Mixing Rhythms & Riffs

97 Responses to “Mixing Rhythms & Riffs”

  1. rick b November 21, 2013 at 11:41 pm #

    Good easy to follow lesson. lays it right out.

  2. Mason Sattes November 22, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    Definitely explained a lot about how to mix different types of riffs together to make a full sound, easy to follow, and a cool jam!

  3. Anand Veeraraghavan November 22, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    Cooool! It’s like adding salt, pepper to a blan food.
    The base is there, but without salt n pepper, it’s boring…
    That’s how I compare and evaluate what this can do to my guitar playing. Thanks for this good short lesson and also for coming up with this good new course.

  4. Marty R November 22, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

    My son and I learning guitar togerther and we both struggle with this concept. Thanks for the lesson. This will give us something to work on.

  5. indy November 22, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

    Thanks for this, it keeps me motivated and playing new things. Like many here I’m older and returning to guitar after focusing on a long career. Jonnathan’s great course on 1-4-5 and chalkboard lessons on scales really is helping me transition from a classic monkey see monkee do player and into a beginner/intermediate player.

  6. Robert Vaughn November 22, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    Game changer

  7. Mike November 22, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    Alright RNG, Colin, I’ve been searching to learn this style of guitar, Rhythms & Riffs of Early Rock & Roll, Thanks

  8. Adrian Rodriguez November 22, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    Good lesson, but what I most liked is Colin’s shirt haha

  9. Nuphsed64 November 22, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    Colin, where were you in the 60’s and 70’s. I played rhythm in 3 bands and this would have made a huge difference in my playing. I had a Gibson amp and a Guild jazz guitar (Savoy). Only effects where reverb and tremolo until at one job a power tube dropped out the socket and I had distortion. Wow. I’ve been playing solo for the last 20 years (classical guitar, all genres) and just got back into acoustic. This lesson takes a lot of the T&E out of playing rhythm again. Helps with soloing ideas too. Thanks again. Keep em com’in.

  10. Dean Smith November 22, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    Awesome! Exactly what I’ve been looking for This rhythm and lead technique is used by many guitarists especially when there is only one guitarist in the band this would be a very useful course

  11. Dennis Snook November 22, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

    Great lesson. Very good teaching and easy to follow. Can’t wait for the course to be released.

  12. Mike November 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    Very nice Colin. Can’t wait to get home and start working on it. It would be awesome to reach another level of playing.

  13. Meadows November 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    Ive played accoustic my whole life, this course will be exactly what I need as I just bought my first electric!

  14. Ted November 22, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    Would just like to thank you for posting some excellent tips

  15. Bluesman November 22, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    Thanks Collin I’ve been wanting to play rhythm & lead like that for along time, would be great to learn! thanks again for all the lessons.

  16. Brently November 22, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    The way you break it down. Makes it simple for us to understand. Most teachers want to go into the theory behind the lesson that I don’t understand. You make it fun. I’ll be playing this one the rest of the day. Thanks. Sign me up for a chance to win. Thanks again

  17. Scott Reid November 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    great lesson as usual Colin, Very well laid out. If you’re ever playing a gig on Vancouver Island, let me know and I’ll come out and buy you a beer….

  18. Stephen Dieringer November 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    Yes indeed, very cool. Thanks for sharing. I enjoy the way you’re able to break things down into easier chunks of info with a good display.

  19. ji34m November 22, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    Colin this lesson was awesome, thank you! I would be interested in DVD’s that have this type of lessons.

  20. CG November 22, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

    GLORIA great stuff from my past

  21. Edson November 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    I taught my self guitar on my sister’s guitar, I was 14 years old. I have played acoustical for my whole life. I recently picked up an old electric strat and repaired it. I also repaired an old amp. So now I’m in business. But teaching myself and reading alot I still missed much. I have followed you for several months now and have learned and improved incredibly. Oh, I’m now 79. I’m hoping to slow the dementia and alzheimer’s. Thanks a ton!!!

  22. Harry Hiles November 22, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    “Well this could be the last time… I don’t know.” One of the few Stones songs I learned to play back then (Satisfaction and Play With Fire were the others). Great approach to teaching, simple, straight forward, no complicated music theory.

