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Mixing Rhythms & Riffs

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rick b Reply

Good easy to follow lesson. lays it right out.

Mason Sattes Reply

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!

Anand Veeraraghavan Reply

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.

Marty R Reply

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.

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john yates Reply

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.

Robert Vaughn Reply

Game changer

Mike Reply

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

Adrian Rodriguez Reply

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

Bill Lingelbaugh Reply

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.

Dean Smith Reply

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

Dennis Snook Reply

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

Mike Reply

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

Jason Meadows Reply

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

Ted Reply

Would just like to thank you for posting some excellent tips

Bluesman Reply

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.

Brent carpenter Reply

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

Scott Reid Reply

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….

Stephen Dieringer Reply

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.

jim brooks Reply

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

CG Reply

GLORIA great stuff from my past

Edson Reply

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!!!

Harry Hiles Reply

“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.

Kirkendall Reply

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

Frank Matturri Reply

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.

Charles Henry Reply

Very nice!

Jerry Kubik Reply

sounds great, love it!

Jeff Finkbeiner Reply

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.

John Reply

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

Gerald Cameron Reply

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!!

Jeff Reply

That’s a cool lesson, thanks!

Ad C Reply

Sign me up Colin!

Merrill Bartle Reply

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

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John Reply

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.

Wayne Reply

You’re lessons rock!

Larry Tweed Reply

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

Jonboy Reply

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

Hollywood Reply

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…

Gman Reply

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

Shane Ross Reply

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.

George Thompson Reply

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


Thanx – cool riff

William T Branch Reply

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’ “

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Stephane Villeneuve Reply

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.

Wayne M Reply

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.

Wayne M Reply

That would be “string to the bow”

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Gabriel Reply

Good lesson. I get you.

Dave Corbeil Reply

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

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edwin carter Reply

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.

Denis Slater Reply

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

frank09 Reply

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)

David Crane Reply

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.

Danny Carman Reply

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.

Terry Bailey Reply

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

Tommy Blanton Reply

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

insydney Reply

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

gilles cloutier Reply

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

Terry Kursawe Reply

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.

Mark Smith Reply

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?

Rebeka Karrant Reply

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!

Mark Smith Reply

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?

Joseph Parlatore Reply

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

Kevin O'Sullivan Reply

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!

John Roach Reply

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.

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Patrick Shannon Reply

Nice lesson..Sign me up please!!

HotLicks Reply

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.

Jerry Bettinger Reply

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

Scott Ennis Reply

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!

Randy Martinez Reply

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.

Bob Reply

cool riff and rhythm.

bret kalzer Reply

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

preston Reply

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.

Phil Roberts Reply

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.

Rick Reply

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

Roger from Switzerland Reply

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

Michael Soso Reply

Nice lesson.

Michael Jewell Reply

Cool lesson!

krish Reply

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

tony Reply

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.

ray c Reply

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

Len Reply

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.

Michael Brooks Reply

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.

robert quinn Reply

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

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John Miller Reply

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

Bill Dochnahl Reply

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.

Michael Edwards Reply

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

Stephen B. Reply

Love that era of good old rhythmic music!

Ron Thompson Reply

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

Maurice England Reply

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.

Robert Reply

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

A2ndpower Reply

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

Kailash Pant Reply

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.

James Cook Reply

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

James Cook Reply

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.

Patty Bice Reply

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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