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Beginner Blues Riffs – Related Lessons
Colin, You’re a special teacher. Your freebies convinced me to purchase “Essentials of Strumming.” I’m now anxious to practice.
While I have much experience with G, Em, Am, C, and D… I’m very pleased to add Bm to my cache. Thank you, I really enjoyed this. Hoping to learn more than ever from you guys. I also really enjoy your online videos’ approach.
Hi Colin. Couldn’t be happier with the Riff Ninja Academy lessons. Have made it deep into Section III and learned so much… SO much more to go.
You are an amazing teacher and I drop Jonathan a line ever so often about a question I have on one of the videos. A really thorough and informative course, probably the best one I have ever undertaken. You are so smooth on guitar. It’s a joy to watch you play and instruct.
Recently, someone asked me how long I had been playing guitar. They, thinking I was fairly accomplished, meant this in a complimentary way, I know. But as the words “25 years” crossed my lips, in my heart of hearts I was embarrassed. I knew that my singing ability was masking the simple fact that I had stagnated long ago in my guitar playing. So when I heard about Colin Daniel’s “Ultimate Blues Course,” I thought that this was a perfect opportunity to start making some progress again.
Now, 75% through the course, I can say that I have not been disappointed. I am challenged and enlightened by the course material. I feel like I’m climbing the musical mountain again and that Colin is my personal sherpa in the process. Even some of his throw-away lines are helping me! Sounds crazy, but changing to a heavier pick has been golden. Great course. Great teacher. Thanks!
I am happy with the lessons. I find them really good because you point out the really important thing to focus on when learning how to play Guitar and Bass.
Keep up the good lessons.
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!!!
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.
I think that you should call it the “Magic Harmony Box” as it has magically opened up the fretboard to me. I am finally starting to learn and understand what I am really doing and I am evolving towards becoming a real musician like Colin.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Really enjoyed Colin’s bag of tricks course, really useful. Thanks!
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!
I only started playing a few years ago at 46 and had wasted so much time trying to find the right online course and going off on U tube tangents before I stumbled across Riff Ninja.
The Ultimate Blues course has been the single biggest transformation in my journey to becoming a better guitar player.
Colin’s easy teaching style and commitment to making sure his online students “get it” is perfect for me. I thought scales were way beyond me, but the way Colin teaches it they’re not at all hard to understand.
I am hanging out for parts 3 and 4 of the blues course now and will be the first to purchase as soon as they are available.
Colin disproves a lot of the wrong messages I had been getting from the internet, and I simply refuse to watch any other online teacher after watching his course as I don’t want to waste any more time with wrong or confusing mixed messages.
This blues course is simply the best decision you can possibly invest in. You won’t regret it.
Thanks Colin for putting such effort into this with both the quality of the production and the carefully constructed content.
Really excellent lesson, so helpful. I wish I’d learned this stuff 50 years ago!
Hey boyz and girlz,
The first two parts of this Ultimate Blues Chords Course were okay, you can rewind and replay any bit so you will get to let all of it sink in good. Then the harvesting will begin, but go on forever!
Keep on playing, Oscar
I am a 52 year old guitar nut that really just plucked around for years. I recently picked up a Les Paul Epiphone and got serious. Practice hours everyday and struggled a bit until I saw your videos on u tube. Man it just clicked, your methods and attitude I really like. Thanks for the inspiration and tips. God speed my friend.
2nd lesson and I’m hooked! Your approach, mannerisms, and talking style are laid back and relatable. Rock on!! “Green as a pool table and twice as square” – awesome