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  • Ruthann Richter

    I really like how you explain how to do the hammer on in such detail and you take the time to show how it is done I also like the split screens because its important to see how you are using both hands.

  • Steve-jan

    Yes I very much would like to win a free copy of course. I bought a Schecter Hellraiser guitar. I’ve been watching you tube videos trying to learn some things but as u may know, not going very well

  • Whitecountyems513

    Great lesson. Easy to learn and follow.

  • Ksmith0826

    I like how the ‘technique’ was dissected and explained so well that I knew i would succeed at it when I picked up my guitar to play. Very well done.

  • Nikolai Gafa

    Loved the way you explained the hammer on part mainly and how you kept showing the riff, on and on, explaining thoroughly. Would benefit a lot from this. Thanks for such great lessons!

  • Millerchip

    Nice and straight forward lesson, thanks. Look forward to recieveing more.

  • Byronalleyne

    Even I can play this lick on my little acoustic

  • Byronalleyne

    Would be nice to be able to play some new riffs and impress my very doubtful family and skeptical friends

  • Tony

    Looks like another excellent course from Jonathan & Colin. Cheers guys.

  • Paul Smith

    Great lesson, I’m off to practice now…

  • Kponton Honoré

    OOaaaaOOO.!!!!!! the technique of teaching is so “practical” fantastique !  (excuse me for my poor English language) And what a strong dedication to empower guitarists ? I would like to say “….Voici un cours de guitare qui coupe court à toute aventurisme en matière de GUITARE”
    Honoré KPONTON

  • Daniel Thompson

    I never thought I could play this stuff and yet here I am keeping up! I love the way you break it down into nice containable chunks. Thanks Colin and Jonathan and all involved in the production.

  • Hart Jimmy

    Thought was pretty cool,was realy easy to pick up.

  • Jarry

    Wow! Cool! Lot of simple info in this short lesson….especially the need to resolve a riff on the root. Thanks 

  • Jeff

    hopefully videos like these can get me past the beginners hump that i can’t seem to get past..

  • Estan49

    Fantastic riff, it is short and to the point. Something that you can use all over the neck. tks

  • Ismailhamidon

    Your lesson is ‘awesome’ very simple easy to follow !

  • Chaliq ODonnell

    Looks pretty easy I’ll give it a go.

  • John

    The three split screen view is really cool and useful to see what’s going on. Colin gives a decent explanation of the lesson making it easy to pick up.

  • Taylor

    This lesson presentation was easier for me to understand and visualize than many others that I have seen.  Firstly, you set the stage by making sure I am on the same page as you with explanations of the tuning and description of the strings which you will be using in your presentation.  The simultaneous multi-views and repetative descriptions and actual playing of the descriptions along with the clear and precise verbage make it easy to catch on to the riff.  If the course is as well presented as this example it will be a favored resource in my personal library as well as adding to my enjoyment of playing my guitar.

  • Rich

    At my age (72), I’ll need one of these Riffs just to get my heart started in the morning! Keep em’ coming won’t you please?

  • Bryan Gould

    Excellent! Gives me hope that one day I’ll be able to jam. I am working through “Strumming Essentials” now and am loving it. 

  • david

    I do a alot of worship songs in church and I love the way you put these riffs together. I can really use some of these to make our worship sessions better.

  • Oscarlebassiste

    Hi Colin,
    Nice cheesy kind of riff you got me,

  • jhowe14

    hi ,Colin it would be great to win this course,i really like the 3 camera views.and the closeups are nice to.The riffs are  broken down so they are easy to understand.Now i can play these riff i any key  using the 1,4,5 method i from jonathan

  • John Washburn

    Good explanation of the riff, especially the hammer-on.  Gives me new insight in something I thought I already knew.

  • Jvitzz

    You are not only a good guitar player, but also a gifted teacher.

  • Rduke

    A good riff as I am just beginning to learn the blues, I play left handed.
    Ron Duke

  • Grassandeclectic

    Simple is always best!

  • Mike

    Nice little diddy!  

