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Jessica Baron

Introduction to Gentle Guitar in G

Jessica kindly introduces herself, her background, and her approach to this series.

Taught by Jessica Baron in Basic Guitar with Jessica Baron seriesLength: 6:48Difficulty: 0.0 of 5

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Anniejams61Anniejams61 replied

Nice Intro!

timcos1timcos1 replied

This is the absolute basic solid intro I needed...

ferlar38ferlar38 replied

I asked for this class because what you said in your presentation. Now I want to start with my curse not again your introduction which I sown anyway. Can I just continue? I'm sorry if I sound like rude but by now I just could have a month of class and it wasn't your fault.

james.nichollsjames.nicholls replied

You don't have to watch the introduction again. That is one of the things I love about JP, you can skip ahead whenever you want to. Jump ahead to the lesson you feel like you need to take next.

odinanalogueodinanalogue replied

She sold me with the intro.... boom!

SeanPatrickSeanPatrick replied

Great 1st meeting. Excited to learn!

lex131lex131 replied

Thank you! Is all I can say :) Now let's dust off that guitar and start these lessons :).

CarolRoach2189CarolRoach2189 replied

This gives me hope. I have tried to learn guitar many times and failed.

bcchristensenbcchristensen replied

I have always loved music but considered myself untalented. I have played the piano, flute, violin, and guitar and all have been short lived. I'm back with the guitar and I already appreciate this method! Thank you.

RockerMomRockerMom replied

You're amazing. Such a calm force of inspiration with the detail I needed as a brand new musician at 45! Wish you lived in Fort Worth so we could have coffee! : )

priscilla2008priscilla2008 replied

you are a good teacher I really wonder where she learned all of this

priscilla2008priscilla2008 replied

maybe she was learning too just like us

tarocattarocat replied

This series may appear too easy for someone (like me) who has tried some of the other beginning courses and found a lot of difficulty part way through. Now that I've become more patient with myself I've come back to this series and found that these lessons make me feel happy and the content is just right for my present ability. Excellent teaching style. I'm on lesson 29 and I know I'll get all the way to the end.

SilentStormSocietySilentStormSociety replied

Wow, just wow. Brought a tear to my eye. Real tears! I picked the right teacher and everything you said already makes sense. I was definitely that kid crippled by the band teacher. Thanks for everything you said. You gave me the extra confidence boost I needed.[email protected] replied

I rile lick you

OldbootsOldboots replied

Hooked, especially as its in open G. Love the ideas and mythology. Big thumbs up :)

bear_itbear_it replied

Anyone who says Rhythm inside a minute of the first lesson gets my vote.

PopCornPie35PopCornPie35 replied

This woman is very gentle with her words! ^-^

IwilllearnhowIwilllearnhow replied

How do I start the first lesson ecpxcited love the teacher makes me feel comfortable

Southern CashSouthern Cash replied

Hi Jessica, you are awesome! Great intro, i hope you come back live soon and teach me some of that rhythm.

BingieBingie replied

Wow Jess I can see you are going to teach more than just learning the guitar here, I am so lucky to be a student of yours. In this first video alone I can see you are a lot deeper than just a teacher. And I thank you for that as there are not many people who know this about themselves. I am honored to be on the same wave length as you and I truly believe you will enable the music in me to blossom. Thank you from a physical and spiritual level as I know I will grow in both ways.

thewellbeingthewellbeing replied

Thanx Jessica, brought tears to my eyes :) I was one of those chastised traumatically in primary school in front of the whole class. It's something I believe has held me back in many areas of my life! I also get that I need to let it go and push through it! So interesting that I only just thought of the situation again the other day in regards to another area of my life and performance anxiety (it's like I totally shutdown creatively in other areas as well) I have been playing guitar for quite a few years but have struggled with rhythm. Your intro lesson made so much sense and I love your approach and compassion, thank you so much :)

akmatovakmatov replied

Inspiring intro for a formerly failed player and one who has been humiliated when trying to sing. Have no intention of singing within earshot of any but the cats, but any improvement that would help with my playing would be amazing. Having been an instructor and teacher, I'm impressed with your attitude. Looking forward to your lessons. I sampled several others and I think you will be my best choice for getting into this.

