The Road Map

Are you wondering which course to start with, or to take next? This page is intended to help you make those kind of decisions. I've setup two ways to approach this. Firstly, by experience level, and secondly, by topic of interest. 

To make this as useful as possible, I've included not only my own courses, but also ones created by my business partner, Colin Daniel, from RiffNinja.com. I've been intimately involved in every aspect of those courses, but he is the one on camera. Together, we've been able to cover much more of the spectrum than otherwise. 

Courses Arranged By Experience Level

Total Beginner

If you're just getting started on the guitar, then you need to learn the basics before anything else. Open chords, strumming, how the notes are arranged on the fretboard, and things like how to hold a pick, and the guitar itself all belong in this stage. 

  • The Definitive Beginner's Guide to Acoustic Guitar - This course is an excellent course for total beginners and beginners alike. You will gain an excellent foundation in the basics. This is one course that can really take you from zero experience all the way through the beginner stages, leaving you ready for intermediate lessons. Learn More at RiffNinja.com
  • Electric Blues For Beginners - This is also an excellent choice for complete beginners or beginners alike. This one focuses on the electric guitar, and specifically, playing electric blues. This is a very fun course for beginners; as you're learning songs you'll be learning new skills step by step. Learn More at RiffNinja.com

Experienced Beginner

Experienced Beginners are players that are still in the lower skill levels of playing guitar, but in general, they've long since learned the basic open chords, and probably have a fair bit of experience playing different songs already. Despite the amount of time they've played guitar, experienced beginners often long to take it further. In many cases, these players have picked up different skills and knowledge along the way, but without a proper foundational approach that covers all the bases. Identifying holes in your knowledge and ability is critical to making the next step up. For this reason, many experienced beginners do very well with the complete beginner courses. Others who already know their weak spots can head straight to the more topic-oriented courses. In general, theory and rhythm are the two biggest weak spots of players in this stage.

  • The Definitive Beginner's Guide to Acoustic Guitar - This course is an excellent course for total beginners and beginners alike. You will gain an excellent foundation in the basics. This is one course that can really take you from zero experience all the way through the beginner stages, leaving you ready for intermediate lessons. Learn More at RiffNinja.com
  • Electric Blues For Beginners - This is also an excellent choice for complete beginners or beginners alike. This one focuses on the electric guitar, and specifically, playing electric blues. This is a very fun course for beginners; as you're learning songs you'll be learning new skills step by step. Learn More at RiffNinja.com
  • Unlocking I IV V - This is a very focused, practical, and easy to grasp introduction to music theory, and how it applies to your guitar. You'll discover how notes, chords, scales and keys all work together, and how this knowledge makes a real impact on your playing! Learn More at PlayGuitar.com
  • Guitar Scale Patterns - This course picks up where Unlocking I IV V leaves off, and digs into how scale patterns work all across the fretboard. Learn the patterns you need to play anywhere on the fretboard, in any key! Learn More at PlayGuitar.com
  • Bar Chords Made Simple - If you've struggled with bar chords, or you're not sure how they work or where to start, this is a great way to get over that hurdle! Learn More at PlayGuitar.com
  • Essentials of Strumming & Rhythm - Discover how rhythm works, how to count music, and how to match strum patterns to songs. More than 20 strum patterns and song examples included. Learn More at RiffNinja.com
  • Secrets of Expressive Strumming - This course focuses on strumming techniques and how to apply them to increase the dynamics of your rhythm playing. Learn More at PlayGuitar.com
  • 10 Easy Strum Classics - If you're looking for a fun way to add more songs to your repertoire, this course covers ten of the biggest all time hits! Learn More at RiffNinja.com
  • 30 Easy Blues Riffs - This is a great way to learn some fun blues licks that sound great. Inspired by the greats, yet very accessible even for those without too much experience playing single note lead lines. Learn More at RiffNinja.com
  • Essentials of Slide Guitar - Slide offers some of the most unique sounds you can get on the guitar. This is a really fun course where you'll learn some cool rhythms and riffs using a slide. Learn More at RiffNinja.com
  • Box 1 Blues Soloing - If soloing feels like hard work for you, then it might be time to take a step back from all the theory, scale patterns, and strategies, and simply focus on making music from the heart. Box 1 Blues Soloing strips away all the other distractions, choosing to focus on improvising solos with just a single box pattern. Learn more at PlayGuitar.com

Intermediate

Intermediate players have a solid grasp of all the basic chords, including bar chords. They understand basic rhythms, and also how the fretboard works. 

