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Beginner Blues Riffs – Related Lessons
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 loved the rhythm ‘n riffs course and would love to get the tabs or a quick video lesson on the riff u use at the home screen of DVD 2. It’s really catchy. I am also waiting to get stage 3 of your blues course. Thanks
If you have my photo, it was taken in 1965 – I am the front singer. I have never picked a guitar up until last Christmas 2013.
I think the Strumming Lessons are BRILLIANT – the lessons are easy to follow and I really enjoy it when you go into your riffs.
Keep up the excellent work for us beginners.
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!
I learned so much in the DVD set, and the book really was very useful. You do not need to turn on the video after watching it for three times, I just do my strumming practice through the accompanied book. Maybe in a couple of weeks this will be in the shelf. Thanks, my money was well spent in this series.
Hi Colin, I’m 69 and been trying to learn guitar for years, and I came here pretty much as a last stop shop. I’ve had quite a few lessons, but they all seem to want to show me how to play a song, not play the guitar.
I practiced this lesson for a while, without quite knowing why. Then I had a “light bulb” moment – I suddenly understood where I was on the fretboard, and why, and where to go next.
Still can’t actually play much, but that’s a work in progress…… I am much encouraged. Thank you.
Hello Colin: I have been very busy moving to Las Vegas (UNLV). Currently I am practicing Rhythm & Riffs along side of Ultimate Blues courses. The reason I am doing this at this time is that the first lessons in each course is that they both cover TIMING. I am working hard on your timing lessons, as they are all important. I play along with you and apply your all of your techniques.
Your lessons are easy to follow and are clearly explained. And thanks to your teaching, I have seen marked improvement.
Continue doing what you are doing and I will follow. As I go along, I will keep you updated on my progress.
Really excellent lesson, so helpful. I wish I’d learned this stuff 50 years ago!
Well I like the fact that you have taken time to think like a beginner… I was just that as of Jan 20,2016.
I am now a beginner with knowledge about guitar playing… can i play the guitar? No. Do I know chords? Yes, with just a little visual prompting.
I drew out the chord charts on a large piece of cardboard, and kept them in the relative major and minor groups. I took your advice and became creative in my approach.
My problem in this creative journey is muscle memory for the chord shapes… practice practice practice…
I like the fact that you have gone into the exact chords as in Sweet Home Alabama.
Colin I am totally happy with this course… oh what does one do about the left had calluses? I look forward to the day that I am ready to play blues music. I am also fulfilling a 40 year want – to play guitar, sooo wish I had done this earlier in my life.
Thank you for your time and keep ROCKIN!
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’
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
Hi Colin, I have gone through the Essentials of Strumming & Rhythm Guitar course, and I’m very pleased with my progress.
Even though I can play the guitar it gave me different ideas of how to plan out for different songs.
Congratulations on putting together a very good course.
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!
Colin, What can I say! I have purchased everything from Marty and numerous others to long to name – but this 46 min lesson hit the nail on the head. I did know the extension on route 6 and 5 – But there is a no drag BS in your teaching which helped drive the whole formula into my head, finally!!
Cheers – The diatonic natural minor I did not know but the pieces of the jigsaw are certainly coming together. On the strength of this lesson I will purchase your DVD.
I have reviewed the materials and I am returning to study more in detail. I understand most of what is presented, now I want to begin practicing. I would suggest that each of the 20 different strums be played as a jam session for students to play along with. I believe this course will help me become a much better player.
Hey Colin, Sixty seven year old new member; been playing on and off for three decades; still pretty ordinary but I just love strumming or plucking out a tune. I really like the way the screen is split into three sections on your videos as it lets everyone see exactly what’s going on. Best regards, Jim
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.
I have been playing for about 5 years on and off. I play everyday but I did not know what I was playing and why.
I was frustrated and almost gave up my passion which is playing the guitar, but thanks to watching your Riff Ninja video and the testimonial that you gave, it really made me buy the materials and give it a shot.
Within a full week the guitar started to make sense. Now I can figure out songs a lot faster and I know what key they are in and also the mode. My soloing is better but if I want to learn a riff it’s very simple now for me to find out what scale to use.
I recommend Colin’s lessons because they work 100%.
Thanks Riff Ninja – my journey just began.
I wanted to say how much I have been enjoying the lessons. Thanks so much. I do have a lot to practice. I am a trial member and will join, as I have learned so much in such a small amount of time, due to the presentation of the information. Colin is fantastic. I am very impressed, and have renewed excitement for my guitar, so much, that I sat down all day, and watched the lessons and played along yesterday. I am not total beginner, but, have learned bits and pieces over about 10 years, and now I feel like I have direction.
I have a lot of studying to do! Thank you for the lesson.
Been playing for a lot of years, it’s about time I learn what I have been doing!!!