  • Blake Jrphillip

    love the fact you slow it doen and use easy words to go with the way you pick  this is the reason im trying to play

  • Jeffsickles

    im legallly blind and i can follow your hands pretty good i like your easy riff and was able to play it right away i love the blues aand would reallly like to have your course as it would hellp me learn alot that i have trouble with

  • Harley5120

    Like alot shows u alot in video

  • Bob Ward


    I am 12 years  old and just srarting playing the guitar and i must say your way of teaching i find more helpfull than any other course i have looked at. I have just mastered the beginners riff and played it to my mum who thinks that i have now found the teacher who will help me become a great blues player.

    Thanks a lot i look forward to your next free lesson as i cant aford to buy any out of my pocket money.

    Thanks Bobby.  

  • Ericalan18

    I enjoyed your teaching method. I think it’s the best I have seen. Thanks! From an old timer who really wants to learn guitar.

  • Davedt

    I think the lesson video was easy to follow and the information very good for the beggining blues guitar player starting to acquire his repertoire of riffs and licks. The information was broken down and presented in a manner that would make it easy to understand and practice even for the novice.

  • Pime51

    Awesome video lesson, the riff is cool,  the instruction are clear and understandable. I am very interested in learning more riffs. I will look in to your program. Thanks

  • Bob McAvoy

    this is  a great exersize for learning tones both on electric and hollow bodies, your suggestions for doing it with other notes and scales is someting I will try, great lesson Thanks

  • Jd

    wow  thank you  great instruction,  i needed this.  i’ve looked all over the internet for guitar lessons.  yours is above and beyond all the rest !!!!!!  thanks  JD

  • brojer

    As a beginner I like to learn new things that are not too hard. Your easy riffs video really does that for me.  If your new course is also in that vein, I think it could help me a lot.

  • Brewdrinker47

    This is a cool litle riff . Great job !

  • Fiss

    Great lesson.  Hear stuff like that all the time and can never catch on.  Just a beginner, but need an explanation like that where I go over it and over it so it’s engraved in my mind.  Can’t wait for more!

  • Tbsvid

    Just what I’ve been looking for!  Something that’s easy to work with and that will keep my interest alive. Thanks so much for thinking of us beginners,,,

  • Wallaces247

    Hi Colin, Thank you for this great lesson!
    Finally I have watched a Riff lesson that works for me. I am left handed and have never been able to follow instruction on how to do a Riff because I see everything back to front which is so frustrating for me and hard to follow. This lesson actually worked for me because you repeated it over and over and explained the Riff clearly. Seeing the 3 views also made it clear.
    Over the last year I have become confident in playing scales etc. from you and Jonathan, but just done my own thing when it comes to doing a Riff. Unfortunately it all starts sounding the same. I honestly enjoyed this lesson and began to see what you were doing as if I were right handed. Thanks for putting in so much effort and making the lessons easy to follow.

  • G o maonaigh

    hey there colin this is a real cool and easy to play riff–I will be doin this with some of my young students—would ya have more stuff like this in your new course–Ger

  • Hernandezb808

    “Awsome” and your right its simple for a beginner to pick up. I love the 3 separated vidio and the explanation of the riff. Great lesson.

     Thanks, Ben Hernandez

  • frank

    Hey guy you played that hammer at least 50 times!!  I got it!  Move on!

  • Jim Mustard

    The format of the video lesson is very good. Split screen and close=ups are the way to best simulate having you in front of your student.As you know beginning students have a lot of questions even when the lesson is well planned. Any way to have a “text comment section” included?

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  • BillyPilgrim

    Colin, thanks. This is great! As a true beginner, I get so tired of practicing scales over and over and just want something to do, within my capabilities, to break the monotony. This looks like the very thing for that. It is easy to pick up and you explain it very well, describing how it can be played over any scale and the need to finish the riff with the tonic. I imagine experienced players get tired of the repetition you do, but that is what we beginners need and this is a lesson for beginners. I look forward to getting the new course to go along with the others I have purchased from Riffninja. All of them have been excellent. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge, and more importantly your teaching ability, with those of us wanting to learn about music and the guitar.  

  • Gordon Stewart

    Thanks a lot Colin. Nice little easy riff. Finally, my son thinks I’m almost cool!!

  • Sinclairs3

    Great lesson that even a 66 yr. old man can learn from. I am just learning the blues and things like this help me to forge on !!!

  • Tlappico

    Really hit the string to nail it down, hence the hammer on. Haven’t really put that way, but I like it Thanks for the easy yet informative lesson! 

