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Beginner Blues Riffs – Related Lessons
You opened my eyes a bit more to the “big picture” when it comes to fitting all I have watched and tried together to make more sense. Thanks!
Hi Colin, I really enjoyed Essentials of Strumming and Rhythm Guitar. You are a great teacher, I got a lot out of the course and I love mixing the strumming patterns and coming up with cool sounding stuff. I just bought your new 30 Beginner Blues Riffs course and I’m learning a lot from that as well, you make learning guitar fun.
I’m sticking with the Riff Ninja, you are awesome, great humor. I’m also a Riff Ninja member, lots of great stuff there also. Keep on Rockin!
What a difference with this strumming course! I still have a way to go. For the first time I feel like I sound good.
Your slow guidance is so helpful. I have never had any musical contact, so it is a new learning experience. Thank You.
The Essentials of Strumming and Rhythm Guitar was exactly what the doctor ordered. I will go over and over it again and again. I need to know this stuff like the back of my hand – At least that is my goal.
Great job Colin with the teaching!
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!!!!!
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.
I’d got to that stage where I could play the open chords okay, had a bit of rhythm and had been mucking around with the pentatonic minor scale and getting better on barre chords. But the truth is I’d been all over the place on U tube looking for a bit of theory and bamboozled by so many scale courses. I really needed to focus on one thing so I checked out all the big internet teachers sites and free u tubes before honing in on Riff Ninja. To be honest the name had put me off a little but when I read about their scales course it kind of rang a bell with me.
Having bought the scales course I can tell you I am absolutely thrilled with it. Colin’s teaching style is relaxed, gentle and very clear and thorough. He doesn’t assume anything about you but just allows you to focus on the core scales as the building blocks for wherever else you may go.
These core scales I have been pleased to discover will be enough for me to go as far as I want with the guitar.
I’ve never written a recommendation before but compelled to now. Professional site, service and a huge discovery for me is Colin Daniel who for me is the best internet teacher I have seen.
Great work, thanks and kudos to the Riff Ninja team. Have bought the strumming course now and no doubt the blues riffs shortly!
I have owned a guitar for over 30 yrs. I know a lot of chords, have done some theory, but never really got what it was about.
With Colin, the way he explains 145 really makes you connect, and the old cliché light bulb moment rings true.
Fantastic course – keep on keeping on.
I bought the Slide Guitar Essentials course. I am very pleased with the explanations and all the theory parts. It is so great to know the “why” we play what we do!
Thanks for all your hard work.
I started to learn guitar 7 month ago at the age of 56. I want to understand music, not just play songs. I believe that I progressed a lot and I want to thank you for that (I am using diff sources, but this is clearly the best and helps to understand the other teachers better).
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
I am working my way through your Definitive Beginners Acoustic course. That course is great and I recommend it to anyone that wants to learn guitar.
Hi Colin, excellent lesson as always. I’ve learned more in the last week-and-a-half than in years of intermittent lessons.
Your teaching style is fantastic and I hope to be jamming along with you relatively soon in the more advanced stuff. However, first I’ll learn to walk.
I never appreciated just how important scales were before now. Still fighting the lazy left hand, but with your help I’ll win all the battles and eventually win the war.
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…
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.
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.
Have watched the 1st DVD twice now, and will watch again (and again?).
The charts to write names of notes per string/fret is a great tool, once all that great background info was provided! (I had a guitar teacher hand me one years ago, and tell me to fill it out every day, but left out much of the necessary background to make it a useful learning tool! 😀 ) Have started to grasp things I wish had been explained properly YEARS ago!
While it would be tempting for any beginner/developing guitar player to just want to start getting their hands on the instrument and “making noise,” this background stuff is SO valuable!
Looking forward to learning MUCH MORE and actually understanding what and why and how things are done, vs. the OLD way of just trying to memorize stuff without any context to put it in.
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
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.
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)