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Beginner Blues Riffs – Related Lessons
I recently purchased the Rhythm Guitar course, and have found it to be very helpful. My timing has improved greatly. and I’m finding it much easier to pick out the rhythm in songs.
For anyone wanting a solid base for strumming, this is a good purchase.
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.
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!
Riff (you don’t mind if I call you Riff do you?). Have 3 of your courses. All great. I am a 72 y.o. Understand theory well. Head to hands is the problem. Thinking your Essentials of Strumming & Rhythm may help. Love your teaching & wish you & yours a very Happy Christmas. Gordon
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)
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.
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.
Hello Colin just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for your instruction and strumming course. I am not a professional musician but I love the guitar and will always play and learn. I am only about 4 years in, and I play or practice at some point usually every day.
I have purchased some very expensive courses to help me along, and they have for sure, because I want to understand guitar not just make it talk. Your course is inexpensive and fantastic quality.
Players think a lot about their fret hand but neglect the star hand or rhythm hand. I have learned you can know all the chords, runs, riffs and tabs but are very limited without your partner Mr. Rhythm Hand. My point being if you want to expand your knowledge even if it is one little “ah-ha” this product is well worth it. Thanks again Colin! Folk I am a real person who just loves to make my kids smile and guitars talk.
Hi Colin, The Ultimate Blues Course: Stage 1 – Chords is amazing & has definitely made me a better player.
I’m an intermediate & kind of stuck. I have some of your other lessons & have benefited from them all. Sometimes not enough time. I play golf, fish, woodwork, & even make guitars but I love playing the guitar. You are a great teacher & your music professor you talked about taught you very well.
About my playing before I got your lesson – I was frustrated, discouraged, stuck but now am kind of re-energized & really want to learn. When can we expect the stage 2-Scales?
I enjoyed the course, how it shows different strumming and rhythm patterns. In that case I have improved. Although I still struggle with how to count out the tempo and which strum pattern should be used. Maybe this will come with time, or you can go more into depth on these subjects. Not all songs I struggle with, I think its more the tempo thing than anything else. All in all its been a good experience thxs, Mike
Wow – this has to be one of the best online lessons i have ever come across. Thank you.
I am a huge Stevie Ray Vaughan fan but as a relative beginner/immediate thought it was out of reach for me. I think I will need to watch this several times and find some way to slow down the playback to half speed to get it all.
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.
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.
After finding your site I’ve improved more in the past 3 weeks than I have in 20+ years. Colin makes it so easy to get me to wrap my head around these theory concepts. I’ve only known bits and pieces of the puzzle for too many years but thanks to Colin he’s helping me fill in the gaps.
It’s brought back the joy to playing the guitar.
Tonight my son and I just had a fantastic free jam session for hours where I just went nuts applying everything I’ve learned in these lessons. Where are you guys located? I’d love to have some one-on-one instruction with Colin. Great stuff guys!!
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.
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.
Guys, this was another awesome lesson (Essentials of Strumming). Although it’s labeled as a beginner level lesson, I found so many great pearls within it. Again, I’ve been playing on and off for 30+ years with a lot of holes in my theory and technique that Colin always fills in. Great job guys.
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 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!!!
The strum patterns are really great. Using the book to go along with your video made it so clear. I couldn’t believe how easy you made it.
Now all I have to do is practice all of them with some rhythm and I’m sure I will get a lot better at it. Thank you so much for a great course. Take care and GOD bless!!!!!!