  • Don

    what’s a hammer on? joke.  nice riff.

  • Bob Fields

    Cool; thanks!

  • william branch

    Anything to do with the Blues is COOOOL!  Loved the lesson

  • R Starling

    By saying which finger is on which string, it is so easy to follow. Keep them coming Colin.

  • Jwsplitt

    I’m one of those student types that would beg you Pretty please…”. Thank’s for the guitar lick.


  • Kiro49

    a quick reminder for beginners on implementing the hammer on technique correctly

  • Robert

    I like seening the neck and your pickin together.
    I am just a beginner and it helps.

  • Bill

    You made it so very easy to follow. Even I could follow it lol  When a person takes up the guitar, him or her has no idea  whats going on. Others dont remember that we are new players. Run right thru like we know what the teacher is trying to teach. I get very flustered, then I want to put the guitar down. So you seem to make it fun and exciting. Thanks  Bill

  • Scott Dagle

    Riff Ninja brings you bangin’, bad-to-the-bone blues that you WILL be able to play, even if you are a beginner, because he gives you both the tab for the riff and   a video, with slowed down step-at-a-time instructions.

  • Mrjimgoz

    I liked the way you made it not only look but it was easy. It makes learning funner.

  • Paulrbrown

    Awesome guys. Just what i needed. To kick start 2013. Great stuff. Paul.

  • Nickmod2000

    cool little riff. every little detail is explained carefully.

  • Wingnut

    Awesome!  With some more practice I wont be “that guy” at the guitar shop!

  • Terrylbailey

    Very sweet! Great job teaching and explaining. I picked the riff up really fast because of the way you teach. I also had fun learning. That’s what guitar playing and learning should be. I look forward to more.
    Terry Lee

  • Roy

    hi. i liked it. i play  , but never really got into lead much. loved the way it shows your hand in the 3 different screens. ( left hand , right hand and close up on the left). you go over it a few times,. makes it easy to sink in.
     thanks alot just for this one free lesson, byr the way if Frank is ticked about how many times you showed the hamer -on. then maybe he needs a more advanced lesson. chill Frank LOL

  • Kimrush

    Cool but basic – nothing wrong with that

  • Kevin

    Great lesson, extremly beginner and very old. takes a while for old dogs to learn new tricks, maybe Frank needs to click on the next lesson.

  • Clintom

    It’s so cool! It keeps me going.

  • Lynda Taylor

    that little lesson just helped me ‘tie’ so many things together! are brilliant Colin!!..thank you thank you thank you…:)

  • Walt Warren

    Hi Colin,
    You r ra da man! I love your teaching. I’m no beginner at guitar and have been playing on and off for at least ten years. I have determined to start as if I know nothing and learn it right. I already have your Essentials of Strumming and Rhythm lessons and wow— what I needed. I hope to win this lesson to top off a already great start to a New Year. I’m broke but GOD is good!!! Blues is what I love, and here you are teaching it. LORD let me win.

  • A2ndpower

    Thank you, Colin…. This was broken down well, explained well, and repeated enough to get in into a learning brain.  I can tell you enjoy teaching. Thanks!

  • bill

    another well thought out guitar lesson from ninja. i have a couple of colin’s lessons and i congratulate you on the ease that you present for all levels of guitarist thank goodness we can buy them in australia on the web

  • Minner2112

    I am a new beginner this was great i will be up all night playing with this thanks kevin

  • X2biten

    Wow-am 52 yrs young and I ahd cheapo parents so never had the chance to play a strat and learn blues/Rock/Stevie Ray.
    Even as fried as my brain is-I picked up what you taught w/ the hammer-on!
    I wanna-I gotta-have that free course
    Thanx man

  • frank2

    At least we get it(and how to embellish it) because you stayed in (1) position. Here’s a tip for teachers when a lick doesn’t(i’ve been dying to share). Why not somehow have the frets numbered in a video or on the frets themselves which would help when a lesson is moving a little too fast for some since all the frets look the same?Especially when many factors are involved(frets,fingers & strings).  If you patent idea please cut me in. Free course would be nice too. Thanks for quality instruction!  

  • Jesse

    What I am amazed about is that for so long I have been trying to sort out my rythme playing like this but never able to accomplish what I really want. Here you have shown me how to do exactly what I want to hear and how you can go from fast to slow rythme, visa versa, and stay exactly on the beat.

