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It goes without saying that Colin and Jonathan are great instructors. I grab my guitar as time allows (At least 1/2 hour daily but most of the time longer) and I have realized that it takes time as well as understanding. But all the time is good. Knowing the guitar and how to play are more than just hands on which is why I have come to respect ‘Guitar Theory’. The classroom is always needed.
I have purchased Strumming & Improvising lessons from Colin. And the Scales Patterns, I IV V, and Barre Chord lessons from Jonathan. I have been working through them all. I can feel them coming into place (Rome wasn’t built . . .) But I will say that now that I have a better understanding of Strumming, I also have a better understanding of what bars are, 1e+a etc. So now the songs are making more sense. Kinda like a light turning on . . .
I have and will always recommend both Colin and Jonathan’s lesson’s to all who can appreciate clear, step by step lessons, both written and verbal, from those who have clearly shown an appreciation for the instrument. Keep the lessons coming! Thanks to both of you.
Honestly, the material you present is excellent. However, I was looking forward to jamming at a local pub blues jam with my new knowledge, and found myself falling back to my basic open chords and strumming habits. My acoustic is much harder to play bar chords than my electric, which didn’t help. I was less happy with the blues scales course, as I watch you demonstrate miracle solos, but teach only diatonic and pentatonic scales. I am getting pretty good at 1, 2,and 3 position scale patterns, but still have no understanding how to make that into a solo riff. My theory has come a long way, but my technique still needs the help of a real live teacher.
Colin, I’ve been trying to find this course for 30 years, thanks for making it happen. Guitar playing is all about the basics. I finally feel like I know how to strum a guitar.
Thanks again… Tom
Thanks for all the great lessons. I’m enjoying the course and learning lots. Very effective and encouraging teaching style, much appreciated.
Really enjoyed Colin’s bag of tricks course, really useful. Thanks!
I took lessons in the early 90’s for four years from a very good instructor who taught a lot of theory, music reading, rhythm and improvisation. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I put the guitar down and didn’t pick it up again until this year.
Your instruction was entertaining, fun and a basic review of things I use to know. Now that I have retired I am keen to master this beautiful instrument. I like your style and will likely pick up another course from you. It was surprising easy to learn LaBamba!!!
Hi Colin, I purchased your Scales course first. I worked my way through it twice. It is fabulous. I’ve had so many sudden moments of sudden realization about scales and how they work. Still working at the scales program and maybe I’ve approached things out of order, but I was so excited about how much I learned that I now have the Chords lesson as well. I’m working slowly and patiently on it.
My knowledge and understanding is beginning to take lead over my ability. At times I feel overwhelmed but your video lessons are reassuring that patience and practice will bring positive results. I really believe that any chord or scale I want to learn will become as familiar to me as any open major chord I’m entirely comfortable with.
Colin you are a fantastic teacher. Your knowledge is superior, your methods and materials are clear and comprehensive. Throughout the rest of my guitar journey I will be ordering all of your lessons.
Colin, I’ve worked through all of your lessons to this point, and am looking forward to everything that follows. I really appreciate your teaching style, and I have already learned a great deal. (I used to play a bit of guitar as a teenager, and have now returned after a bit of a break – about 35 years!). What I particularly value is the balance of theory and demonstration, this is working really well for me. Many thanks.
This course is very good !!!
I have gone thru the video 2 times and each time I learn so much thanks for your hard work and help. I’m 67 and want to learn everything about the guitar and this course is great thanks Colin.
This and the whiteboard lesson are the best I have ever gotten on basic strum and rhythm. I know it is probably a yawner for many, but for me it was the perfect formulaic approach. Once I have the muscle memory I’m sure it won’t be that essential, but it is what I need now to make my practice productive.
This is a really helpful lesson. Very useful to distinguish the augmented and diminished triads on the top 3 strings. A lot of great material for practice.
I just wanted to think you for the excellent Strumming Course.
I have had some problem with understand how to strum, and this a cleared up a lot of my problems.
Uncle Bob wants to hear more… The Rhythms and Riffs of Early Rock and Roll is the best lesson I have ever had.
It hits me just were I am in my guitar journey and is exactly why I took up guitar in the first place.
I have no desire to start a band or play to anyone but friends and family. The lesson was at just the right pace and detail and made it easy and fun.
REALLY HOPE MORE LESSONS LIKE THIS ARE COMING IN THE FUTURE!!!!!
Bag of Tricks & the Ultimate Blues Stage 2 Scales lesson has helped me a lot to improve my guitar skills.
I was a member of church band but I stopped. A few months ago I started playing again at our church.
I have basic knowledge of scales but it’s not that good yet. I wanted to improve it. When I came across your video online I am impressed the way you play and teach. Since then I always watch your videos and learn from it.
Now I play much better and my fingers are much faster. Thanks from David Martinez
I purchased this course a few years ago and since then have still been learning basics in all other areas, (and other Riff Ninja lessons) especially chord shape/muscle memory.
Well I recently purchased a guitar that I feel is more noteworthy for playing than any of the others in my collection. I also just got quite interested in the music by Neil Young since he plays Harmonica with some of his songs. While strumming along to the song with my new ‘Taylor 314-EC’ (Thank You very much) I referred back to this strumming course in which Colin included the pattern for ‘Heart Of Gold’ . . . I would like to say ‘Kudos’ to Colin.
The pattern was on the money and quite a good experience to able to play along with the song in such a competent manner. It felt great!
The best part of all is that I believe my beautiful sweet girl was also listening in on me while I was playing 🙂
Keep up the good work in providing the RiffNinja lessons. They are much appreciated!
I am an old dude who has taken up guitar late. The package has helped me understand strumming. 16th note strumming is still a challenge though. I agree with the Merle of Las Vegas comment about the strums being presented as a jam session. However I am convinced the lessons will help me improve my rhythm and strumming abilities.
Coolest progression so far. I almost feel like I am a player – running up and down the fret board!
I can almost hear the cheering crowds of adoring fans. I won’t forget you, Colin, when I am a star.
Really enjoying the course! As you know, I purchased the Blues Course II as well. Not quite to the II yet, but have made a lot of progress thus far. I’m finally playing upper Chords with different positions on the fret board. This was a leap for me after 50 some years.
1. One of the most important lessons I feel is the I, IV, V theory/Concept. With this concept, one really doesn’t need to memorize all of the notes on the fret board, but I’m doing that anyway. Can’t seem to help myself on this. It will prove valuable in near future I’m thinking, especially as I already read notes.
2. The other is practicing the chromatic scale as you show on your video. This not only gets on familiar with fret board, but also is good exercise, and improves style (If practicing correctly).
3. What can I say, I really had no idea just how difficult the guitar as an instrument can be. Anyone can learn a few chords, or maybe even bang out some riffs sounding half way decent, but in a lot of cases (happening to me) that’s as far as I got. Unless you’re Mark Knopfler of course, who has a style of his own. Experience tells me now, one should have a teacher. A teacher will not only assist you in learning, but will give you some great ideas for practice. Just sitting in the living room watching TV, and banging on the (git fiddle) is not practice. Playing for pleasure and playing for study are two different things, that is until you reach intermediate to advanced stage. Take some time to enjoy the g…
There’s no doubt that I’m a better player since getting the lesson. There’s a wealth of information there you just can’t get anywhere. I was stuck before & now I have a renewed interest, not to mention this stuff is very, very interesting. I have other lessons from you guys & I love them all. Thanks very much & I truly hope you keep up the good work