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Beginner Blues Riffs – Related Lessons
I had given up my thought of ever learning to play, but kept talking about it. I am 78 years old, a retired teacher and I really wanted to play. Just for my own enjoyment.
Your course was a gift from my wife and I am really having a very good time with it. My sore fingers are testimony to my hours of practice but I am making progress. Slow, but steady!
I will let you know as I go along.
I am an old dude who has taken up guitar late. The package has helped me understand strumming. 16th note strumming is still a challenge though. I agree with the Merle of Las Vegas comment about the strums being presented as a jam session. However I am convinced the lessons will help me improve my rhythm and strumming abilities.
Yee Haw! I am strumming all the patterns you gave us in this lesson and doing fairly smooth chord changes. This is the first time in my crummy “I wanna play guitar” career I actually feel like I’m playing. This is so cool. Thank you thank you thank you.
The music diagrams were very helpful to practice by. I am even using a metronome and holding on at 100bpm. Since I am rhythm challenged, all these things working together are helping me. Did I say thank you? Thank you!
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.
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.
Hi Colin, I have gone through the Essentials of Strumming & Rhythm Guitar course, and I’m very pleased with my progress.
Even though I can play the guitar it gave me different ideas of how to plan out for different songs.
Congratulations on putting together a very good course.
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…
This is a really helpful lesson. Very useful to distinguish the augmented and diminished triads on the top 3 strings. A lot of great material for practice.
I have played guitar since college (I was 20). I bought an old harmony acoustic guitar and started learning chords. I never really knew much about music theory or anything, just what sounded good and was easiest to play. The guitar has both frustrated me and brought much satisfaction. Four years ago I made a commitment to learn how to play a guitar correctly and finally understand music the way I feel is what I was born to do.
I was 1 year into the learning process and again I felt frustrated then I got sick had to stop working. It took me a three years to heal. Three months ago I bought an Epiphone SG combo pack. I now had the time to develop my guitar skills. One month into to it I ordered Jonathan’s 1 4 5 course. It happened to be the class that turned the bulb on. I practiced for a month and ordered your course. I am no longer frustrated and I have finished the course today.
I must say that Jonathan turned the bulb on and your course flipped the switch – after 34 years I understand. I have morning and evening practice. I bought an Epiphone g-400 for my three month anniversary and tuned it down a tone super flat. I now understand what that means. Thanks guys you’re great. The color of the guitar is worn cherry just like yours soo cool.
I bought the Slide Guitar Essentials course. I am very pleased with the explanations and all the theory parts. It is so great to know the “why” we play what we do!
Thanks for all your hard work.
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.
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!!
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.
Awesome rhythm & strumming course! You kept it simple and straight forward with some added touches. Very cool! It truly has helped me as a rhythm guitarist and a solo musician. Your format (the 3 screen) and honest approach really was a great help.
This seasoned guitarist benefited richly – it was worth every penny, but continue to keep them affordably priced. I highly recommend this course for everyone who plays guitar… electric or acoustic. Keep’um coming!! Hey how about a course for modern popular chord progressions – acoustic as well as electric!
Thanks Colin… you rock man!
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 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.
Good stuff. Love the break down of “Born with a broken heart”. Something fun to practice. Colin, your teaching ability is awesome. The academy has been so much more helpful to me than the local lessons I’d been paying for – lots of cash for a whole lot less information.
Thanks for all the great lessons. I’m enjoying the course and learning lots. Very effective and encouraging teaching style, much appreciated.
Bag of Tricks & the Ultimate Blues Stage 2 Scales lesson has helped me a lot to improve my guitar skills.
I was a member of church band but I stopped. A few months ago I started playing again at our church.
I have basic knowledge of scales but it’s not that good yet. I wanted to improve it. When I came across your video online I am impressed the way you play and teach. Since then I always watch your videos and learn from it.
Now I play much better and my fingers are much faster. Thanks from David Martinez
Received a guitar as a Christmas present a year ago. It was my request, I always wanted to learn to play. I practiced chords and scales for a year. Very, very boring but I did get better. I was getting disillusioned because I was not making music. The Strumming course has helped me a great deal.
I enjoy practicing much more using the techniques taught in the course.