Holiday Giveaway: Win This HUGE Bundle of Guitar Gear

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HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY

Win This HUGE Bundle of Guitar Gear!

This giveaway has ended. Thanks to all those who participated!

And congrats to our winner:

Elton V. from North Carolina

Holiday Giveaway: Gretsch, Harmony, Walrus Audio, Pedaltrain


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Learn Guitar from the Best: A JamPlay Commercial

Learn Guitar from the Best

A JamPlay Commercial

If you’re gonna learn guitar, why not learn from the best? The best players and the best instructors. The blues solo-ers and the Jam Band rockers. The ones who tap, slide, shred, sweep, and boogie down.

Learn from the Grammy Award winners. And Country Music Hall-of-Famers. From Lady Gaga’s right hand man. And the National Flatpicking Champion. Learn from touring musicians. And lifelong educators.

When you subscribe to JamPlay, these are your guitar guides. What are you waiting for?

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2021 JamPlay Membership Updates

2021 JamPlay Membership Updates

More Courses. More Features. More Song Lessons. New Member Perks.

We want to share a few updates and new membership perks that are coming to JamPlay this holiday season. First, did you know that we added over 35 new guitar (and bass) courses to the JamPlay library this year? From Blues to Bluegrass, Pop licks and Rock grooves to Jazz chords, Funk bass, music theory, fingerpicking, soloing, and so much more — there has never been a better time to be a JamPlay member!

We’ve also been listening carefully to our members and here’s what you’ve been saying:

  • Make the GUITARIST TOOLKITS stream-able

  • Add more SONG LESSONS

  • Update the MOBILE APPS

  • Make it easier to find things in the MEMBERS AREA

We’re thrilled to announce that we will be delivering ALL of these improvements (and more)! But…these new features mean that our membership plans look a little different this year. Here’s everything you need to know:

Guitarist Toolkits STREAMING

PRO MEMBERS ONLY
We are making all 9 of the most recent Guitarist Toolkits stream-able in the Members Area for JamPlay PRO members* before January 1st. These Toolkits and their supporting materials (JamTracks, Tabs, Stems, etc) will still also be available for download.

Full ARCHIVE of Guitarist Toolkits

ALL MEMBERS
Over the past few years, we created hundreds of hours of incredible learning material in the form of Guitarist Toolkits — and every December we retired the previous batch to bring in the new. Well, we think it’s time to open the vault. Throughout the coming year, we will also be adding the FULL ARCHIVE of past Guitarist Toolkits (2020 and earlier) to the Members Area for streaming access.

1 NEW Guitarist Toolkit – You Vote for the Topic!

ALL ANNUAL MEMBERS
This year we will be releasing one mega-Toolkit in July. The best part is YOU will help us decide the topic! As always, this Guitarist Toolkit will be jam-packed with incredible lessons from your favorite instructors. Only this time, you get to tell us what you want to learn. Member survey will take place in early 2022.

MORE Song Lessons

ALL MEMBERS
We get it, playing guitar ultimately means playing SONGS. JamPlay was thrilled to secure the rights to thousands of popular songs this year so that we can produce Song Lessons that are super professional and incredibly inspiring. Long story short: our Song Lesson library is about to explode!

Updated Mobile Apps

ALL MEMBERS
You want to learn guitar on your schedule, from any device. Having access to a highly functional, well-designed mobile app is part of that. Our new iOS app will be released in December and we think you’re going to be very happy. A new version of the Android app will follow in early 2022.

Improved SEARCH and DISCOVERY in the Members Area

ALL MEMBERS
With hundreds of courses and instructors to choose from, the JamPlay Members Area can sometimes feel overwhelming. You want to be able to find exactly what you’re looking for AND you want to discover new things. We’re happy to share that we will be adding a powerful search tool and smart course recommendations to the Members Area (December).

MORE Ownership Credits

ALL ANNUAL MEMBERS
Ownership credits let you download your favorite lessons and own them for life. Some of our most popular courses have over 50 lessons! So this year we will include 75 credits with Standard Annual membership and 150 with PRO membership.

(4) 1-on-1 Consultations

PRO MEMBERS ONLY
This year, PRO membership will include 4 1-on-1 consultations. Meet with a JamPlay instructor over the phone or video conference — get the private lesson experience and the direct feedback you need to take your playing to the next level.

Member Welcome Kit

PRO MEMBERS ONLY
Receive a physical welcome box delivered to your door** that includes a JamPlay t-shirt, guitar tuner, picks, stickers, and other goodies! This box will also include gifts, discounts, and other special offers from our partners.

Special Discounts on TrueFire Studios Services

ALL MEMBERS
JamPlay is part of the TrueFire Studios portfolio of online music learning brands. We will occasionally offer our members special discounts for these partner services: TrueFire, ArtistWorks, and FaderPro.

