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Are you ready to rock? Even if you’ve never touched a guitar, JamPlay™ will have you rocking out in no time. JamPlay™ is the fastest growing guitar and bass lesson platform on the web, with over 4,000 hours of instructional videos recorded by more than 70 teachers.

For less than the price of a Guitar Hero® set, you can get a membership to JamPlay™ and start playing your favorite rock tunes or even writing your own! JamPlay™’s lessons are flexible, yet focused, and can provide players of any level with the skills they need to take their musicianship to the next level.

One of the coolest features of JamPlay™ is that it offers well-organized series of lessons so that you can learn specific skills or styles, including rock guitar and bass. Rock is the most influential genre of music today, and if you want to learn to play the guitar, chances are you want to rock!

JamPlay™’s rock series provides an introduction to rock guitar, as well as major subgenres of rock like progressive (“prog”) rock and pop. With nearly 200 rock guitar and bass lessons from 7 different teachers, JamPlay™ covers everything you need to know to start rocking out. Instructors have decades of experience in the industry playing live shows, working in the working studio, and teaching in the classroom.

To learn the basics, Brad Henecke’s series on rock guitar distills knowledge he has learned from nearly 40 years of playing. In 54 videos that provide over 15 hours of lessons, Brad will walk you through the essentials of guitar like basic chords and scales, building on your skills to teach you your first song, “Hotel California.” As Brad’s series progresses, you’ll learn how to play power chords, advanced scales, harmonics, and also how to work with alternate tunings and use gear and effects.

Matt Brown will help you expand upon skills you learn from Brad. His collection of 44 videos contains exercises on how to improve your technique and how to make the most of your practice time. And with killer chops as a classical guitarist, Matt will even give you a lesson in string skipping by learning Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Etude No. 1.

Want to learn how to solo? Matt introduces you to the art of the rock solo by breaking down famous solos from songs like “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (Guns n’ Roses), “Today” (Smashing Pumpkins), “Back In Black” (AC/DC), and “Brother” (Alice in Chains). Matt also covers three different approaches to playing solo guitar so that you can start to create your own unique sound as a soloist.

Lauren Passarelli can teach you the basics of pop and classic rock, as well as more advanced topics like alternative chord voicings, writing your own arrangements, production techniques, and how to put music theory into practice.

Lauren was the first woman to join the Berklee College of Music’s guitar faculty in 1984, and the first woman to become full professor of guitar at Berklee in 2009. With two decades of teaching experience at the university level, not to mention that Lauren is Berklee’s resident expert on The Beatles, Lauren’s videos on JamPlay™ offer you some of the best training you can receive anywhere, but without the student loans!

JamPlay™ constantly adds new videos to its extensive library. So, you never need to worry about running out of new material to learn. And, with JamChat, you can receive live, interactive lessons 7 days a week. There are over 8 hours of live sessions daily from JamPlay™’s professional instructors available to all members.

JamPlay™ also allows you to connect to other musicians in its growing community across the globe. Create a JamPlay™ profile, add friends, chat live, and exchange ideas on forums. So pick up your axe, log on, and rock out with over 300,000 people already learning from JamPlay™!


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Learning The Blues for Beginners and Intermediate Alike

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Every musician should learn how to play the blues. As the fastest growing online platform for music lessons, JamPlay™ offers over 500 video lessons about the blues with a dozen of today’s best players in the industry. Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned player, JamPlay™ can help any guitar or bass player who wants to learn more about the blues with their online blues guitar lessons.

The blues is more American than apple pie and has deep roots in our country’s complicated past. Africans who were forced into slavery and transported to the United States brought with them diverse musical styles. When musical traditions mixed and new styles were formed, the blues was born in America’s Antebellum South.

The blues allowed slaves to express their grief from being taken from their homeland and their suffering under the oppression of slavery. While white plantation owners thought music making was how African slaves “whistle while they work,” the blues was actually a coded expression of profound sadness.

Though the blues began with African American musicians, it was not long before the blues started to influence popular music of almost every style. Oxford’s encyclopedia of music, Grove Music Online, writes that, “Since the early 1960s blues has been the most important single influence on the development of Western popular music.”

No matter what style of guitar or bass you are interested in playing, you need to learn the blues! Luckily, JamPlay™ is here to help.

So, what exactly is the blues? Because the blues did not originate in a single place with a few musicians, the “blues” refers to a number of musical qualities from chord progressions to specific scales, musical mannerisms to entire musical forms. Of course, there are many sub-genres of the blues, and even more styles that it has influenced, ranging from jazz to country to funk to R&B.

The experienced instructors at JamPlay™ can have you playing the blues like a pro, breaking down the both simplest concepts and complex subtleties that give legendary musicians their unique sound, all through video guitar lessons.

Hawkeye Herman provides the most extensive instruction in the blues at JamPlay™. Hawkeye has over 40 years of experience and has received critical acclaim from Living Blues Magazine and The L.A. Times. But, he’s also an expert pedagogue who won the Blues Foundation’s “Keeping The Blues Alive” award for achievement in education. At JamPlay™, Hawkeye can teach you blues chords, the basic twelve-bar blues, the blues shuffle, slide guitar, and much more.