  23. Robert November 22, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    Great lesson on some early (& popular) songs. Super lesson, with easy to understand, chords & riff transitions. Keep up the great w
    ork, thanks.

  24. famattjr November 22, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

    Good lesson. What was nice is that the 3 chords are easy and easy to transition between & the riff was not real hard. Good explanation also.

  25. Charles Henry November 22, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    Very nice!

  26. Jerry Kubik November 22, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

    sounds great, love it!

  27. Jeff Finkbeiner November 22, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    Although I have learned a tremendous amount from Colin’s theory lessons over the years, I still love the straight forward approach he takes in breaking down a complex riff or concept, how he repeats it slowly several times to ensure that we get it. Too many instructors breeze through a complex segment of a song or riff and never expound upon it, break it down or slow down long enough for any of us to grasp it. Colin does a great job in translating complex concepts his students can comphrehend and apply. Thanks again for a great lesson.

  28. John November 22, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

    That’s cool Colin, thanks for putting the riff, and the cords together.

  29. Gerald Cameron November 22, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    Hey Colin….thanks for another cool video. I really like how you avoid bogging the lesson down with the details of the theory, yet you still give little hints towards the theory behind the lesson. I have made a couple of significant life changes recently, and the adjustment has been difficult. The toughest part is being broke and bored. But until I can buy your course, your free lessons are really helping me get through stuff! I am finding the guitar to be such a great emotional outlet….very gratifying! Thank you so much!!! Oh, by the way….in case you missed the part about me being BROKE, the free course would definitely brighten up my Xmas…..no pressure though! Take it easy man!!

  30. Jeff November 22, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

    That’s a cool lesson, thanks!

  31. Ad C November 22, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

    Sign me up Colin!

  32. Merrill November 22, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    Great lesson, going from cords to riff is something I’m working with now( playing for almost 2yrs now) I have your strumming course and it helped me a lot. Thanks RN

  33. EMudgeSr November 22, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

    Really liked the first part of the video where he showed step-by-step how to play riff and chords. The last part went by way to fast for me to follow what he was doing during his extended playing where he was saying you could do any of a number of things. Didn’t have any idea how to do the things he was doing. Overall, the first part of the lesson was great – would like too see a lot more in that style of teaching.

  34. Wayne November 22, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    You’re lessons rock!

  35. Larry Tweed November 22, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

    Nice riff, great explanation! Can put that one in the riff bag immediately! Thanks.

  36. Jonboy November 22, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

    Loved the video ..theres a reason why these songs go on forever ..big sound and tasty riffs …lets face it jagger is no singer …I love this stuff ..gimme shelter..red rooster ..satisfaction etc etc ..Sign me up

  37. Hollywood November 22, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    Colin, Nice guitar could not take my eyes off of it. Really nice sound as well. Love the Stones and really like the way you present your lessons. Thank you for your dedication to teaching along with Jonathan. I always look forward to learning something new from RiffNinja. Thanks again Colin and Jonathan. Happy Holidays…Keep on playing the guitar and sharing your love for music…

  38. Gman November 22, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

    How cool is that! Thanks Collin, once again you inspire us to be better guitar players and learning something new everyday keeps us on our toes/fingers!!! Keep the beat man! GB

  39. Shane November 22, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

    Nothing sounds better than a well put together riff and chords. I have been playing for several years and have learned quite a bit but until I started playing with someone better than I was did I start to improve, Now I play in a band every week and we practice each week as well but I am drawn to learning more on the why instead of just memorizing chords and songs so that means Practice, Practice, and more Practice so these online lessons are a great resource for me to learn beyond the realm of where I am.

  40. George Thompson November 22, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

    Every little bit adds to the knowledge base! Thanks so much for sharing this video!

