)
1 year ago
Reply to  Devin

Hey Devin, thanks for the clarificataion

Padmapriya Dakini
1 year ago

When i picked up the guitar a year or two ago i saw your sight but wasn’t sure i was really ready for cash investment as was at ground zero. I made use of Justin Guitar who does everything free/donation and learned a bit. After a year of plucking the Guitarmastery blues course popped up out of nowhere and I ended up subscribing, my first purchase, Charlie was great and Eddie who ran the Country guitar was great and more inline with where i hoped to go, they really helped with the theory and getting my speed up with scales… Read more »

sandro donda
sandro donda(@sandro-donda)
1 year ago

great very usefull Devin!

sean
sean(@welshsean99gmail-com)
1 year ago

Devin, I have a question for you. I’m working with the pick down up pick up down up strumming pattern. When you play the second measure GGCC do you split that pattern in half between the G and C. What I mean is pick down up on G and pick up up down up on C or do you just play the first half of the pattern for both G and C.

thanks
Sean