I have tried many different books and web sites over the years to try and teach myself to flat-pick the standard tunes with only moderate success. Without a doubt, your website has been the most successful learning process I have ever used. I have downloaded Nine Pound Hammer and Will the Circle be Unbroken just this week. I am already pretty decent at flat-picking these tunes at a moderate speed. I am so pleased, I can't begin to tell you. Your guitar style is exactly what I am aspiring to be. Your teaching method and the tools you are providing are just excellent. I will certainly be purchasing more of you products in the future. Thanks again. You have given me hope to become the guitar player I always wanted to be. Keep up the good work and thanks again. Thanks also for the free stuff. I am already working on the free lesson Shady grove. Thanks again. Your friend for life.
Charles County, MD
I am 61 years young and have always had a desire to play the guitar at a higher level.
Bluegrass and Country have always been my interest and I have tried many online courses for improvement, but all fell short.
Once I found musicwithryan.com my search was over.
The information needed to play songs are given in a format making it easy to understand and follow.
Along with the song downloads, I decided to try the ecourse 101. I knew it was below my level, but I wanted to see if I could pick up any new information or at least refresh myself.
Great move on my part! I am seeing some new information to clarify some old bad habits and am seeing some new ways to improve.
I have been using the songs from Ryan for several years now and am excited as to the improvement I am making.
The site is run professionally and questions are addressed quickly.
Would I recommend this site to a friend - most defiantly.
Ryan Kimm is a talented musician and teacher. His material is excellent for anyone, and will take your playing to another level. Lessons are thorough, fun, and taught in detail. You cannot go wrong with Musicwithryan.com!"
I am thoroughly enjoying your eBook Flat-Pick Guitar III, and I am enraptured at the moment with learning Worried Man Blues. I love the arrangement, and wanted to thank you for including it.
I have thoroughly enjoyed your instruction, particularly your Carter Style Gospel songs. Because of your easy to understand explanations, strum suggestions, video and music track back up, I have been able to progress and have fun playing. My understanding of finding the melody, incorporating strums and timing have been steadily improving.
Mid 2014, I was searching online for lessons on playing 'Carter' style and came across Ryan's Flatpick Guitar course. I was just a basic 3 chord strummer and since then I've got a number of Ryan's individual song lessons which have been excellent in building up my skill and keeping my interest in learning more. Ryan's arrangements of some of the traditional bluegrass jam songs have been great for me as I'm using them to learn a nice 'solo' break for when I next get to a jam festival. What I particularly like about Ryan's lessons are that they are complete, very clear tab transcriptions and he takes it slowly on the video, measure by measure and gives you tips where needed, plus the practice tracks at different tempo's mean you can continuously improve. Like many of us, I get online lessons from a number of sources, so have many comparisons. I'm very happy to provide this testimonial and say that Ryan's quality of instruction is up there with the best of them, and I will continue to be a customer and look forward to getting many more lessons
I greatly appreciate you doing my previous requests for Tennessee Waltz and I Saw The Light. They are both outstanding lessons. The lessons in which you give two versions (Tennessee Waltz, Rock Salt and Nails, and Be Thou My Vision) are especially informative and a great value.
Thanks for a great product!
I've learned more from your online lessons than I ever did with private guitar teachers! I'd say that is a really good recommendation! Thank you!
I am learning the Ryan Kimm's Carter Style and really enjoying it. Ryan is an excellent teacher, and I look forward to learning a lot more from him. Thank you Ryan!
I really enjoy your Bluegrass lessons Ryan . They are very well presented and very helpful. Thanks!
I just wanted to take a moment and say how much I appreciate your site. I was a little hesitant to pay for 'tabs' when there are a lot for free,but I am so glad I started with you. It really is a bargain too if you compare the price of one-on-one lessons. My progression as a guitarist over the past six months is just awesome and I'm having such a great time with it. For me the key factor has been the ability to go back to your vids and iron out any measures that were tricky, troublesome, or just didn't sound right. In the past I would give up on songs I couldn't figure out.
One of the reasons I am finally writing this is your comments on pick direction in the newest video lesson preview...down stroke on 1,2,3,4 and upstroke on the 'ands'. I was going to asks you that because for some sections of songs it is more natural for me to deviate from what you have on you tabulature. Glad I got my answer!
