Strumming Made Simple

Once you know the chords to a song, everything else comes down to strumming…

Have you ever felt like many of the songs you play sound and feel the same? Perhaps every song you touch comes out with a country flavor, or a blues flavor, or a straight feel, even if it is meant to be something else entirely! Some players report that the fun and zest, the real enjoyment of playing the guitar and exploring new territory just isn’t there anymore, because everything they play sounds tired and worn out now.

It is quite common for beginners – and even intermediate players – to fall into “the strumming rut” struggling with their rhythm, at times feeling like the fun and zest has left the guitar, because there just aren’t any new ideas anymore. Even when they learn a new song, it quickly begins to feel like the last one…

The simple fact is that many songs share the same chords, so the strumming really does make a huge difference.

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It is a well-known fact that the most popular chord progression in popular music is based on just four chords. For instance, in the key of G it is: G, D, Em, C. In the key of A, it would be A, E, F#m, D. This exact chord progression has been used in well over 100 Top 40 songs in the last few decades.

If such a huge number of the most popular songs are using the exact same chord progression then what differentiates them enough to become so popular?

The answer is Strumming!

Melody plays a big role too of course, but the rhythm is the glue that holds everything else together.

Students often approach me, asking them to teach them the strumming pattern to a specific song they’re working on. Others just go straight to places like Youtube to see what they can find. That’s cool, but at the end of the day, that’s a very limiting approach.

Give a man a fish…

There’s an old bit of wisdom that says: Give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime.

There’s a lot of truth in that expression, and it applies to the guitar too.

Rather than simply teach you the strum patterns for a few popular songs, I’d far prefer to give you the tools you need to truly understand rhythm for yourself… the ability to break down strum patterns on your own and even create new ones too! That’s why in my guitar course, Essentials of Strumming & Rhythm Guitar, you’re not only going to get a few juicy strum patterns to use here and there. Along the way, you’ll learn how to count music and to truly understand rhythm. Because, once you have the skills of dissecting and replicating a rhythm for yourself, there’s no stopping you anymore! And yes, along the way we’re going to learn tons of strumming patterns, but they will all be used as examples teaching you the overall concepts so that at the end of the course the sum is indeed worth more than the parts!

The skill set you will gain from this course on strumming and rhythm will empower you to do a multitude of things, effectively allowing you to figure out others’ rhythms and even create new rhythms for yourself for the rest of your life.

You may only know three chords at the moment, but if you know many different ways to strum those chords, your friends will think you’ve played much longer than you have.

It’s all about increasing your repertoire and being able to use what you already know more effectively!

Colin, your persona on this DVD is that of a very serious teacher with a very good SENSE OF HUMOR. You are very direct with your ideas and very understandable with your directions ‘Practice Practice Practice’ BUT have fun doing so.

I am having a lot of fun. Your strum patterns are terrific and very helpful and as they say timing is everything but location helps a lot also. Your DVD is chock full of guitar info and is too much to talk about here, just let me say “Thank You” for giving me a very clear path to follow and well explained instructions to keep me moving forward.

And I will ‘Keep on Strummin’

Bob McAvoyLong Island, New York


How Will This Course Help Me Identify The
Strum Patterns Of My Favorite Songs?

One of the most potentially frustrating things about learning new songs is being able to figure out the chords, but still not being able to make it sound just right. Many songs rely on cool little strumming patterns to give them their unique personality, and if you don’t hit those patterns bang on, the song can fall flat.

In Essentials of Strumming & Rhythm Guitar, you will learn how to recognize what kind of strumming to use in each situation. We’ll cover more than 20 specific strum patterns individually and in detail, but more importantly, you’ll learn how they all work and how you can modify those into dozens, even hundreds of your own variations. You’ll also learn how to break down rhythms so you can identify all the ‘moving parts’ and put them together into a proper strum pattern.

We’ll take a close look at many of the most famous strumming patterns that you will find in many of the most popular songs across all genres. You will be fully equipped to learn any song you want to, without needing help! Talk about a confidence builder!