  41. kim November 22, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    Thanx – cool riff

  42. William T Branch November 22, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

    The first time I remember wanting to learn to play guitar, was a very long time ago. I was about 6 or 7. It was Sunday night so we were watching The Ed Sullivan Show and The Beatles came on. As far as I can remember about 30 seconds into the first song I thought that’s what I want to do. PLAY GUITAR!!! Well I am 51 now (52 next month) I have been trying on my own for a few years, but not going too far. I think these DVDs will help a lot. If I do not win I hope it is somebody whose story is similar to my own. Thank You either way. I LOVE your lessons and “Keep On Rockin’ “

  43. Stephane Villeneuve November 22, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    Colin, great lesson once again… There are a tons of guitar resources online where one can get tabs, riffs, etc. but your stuff is always so musical and contextual. You truly do “teach” as opposed to “show” how to play guitar. And it doesn’t seem to matter what the topic of the lesson is, I always take something away from it. Hope (for us) that you keep on teaching for a LONG time.

  44. Wayne M November 22, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    Thanks Colin , what a great video, you’ve added another “bow to the string ” when jamming next . Looking forward to pulling this one out the bag next . Video well constructed . Cheers mate.

  45. Wayne M November 22, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

    That would be “string to the bow”

  46. dave November 22, 2013 at 10:01 pm #


  47. Gabriel November 22, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

    Good lesson. I get you.

  48. Dave Corbeil November 22, 2013 at 10:45 pm #

    A great riff; one of my all time favourite tunes. Thanks.
    Dave, Penticton, BC

  49. cableguy November 22, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

    You have made me a better player. After a lifetime of trying to figure it out by myself. Love the lessons, Love the attitude, love love love.

  50. Denis November 22, 2013 at 11:56 pm #

    Good lesson. There is a lot to be learned from some of the old songs.

  51. frank09 November 23, 2013 at 12:17 am #

    Being a “Lifetime Ninja”, I love everything Colin and Jonathan put out. This course will be especially sweet as it is the music that turned me on to playing guitar in the first place when I was a kid. Even if I don’t win I will definitely be getting this one. (But let me win anyway)

  52. David Crane November 23, 2013 at 12:27 am #

    Great lesson Colin. So my wife bought me a guitar about 10 months ago and I found your website and decided to sign up as a lifetime member. I’ve pretty much been playing every day since then and can’t get enough. I’ve played bass guitar and trumpet here and there over the years but I was never as “locked in” as I am now with your teaching style. I pretty much have watched every one of your lessons 2-3 times over and each time I find new ways to relate to it. Thanks for all you do. Keep up the great work. You’re much appreciated.

  53. Danny Carman November 23, 2013 at 12:44 am #

    Although my goal is to learn many styles of music on guitar, Early Rock and Roll has always been my favorite. I’m now 60 years old and still want to learn more. One is never too old to learn something new. I would enjoy and be honored to have the opportunity to let this “OLD MAN” test drive your new course. I must admit I am still having some difficulty understanding how to incorporate a riff or scale in with my rhythm. Maybe this will help me if I win.

  54. Terry November 23, 2013 at 1:33 am #

    Hey Colin I like your cool shirt. I also like the cool riff. Great job as always.

  55. Tommy Blanton November 23, 2013 at 1:46 am #

    I like your approach to teaching the guitar….you an accomplished player but your method is very easy to learn…..thanks great tune too….

  56. insydney November 23, 2013 at 2:41 am #

    i have lost count of the number of times, over the yrs, that i have started ‘learning the guitar’ again ! only to put it down again to gather dust a few wks later 🙁
    but thanks to your excellent easy to follow lessons, and wickedly cool instructions, i can honestly say there is finally a faint flicker of light at the end of this VERY long tunnel 🙂
    cheers colin i am hooked

  57. gilles cloutier November 23, 2013 at 2:50 am #

    as a beginner , riff is my dream , maybe one day , after i can control hole song… thanks for your time given to ous ; beginner.

  58. TK MURPHY November 23, 2013 at 5:15 am #

    Cool lesson, awesome guitar tone. You make learning easy. I should know, I’ve been learning for over 30 years. Rock on Colin and Thanks.

  59. Mark November 23, 2013 at 5:28 am #

    Hi thanks for this nice catchy riff with entry level chords and no full bends etc.
    Have to say am always distracted with instruments in the background – the cream one looks like a cross between a Fender and a Gibson. Headstock inlay looks like Greco Super Real?

