Watch the Messin' Around online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Play Blues Guitar 6: Soloing Approaches

Messin' Around - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Jeff McErlain and is sourced from Focus On: British Blues.


"Messin' Around" is based on Fleetwood Mac's "Stop Messin' Around" from the Mr. Wonderful record released in 1968. It's an awesome midtempo rockin' blues that makes a great addition to any set of blues. I highly suggest checking out the original of course as Peter Green's playing is so darned good on it. His tone is enhanced by his 1959 Les Paul that later was owned by Gary Moore, and now Kirk Hammett. The color of my Tuttle guitar in this course was inspired by his guitar. Notice how I've put my pickup selector in the middle position to mix the bridge and neck pickups. This takes a little tinkering but it's well worth it to open up the secrets of a Les Paul.  I remember first seeing this on "The Song Remains The Same"  concert movie.  At the time I was playing a Jackson with two humbuckers, either it was a neck position or bridge position and I only had one volume knob so  it made no sense to me to play on both pickups in the middle, as I didn't like that sound.  It's only when you can blend the VOLUME of both pickups do you really get those classic sounds available to you.  Experiment with that, then, the tone knobs…