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Good stuff. Love the break down of “Born with a broken heart”. Something fun to practice. Colin, your teaching ability is awesome. The academy has been so much more helpful to me than the local lessons I’d been paying for – lots of cash for a whole lot less information.
I am 74 yrs old and have 2 masters degrees in music and have played professionally most of my life on drums. I have been working on guitar off and on for the last 3 or 4 yrs. I haven’t had the blues scales course long enough to evaluate my progress. However, after working on the pentatonic scales and chromatics, I notice I am more adept at adding in 2 or 3 note fills at the end of phrases. I attend an East Coast gathering of 89 guitar players every April and have a strong desire to play more than just chords. The Blues scales course is guiding me towards that goal.
Hi Colin, thanks for your email wanting to follow up on my progress with the Guitar Improvising Course. I’m about half way thru the first DVD and finding it absolutely fantastic.
The way you present is very good, and since I’ve been using your instructional material the light bulbs have started to illuminate. I now tackle songs that I used to just look at and say Nah too hard and move on to something easier… like easy chords.
I have two other courses of yours and I would like to take this opportunity to Thank You very much for your help in getting me to play some real guitar and real songs not just pussyfoot crap.
Thanks and Cheers Colin
I’ve been teaching myself for about three years now just noodling around. I know open chords but didn’t understand where I was, why I was there, where to go next and why. I started read up on music theory was so confused.
This blues course was my revelation moment. I know how to take a note make a scale make a chord scale know were to go for solos now I can watch someone else play know where they are learning new songs by 1-4-5 I’m blown away. Thank you.
Just started to discipline myself after a lifetime of being a musical hack.
And a variance the I, IV, V method was what I was using with the bass guitar to help myself navigate through the fretboard. The thing is, I didn’t know the “I, IV, V” from a “one-two” upside my head. I used to be the singer for a couple of thrash-metal-punk kinda bands who on occasion would hop on a bass to come up with licks and rhythms to go along with what ever lyrics happened to be bouncing around inside my head. Years later, now.
I finally picked up a guitar and decided to try and crack the code on how to play the thing. I SUCKED!!! But, desperate to learn I plugged away. Then I stumbled onto Riff Ninja and things have been falling into place ever since.
Just wanted everyone involved with this awesome learning tool to know that the “Aha!!!” moments are coming more frequently and I can actually play this thing without making my ears crawl back into my skull and hide from the abomination that was once my guitar playing. And I am sure that goes double for all within ear shot of my journey toward heavy metal greatness! And maybe the JCM800 half stack was a bit too much during this learning curve, and for that I apologize…… >: ) kinda.
Anyhoo, thanks again for the go at your own pace approach! It has worked wonders for me!
Will keep you updated!
Jeff (45 going on 20 again)
I bought Colin’s “Essentials of Strumming & Rhythm Guitar” course after having purchased several “Improve your Rhythm” courses because although I have been playing guitar for about 40 years, the last 10 or so without a significant break 😉 my theory, though I may say so myself, is pretty good however my timing sucked (as I found out when I tried to record a song I had recently written having first laid down a rhythm section in Ableton)!
No other course (and there were quite a few) seemed to help. Colin’s was a last ditch attempt before I resigned myself to recording just my guitar and voice and progressing no further. I have watched and re-watched Video 1 now and already my timing has improved dramatically, now I am looking forward to starting Video 2 soon.
Colin’s teaching method is excellent and I can really understand where he is coming from when he takes time to explain why and how things work on guitar.
The Blues Chords course is wonderful. I am not an accomplished player. I have no aspirations of performing; I play to relax and decompress after work. I simply love playing the gee-tar to jam tracks. My goal is to eventually play the chord I hear in my mind. Sort of intuitively throw down the chord that “fits”. Playing open major “cowboy chords” gets a bit dry at times.
The 7th chords in this course really add spice to any chord progression; sometimes they don’t always resolve perfectly in the progression… but they work and sound “cool” to my ear. For example, I will play a B7 when B major is called for. It works and, for me, it’s easier to play for some reason. The course immediately exposes you to bar chords which in my mind is extremely important. A bit tough at first, but the hand strength eventually comes around and you can get them to ring clear as long as you work at it. Still struggling with bar chord changes, but in time I’ll conquer it.
The course is chock full of information, very organized, and is easy to digest. You still need to work at it; no magic pill here…you need to take it out of the fret board. If you have some music theory, you’ll get the chording principles even quicker. All in all, an excellent, enjoyable course.
The exercises are really great – playing the 3 or 4 nights in a row made it very easy to hear strumming in songs I try to steal, emulate (or whatever). Working with you book/DVD and then practicing with my all time favorite strumming CD – Gonzo Stew by Jerry Jeff Walker, encouraged me to work more on my alternate music presentation technique. Thank you.
Hi Colin: I am really having a lot of enjoyment with your courses: Ultimate Blues, Beginner Blues Riffs, Guitar Improvising Secrets. At 75 I am slower as you mentioned but Oh, man, the Scales, the climbs and passing notes have opened up a whole new world for me. I am working hard around two hours minimum per day and really enjoying it. Thank you so much for all you do. Please say HI to Riley!
I’m very pleased with my progress.
Thanks for all the great lessons. I’m enjoying the course and learning lots. Very effective and encouraging teaching style, much appreciated.
I have always struggled with the scales & have always wanted to play lead & solos. I have some of your lessons now & can definitely see a difference. I am definitely having more fun doing it now. I was pretty discouraged before for quite awhile. I am doing much better now thanks to your great lessons.
This was rather enlightening. Can’t wait to practice and learn more. 🙂
I am 55 years old, and started playing guitars 5 years ago. My first instructor told me he was going to give me some theory, and I balked: Don’t give me theory! Show me how to play this thing!
Looking back, I realize how naive I was. I am so far ahead of the guy who first showed me how to play my first chord five years ago, because I have taken the time to learn some theory. Colin Daniel is my fourth internet instructor, and I would have to say the best. Plus, he’s Canadian like me! Go BC!
I have to take a bow to Marty Schwartz and Justin Sandercoe, I’ve learned tons from them, but Colin knows how to drill right down to what’s important, with by far the best video production quality I’ve seen, and an absolutely superb course book, Colin is a total perfectionist with this course. My theory knowledge is really starting to crystallize now; if only my clumsy fingers could keep up with my understanding! Great work.
Really excellent lesson, so helpful. I wish I’d learned this stuff 50 years ago!
It’s a great course Colin – one that finally got me ‘over the wall’ and strumming properly. Thanks a lot.
I have been really impressed with this course. I started taking lessons just before my 61st birthday and for the first year thought I would never get beyond basic variations of Up-Down strumming. This course has taken me way beyond that. I am now even “hearing” strum patterns to some of my favorite songs when I listen to the radio/iPod. Thanks Colin! Great Course!
Man I can tell you, you are THE MAN. Your strumming course helped me so much. Thanks alot
It’s been a year +1 day since I signed up for a lifetime membership. You guys are great. I’m now at the point where I browse a topic based on what I am doing – select it – and enjoy. I always learn something and appreciate how theory and practice work together. Thanks.