 

*Right now, the Unlocking Rhythm Guitar Toolkit is available for streaming for ALL members.
**Welcome kit will ship after you have completed your first 30 days of membership. Other restrictions may apply.

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Giveaway: Win a Fender Jazzmaster in Pacific Peach and VOX AC30

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This giveaway has ended. Thanks to all those who participated!

And congrats to our winner:
Hannah A. from Upland, CA

This amazing gear bundle features a Fender Player Jazzmaster in Pacific Peach to get your tone in check! With a pre-routed body for a tone circuit and Pure Vintage ‘65 Pickups you’ll be sounding ready to rock paired with this Vox AC30S1 30-Watt 1×12″ Combo Amp. A prize package valued at $1,800+ and fit for any genre.

View the full product listings at Chicago Music Exchange: Fender Player Jazzmaster in Pacific Peach and the Vox AC30S1 30-Watt 1×12″ Combo Amp.


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From the Vault: Guitarist Toolkits Streaming

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FROM THE VAULT

Guitarist Toolkits Streaming

A JamPlay 2021 Membership Update

For a few years now, JamPlay Guitarist Toolkits have been released every December as a gift to our annual members. Each year, we create hundreds of hours of incredible learning material in the form of these Toolkits — and every December we retire the previous batch to bring in the new. Well, we decided that it’s time to open the vault and make these available in the Members Area for streaming access!

For PRO Members

We will be making all 9 of the most recent Guitarist Toolkits stream-able in the Members Area for JamPlay PRO members* before January 1st. These Toolkits and their supporting materials (JamTracks, Tabs, Stems, etc) will still also be available for download.

From now until the end of the year, we will announce one Toolkit each week for streaming access. Stay tuned for updates!

Week 1 – Unlocking Rhythm Guitar

Week 2 – Blues Essentials

Week 3 – Rock Essentials

Week 4 – ??

For All Members

Throughout the coming year, we will be adding the FULL ARCHIVE* of Guitarist Toolkits to the Members Area for streaming access. Right now, the Unlocking Rhythm Guitar Toolkit is available for STREAMING in the Members Area and unlocked for all members to get a taste!

EXPLORE TOOLKITS

*The Unlocking Rhythm Guitarist Toolkit is now available to all JamPlay members for streaming. The Blues Essentials Toolkit (for streaming or download) is available to PRO members as well as members who have purchased access to this toolkit. The full archive of Guitarist Toolkits from previous years (2020 and earlier) will be added in 2022 and will be available to all members for streaming and download.

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Diminished Arpeggios on Guitar with Mark Kroos

Diminished Arpeggios on Guitar

with Mark Kroos

In this lesson from Mark Kroos’ course, Spice Up the Blues, you’ll learn how to use fully diminished arpeggios to solo over the 12-bar blues. Once you’re able to wrap your head around this and get it “under your fingers” it becomes a really simple concept, even though it might seem intimidating at first.

Remember, a fully diminished 7th chord consists of 1, flat 3, flat 5, and double flat 7. That means that all of the notes are a minor 3rd apart. So, since all the notes are the same distance apart, any of those notes could be the root note in a chord shape. Check out the full lesson — unlocked for FREE — to see this in action.

Learn how to play arpeggios on guitar in this lesson with instructor, Mark Kroos and practice variations of diminished arpeggios while playing along to some fun JamTracks!

Spice Up the Blues contains 25 lessons along with a handful of solos sprinkled in to help you master the shapes and skills you’ve been learning. To access the full course, you must become a JamPlay member.

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Learn to Solo Over the 12-Bar Blues Form [New Course]

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Learn to Solo Over the 12-Bar Blues Form

with Mark Kroos

In this new JamPlay course with Mark Kroos, we are spicing up the way that you solo over the 12-bar blues form. The 12-bar blues makes an appearance in almost every music genre — from Country and Rock, to Funk and obviously, Blues. This course is all about soloing over the 12-bar blues form, how to improve this skill, and getting more comfortable with guitar improvisation.

This is not necessarily a Blues course. We’re going to take ideas from different music genres and implement them into your playing over the 12-bar blues.

Learning to improvise over the 12-bar Blues is the perfect vehicle to work toward soloing over chord changes.

If you’re getting bored with the 12-bar blues form, you might find yourself reverting to minor pentatonic scale shapes. And that’s ok — the minor pentatonic scale can be used over the entire 12-bar blues. But if you’re looking for something new and fun, this course is designed to spice up your playing and spruce up your improvisation, by exploring a wide variety of concepts:

  • Switching between major pentatonic and minor pentatonic scales for improvisation, based on our chord changes.
  • Dorian mode and Mixolydian mode / Mixolydian Blues scale
  • Arpeggios
  • Target tones, guide tones, and moving between chord tones
  • Using arpeggios to create some really cool lines
  • Harmonized lines
  • Double stops
  • Running sixths up and down the neck of the guitar
  • Using harmonized bends to illustrate our chord changes
  • Whole tone scale
  • Diminished scale
  • Diminished arpeggios and how we can use those over the dominant seventh chords in our 12-bar blues

We’ll be borrowing a lot from Jazz in the latter part of this guitar course but we’ll be able to connect it to other music genres like Rock, Funk and Country.