    It sounds magic.


  • Jnlre

    Practice makes perfect! Thanks for the riff!

  • Pat Rowen

    Very slick and easy to learn. Sounds awesome too, Thanks for putting this out:)

  • Sluggashane

    This one was so simple yet sounded soo good. tie this in with a few more and
    one would think that i  knew what i was doing with this guitfiddle.As a 70 yr old from N.Y.C. my bluze are personal, i got a lot of stories to tell once i learn how to talk.

  • Jsh_rssll

    Great video! Very easy for beginners to understand.My father in law and I would love a copy of this course!

  • Scott Hendricks (805) 709-3620

    WOW, I am a recovering Quadriplegic. My left side started to come back first and I became a hemiplegic, later my right side came back, sort of spastic, okay, spastic. You have given me the ability to use my right hand and I have started to follow, slowly. I am recovering thru guitar…..I am on a fixed income and you have been free….Godsend. I hope you get it, what you have done has made not only you a better man than me, but you have made me a better man. Thank you
    I am 62, I crushed my spinal chord representing the USA in Bakio, Spain 11 days after the World Trade Center went down, Waveskiing in the World Championships. I picked up the guitar and had a strong left and a spastic right hand, I played for a good friend musician and he told me, when you hit that wrong note, your playing jazz, and when you hit the wrong string twice, your looking into good jazz. Well last spring I told that story to Willie Nelson and he said, “when you hit it wrong three times, well youi got a lick, and if you have a lick, you may have a song!”. True story, so you see, I have been thru great pain and you are showing me “the blues” and I am greatful.
    Scott Hendricks
    Arroyo Grande, CA

  • Devin Ward

    I have been playing for 2 months already and I feel I have reached what some call the “intermediate plateau” I’ve been searching for some new riffs to learn and i think i just may have found the place to do so.

  • Devin Ward

    I have been playing for 2 months already and I feel I have reached what some call the “intermediate plateau” I’ve been searching for some new riffs to learn and i think i just may have found the place to do so.

  • Glyn

    Hey riffninja,
    ALL your tips and tricks are brilliant, to a new player like myself (10 months ). The one thing that I have learnt is learning this wonderful instrument is a very long road, at at my age I probably will be lucky to get a few miles along it!
    So all your encouragement, and tips are fascinating, but mostly very helpful.

    Thank you for your time.

  • PhilH

    Thanks, Colin,  I think the may be some hope for my playing after all.  I have tried to follow many other video lessons, there are some good ones out there for sure, but they seem to blow past me so quickly I tend to back off.  I appreciate the example of how you make the technique being taught very clear and do able.
    thanks again.

  • Gordon

    nice easy lesson thanks 

  • Bbshot

    Great explanation and demonstration of the hammer on.  I am re-entering the guitar world after playing as a kid and a lot of these things were not taught in my earlier years.  There is a whole new world being opened up thanks to on-line teachers such as yourself and can’t wait to learn something new every day.

  • Robb

    really like your style of teaching — keep it comin       R

  • Ramartinez1

    I have been struggling with reading and understanding Tabs for some time now. And simply watching you play along with the tabs listed below your video lesson just taught me them!!! And I will say I am grinning! Thanks Colin there is much to learn in everything you teach. Indeed you are the real Riff Ninja !!!    

  • Ramartinez1

    Colin, Colin, Colin,  . . . . . .

  • Jim Shannon

    I love it’s simplicity, sound great and you learn easily  not only the riff but the connecting scale and nowhere its coming from, which is maybe more important than the riff its self.

  • Emchenry52

    This is the best explanation of a Hammer-On I’ve had………….what it is and how to play it.  No other book, or nobody else has explained it so simply that I understand it right now.  I don’t have to think about it, I just have to do it because you explained it so well in the beginning.  I too, get frustrated by the same thing over and over again.  You have given me two new things at once, the Hammer-On technique explanation and a Riff to boot.  Gotta crank up my Fender!

  • Chairag Yadav

    its souds good….i’ll try it

  • Lundchief

    By far the best video instruction I have watched. For us older folks it takes a few times to catch on and yours is perfect. I have sent you an email asking questions.