Kenny “Blue” Ray is one of several instructors at JamPlay™ who can teach you about electric blues, drawing upon decades of experience playing with the best blues musicians. Kenny can even teach how to play in the style if specific musicians like Stevie Ray Vaughn, because he has gotten to know his style by working directly with him! Kenny can help you throw in a “Jimmy Hendrix chord” into your solo, or give you an entire introduction to soul, R&B, and 60’s style guitar playing.

If playing acoustic blues is more your style, Orville Johnson can teach you all about finger style blues and bottleneck slide guitar. Orville has diverse experience as a musician and has appeared on Garrison Keilor’s Prairie Home Companion and Jay Leno’s Tonight Show. Building on the skills you learn from his lessons, Orville can also walk you through a few classic songs, step-by-step.

Though there’s enough to learn about the blues to last a lifetime, JamPlay™ will have you playing the blues in no time. Considering how comprehensive JamPlay™’s video library is and how affordable memberships are, you’ll be amazed that you can learn the blues while saving some green!


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Chord Finder / Chord Namer

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Our developers have just created and released an amazing chord finder to help you figure out the names of chords you’re playing. Many of us can create beautiful music but often times don’t know what exactly we’re playing. With this chord namer tool, the guess work is over.

Chord Namer / Chord Finder
Find the name of any chord by entering the notes

Simply click on the notes that you’re playing and our tool will let you know the name of the chord. As many of you know, there are many ways to name the same exact chord. Our algorithm will let you know the most common naming, but will also tell you a few other ways that it could be named. Improve your guitar knowledge and visit the chord finder to get started!


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Acoustic vs Electric - What Guitar is Best for a Beginner

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(NOTE: Want unbiased comparisons of the top guitar brands and models? Get JamPlay’s 2017 Guitar Buyer’s Guide here for free!)

To capture the hearts of the masses with a guitar like Taylor Swift, or to leave a legacy like Jimi Hendrix it helps to make sure you’re starting off the right way—which includes making the best choice on what type of guitar you should use as a beginner.

So what guitar is right for the beginner: acoustic or electric? The truth is there is no clear cut answer for what is best for a rising star. There are, however, things to consider that might make the learning curve easier.

The Ease of Electric Guitar

Finger and hand strength become an obstacle for any newbie. Youngsters and beginners can really benefit from starting to learn with an electric guitar because it requires less effort and saves your hands from hurting.

Electric guitars allow you to move your hand around more easily and with less fatigue. They are often considered easier to play because the strings are thinner and not as tough to push down. Acoustic guitars have thicker strings that will require more pressure for picking to get a full sound.

The fact that the amplifier for an electric guitar generates the sound for you helps create a more constructed sound with less effort. It might not sound like a huge deal to have an amp to help create sounds, but it is. Simply put, you just don’t get that extra help with an acoustic.

(NOTE: Want unbiased comparisons of the top guitar brands and models? Get JamPlay’s 2017 Guitar Buyer’s Guide here for free!)

A natural scale acoustic guitar can also be too big for some people. An electric guitar has a thinner neck so you can get a good grip and wrap your hands tighter for better finger positioning. Of course, you can start with a modified acoustic guitar, but it’s always nice to kick off with an original sized guitar so you don’t have to readjust your skills when you graduate to the next level.

Advantages of an Acoustic Guitar

Depending on your personal guitar goals, you might consider starting with an acoustic. Some argue that by starting with a more difficult guitar, you can go back and forth from any guitar because you’ve already mastered the more difficult of the two styles of  instrument. Acoustic guitars also offer the freedom and convenience of just picking it up to play verses needing power to jam.

Generally speaking, if you want to learn the basics to become a songwriter, strumming is more conducive with an acoustic. But, if you want to jump into the band scene, have solos and learn lines, an electric guitar should become your new best friend.

Another thing to consider is price. While you can get some fairly cheap electric guitars, acoustic guitars are generally a bit more affordable. There are exceptions to this but overall, you will find that acoustic guitar has a lower barrier to entry. You just need the guitar, strings, a guitar tuner, a strap and perhaps a pick. With an electric, you need all of those things but also an amplifier and a cable.

Conclusion

In summary, the following may help you to make your decision:

  • Due to thinner strings, smaller necks, and am amplified sound, electric guitars are generally a bit easier to play
  • Acoustic guitars can be played anywhere; no amp or power required
  • Getting started with an acoustic guitar generally doesn’t cost as much

Unless the above mentions are game changers, you should go with your desires and what will be the most fun for you. You should decide based on what suits your tastes better because that’s the ultimate test. If you gravitate toward songs like “Dust in the Wind,” an acoustic could be your go-to. If you’d like to rock out like Jimmy Page, you’re in the market for an electric guitar. Either way, you won’t be making the wrong decision.

The bottom line is you need to purchase a good guitar that you will want to spend serious time with. If you can’t decide and have a few extra bucks, then try out both!

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