Before you get started…

It will be helpful if you already have some knowledge and skill in the following areas:

  • At least one pentatonic scale (major or minor)
  • Major scales
  • Basic guitar chords
  • Dominant seventh chords
  • Very basic hammer-on and pull-offs
  • How to bend a string

By the end of this course, you’re going to have a lot of options and a lot of tools in your toolbox for working your way around a 12-bar blues solo. It’s also going to give you a very advanced understanding of what you can do when you approach dominant seventh chords — whether that’s in a 12-bar Blues or another piece of music. This course is geared towards intermediate players although advanced guitar players can definitely have fun with it as well!

Spice Up the Blues contains 25 lessons along with a handful of solos sprinkled in to help you master the shapes and skills you’ve been learning. To access the full course, you must become a JamPlay member.

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Jazz Guitar Chords with Marcelo

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Jazz Guitar Chords / Chord Shells

with Marcelo Berestovoy

In this lesson from Marcelo Berestovoy’s JamPlay course, Jazz Chording & Comping (Core Skills), you will explore Jazz guitar chords / chord shells — a quick and easy way to maneuver through jazz chord progressions without actually fleshing out the full chord.

Chord shells are very useful and you definitely want to learn them with the roots on sixth and fifth strings. Marcelo will walk you through these variations while providing tips for finding an implementation for each chord progression that is comfortable for you.

By the way, if you don’t know how to play the 12-bar Blues, stop whatever you’re doing and learn that.

This lesson ends with a few simple exercises to help you practice the chord shells you just learned. Play along with Marcelo’s 12-bar Jazzy Blues progression.

Jazz Chording & Comping: Core Skills contains 24 lessons along with backing tracks that let you play along. To access the full course, you must become a JamPlay member.

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Learn to Play Jazz Rhythm Guitar [New Course]

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Learn to Play Jazz Rhythm Guitar

with Marcelo Berestovoy

Our latest course with Marcelo Berestovoy teaches the core skills needed for a solid foundation in Jazz rhythm guitar and Jazz guitar improvisation. The course material is ideal for Blues players who want to learn some Jazz, for Jazz players who need to work on their rhythm playing, and really for anyone looking to learn Jazz chord progressions. As Marcelo says, “Jazz is definitely the best way to learn about chords on guitar”.

In Jazz, as a guitar player, if you can only play lead and you cannot play rhythm, you don’t really exist. If I have a Jazz gig and I want somebody to only play solos and I don’t need them to play rhythm, I call a trumpet player or a saxophone player. Believe me, nobody is going to call a guitar player to a Jazz gig just to play lead. So…if you don’t know your chords, you can’t have any pudding.

One of the biggest challenges with Jazz rhythm guitar is that you’re not really playing set patterns of chords or exact rhythms. What you’re doing is taking the concepts of the harmony and the rhythm and you’re improvising over that. So in this course, Marcelo will teach you how he approaches Jazz guitar improvisation and rhythm playing and then you’ll get a chance to practice playing over backing tracks to get more comfortable with this skill.

After you’ve taken this course, you are going to walk away with a much better understanding of Jazz guitar chords and an inspired approach to improvisation.

Jazz Chording & Comping: Core Skills contains 24 lessons along with backing tracks that let you play along. To access the full course, you must become a JamPlay member.

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Economy Picking Exercises with Trevor Gordon Hall

Economy Picking Exercises

with Trevor Gordon Hall

In this lesson from Trevor Gordon Hall’s latest JamPlay course, the Melodic Picking Practice Plan, you will explore hammer-ons and pull-offs and you will learn simple economy picking exercises.

Economy picking is different from alternate picking in that with alternate picking you’re always going down-up-down-up-down-up, whereas with economy picking you’ll stay in the same direction when you cross to the next string.

Trevor will cover some of the challenges you’ll face as you start attempting hammer-ons and pull-offs and he’ll explain how you can find ways to engage both the picking hand as well as the fretting hand to overcome these challenges. Next, you learn a simple lick that can be applied in the final economy picking exercises.

With economy picking, what we’re really talking about is an “economy of motion”. Is there any wasted space as you play? Are you leaving the area of the strings every time, having to reset and find your place in order to start again? See if there are any extra movements you might be able to eliminate.

The Melodic Picking Practice Plan contains 25 lessons along with guitar picking exercises and backing tracks that let you play along. To access the full course, you must become a JamPlay member.

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