WizzyWizzy replied

This is it Jess. Am glad i met you here.Thanks

Southern CashSouthern Cash replied

Jessica is so inspirational.

jzirunjzirun replied

Thank you so much Jessica, I like your approach and way of teaching very much, it warms me and gives me lots of energy!

yveyve replied

I love your energy, very soothing. It makes things a lot easier for me :)

gerardoroagerardoroa replied

GREAT introduction! You sound very convincing yet warm and inspiring... I think you'll be great for my kids!

kingsrkingsr replied

ready to go!

mrsjozmrsjoz replied

I played a great song before I saw this

RetharaqsRetharaqs replied

Hopefully, I will discover the talent. I can't sing on key so this will be challenging. But I willing to try. I want to play for fun & pleasure. My personal goal. Great introduction. Look forward to learning from you.

courtneybourtneycourtneybourtney replied

okay i got my self a pink beginner guitar and i dont now how to play it jessica

mollymt456mollymt456 replied

I decided recently that I was going to start believing. Period. And that goes with everything in my life. So many people believe in me and think I am already talented without an instrument when I sing. I live by music and travel all over to see it. Its time I do it. And this video, the very first one I open is only more proof. That I am meant to learn how to play. Thank you I am excited with the energy you bring and am excited to learn from you. Good vibes lady! Thanks

gtzantoniogtzantonio replied

Hi Jessica, I would like to thank you, after watching your free introductory video I got convinced I wanted to become a member of JamPlay, I really felt your words because I want to learn music, not just guitar and I wanna learn kinda my way, not just having someone how to perfectly play a song I like.

orangeloverorangelover replied

Just started learning the guitar at age 60 and I am no longer intimidated after viewing your introductory lesson, Jessica. Thank you so very much.

cbcthomascbcthomas replied

Wow i have no words :)

vigneshwarvigneshwar replied

woow! i have no words to describe that lesson!

pedrodelafatimapedrodelafatima replied

well, beautiful well said... no lets go to the real part my lady!!!! :)

dolphingirrldolphingirrl replied

Jess, your presentation spoke directly to me. I will be following your Phase 1 Series. I am the one who "stood in the back", silenced.


Just bought my first subscription to this site and started looking through teachers and when I saw you I instantly knew "Hey, she looks talented and smart" so I went and started with you first! I was right. The first video let me know I'm in very good hands indeed. Now I have to want to master guitar and really dig deep. Thanks a lot.

mikenpatmikenpat replied

30 years ago I learned some chords and had some fun with the guitar. Now I am picking it up again. I started with personal lessons, but it was very stressful. I am so glad I found JamPlay and you Jessica. I am through 15 lessons and am thinking of going back to the beginning to introduce my 8 year old grand daughter to the guitar with your method. We will do it together! What fun. As far as guitars go, I may start her with an older small classical I have, just to see if she is interested, then get her right inot a small guitar of her own. What do you think of the Yamaha JR guitar? Is the Taylor GS Mini a better way to go? Money is not a huge factor (gift from Grandpa). She is a petite 8 year old. I am thinking 3/4 size. Thanks so much. Keep up the good work. I love your style. All the best.

rakicrakic replied

exceptionally what else to tell? my deep respect and compliments

L_PriorL_Prior replied

I have just taken the guitar up, and being a little spoilt have got three packages, including amplay, which I really like. However the way Jessica is taching this is both bold and highly inivotive. Goes into coordination and mussel memory and have to say I am massively impressed. well done for such an original and relevant system

nywillynywilly replied

Wonderful..... I felt like you were talking to me... Thank You !

Southern CashSouthern Cash replied

LOL, she is my psychologist!

rochelle_ivoryrochelle_ivory replied

AWESOME can't wait to learn!!

bpatnaikbpatnaik replied

You are so right my music teacher made me stand in the back ,,, I hated him ..

dhyanashadhyanasha replied

Thankyou so much Jessica.

kiwishirlkiwishirl replied

Thanks, Jessica! I look forward to your lessons.

grasshoppergrasshopper replied

Okay, I'm on board. An ego tackled with temperance and from a lady (offered with reverence). Thank you.

mj74mj74 replied

I can't believe this is the first person I clicked on re: lessons!! yay! This is right up my alley and can't wait to do all the lessons :)

rainyhrainyh replied

Jessica, I WISH that I had found you earlier, but I have found you now. As the saying goes (something like this..) when the student is ready, the teacher will appear... THANK YOU!!!