  • Dynamic Rhythm Guitar - This is an excellent foundational course that covers everything needed to progress smoothly from the late experienced beginner level all the way through intermediate. This is a very good course for players wanting a resource to work with for several months. Learn More at PlayGuitar.com  
  • Unlocking I IV V - This is a very focused, practical, and easy to grasp introduction to music theory, and how it applies to your guitar. You'll discover how notes, chords, scales and keys all work together, and how this knowledge makes a real impact on your playing! Learn More at PlayGuitar.com
  • Guitar Scale Patterns - This course picks up where Unlocking I IV V leaves off, and digs into how scale patterns work all across the fretboard. Learn the patterns you need to play anywhere on the fretboard, in any key! Learn More at PlayGuitar.com
  • Box 1 Blues Soloing - If soloing feels like hard work for you, then it might be time to take a step back from all the theory, scale patterns, and strategies, and simply focus on making music from the heart. Box 1 Blues Soloing strips away all the other distractions, choosing to focus on improvising solos with just a single box pattern. Learn more at PlayGuitar.com
  • Ultimate Blues 1: Chords - This is the first in Colin's epic blues series, and it digs deep into the chords and theory surrounding them. This is SUCH an important course, and really lays the foundations for a lot of higher-level playing. Learn more at RiffNinja.com
  • Ultimate Blues 2: Scales - This course covers the fingerboard and digs into the pentatonic scale, as well as the various chromatic modifications that are common in the blues. A powerful primer for soloing!  Learn more at RiffNinja.com
  • Ultimate Blues 3: Rhythms - Learn six great blues tunes and discover how to play all the rhythm parts of them. This is a very good course for learning and understanding rhythm, and especially from a blues perspective. Learn More at RiffNinja.com
  • Ultimate Blues 4: Solos - This is the capstone of the Ultimate Blues Series, the one all the other courses point towards! You'll learn tons of great blues licks and six complete solos to go with the songs learned in Stage 3. Learn more at RiffNinja.com
  • Guitar Improvising Secrets - This is a good place to start, if you've never improvised a solo before. Learn the scale you need, plus lots of great riffs! Learn more at RiffNinja.com
  • Slow Blues Solo in A - Sometimes learning a solo note-for-note is a really good way to learn new riffs or dig into a particular style. This course is a lot of fun, and will give you tools to match your solos more closely to the song. Learn more at PlayGuitar.com
  • Following The Chords - Learn how to follow the chords with your licks, using a simple progression. Lots of cool licks! Learn more at PlayGuitar.com
  • Rhythms & Riffs of Early Rock & Roll - Learn three great classic rock & roll songs, including all the rhythm parts and more than 40 "bread and butter" rock 'n roll licks! Put it all together into a seamless performance for a single guitar player! Learn More at RiffNinja.com
  • Rhythms & Riffs of Classic Electric Blues - Learn three great electric blues songs. You'll learn essential blues feels and rhythms, as well as a ton of great blues licks, and how to roll everything together into a seamless performance for a single guitar player! Learn More at RiffNinja.com

Late Intermediate

Late intermediate players should have a solid grasp of all preceding skills, and are probably looking to diversify into different topics of interest. 

  • Secrets of Tasty Riffs & Solos - This course really digs into the use of thirds and triads and how to use them to create very tasty riffs and solos. Filled with lots of riffs, solo examples and theory as well! This will give you a different perspective on your fretboard and how you approach your solos. Learn more at PlayGuitar.com

Topic-Based Courses

Theory

Music theory is one of the most empowering topics we can talk about as musicians. When you understand WHY things work musically, you can figure out the principles other musicians are using in their own music, you can learn things faster, remember them better, and be far more creative as well. EVERY guitar player needs to have at least the basics of music theory under their belt! 

