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.
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
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.
Totally awesome way to learn at your own pace - best deal in the country!
After reading the previous testimonies submitted, I can see that I'm not alone in my past experience with playing guitar. After high school I started playing guitar, through school I had played a band instrument and found I missed music as it was part of my life for so long. I self-taught myself but after a few years of that, I was dissatisfied with the level of my ability. I wanted to find a teacher that would teach me flat pick technique, blues/bluegrass genre. Well, living in the Philadelphia suburbs I found no one to help me, so I settled for less...the guy had a degree and played professionally but just couldn't help me with exactly where I wanted to go. Fast forward 40 years....I found some of Ryan's Youtube lesson samplers and told myself I'm doing this. Ryan's "way" of presenting the material, demonstrating skills and techniques, and the mass of really great arrangements of songs with lesson tabs is something I wish I could have found 45 years ago when I started with lessons. Now....the negative...there's so many song lessons I get "locked up" trying to decide which one to start. Like being a kid in the candy store dilemma. If you like acoustic guitar and want to get better playing bluegrass...country...blues....I looked at a lot of sites before I decided to subscribe to Ryan's site, and there's none better.
I greatly appreciate your teaching techniques and personal help! You explain so well, and you create an enthusiasm through your awesome arrangements! I learn correctly and productively under your instruction, and that contributes to growth and mastery of skills! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!
"I have tried many online courses for improvement, but all fell short. Once I found musicwithryan.com my search was over."
Doug - Carlyle, IL
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
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
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
"I've learned more from your online lessons than I ever did with private guitar teachers!"
LC - Nashville, TN
"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."
Hey, Ryan, Thank you for giving me your wonderful guitar courses. It is such a great pleasure to learn music from you! About a month ago, when I happened to viewed an episode of your course on Youtube, I decided to learn guitar with you, because your clear and patient instruction enabled me to follow your instruction easily. I already feel guitar and your video course already an indispensable part of my life!
I think what I like about Ryan's program most is the motivation I get with the demonstrations before working on the tutorials. He is very generous in the lessons he gives when you sign up for membership. I've made more progress with Ryan than with any previous on line instruction.
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
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 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."
Bob Maddox - Charles County, MD
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!
"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"
Mike Cee - Melbourne, Australia
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 played guitar as a teenager but didn't keep at it. Ten years ago I took up guitar again. Several times over that period I attempted to get going using various online sources. Each time, I'd partially learn a few tunes but never knew what to work on next. I wasn't making progress, and my interest fizzled. Since I discovered MusicWithRyan.com, things have been different. The Guitar eCourse101 was a great quick refresher. The copious tabs and video lessons are varied and entertaining, and the videos are always available when guidance on how to play a particular passage is needed. The outstanding Rhythm Course is helping me improve quickly. If I can learn to play those progressions cleanly, I'll finally have some chops! Ryan communicates willingly with site members, and he makes new material available on a weekly basis. MusicWithRyan.com has been a pretty good deal for me.
Apple Valley, MN
Ryan's method of teaching songs is slow and easy. You can learn a lot from Ryan.
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'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.
"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."
David Roth - Sacramento, CA
I have been a premier member only a month and have enjoyed learning new songs. I enjoy the song selection and Ryan makes it easy to follow. I have needed help and he has given me the answers.