  • A famous strum pattern used by the Beatles and Rolling Stones
  • Demystify rhythms by breaking them into bite-sized chunks
  • The classic strumming technique used by country & western players
  • An essential strumming technique used in blues and rock

Good Rhythm Applies to ALL Music

When you improve your strumming and rhythm on the guitar, it affects every type of music you might want to play. Some people enjoy playing the blues, some people only like country, while others enjoy playing metal, rock and pop as well! It really doesn’t matter what type of music you play, or might want to play in the future, having a strong foundation in rhythm will benefit you greatly in all these genres.

Awesome rhythm & strumming course! You kept it simple and straight forward with some added touches. Very cool! It truly has helped me as a rhythm guitarist and a solo musician. Your format (the 3 screen) and honest approach really was a great help.

This seasoned guitarist benefited richly – it was worth every penny, but continue to keep them affordably priced. I highly recommend this course for everyone who plays guitar… electric or acoustic. Keep’um coming!! Hey how about a course for modern popular chord progressions – acoustic as well as electric!

Thanks Colin… you rock man!

Joe JacobsDayton, Ohio


Taking It Beyond Just Strumming

Strumming is great: it is the foundation that everything else is built on. If you don’t have a strong and solid strum, the song quickly falls apart. But what if you want to start getting a little bit more fancy? Every student I’ve ever taught has been happy with basic strums for a while, for the time it takes them to really dig in and master them. But pretty soon, they want to embellish on those just a bit.

That’s when I start teaching them how to hit the bass note first, and add a strum. By breaking the pattern up in this fashion, you get a very different sound and feel to the song, allowing you to go in even more directions with it.

That’s what most of the second DVD in Essentials of Strumming & Rhythm Guitar is all about, so you’ll thoroughly learn the basics in the first half of the course, and then, when you’re ready, we’ll dig into some more advanced strumming patterns in the second half. We’ll cover how to pick bass notes along with your strumming, as well as how to alternate between different bass notes, and of course, which bass notes to choose!

You’ll learn how to modify or change up your strumming from verse to verse, a technique which adds a lot of depth to the song overall.

Imagine yourself playing confidently through a new song you’ve just learned, varying strum patterns as you go in such a way that the song really comes alive!

The strum patterns are really great. Using the book to go along with your video made it so clear. I couldn’t believe how easy you made it.

Now all I have to do is practice all of them with some rhythm and I’m sure I will get a lot better at it. Thank you so much for a great course. Take care and GOD bless!!!!!!

Wendling LindseyCovington, Louisiana


100% Risk-Free Satisfaction Guarantee

If you’re hesitant about purchasing online, that’s okay – I understand. In fact, that’s why I stand behind all my guitar lessons with a 100% Risk-Free “No Weasel Clauses” Satisfaction Guarantee.

My guarantee states that if for any reason you’re not completely satisfied with the guitar lesson, I’ll give you a complete refund within 60 days of purchase, with no hassles.

This completely eliminates the risk on your part – you’ve got nothing to lose, and everything to gain by trying Essentials of Strumming & Rhythm Guitar!

40+ Years of Guitar Teaching Experience, At Your Service

So who is this Colin Daniel guy? Well, without tooting my own horn, I wanted to assure you that you’re in capable hands. I’ve been a professional musician and teacher for over 40 years… I’ve played hundreds of gigs, led dozens of bands, written dozens of original songs, and taught over 5000 guitar players, many of whom have gone on to become professionals in their own right. Recently I’ve been able to reach even more students via this newfangled interweb thing and, and I’d love to help you learn guitar too!

In my 2 DVD, 4 hour video lesson, Essentials of Strumming & Rhythm Guitar, you will learn:

  • How to read, count, and identify rhythms
  • How tempo makes all the difference, and how it affects timing
  • How to use stick notation, and the timing of standard notation
  • How to lock in with a bass line or a drum beat
  • Combination strumming and picking
  • Over 20 specific strum patterns with examples from famous songs

Laser Targeted Strumming Lesson

Essentials of Strumming & Rhythm Guitar is a four-hour course focused solely on how to strum your guitar and understand rhythms. If you were to get in-person strumming lessons locally, you’d likely be paying the going rate of about $30 per half hour. Do the math, and you find out that the same amount of instruction would cost you $240… if you could find a properly experienced teacher, to cover the topic in the same detail as I’ve done!

