Are You Overwhelmed By The Guitar Courses Claiming To Be The Best?

I’m guessing that like most people you have surfed the WWW looking for a guitar lesson or course, only to come away overwhelmed by the sheer volume of offerings and a little suspicious and weary of all of the superlatives used. After all how many courses can be, “The Best”, “Great”, “Stupendous”, “Amazing”, etc. Quite frankly if they sound too good to be true the probably are.

In our opinion these are the characteristics for which you should be looking in a good course:

There are literally hundreds of courses found on the internet offered for sale.  We have sifted through these for you, boiled things down, and have presented below what we feel are the TOP 5 Guitar Instruction or Lesson Courses. Our top recommendation is Learn and Master Guitar. We rate it above our second place choice Guitar Tricks, not based upon quality but based upon the fact it is a 1-time purchase. For specific details about all five reviewed courses below.

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Overview of Guitar Lessons and Instruction – Winter 2014

Rating 1/2 1/2
Site Learn & Master Guitar Guitar Tricks Jam Play Jamorama Learn2Jam
Site or Product
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Learn and Master Guitar Guitar Tricks Jam Play Jamorama Guitar-Leads
Free Lessons
No
Yes - 24 free
lessons
Yes - 14 free lessons
Yes- lot's of em.
No
Comments The Cadillac of guitar courses on the market. Historically it has been pricey, but the pricing has been lowered and the content has almost doubled. As a result It is better than ever and a great value.  Professionally done from top to bottom, you can’t go wrong with this purchase. Another all-around excellent site, loaded with professional material. Its biggest drawback is that it is that you must be on your computer to view the lessons. It's also a membership site –which means over the years the cost add up, though monthly it is quite inexpensive. Another excellent membership type site. Material is provided via online lessons so you must be on your computer to view it. Over the past several years this site has grown but still more expensive than our #2 selection. At $39 for this downloadable course, you can't beat it as a place to start.  It is a great course for beginners. Though not as comprehensive as the other video courses on this page, it has more than enough material for the beginner for several months. Learn2Jam is a course that teaches a guitar soloing system. The quality of the video isn't as good as it could be but the content is very unique and helpful. for guitarists that want to learn to solo.
Type
One-time purchase
Membership site
Membership site
One-time purchase
One-time purchase
Contents 20 professionally produced DVDs, 5 Jam-Along CDs, a 100+ page lesson book Over 8000 online lessons from 48 guitarists around the world, covering all music genres. Over 4000 lessons from 43 instructors, covering most music genres. 48 video lessons (downloaded or on DVD's), 26 jam tracks, 4 books. 7 DVDs, 1 CD, 1 jam track booklet, PLUS Guitar Leads Master Volume Library (free gift)
Guarantee
60-day, 100%
money back
60-day,100%
money back
7-day 100%
money back
8-week, 100% money back
90-days, 100% money back
Customer Support
Student Support Forums, Help Desk, Phone Support
24/7 Student Forum, Phone Support
24/7 Online Community
FAQ’s, Help Desk
FAQ’s, Help Desk, Phone Support
Awards/ Recognition
Telly Awards, Bronze
None
None

Deloitte Technology

Canterbury Awards
 
None
Ease of Use
Easy
Easy
Easy
Easy
Easy
How Delivered
Shipped
Online
Online
Shipped or download
Shipped
Pricing
$149-$199
$14.95/mo or $129/yr.
19.95/mo or $139/yr.
$39.95- $199
$97
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More Details on Reviewed Lessons



Learn & Master Guitar

Learn and Master Guitar is the most comprehensive guitar lessons course on the market today. It has recently been updated and augmented – and know boasts 20 full-length DVDs, an extensive book and 5 CDs full of active Jam tracks. It is designed to cover all aspects of guitar playing and is appropriate for novice to intermediate skill levels.

In addition to its comprehensive coverage, Learn and Master Guitar exudes quality from its website, to its packaging, to its videos and course materials. Everything has been professional done. Another asset for guitarist is the student forum provided by Learn and Play Guitar. This members’ only site enables you to interact with other students and teachers, and post comments, questions, and receive help, suggestions and advice.


Pros

If you are looking for the best Guitar DVD course on the market that is packed with content, built with value, and provides excellent value, this is it!

Cons

Perhaps the single biggest criticism against Learn and Play has been their pricing. This, however, has been resolved in our opinion, because they have lowered the price AND doubled the course content. In our opinion this criticism is no longer relevant. For the quality and comprehensive content this guitar lessons course is an excellent value.

Guitar Tricks

Guitar Tricks

Guitar Tricks.com is the oldest, longest running, and most extensive guitar lesson site on the web. It offers more than 8000 online lessons with downloadable videos and audio. The site offers a free membership to anyone that signs up with no strings attached, and it contains 24 free lessons that you can view and review to make sure you like what you see before you enroll.  

For just $14.95 a month you will gain full access to a fantastic wealth of information and the invaluable experience of 48 seasoned professionals. All of the instructors on GuitarTricks.com are masters of their own playing styles, and together they offer the most diverse range of expertise and insight available anywhere on the internet. The Guitar Tricks lessons’ menu covers the full range of guitar styles, music genres and lesson topics.

