I am about halfway through the Dynamic Rhythm Guitar course. I am really appreciating the mix of theory at the “white board” and the playing demonstrations of chord variations. We all know the chord shapes by rote memory, but it really helps to understand how these are derived theoretically so that you can easily shape the chord when you encounter it in the sheet music. Whether it is a suspended chord, some version of 7th or 9th you can build it in your mind and translate it to the fret board. I am really enjoying your video courses. Keep up the great work!
Your course Dynamic Rhythm Guitar is absolutely unbelievable. I am only up to DVD 3 and it has made a lot of difference to my playing guitar. I can’t wait to work my way thru the rest of the course.
Your style of teaching is also very good, not like some others who just want to “show off ” how good they are playing their screaming loud shreds.
Thanks for the brilliant course Jonathan.
The presentation helped me understand playing styles better.
I have completed several courses with Play Guitar and this would be the best. It touches on all aspects of playing; my understanding has definitely improved. Now to put it all into practice! Many Thanks.
I’ve had the Dynamic Rhythm course for a few weeks now and am pleased to be able to say how enlightening it is!
I’ve been (playing) the guitar for many years and although I had a pretty good chord base and I had the pentatonic scale down, I’ve never been able to put it all together or understand why things work or don’t work. I’ve never felt like I’ve really been able to actually play / create music. I was losing my love doing the same ten songs over and over… till now!!
Now I’m doing cool chord progressions even changing key (ha , I didn’t know keys were so important) der!!
I’m doing things I’d only seen others do and wondered how! I’m very grateful to you for opening a gate to the path of guitar heaven! The buzz from learning and actually playing (not copying) is immense.
Thank you so very much indeed, Wayne
I’m two hours in and have already updated my strumming patterns to include up and down half strums (chugs).
Just want to say that you are a very good communicator. I totally understand what you’re saying, and I like how you follow a thought all the way to its end. And I have a feeling that these building blocks you’re teaching me are going to tie into bigger and better things in the future. High quality material and Web site.
Dynamic Rhythm Guitar is a very comprehensive guitar course. Apart from standard rhythm guitar lessons the course covers both various playing styles/techniques and relevant music theory. For a veteran player – like me – it helps to widen the scope of guitar playing (‘get out of the barre-box’) as well as refresh the music theory skills. It is up to the student which styles of the new menu he/she will really concentrate later on, and utilize on stage. Moreover, it is useful that the teacher himself can demonstrate all the ‘tricks’ in an instructive way.
Just a note to say how much I have and am still enjoying this DRG course.
There’s a lot in it, and I go back to previous lessons to reinforce my understanding. I find it useful to copy a couple of lessons to my Kindle fire which I take to work and watch in my car when I have some free time and practice when I get home.
I very much like your easy going style of teaching and while I’m too old to ever be a rock god I feel my playing has improved quite a bit, and knowing why and how things work has made it more fun for me. Still trying to get that bagpipes-style drone though 🙂
All the best
First, I am 62 years old and have been playing since I was 11 years old. I purchased your I, IV, V course and learned a tremendous amount about theory and this (Dynamic Rhythm Guitar) is a great followup to add another dimension to my playing.
What I am finding is it contains many things I have used for years but not a well as I should have being self taught. I always let me picking hand lead me to where is wanted to go. Now I understand why it did it. Thanks!
I have just finished the Dynamic Rhythm Guitar course (2 Months Feb & March almost every day 0.5Hr each day), with several sections repeated many times.
I will take a break and probably repeat the whole course again… Why?
Well I have FOUND it be of great personal benefit, maybe I just wasn’t ready to understand earlier but it is starting to make sense THANKS !!!
As a rhythm guitarist, I have primarily strummed chords and played riffs. To say this course has ‘broadened my horizons’ as a rhythm player would be an understatement.
The strength of the course is providing the general framework upon which to expand my repertoire of rhythm playing, without a dizzying array of specific ways to play rhythm guitar.
Room is left for creativity. Pace is perfect! By far, the best online course I have taken with emphasis on rhythm playing!!
I’m enjoying your new course (Dynamic Rhythm Guitar) and it’s really helping put all the pieces together, even on the first time through. Between you and Colin, I’ve made more progress than I ever thought possible in large part due to your patient/persistent style of teaching.
Hi Jonathan, I am enjoying your course. I am 71 years young, so am going slow, but I am playing much better. I could play open chords and some bar chords but I am very happy with how it’s going. Today I am playing with a neighbour who has played in bands. He can play, but can’t tell you what he is doing, so as I progress along your course I will let you know how much better I get. Love music and look forward to the day I get to the end of your course.
I’m just finishing up the DRG course and it has been most helpful in opening up my understanding of the instrument and the relationship of many aspects of playing. It’s allowed me to explore major/minor chords and their relation to scales, and improve my rhythm and picking consistency in the process. Thanks for the drum tracks too!
The best thing about it is your way of teaching about the instrument and connecting all the dots. It’s more helpful to learn a technique or a concept (maybe in the context of learning a song or a simple progression). You’re able to teach the instrument in such a way that a person can find their way around and discover what sounds good and be able to “hear” the note and connect it visually on the guitar.
Thanks for this course and your patience in how you teach it. Keep up the great instruction.
The background info at the beginning isn’t exciting, but it’s stuff I need to know, so I appreciated your explanations. A lot of cool ideas come out later in the examples! Now I have a list of techniques to go apply to songs I’ve played the same way for years – thanks for the creative juice!
I’m all thumbs, but getting better.
Nice course. Thanks.
Hi Jonathan, you have put a lot of work and time into this course (Dynamic Rhythm Guitar), and there is a lot of great theory in there with your style of playing. I must confess, I got it a long while back, and because of delays / work, I haven’t been able to go fully through it for a review for you. I have been backlogged with a few things; hopefully things change over this year. But your theory got me writing from the basics and I kindly thank you for this.