  • Unlocking I IV V - This is a very focused, practical, and easy to grasp introduction to music theory, and how it applies to your guitar. You'll discover how notes, chords, scales and keys all work together, and how this knowledge makes a real impact on your playing! Learn More at PlayGuitar.com
  • Guitar Scale Patterns - This course picks up where Unlocking I IV V leaves off, and digs into how scale patterns work all across the fretboard. Learn the patterns you need to play anywhere on the fretboard, in any key! Learn More at PlayGuitar.com
  • Ultimate Blues 1: Chords - This is the first in Colin's epic blues series, and it digs deep into the chords and theory surrounding them. This is SUCH an important course, and really lays the foundations for a lot of higher-level playing. Learn more at RiffNinja.com
  • Ultimate Blues 2: Scales - This course covers the fingerboard and digs into the pentatonic scale, as well as the various chromatic modifications that are common in the blues. A powerful primer for soloing!  Learn more at RiffNinja.com

Chords

Chords are really, really important. Some struggle with physically playing them, but just as commonly, many players aren't aware of the chord options they have available, or how to apply them. These courses will help!

  • Bar Chords Made Simple - If you've struggled with bar chords, or you're not sure how they work or where to start, this is a great way to get over that hurdle! Learn More at PlayGuitar.com
  • The Guitar Player's Bag of Trick Chords - Would you like to learn some new chord voicings for chords you use all the time? This short course will help you add more chordal variety to your songs. Learn more at RiffNinja.com
  • Ultimate Blues 1: Chords - This is the first in Colin's epic blues series, and it digs deep into the chords and theory surrounding them. This is SUCH an important course, and really lays the foundations for a lot of higher-level playing. Learn more at RiffNinja.com

Strumming & Rhythm

Most guitar players spend the majority of their time playing rhythm, which makes it an incredibly important topic. The better you understand rhythm, and the more strumming techniques you have up your sleeve, the more interesting and dynamic your rhythm playing will become!

  • Essentials of Strumming & Rhythm - Discover how rhythm works, how to count music, and how to match strum patterns to songs. More than 20 strum patterns and song examples included. Learn More at RiffNinja.com
  • 10 Easy Strum Classics - If you're looking for a fun way to add more songs to your repertoire, this course covers ten of the biggest all time hits! Learn More at RiffNinja.com
  • Dynamic Rhythm Guitar - This is an excellent foundational course that covers everything needed to progress smoothly from the late experienced beginner level all the way through intermediate. This is a very good course for players wanting a resource to work with for several months. It has a heavy focus on making your rhythm playing dynamic and interesting! Learn More at PlayGuitar.com
  • Secrets of Expressive Strumming - This course focuses on strumming techniques and how to apply them to increase the dynamics of your rhythm playing. Learn More at PlayGuitar.com
  • Ultimate Blues 3: Rhythms - Learn six great blues tunes and discover how to play all the rhythm parts of them. This is a very good course for learning and understanding rhythm, and especially from a blues perspective. Learn More at RiffNinja.com

Soloing

Soloing is a lot of fun, but it can be a temptation to jump straight to soloing without putting some important foundations in place first! Assuming you have those down already, here's our list of courses - they've been roughly arranged from easiest at the top to hardest at the bottom. 

  • Guitar Improvising Secrets - This is a good place to start, if you've never improvised a solo before. Learn the scale you need, plus lots of great riffs! Learn more at RiffNinja.com
  • Box 1 Blues Soloing - If soloing feels like hard work for you, then it might be time to take a step back from all the theory, scale patterns, and strategies, and simply focus on making music from the heart. Box 1 Blues Soloing strips away all the other distractions, choosing to focus on improvising solos with just a single box pattern. Learn more at PlayGuitar.com
  • Slow Blues Solo in A - Sometimes learning a solo note-for-note is a really good way to learn new riffs or dig into a particular style. This course is a lot of fun, and will give you tools to match your solos more closely to the song. Learn more at PlayGuitar.com
  • Ultimate Blues 4: Solos - This is the capstone of the Ultimate Blues Series, the one all the other courses point towards! You'll learn tons of great blues licks and six complete solos to go with the songs learned in Stage 3. Learn more at RiffNinja.com
  • Following The Chords - Learn how to follow the chords with your licks, using a simple progression. Lots of cool licks! Learn more at PlayGuitar.com
  • Secrets of Tasty Riffs & Solos - This course really digs into the use of thirds and triads and how to use them to create very tasty riffs and solos. Filled with lots of riffs, solo examples and theory as well! This will give you a different perspective on your fretboard and how you approach your solos. Learn more at PlayGuitar.com  

Jam Tracks

Late intermediate players should have a solid grasp of all preceding skills, and are probably looking to diversify into different topics of interest. 

