Our genre-based lessons primarily focus on learning skills and concepts that pertain to a specific style of music. However, as you will soon learn, many concepts can be applied to several different genres. Phase 2 lessons expand upon concepts taught in our beginner guitar lessons, so it would be a wise idea to check out those lessons before jumping in here!
One of the richest and most uniquely American styles of music, blues has been a major inspiration for jazz, bluegrass, country and rock.
Focus: Iowa Blues Hall of Fame Inductee and famed educator, Hawkeye Herman, will guide you through blues guitar concepts and applications. Beginning at the beginner level and gradually advancing to more difficult material, you will learn chords, the 12 bar blues, the blues shuffle, slide guitar and more.142 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: DJ will teach you the 12 bar blues with quite a few chord variations and turnaround options. You will also learn the minor pentatonic scale and how to use it for blues lead play. DJ will also teach you a few modern blues songs to help you master the techniques he teaches.45 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Eric Madis will guide you through the world of electric blues. He will start off with the basics of country and urban blues and move on to touch on nearly every facet of electric blues playing.68 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Mary Flower combines the best of blues music with amazing fingerstyle arrangements. In this lesson series Mary will get you started in the world of fingerstyle blues.36 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Orville Johnson combines his amazing fingerstyle abilities with classic blues music. Orville will introduce you to the necessary concepts of fingerstyle and move on to teach classic blues tunes.21 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Kenny "Blue" Ray will guide you through the world of electric blues. He will cover styles of many of the blues greats as well as throw in his personal library of knowledge.64 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Orville Johnson, an acoustic blues master, will delve into the world of slide guitar head first. He will discuss the slide, it's history and move on to teaching slide technique and related compositions.11 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Slide guitar and Blues go way back, and have a rich heritage of complimenting each other. The slide is a wonderful way to add that "vocal" quality to your guitar playing as well. This technique can be used with all genres of music, but Eric will cover it within the world of Blues.26 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Eric Madis covers a uniquely American style of music, the Blues. In this series he tackles the subject from the acoustic fingerstyle perspective and even throws in a bit of ragtime for good measure.46 Lessons Series Details
Fingerstyle technique allows guitarists to combine melody, bass lines, and harmony to create a complete, orchestral sound.
Focus: Steve walks you through some of the most basic fingerstyle guitar techniques, including lessons for developing finger independence and walking basslines. He teaches these techniques in the context of timeless fingerstyle repertoire and famed fingerstyle songs..21 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Fingerstyle expert and performing artist, Jim Deeming, brings over 30 years of playing experience and his beloved thumb-pick to this lesson series. From basic right hand technique to combining melodies, this is a great series to begin applying fingerstyle to your playing.22 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Eve Goldberg brings years of experience, knowledge and passion to her fingerstyle series. Learn the very basics and proceed to more advanced topics with fun, easy-to-digest lessons.35 Lessons Series Details
Focus: Self-taught acoustic guitarist Erik Mongrain shows off some of his innovations in this Phase 2 Artist Series. Lessons include information about guitar setup, advanced harmonics, composition, and performance tips.17 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Originating from a reference to the loud, mechanized sounds of the modern world and the harsh, British factory sounds of the 1960's.
Focus: While musically gifted and classically trained, Dennis Hodges can’t shake the metal bug. This popular JamPlay.com series includes lessons on commonly used metal techniques such as palm muting, slides, bends, octaves, power chords and more.11 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Kris Norris offers an array of ideas and lessons; from changing strings to advanced sweeping / legato techniques and soloing applications. Kris also offers conceptual lessons for song writing ideas and composition.41 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Up and coming talent Emil Werstler brings you advanced lessons on lead techniques, style and theory applications. Emil's videos also include candid interviews about his background and the inspirations behind his playing.37 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Lead guitarist for Animals As Leaders, Tosin Abasi brings his knowledge of extended range guitars to JamPlay, with detailed lessons on various picking styles and emulating bass with the 8 string instrument.19 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
One of the world's great guitar traditions and called ki ho'alu in Hawaiian, slack key developed in the 19th Century as a fun, fingerpicking style.
Focus: Explore this beautiful style of guitar with heralded slack key guitarist, author and performer, Mr. Mark Kailana Nelson. By blending relaxing melodies with intricate fingerstyle playing, this traditional genre of music is sure to please.63 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
A sub-genre of country music which blends improvising with folk-like melodies. Pioneered by Bill Monroe in the 1930s in the "bluegrass" state.
