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!
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I really like the information on the use of passing notes. Adds a lot to whatever you’re playing. Thanks Colin.
Hey guys, it’s been a while since I’ve written you. It’s been almost two years since I bought my first course from you, and I’ve bought three more since. I have learned from all of them. My favorite and the one I still use is the Ultimate Blues Scales course.
The first thing I realized in my many years of playing is that I couldn’t speak the language. The second thing is that being in shape to play is very important.
Both of those things frustrated me for many years. My favorite analogy is if you go to run a marathon in a foreign country and are out of shape and don’t know the language,you will be lost. Most of my time was spent learning scales, for about a year and a half. My strumming left a lot to be desired so I ordered the strumming course, which got that fixed.
Now I practice or do work in music everyday. By work I mean do some book work on scales and look up tab to practice new songs. I don’t try to be an instant Eddie Van Halen but I try to improve a little every day. That’s how he did it. Today is the first time I didn’t pick up the guitar or do anything with my music. That was on purpose, as I don’t want to burn out either. My effects equipment and recording equipment will arrive this week. My plans for this year are putting a band together and recording. My thanks goes to all of you – keep up the good work.
While I have much experience with G, Em, Am, C, and D… I’m very pleased to add Bm to my cache. Thank you, I really enjoyed this. Hoping to learn more than ever from you guys. I also really enjoy your online videos’ approach.
I purchased the Ultimate Blues Courses a few weeks ago. It was as if a locked-away secret was revealed to me. I am working on Stage 2 and I’m already using backing tracks to create my own solos.
Granted, my solos are more like scales, but my playing is so much better only two weeks in.
I think Colin’s approach to helping students learn is the best I have come across. The “Ultimate Blues Course” is certainly one of the best investments in the advancement toward becoming a better guitar player that I have ever made.
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).
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’m very pleased with my progress.
I enjoy the lesson very much. I’m an acoustic guitar player working on improving my improv ability. It is a fun way to practice.
I’ve been playing guitar, on and off, for 30+ years. I hit a rut after a few years and never really advanced in my ability – that is until I became a Riff Ninja member. Although I’m pretty good with strumming patterns, the video has helped me a lot with my timing. The online lessons have really filled in the gaps in my theory knowledge.
I’ve improved more in the past couple months than I have in over 20 years.
Thanks Colin, you’re an outstanding instructor!
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!!
Comprehensive, but not a course you can finish in a few days. This one takes time to work through & digest. So far so good, I believe I am improving!!
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 am enjoying Essentials of Strumming and Rhythm guitar course. I have also purchased courses from Jonathan. I am 69 and have been working at my music for the past two years, I play for myself and anyone who wants to listen to me, having fun and learning more everyday. Thanks Colin.
I have been playing for about 5 years on and off. I play everyday but I did not know what I was playing and why.
I was frustrated and almost gave up my passion which is playing the guitar, but thanks to watching your Riff Ninja video and the testimonial that you gave, it really made me buy the materials and give it a shot.
Within a full week the guitar started to make sense. Now I can figure out songs a lot faster and I know what key they are in and also the mode. My soloing is better but if I want to learn a riff it’s very simple now for me to find out what scale to use.
I recommend Colin’s lessons because they work 100%.
Thanks Riff Ninja – my journey just began.
Just a note to say I’m really enjoying my new download course Riffs and Rhythms of early rock and roll it’s good fun. Many thanks.
Colin, that was one of the best lessons I have watched and I have watched thousands on all the guitar sites on youtube. I am so glad I joined the Academy. The repetition and explanation of what to do and why really worked for me. Thank you so much.
Really enjoyed Colin’s bag of tricks course, really useful. Thanks!
Exactly What The Doctor Ordered
I loved the rhythm ‘n riffs course and would love to get the tabs or a quick video lesson on the riff u use at the home screen of DVD 2. It’s really catchy. I am also waiting to get stage 3 of your blues course. Thanks
Thanks Colin. Your teaching method is helping me expand and understand underlying principles of guitar and music.
It’s more fun when you see a glimpse of how things fit together and techniques can be applied in more than one way.