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!
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
Premier Membership at Music With Ryan. I always wanted to play bluegrass music. I pick up getting started with bluegrass guitar by joe carr around this time last year. 2 months ago I found Ryans Whiskey Before Breakfast Lesson on youtube and started spending time on the site. The first thing ryans teaching did for me was bring pick direction to my attention. I also never used a metronome until I started learning from ryan. Most of all I like the music here and the way he arranges it and teaches it.
Best guitar instruction on the net for me. Challenging enough to push me yet rewarding with noticeable improvement. I really like instruction primarily based on classic and familiar songs. Great communication with members whether helping us or looking for new instructional ideas.
Grants Pass, Oregon
As a premiere member, I would highly recommend Ryan's site to anyone who wants to improve their play. The song selections are great, and his arrangements are well thought out and taught in a manner which is helpful and fun.I really enjoy my time hanging out and learning with Ryan!
A valuable tool for progressing on my six-strings. Ryan's approach is thorough with outstanding attention to detail. He is responsive to his members and prolific with new material and individual requests. As a new member I couldn't be more pleased!
eden prairie, mn
I have tried several online guitar lesson sites and none of them are perfect. A common hurdle is what I might call approachability/accessibility. It is simply very hard to replicate a face to face experience. Ryan does this about as good as anybody. I cannot quite put my finger on exactly what he does differently, but he makes the lesson content very accessible. That is one thing that sets him apart. Another is the type of music and songs he uses to convey the lessons. Maybe not everyone has the same taste in music. Many classic and timeless tunes that you won't find anywhere else. I would definitely recommend giving his site a try.
I find the Music with Ryan site to be very well organized, easy to navigate, and loaded with useful content and instructional material. The audio and video is high quality and clear which makes the learning experience so much more productive. Ryan has a smooth, patient teaching style that makes it easy to digest new concepts and techniques. I think this is a really good site to improve your guitar playing expertise.
I have tried several guitar lesson programs in the past and I have to say that Ryan is the best one I have ever had. Every video is done in such a way as to be simple to follow and easy to learn. His teaching is slow and methodical which really helps someone trying to see what he is doing. I have purchased the following programs and have every intention of purchasing more in the future: Beginner Course 101, Gospel Package #1, Carter Style Bundle 10, and the Holiday package. His is the best teaching method that I have ever seen! I can't recommend it highly enough!
Ryan is very thorough, he answers every message I send him, no others do this. There are hundreds of great video lessons. I'm very happy here!
I am a Premiere Member and I have tried a few online teachers in the past few years. I would like to add my two cents About MusicWithRyan.com. Actually, I wish I had used all that money to buy an upgraded acoustic guitar.
Before getting to the point about the lessons and site I want to say that anyone, other than a savant, needs to be willing to put in the time to practice. You don't become a good or great basket ball player by sitting on bench or the couch for that matter, enough said!
MusicWithRyan.com is just about as good as it gets for the determined self-starter. Before subscribing, I purchased 2 song/tabs with video bluegrass arrangements by Ryan. Being new to bluegrass playing, I am happy to say that I easily took to Ryan’s lesson with the various tracks, and hand holding video.
My Inspiration for becoming a Premiere Member came to me as I quickly calculated how much fun I was having along with the cost of cherry picking individual songs and lessons. I have also taken advantage of the included Beginners Course. I played in school band but TAB certainly was not part of that nor rhythm and picking!
Ryan has responsibly and in a very timely manner responded to all of my inquiries and correspondence like a private teacher just as Premiere Member.
There are some very sophisticated sites available and I have used some, but if you are looking for a down to earth Earth experience with a knowledgeable teacher, you and found it. This is a site I can stick with for a long time.
Keep Pick’n Johnnie Wood
I have tried many online lessons but nothing compares to Music with Ryan. Fretboard Awareness is amazing, the lessons are very detailed and have opened so many doors for me. I also enjoy the ability to chat and email Ryan with any questions I may have. Being a member of this site is like having a guitar instructor in my home. I would highly recommend Music with Ryan.
Winfield, West Virginia
The friendly careful approach to teaching really pays off with Ryan’s attention to detail, yet he provides a slow and methodological lesson which really sinks in. Just wish he’d been around teaching bluegrass guitar years ago - but then the internet hadn’t been invented and I’m showing my age !!!
Swyre, Bridport, UK
I have been taking lessons locally for 3 years from 2 different teachers. I had an hour with each one once a week. I stumbled upon Ryan while surfing through youtube. I went further to check out his website and decided to sign up for the free membership. After one week I decided to sign up for the premium membership and quit my two local teachers. I have learned more with Ryan in a month than I was able to learn in two years taking lessons. Ryan has great teaching method. He takes his time and he is easy to follow and understand. The music lessons are a good mixture of songs and it doesn't get boring. I learn a new shape and new tricks with every song. Lessons with Ryan is more than worth the money. Whether you are a beginner or intermediate or advanced Ryan has something for everyone.