Focus: Steve Eulberg walks you through the most common techniques in the bluegrass guitar style. He teaches these concepts in a methodical, step-by-step approach that will have you playing in no time.17 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Orville will cover proper Bluegrass flatpicking technique and move on to teach a plethora of classic Bluegrass tunes.29 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
From the 1950's to the present, rock and roll, along with its wide range of sub-genres, has dominated popular music.
Focus: With over 50 lessons and 15 hours of instruction, Brad Henecke brings you the biggest and most comprehensive lesson series at JamPlay. This series begins by reviewing basic concepts, then progressing to advanced rock technique, scale applications, chord progressions and more.54 Lessons Series Details
Focus: Matt Brown offers up 14 lessons in the realm of rock and roll. This series begins with lesson on proper practicing and scale theory basics, then moves into advanced playing applications such as soloing, improvisation and more.44 Lessons Series Details
Focus: If you like instrumental rock guitar, this series is for you. This series covers three on a string scales, melodic invention, the CAGED system, modes and implementation and Arpeggios. Chris will demonstrate all the things that help you phrase and play with an instrumental rock influence.16 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Using her own songs and recordings as examples, Lauren teaches us that it's not what you know, but instead how you USE what you know. This series covers tons of great chord voicing ideas, arranging tips, and production techniques as well as general music theory applied to real music!24 Lessons Series Details
Although not a native celtic instrument, celtic-style guitar adapts folk and fingerstyle to accompany reels, jigs, and polkas.
Born in the 9th century, “classical” guitar is characterized by fingerstyle technique and nylon strings, producing organic timber and dynamic quality.
Focus: Composer and song writer, Danny Voris, discusses and demonstrates techniques unique to playing the classical guitar as it's designed. He includes instruction on creating quality tone by shaping finger nails, through advanced picking techniques.15 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
A style of American popular music, country has it's roots in the folk music of the rural south and the cowboy music of the western United States.
Focus: In his country series, DJ explores some of the roots of country music, and goes on to bring you an expanded look at contemporary country.31 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
The classic swing sound emerged around the turn of the twentieth century, and blends classic melodies, intricate harmony, and improvisation.
Focus: In this series, you will learn the music theory and guitar techniques essential to the jazz genre. Matt focuses on concepts such as scales, chord voicings, comping, improvisation, and interpretation of melodies.25 Lessons Series Details
Focus: Jane Miller dives into the exciting world of Jazz guitar in this lesson series. You will be exploring all different aspects of Jazz with Jane's vast knowledge and easy-to-follow teaching style.70 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Dennis Hodges teaches jazz for students with a rock background. In this series you will learn to play jazz chord progressions and licks without theory being forced upon you.19 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Nick Kellie covers smooth jazz, how it relates to guitar playing and the differences from more traditional jazz playing.7 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Get your groove on with funk guitar.
Focus: Learn how to play funk guitar with DJ Phillips.15 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Michael "Nomad" Ripoll dives deep in to the Rhythm & Blues, Funk, and Soul genres that were made popular by artists like Earth Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, and James Brown. Nomad's approach is to take techniques and ideas you may already play in other genres and look at how paying attention to subtle nuances can make all the difference when you're gettin' funky! Enjoy dozens of tips, playing ideas and other licks and apply them over spot on, genre-specific backing tracks.30 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Flamenco is an art form originating in Spain that expresses joy, sorrow and passion! This series will teach you to play 'toque' or flamenco guitar.
Focus: Learn to play the acoustic Flamenco guitar.29 Lessons Series Details
Traditional and contemporary acoustic music that forms the roots of many genres of music. In this series we explore this foundational style.
Focus: Learn the basics and fundamentals of the lap tapping and extreme folk style of guitar.33 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: With Eve Goldberg's history and long-time fascination with Folk music, she shares her knowledge through easy to follow, song-based lessons.13 Lessons Series Details
Learn to play in the style of R&B and Soul.
Let the mood of Reggae guitar sooth your soul
Learn the basics of Bossa and Samba in these Brazilian style lessons.
Derived from an Old English word meaning "good news," gospel offers a spiritual and uplifting musical experience.
Focus: In this series you will be taking an in-depth look into gospel music and the basics behind performing it. Steve will teach a variety of topics, including hymns, gospel and praise songs, playing solo and with others. This series assumes an intermediate level of knowledge.8 Lessons Series Details