Guitar Improvising Secrets
Hi Colin, thanks for your email wanting to follow up on my progress with the Guitar Improvising Course. I'm about half way thru the first DVD and finding it absolutely fantastic.
The way you present is very good, and since I've been using your instructional material the light bulbs have started to illuminate. I now tackle songs that I used to just look at and say "nah, too hard" and move on to something easier... like easy chords.
I have two other courses of yours and I would like to take this opportunity to Thank You very much for your help in getting me to play some real guitar and real songs not just pussyfoot crap.
Thanks and Cheers Colin
Hi Colin: I am really having a lot of enjoyment with your courses: Ultimate Blues, Beginner Blues Riffs, Guitar Improvising Secrets. At 75 I am slower as you mentioned but Oh, man, the Scales, the climbs and passing notes have opened up a whole new world for me. I am working hard around two hours minimum per day and really enjoying it. Thank you so much for all you do. Please say HI to Riley!
I have learned more than I can believe doing your courses.There is a ton of work to get through and the mistake I have made is not persevering with the course layout when I joined up. I have bought a few of your other courses and started hopping around, don't get me wrong I have learned so much.
I played along with the jam tracks on improvising lesson for the first time this week and I was surprised at my ability to play along this has only being achievable by watching your lessons and practice. The hardest part is doing it and trying to stick it out. I am improving every day and love the ultimate blues course. Thanks guys
Riff (you don't mind if I call you Riff do you?). Have 3 of your courses. All great. I am a 72 y.o. Understand theory well. Head to hands is the problem. Thinking your Essentials of Strumming & Rhythm may help. Love your teaching & wish you & yours a very Happy Christmas. Gordon
Well Colin, at this point I can say I love your teaching style; you are very good at it. I like the attention you give to the small things, thumb placement, basic things like that. I have no doubt that if I work at it and apply myself more I will improve my skill and knowledge with your courses. Thank you for sharing that with the world.
I have been impressed! I knew you were the "one" I could learn from when you started off explaining the guitar was a "minor" instrument. First person who made that point to me was my son Lee who is the top jazz guitarist in the Charleston, SC market. You got instant credibility!
I just finished working on the climb and can work the scale somewhat ok, not as fast as Collin but I would say that I am decent. I have practiced the scales with different songs and have a feel for how it works. Getting ready to start working on the first 5 riffs. I only have had time to practice about an hour per day and hoping to have more time starting tomorrow. I understand the theory just need more practice...
It goes without saying that Colin and Jonathan are great instructors. I grab my guitar as time allows (At least 1/2 hour daily but most of the time longer) and I have realized that it takes time as well as understanding. But all the time is good. Knowing the guitar and how to play are more than just hands on which is why I have come to respect 'Guitar Theory'. The classroom is always needed.
I have purchased Strumming & Improvising lessons from Colin. And the Scales Patterns, I IV V, and Barre Chord lessons from Jonathan. I have been working through them all. I can feel them coming into place (Rome wasn't built . . .) But I will say that now that I have a better understanding of Strumming, I also have a better understanding of what bars are, 1e+a etc. So now the songs are making more sense. Kinda like a light turning on . . .
I have and will always recommend both Colin and Jonathan's lesson's to all who can appreciate clear, step by step lessons, both written and verbal, from those who have clearly shown an appreciation for the instrument. Keep the lessons coming! Thanks to both of you.
I really like the information on the use of passing notes. Adds a lot to whatever you're playing. Thanks Colin.
I started Guitar Improvising Secrets a month or so ago and it is really helping my soloing and fret board knowledge. And it is a lot of fun. Colin is very thorough and the video angles and included charts are very helpful. The pdf file is great to have, too, and I find the ability to add notes beneath the video to be helpful. The humor is welcome as well; Colin is a hoot as well as a wealth of practical insights. The riffs are very well demonstrated both alone and with accompaniment. I highly recommend this course. And I hope Riley gets to solo again someday.