Also, consider the fact that in Essentials of Strumming & Rhythm Guitar I’ve boiled down the most powerful, most important aspects of strumming and rhythm, and still it came to four hours! A normal one-on-one lesson would end up taking you far longer to cover the same material, that’s just the way these things work. At $69.95, Essentials of Strumming & Rhythm Guitar is not only an incredible tool to improve your guitar playing, it is also a whopping 70% discount over the minimum you might pay to get the same training elsewhere.

Two Ordering Options

Essentials of Strumming & Rhythm Guitar is available in two order options (both contain the same material):

Either way, you’ll be able to download the lessons today and get started immediately. Please keep in mind that the download files are very large – around 4 Gigabytes in total – so if you have a slow internet connection this will take a very long time. For this reason, the DVD is recommended. However, the download files are in High Definition 720p, so they are nice and high quality!

Mobile friendly! The download version of the lesson can be played on mobile devices, including iPads and even many smart phones.

The DVD will play in any computer or on your DVD player with your TV.

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2 DVDs + Printed Book + Download:

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Are you ready to become a Riff Ninja like me, and take your rhythm guitar playing to levels that you never before dreamed possible?

Keep on Rockin’



a.k.a. the Riff Ninja

PS: The Essentials of Strumming & Rhythm Guitar lesson will give you a solid foundation in strumming and counting rhythms that will position you to go as far as you want to with rhythm guitar. By learning with these practical examples, you’ll never again be confused about a rhythm, or unable to figure out a strum pattern!

PS. If for any reason you’re not satisfied, you’re protected by my 100% Risk-Free Satisfaction Guarantee for a full 60 days.

PS. Both the DVD and the Download Only version include the same lesson material: the main video lesson, as well as the bonus booklet. The DVD version includes download access, with the additional convenience of having everything on DVD as well.

I’ve been playing guitar, on and off, for 30+ years. I hit a rut after a few years and never really advanced in my ability – that is until I became a Riff Ninja member. Although I’m pretty good with strumming patterns, the video has helped me a lot with my timing. The online lessons have really filled in the gaps in my theory knowledge.

I’ve improved more in the past couple months than I have in over 20 years.

Thanks Colin, you’re an outstanding instructor!

Jeff FinkbeinerWaterford, Michigan

Colin, your persona on this DVD is that of a very serious teacher with a very good SENSE OF HUMOR. You are very direct with your ideas and very understandable with your directions ‘Practice Practice Practice’ BUT have fun doing so.

I am having a lot of fun. Your strum patterns are terrific and very helpful and as they say timing is everything but location helps a lot also. Your DVD is chock full of guitar info and is too much to talk about here, just let me say “Thank You” for giving me a very clear path to follow and well explained instructions to keep me moving forward.

And I will ‘Keep on Strummin’

Bob McAvoyLong Island, New York

I recently purchased the Rhythm Guitar course, and have found it to be very helpful. My timing has improved greatly. and I’m finding it much easier to pick out the rhythm in songs.

For anyone wanting a solid base for strumming, this is a good purchase.

David BauerBirch Run, Michigan

Hey guys, it’s been a while since I’ve written you. It’s been almost two years since I bought my first course from you, and I’ve bought three more since. I have learned from all of them. My favorite and the one I still use is the Ultimate Blues Scales course.

The first thing I realized in my many years of playing is that I couldn’t speak the language. The second thing is that being in shape to play is very important.

Both of those things frustrated me for many years. My favorite analogy is if you go to run a marathon in a foreign country and are out of shape and don’t know the language,you will be lost. Most of my time was spent learning scales, for about a year and a half. My strumming left a lot to be desired so I ordered the strumming course, which got that fixed.

Now I practice or do work in music everyday. By work I mean do some book work on scales and look up tab to practice new songs. I don’t try to be an instant Eddie Van Halen but I try to improve a little every day. That’s how he did it. Today is the first time I didn’t pick up the guitar or do anything with my music. That was on purpose, as I don’t want to burn out either. My effects equipment and recording equipment will arrive this week. My plans for this year are putting a band together and recording. My thanks goes to all of you – keep up the good work.


Michael Lavigne

I am enjoying Essentials of Strumming and Rhythm guitar course. I have also purchased courses from Jonathan. I am 69 and have been working at my music for the past two years, I play for myself and anyone who wants to listen to me, having fun and learning more everyday. Thanks Colin.

Robert NemethMississuaga, Ontario