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Beginner Blues Riffs – Related Lessons
Man I can’t believe I wasted so much time roaming around those stupid free videos on u-tube trying to learn something for free and not looking you up and paying such a cheap price to learn such valuable information.
It’s really priceless…
I have owned a guitar for over 30 yrs. I know a lot of chords, have done some theory, but never really got what it was about.
With Colin, the way he explains 145 really makes you connect, and the old cliché light bulb moment rings true.
Fantastic course – keep on keeping on.
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
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…
Really enjoyed Colin’s bag of tricks course, really useful. Thanks!
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.
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!
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
Have watched the 1st DVD twice now, and will watch again (and again?).
The charts to write names of notes per string/fret is a great tool, once all that great background info was provided! (I had a guitar teacher hand me one years ago, and tell me to fill it out every day, but left out much of the necessary background to make it a useful learning tool! 😀 ) Have started to grasp things I wish had been explained properly YEARS ago!
While it would be tempting for any beginner/developing guitar player to just want to start getting their hands on the instrument and “making noise,” this background stuff is SO valuable!
Looking forward to learning MUCH MORE and actually understanding what and why and how things are done, vs. the OLD way of just trying to memorize stuff without any context to put it in.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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
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.
Hey Colin, I’m 65 and have been trying to learn to play the guitar since the late 60’s and stopped progressing after a few years. I just bought an Epiphone electric and watched a brief lesson on the Gibson website, by Arlen Roth, on scales.
Watching your lesson today during my free trial, has convinced me that you’ll be able to do more for me, and the brief look already has, in terms of getting where I’ve been trying to go for all these years. I’m only interested in playing for myself mainly, a bit old to be a rock star, but maybe I could impress my friends. Thanks.
I’ve been muddling around the guitar for quite a number of years. I spent enough time muddling and self teaching that I developed some good chops, techniques, some loose theory and the ability to ‘mimic’ accurately.
While my playing may have sounded good, I wasn’t going where I wanted to be… a real guitarist/musician (even if not on a professional level). I have found no course of instruction, written or in person that puts the aspects of theory and application together the way that Colin has been able to do.
From the lessons in the Academy to the premium courses, like the kick butt Ultimate Blues Chords course, everything lesson has applicable value. I recommend RiffNinja.com to any person I know interested in picking up a guitar!
The Ultimate Blues course! What can I say… I am only part way through and I understand musical theory to a small degree.
This course is truly informative. Colin knows what he is talking about and just as importantly he understands what it’s like to be a student so he speaks “our” language.
Buy this course with confidence and without doubt you will become a more accomplished and confident guitar player.
Thanks so very much Colin.
The Ultimate Blues course doesn’t just put the Blues together, but the whole fretboard and great theory together… all while focusing on Blues application. Just spectacular like all of Colin’s lessons! I always learn something new and useful. PICK UP the ULTIMATE BLUES COURSE!!