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Beginner Blues Riffs – Related Lessons
I’ve been teaching myself for about three years now just noodling around. I know open chords but didn’t understand where I was, why I was there, where to go next and why. I started read up on music theory was so confused.
This blues course was my revelation moment. I know how to take a note make a scale make a chord scale know were to go for solos now I can watch someone else play know where they are learning new songs by 1-4-5 I’m blown away. Thank you.
I haven’t gotten that far into your course yet, but the part about tuning the guitar was very good. You went into the depth of the subject more than any course I’ve seen in the past. Thanks for going the extra mile… Jerr 76yrs
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!
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.
I am a long time music guy, Disc Jockey and Live band member. I am NOT a guitar guy, but have always wanted to play (I play other instruments). When I found this course, after trying to forge through many others, I was very pleased! It is accurate, offers good and easily understood principles and make it easy to improve playing skills quickly. The material included in the course is relevant, and very helpful.
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
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!
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.
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 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.
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 been playing guitar for quite a few years now… To begin with I was only interested in playing basic easy songs (getting the point across was how I described my ability), but after a while this wasn’t enough and I wanted to learn more.
A variety of face to face teachers missed the mark as I found that I would spend 30 mins watching them show me how awesome they were or showing me things I wasn’t interested in.
The Ultimate Blues course has been exactly what I needed.
Colin not only shows how to do certain things but also explains “why” and how certain chords or techniques fit into the big picture. I love this approach and it has unleashed a new passion for the guitar in me which I am extremely thankful for! It has also helped my playing improve to the degree that I was recently invited to play for a friends wedding – a solo for her to walk down the aisle!!!
Thank you Colin – keep up the fantastic work!
You have shot your self in the the foot this time 😉
This course is so complete, I will never have to buy another. There is so much information, theory and knowledge in it, that your teachings can be adapted to any other style of music.
I knew how to play, yet only did what I was shown. I didn’t know why. Now I can break down any song or even write one. Scales?? What was that??….before.
Colin, you are the best teacher I ever had.
I can’t wait for Stages 3 & 4
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!
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…
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.
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.
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!
Really enjoyed Colin’s bag of tricks course, really useful. Thanks!
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…