  60. Rebecca November 23, 2013 at 6:18 am #

    What a cool shirt (I love it!) And what a great strum and riff – a lot of fun and very, very catchy.
    Colin you are a fantastic teacher and I appreciate you so much. Thank
    you! Hey man, if I win I PROMISE to play my DVDs and practice it every day until I get it down. Heck, I’m doing that now with all the other
    DVDs I bought from you and Jonathan. So thanks for being there and brightening my world by helping me make some awesome music using 6 strings and a pick!

  61. Mark November 23, 2013 at 7:15 am #

    Not wanting to sound greedy (can we have tabbed) – but instruction is great, just wasn’t clear what was happening with that last note. Straight B?

  62. cbtprog November 23, 2013 at 8:54 am #

    Nice to have rhythm and lead for a one man gig. Want to learn how to do it for other songs.

  63. Diddly do November 23, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    Colin – that was extra cool! Literally the whole song in 3 chords tied in seamlessly with that unforgettable riff. What made it special for me were the nuances such as damping the second string before the slide so it didn’t override the ‘ring out’ of the first string. Keef & Brian would have been impressed!

  64. John November 23, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    Pineapples and woodies as good as the lesson, I am a guitar tragic loved the lesson have always wanted to be able to play rhythm with a bit of lead, nice choice of song too.

  65. Pat November 23, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    Nice lesson..Sign me up please!!

  66. HotLicks November 23, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    Nice, helpful lesson. I’ve always admired great rhythm guitarists like Joe Walsh and Will McFarlane for examples. Thank you. Keep up the good work.

  67. Jerry Bettinger November 23, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    Hey Colin: Another simple little exercise that becomes very clear the way you demonstrate it. Just bought my dream guitar, Gibson LP Studio, and this is exactly what I’m looking to learn more of in order to play those sweet blues riffs that are built on the 12 bar backbone. Just imagining those riffs blending in the bass backround is a dream sound. Teach me more! Jerry

  68. Scott November 23, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

    I think its a great idea, to give us students a taste of something that is fun to learn, and better yet sounds cool to play! Yeah Colin!

  69. Randy Martinez November 23, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

    Sweet. Another stepping stone from all the previous lessons. I love the progression that Colin & Jonathan takes us through. From the basics on up . . . Thanks! I will be looking forward to making a new lesson purchase.

  70. Bob November 23, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

    cool riff and rhythm.

  71. bret kalzer November 23, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

    I have allways enjoyed colins style of teaching and have learned may wonderfull things that I wouldn’t have found on my own. I enjoyed this lesson as much as any other ive had

  72. dr love November 24, 2013 at 2:29 am #

    I’ve been playing for about 2 yrs and making your own music and not just playing somebody else’s is about as close to nirvana as you can get without the aid of PED’s. I love the sounds that can come out of the guitar but what about all those unwanted sounds? sympathetic viibrations, and so on. this is something no on-line or even live teacher has ever spent any time on? can the Ninja help? your playing , even with distortion plugged in, is always so clean.

  73. Phil November 24, 2013 at 3:47 am #

    Phil, hi, another masterpiece coming out by the looks of things, looks good. Being a slow learner, it cannot do any thing else but improve my playing. Might have to grovel to the boss for a bit of over time in time for xmas, cheers.

  74. Rick November 24, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

    Loved the short course. Love the Stones. Have always been just chord banger, now I can finally the light to playing something well, THANKS!

  75. Roger November 24, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    This Song is already in our Songlist see http://www.silverback-band.ch. I’m a client.

  76. Michael Soso November 24, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

    Nice lesson.

  77. Mick November 24, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Cool lesson!

  78. krish November 24, 2013 at 11:39 pm #

    Hi Colin, you make playing the riff feel like eating a piece of cake. The first time I listened to the ‘Last time ‘ was way back in the 60’s and ever since then I’ve always wanted to play that riff but thought it was way too difficult. Now with your method of teaching I’m going to have a go at it. Brilliant work. Many Thanks. Krish

  79. tony November 25, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    Hi Colin
    What a great lesson and well demonstrated !, thank you . I have watched the video several times and i am very impressed, i would love to be able to play and sound like the video. I have always wanted to play some cool interesting Riffs in my rhythm playing.