Pros

Guitar Tricks offers by far the largest content of any video guitar lesson on the internet. It provides a free trial membership, and it is less expensive than Jam Play, another membership site reviewed on tis page. Although we like Learn and Master Guitar slighly better, we have no argument with those that might prefer this site, due to its low monthly membership pricing and extensive guitar video instruction material.

Cons

There are not many cons with this site.  I am told that some their older lessons (remember this site started in 1998) are not of the quality of the newer lessons – but this is simply overshadowed by the sheer volume of high quality material on their site.

As with Jam Play we must point out that Guitar Tricks is a membership site. By their very nature, membership sites are both good and bad from a pricing standpoint.  They allow one to subscribe at a very reasonable monthly fee. However, if a customer stays with the site for several years, the cost of the membership over that time can become substantial.  We’ll leave this up to you as to whether you consider this a CON or not.  

A broadband or high speed internet connection is a must.

Jam Play

Jam Play

Jam Play is the newest of the guitar courses that make our top 5.  Since this this site was last updated Jam Play has grown tremendously and we now rank it equal in quality with Guitar Tricks, though the lesson selections smaller. Like Guitar Tricks, it is also subscription site.  Jam Play boasts 43 instructors and, at last count, something around 4000 video lessons, covering the complete range of guitar playing topics.

The lessons range in difficulty from easy to advanced, so this sites works well with both beginners as well as more experienced guitar players.  The guitar lesson videos are top quality as is the website itself.  

Of the guitar membership sites, we continue to rank Jam Play second only to Guitar Tricks.  This ranking is based upon its smaller content and higher price - not on its quality.  That being said, Jam Play continues to grow rapidly and we expect that it make catch up to Guitar Tricks over the next few years.

Pros

Jam Play offers about 14 free video lessons on the site.  These free lesson allows interested guitarists the opportunity to examine the quality, content, and lesson styles to see whether it fits their needs. Also the month to month subscription of both Jam Play and Guitar Tricks avoids the big upfront expenditure associcated with one-time purchases like Learn and Master.

Cons

Jam Play is slightly more expensive the Guitar Tricks and it has a smaller lessons library.  By their very nature, membership sites are both good and bad from a pricing standpoint.  They allow one to subscribe at a very reasonable monthly fee. However, if a customer stays with the site for several years, the cost of the membership over that time can become substantial.  We’ll leave this up to you as to whether you consider this a CON or not.   A broadband or high speed internet connection is a must.

Jamorama

Jamorama

Jamorama is one of the oldest guitar lessons available on the internet. This longevity does speak to its value.  Compared to Learn and Master Guitar, which we discussed earlier, it is not nearly as comprehensive but for a low cost, basic or beginner guitar instruction course, it is an excellent value.  The most basic package starts at $39.

Jamorama provides several product options.  The most basic is a completely downloadable course which retails for $39.  This course is also available in a physical format with Ebooks, DVD’s and CD’s provided as part of the package that can be shipped to you.

The Jamorama course consists of two eBooks, almost 150 video lesson files, 26 unique Jam-Tracks, numerous audio files, and additional bonus eBooks, guitar software programs and games.   


Pros

The Jamorama site offers a series of free lessons.  This is a great way for potential customers to see the quality of the material and the presentation format used by the instructor.  The site also has a series of FREE bonuses that it gives away to purchasers. If you are looking for a quality, low cost guitar lessons course that has proven itself over time, Jamorama is the product for you.     

Cons

There are potentially several issues to consider.  If you buy the downloadable product, you will be tethered to your computer when using the course.  You may want to consider the physical version if this is a concern.  A second issue for us is the web site; it can be confusing.  There is not only the basic Jamorama course, but other courses like Jamorama Acoustic and Jamorama Lead, and it can be a bit confusing trying to figure out which of the different purchase options might be best for you. In our opinion stick with the most basic Jamoram course for $39. If you'r think of of buying their entire package we suggest you remember our recommendation for Learn and Master Guitar.

Learn2Jam

Guitar-Leads

We must begin by stating that we have a financial interest in this site. That being said, we have put it on the Top 5 list because there really is nothing else like it on the internet. 

The Learn2Jam Soloing System is based upon the simple premise that if you can learn and master four songs - and only four (4) songs on the guitar – you will have gained the fundamental skills necessary to play any lead or solo to any style of music. The course teaches you the essential tools needed to solo in the quickest time possible.

Pros

The course is unique and the learning approach fun, because you are learning 4 well know, classic rock songs as the foundation, so there are no boring scales or fingering excercises. There is no other course like it whose singular purposes is to teach a guitarist how to solo. Packaged with this course as a free gift is a library of 425 interactive guitar riffs, called the Guitar Leads Master Volume. These riffs contain audio at full and half speed and correct tabs. We don't often talk about a bonus as one of the Pros of the course, but in these case - it's so tremendous it has to be mentioned.
 

Cons

The biggest criticism is the quality of the videos - not the quality of the instruction. The video quality is certainly acceptable but it wasn't filmed in a professional studio and you will be able to see this as you go through the course.

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