  • 30 Blues Jam Tracks Vol. 1 - 30 high quality blues-style jam tracks for your soloing pleasure! This course comes with a bonus lesson, briefly covering the pentatonic scale and how to get started improvising. Learn more at PlayGuitar.com 
  • 30 Blues Jam Tracks Vol. 2 - 30 more high quality blues jam tracks! This set of blues tracks have a distinctly different feel to them, as compared to Volume 1. Learn more at PlayGuitar.com
  • 30 Rock Jam Tracks - If rock is more your thing, then check out these jam tracks! 100 minute bonus lesson included, covering the pentatonic scale and getting started soloing. Learn more at PlayGuitar.com

Rhythm & Riffs

Do you want to learn how to seamlessly merge riffs into your rhythm parts? These courses are designed for just that purpose!

  • Rhythms & Riffs of Early Rock & Roll - Learn three great classic rock & roll songs, including all the rhythm parts and more than 40 "bread and butter" rock 'n roll licks! Put it all together into a seamless performance for a single guitar player! Learn More at RiffNinja.com
  • Rhythms & Riffs of Classic Electric Blues - Learn three great electric blues songs. You'll learn essential blues feels and rhythms, as well as a ton of great blues licks, and how to roll everything together into a seamless performance for a single guitar player! Learn More at RiffNinja.com

Blues

Late intermediate players should have a solid grasp of all preceding skills, and are probably looking to diversify into different topics of interest. 

  • Electric Blues For Beginners - This is also an excellent choice for complete beginners or beginners alike. This one focuses on the electric guitar, and specifically, playing electric blues. This is a very fun course for beginners; as you're learning songs you'll be learning new skills step by step. Learn more at RiffNinja.com
  • 30 Easy Blues Riffs - This is a great way to learn some fun blues licks that sound great. Inspired by the greats, yet very accessible even for those without too much experience playing single note lead lines. Learn more at RiffNinja.com
  • Box 1 Blues Soloing - If soloing feels like hard work for you, then it might be time to take a step back from all the theory, scale patterns, and strategies, and simply focus on making music from the heart. Box 1 Blues Soloing strips away all the other distractions, choosing to focus on improvising solos with just a single box pattern. Learn more at PlayGuitar.com
  • Ultimate Blues 1: Chords - This is the first in Colin's epic blues series, and it digs deep into the chords and theory surrounding them. This is SUCH an important course, and really lays the foundations for a lot of higher-level playing. Learn more at RiffNinja.com
  • Ultimate Blues 2: Scales - This course covers the fingerboard and digs into the pentatonic scale, as well as the various chromatic modifications that are common in the blues. A powerful primer for soloing!  Learn more at RiffNinja.com
  • Ultimate Blues 3: Rhythms - Learn six great blues tunes and discover how to play all the rhythm parts of them. This is a very good course for learning and understanding rhythm, and especially from a blues perspective. Learn more at RiffNinja.com
  • Ultimate Blues 4: Solos - This is the capstone, the one all the other courses point towards! You'll learn tons of great blues licks and six complete solos to go with the songs learned in stage 3. Learn more at RiffNinja.com
  • Rhythms & Riffs of Classic Electric Blues - Learn three great electric blues songs. You'll learn essential blues feels and rhythms, as well as a ton of great blues licks, and how to roll everything together into a seamless performance for a single guitar player! Learn more at RiffNinja.com

Slide Guitar

If you're looking for a really out of the box way to mix up your guitar sound, and to expand your playing in a different direction, consider trying some slide guitar!

  • Essentials of Slide Guitar - Slide offers some of the most unique sounds you can get on the guitar. This is a really fun course where you'll learn some cool rhythms and riffs using a slide. Learn More at RiffNinja.com

Bass Guitar

Although bass is similar to guitar in many ways, it is also very different in many ways as well! Learning a second instrument is an excellent way to improve your musical skills and understanding, and for guitar players, the bass is an excellent choice! 

  • Decoding the Bass Guitar - This course takes the concepts that are covered in Unlocking I IV V and Guitar Scale Patterns, and applies them specifically to the bass guitar. You will learn how you can efficiently cover the entire fretboard using only two scale patterns, and furthermore you will learn how you can use the intervals in the scale to create riffs and fills like never before! Learn More at PlayGuitar.com

If you're still uncertain which course would be most appropriate for where you're at, feel free to reach out and ask!