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Beginner Blues Riffs – Related Lessons
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.
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
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.
This was rather enlightening. Can’t wait to practice and learn more. 🙂
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.
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!!
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…
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.
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
Hi Colin, thanks for your email wanting to follow up on my progress with the Guitar Improvising Course. I’m about half way thru the first DVD and finding it absolutely fantastic.
The way you present is very good, and since I’ve been using your instructional material the light bulbs have started to illuminate. I now tackle songs that I used to just look at and say Nah too hard and move on to something easier… like easy chords.
I have two other courses of yours and I would like to take this opportunity to Thank You very much for your help in getting me to play some real guitar and real songs not just pussyfoot crap.
Thanks and Cheers Colin
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
I haven’t yet started with the Blues Chords course… first I gotta finish the Early Rock’n’Roll course.
I’m loving it… but it takes me ages to get those riffs up to your speed… especially with “Let Me Love You Baby’… I’m practicing hours every day; slowly getting there… and improving immensely.
I have been playing only about a year and a half and it’s a late start for me; 65 years old. I love your teaching.
I’m really looking forward to beginning the Blues course…
Really excellent lesson, so helpful. I wish I’d learned this stuff 50 years ago!
Colin, this course does exactly as described and has made a huge difference to my ability to strum and keep rhythm within a count.
I have been playing what I thought was rhythm for many years, but now I can hear the beat, it is no longer random. It does not take long through your method of teaching to understand what makes and sounds like an excellent rhythm.
Your patterns are printed and on my wall and are the first thing I practice. Many thanks indeed!
I guess I need to get plugged in. I have played a long time so I notice a semitone when I here it in a solo and never thought much about it. But now I know why, I will be working on this lesson, I want to get my ears hearing everything. I spent one year just concentrating on mode patterns and man has that paid off so I will give this the focus it needs as well. Thank you
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.
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!
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.
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 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).