  80. ray c November 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    Goodstuff … had fun learning this ….also found using the pinky sliding c to c# pretty comfortable

  81. Len - Winter Park, FL November 25, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    Good Lesson. Love to learn more about what can be done with the A, D, & E chords. So many songs were written using those three chords during that era. The presentation: Demo with Split Screen helps along with explanations by Colin.

  82. Mike Brooks November 25, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    Add me to the list everything I have received has been excellent and a great help. I would like to win the free copy because I’m broke.

  83. rj November 25, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    Great stuff!! Love it!! will be buying course as soon as it’s available.
    Thanks Colin

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  85. John November 25, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    So effective and simple, nice pace and clarity in teaching. Thanks. I shall be using this in my next jam!

  86. Bill Dochnahl November 25, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

    It’s great to see someone keeping the early rock ‘n roll rhythms and riffs alive. All of the lessons you get today (DVD. online or YouTube) are pretty much dedicated to teaching the riffs/licks of music made over the past 15-20 years (which are great and we need to learn). But there’s also a lot of early rockers who love that original style that started it all, including rockabilly. So thanks for this little video insight into your series of early rock styles. I can’t wait to get through more of these lessons.

  87. Mickey November 25, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

    This is the exact focus area I’m working on. I’m excited about this particular course, regardless if I win or not.

  88. Stephen B. November 25, 2013 at 10:47 pm #

    Love that era of good old rhythmic music!

  89. Ron Thompson November 26, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    Crossing my fingers this would be what i need to fullfill a dream…

  90. Maurice England November 26, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

    WoW,WoW, WoW !!! YOU have just blown my mind and STONED me out !! I grew up through the 60’s loving the whole scene. At the time London was simply MAGIC and buzzing as we had it all going on. I adored both the Beatles and the Stones along with a mirriad of all other Bands both UK and USA based. I am now 65 years old and currently achieving a lifetime dream of playing the guitar. Hearing the first few notes of “The last time” (I still have the original single) has inspired me to help the Stones live on forever. Hoping this will help me to win your free copy of your course and inspire me and my mates even more. PS I will be going to live in Thailand next year and definitely spreading your teaching and enthusiasm there too for sure. Loving your hat and shirt…very SCORPION.

  91. Robert November 26, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    Finally we get to play some music…thanks Colin, Robert

  92. A2ndpower November 27, 2013 at 12:20 am #

    Great lesson, as always. I do enjoy your videos and always get something from them. Long live the rock and roll classics!

  93. Kailash Pant November 27, 2013 at 2:07 am #

    I am not commenting for winning but saying wish I could play like you.
    I started about a year ago. Still fiddling with an acoustic.

  94. jessejames5 November 27, 2013 at 3:07 am #

    Colin, this is the best lesson for Rythms and riffs of early rock that I have ever came across. You make it so clear in such a profound way.
    This gave me an incentive to try and achieve this much more. I felt up against the wall in it.
    Thanks a million

  95. jessejames5 November 27, 2013 at 3:14 am #

    Colin, this is the best instruction I have come across for this style. I have been trying to learn it, but have been battling it for a while as a result of not finding proper instruction. You did it in such a profound and simplistic way, and it has given me the charge I need to put that incentive into it instead of frustration.
    Thank a million for taking the time to share this with the many guitar enthusiasts on here.

  96. Pitatk November 30, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    Hi I’ve never commented on anything before but I wanted to say that I took this riff and incorporated a slide into the small base run I was doing for the Christmas song “Mary Did You Know” I’m accompaning one of our high school girls for the Christmas concert coming up. The slide sounds so much better. Thanks for the idea. I also teach guitar and banjo in our little town of 600 and it seems all I do is teach the same things over and over. Basics that are important and my students never get to the stage of hammer ons, pull offs, or slides before I lose them to sports in junior high and high school. So I learn and practice what I can. I’m not a rock and roll person. I play in a worship team at church and sing a lot of country and bluegrass. But I love learning about new sounds. I’ll practice this one thank you so much. By the way I’m a grandmother of 29. It takes me a little longer to learn it but I try so maybe one day I can pass it along to a student. Thanks again

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