Final Touches - Riff Ninja Academy

Final Touches

Welcome to the last of our five part series where we're learning a rhythm and riff inspired by Mannish Boy by Muddy Waters. This was designed for straight-up beginners, so we'll try to move slowly! In this lesson, we're adding a few more bits 'n pieces so you can make it sound like a complete song, and at the end, Colin slipped a little bonus in too!

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Alex Reply

Hi Mr Collins

I enjoyed this however I would like to see a lot more but I do understand you are a Businessman and time is money but how about a freebie say every month.

By the way I am 72 and very severely disabled but I do have one of your full courses so keep up the good work. I have my guitar on an MBrace which a device to help with people who wish to sit down or have problems holding the guitar

My problem is I can’t have the weight of the instrument around my neck but I have extreme problems trying to bend strings do you have any suggestions apart from using the lightest strings possible

All the very best

Alex Wright

    Jonathan Boettcher Reply

    Hi Alex, yes we’re planning on releasing a lot more free content in the months to come. If you subscribe to our youtube or facebook channels, that’s where you’ll find a lot of it gets posted.

    Disabilities sometimes require some unusual approaches. Not knowing your particular case, and not being medically qualified to say either – it’s possible that bending strings isn’t going to work for you, I don’t know. Lighter strings will help for sure, and playing in Eb standard tuning could help too, as that lessens the tension on the strings.

    Have you considered playing slide guitar? It might be an interesting option for you. Colin has some free content on slide, and a course as well, if you’re interested.

    Best regards,

Colin Ray Reply

I have your Ultimate Blues Course stages 1 and 2 and have just ordered stage 3. Is this Electric Blues Guitar for Beginners (5/5) complementary to this. Would I benefit from having both courses.

    Jonathan Boettcher Reply

    Hi Colin, yes, Electric Blues for Beginners is complementary to the Ultimate Blues series, however I would arrange it like this, from least to most advanced:
    Electric Blues for Beginners
    Ultimate Blues Stage 1 Chords
    Ultimate Blues Stage 2 Scales
    Ultimate Blues Stage 3 Rhythms

    If you have already gone through stages 1 and 2, and you feel good about how you were able to engage with that material – ie didn’t feel completely lost or that it was over your head, then I would say you’re just fine to skip on Electric Blues for Beginners. Dig into Stage 3 Rhythms, and by the time you’re done that we should have Stage 4 Solos available as well. (Yes, it’s coming!)

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