I've looked at a lot of online lessons, and your is clearly the best. The reasons are simple. You break every lick down into its component parts, and you do it slowly and repeatedly, leaving no holes, no mysteries where important parts might fly by too quickly. Consequently, I'm able to pick up some very complicated stuff. Not quickly, but far quicker than if I were trying to pull this stuff off recordings, where important parts would inevitably be missing. Keep up the fine work. Your infinite patience and willingness to break things down is really appreciated. You're a model for all would-be, wannabe music instructors.
Music with Ryan is the best site I have found to continue learning the guitar. Ryan breaks down his lessons so that I can follow along at my own speed. His teaching methods are the best I have seen and I have tried many other sites. I look forward in continuing private online lessons with Ryan. He is most helpful and always encourages questions so that we both are on the same page. Ryan is a man of his word and follows through with his promises to get back to me with my needs and questions. This is a Great Site!!
I lead Sing Alongs foe senior citizens. I have become a capable "campfire strummer" but longed to improve my licks for more interesting sessions. I tried Guitartricks.com and found them to have some excellent teachers, but not in the style I wanted. (Bluegrass, Folk, and Country). I also tried Ultimate Guitar.com with similar result. I found MusicwithRyan.com from youtube and I am thrilled. His tabs are precise and understandable and the support videos and commentary are superb. The package is a GREAT value.
Hi Ryan, I am so glad I found your site. Your tuition is FIRST CLASS. I like your arrangements and as as Premium Member I get access to all the Videos, Tabs and MP3 Files. All of these make the learning process so much more enjoyable and easy to learn. I am not saying I find all the arrangements easy (I do not) but it's great trying to master the arrangements. I feel my playing has improved directly as a result of your site. There are not too many sites on the Internet that give such value and now we also have the bonus of live streams. BRILLIANT and a huge thank you. Keith
Keith R. Finch
I've found Ryan's lessons to be the best on the Internet. I was a member at another internet lesson program for 6 months but wasn't getting much from it. It was more of a social place than real lessons. I joined Ryan's when I saw the Carter style lessons. Carter style music was something I always wanted to learn and Ryan's lessons are the best. I bought all the Carter style E Books plus the Bluegrass E Book and use them al the time. I'm a premier member now and plan on being one for a long time. I recommend anyone who asks about online lessons to Ryan's place you can learn fast with his videos and E Books. I have played for over 20 years and still find I can keep learning here.
I went back and forth deciding which online guitar to go with( there are several). But I finally went with this one and am very pleased. Ryan goes very slow and covers every aspect of learning to play. I also like the fact that he responds quickly to my email questions. He is very helpful and very accessible. Now he has kicked it up a notch with his new video upload where you can upload yourself playing so that he can give you pointers. If you are serious about learning to play the guitar, give him a try. You will not regret it.
I've tried many online sites. I like Ryan the best as a my Bluegrass teacher. His price is very reasonable. His style is lay back, easy to understand and he responds to questions. His site works perfectly and he has a tremendous list of selections is various venues and complexities. Tab is good, videos are clear and easy to understand. PLUS He provides free lessons and will even work one up based on an email request. I would recommend him for sure. I only wish I could learn faster.
Ellison Bay, Wisconsin
Totally awesome way to learn at your own pace - best deal in the country!
I'm starting my 2nd month as a premiere member.... hands down - best $200 I ever spent. I played guitar a little when I was in high school, but then "Life Happened" with college, family, jobs... the guitar just sat in the Living Room for about 40 years. A couple of years ago, I picked it up.. and quickly got "addicted" again. I've always loved the old hymns, classic country, and southern gospel songs. When I came across a couple of Ryan's lessons on YouTube... I was skeptical at first -- A young guy teaching Carter Style, cross picking, Hank Williams -- not likely! BUT - I was pleasantly surprised -- Exactly what I was looking for. I was hooked. Thank you God -- for still makin' 'em like Ryan and for this crazy thing called the Internet. Never would have dreamed I'd be taking guitar lessons again at my age. I wasn't blessed with much musical talent... I'm a forever "wanna be". But the tips of my fingers are nice and callused and I'm enjoying playing guitar immensely.
Great Instruction! Customer service the best I've found. The variety of instructional materials is great from pure technique music to timeless classics in a variety of skill levels.
Grants Pass, OR
Hey Ryan, I've played guitar for years and I'm a pretty good picker. As a premier member of Music with Ryan I'm learning a whole new style than has greatly advanced my picking ability. I recommend your site to pickers of all levels. Thanks, Ron
Ronald Lee Hancock