ricac114ricac114 replied

Thank You and hope to finish all your lessons...

cecesmileyxxcecesmileyxx replied

This was very encouraging; I'm excited to take your lessons! Thanks Jess :)

Randall.WilliamsRandall.Williams replied

Jesssss! so glad you're here!

raulplusraulplus replied

Jessica you are a musical angel. I am very happy to chose you. You are one in a million.

caitieguitarcaitieguitar replied

that was very encouraging, thankyou :)

caitieguitarcaitieguitar replied

that was very encouraging, thankyou :)

caitieguitarcaitieguitar replied

that was very encouraging, thankyou :)

dougydougy replied

Hi Jessica your intro videos was one of the main reasons I decided to sign up on Jam Play for a whole year . I was one of those kids who was often criticized and when it came to music or when I wanted to try something new and develop a talent. I think your videos will give me the encouragement and good confidence I need to excel in making music.

godgirl2godgirl2 replied

This was extremely helpful and encourging. thank you!

autobarryautobarry replied

Wow! That was very interesting. Thanks.

alex guillenalex guillen replied

This is the best introduction to guitar that I've heard. I'm looking forward to hearing more!

Don.SDon.S replied

Great intro, Jessica. I'm looking forward to following your lessons and seeing you on the chats, whenever I can.

guitar4thegoddessguitar4thegoddess replied

Thank you for the encouragement, I feel that I can actually do something that has been a part of me, but has been apart from me for so long, Thank you, Let's do this!

happybirthdayhappybirthday replied

I needed that, thank you for the encouragement.

BuffyLOLBuffyLOL replied

Hi Jessica, this was a great intro!!! I have been playing only for the last 4 weeks. I am a singer, but I am one of those who did not trust that I could play the guitar. So I think your philosophy is perfect for me. Looking forwards to checking your lessons.

debzdebz replied

Wow. What an amazing intro, Jessica. I will absolutely take you at your word, that I can really learn to do what has always seemed like a sort of magic to me: make music! Let's do it!

shecutessshecutess replied

Thank you Ms. Jessica for you introduction. An introduction means a lot to me because it tells me how i will benefit. I think going through your lessons will help me greatly, like you said. Thank you for you time and i hope this becomes a flourishing relationship. :)

prs-ronprs-ron replied

welcome love it

rkirbyrkirby replied

Thank you. I have listened to a couple of your lessons. They have been very helpful and insightful. I was one of those students that the music teacher said "you can not join the choir, you have no musical talent".

kwmindenhallkwmindenhall replied

I'm totally excited! I'm a therapist coming to music as a way to grow by fulfilling a life long desire to overcome my obstacles to confident music playing. When the student is ready the teacher will appear, teach on!

Jessica.BaronJessica.Baron replied

Hello to you, my new JamPlay friends!!! I feel so encouraged by your comments. This is very exciting. I feel you placing your trust in this approach and am grateful to you. If you have any questions at all, please ask away. Every question will prompt discovery. The beauty of teaching, really the grace, is that a worthwhile teacher is learning ALWAYS from her students. If you have any particular concern, please do bring it up. Also, for those of you who are visual learners and can already read music or will learn faster with a more traditional guitar method, what we will do in this series is really good to learn in order to share it with kids or other less visually oriented beginners... Thank you for being here with me!

michaelmiraclemichaelmiracle replied

Hello your sessions when will you be posting that all yo have is 5 sessions?

desteydestey replied

Love the introduction and approach.

joseejosee replied

What an instructive introduction, I am impatient for the next lessons.

jstar03jstar03 replied

Great Intro Jessica

merischinomerischino replied

Welcome and I look forward to your saving me from Pitch Disgrace. I've been in the "Dont even sing in the shower" corner for decades and am ready to come out and accompany my guitar if I can.

susansnetsusansnet replied

Awesome!!!! I loved your introduction - words I've been waiting to hear words like that my whole life! So excited for your series and gentle, rounded, supportive approach!

aquiguillermoaquiguillermo replied

Welcome Jessica! All ears and fingers... Guillermo

garyhuntgaryhunt replied

Sounds great! Looking forward to your lessons! When will they be posted?

nessanessa replied

Hey, guys! I'm very excited to be working on Jessica's lessons. She currently has top priority in my editing queue, so they will be hitting the site regularly in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

greenogreeno replied

Welcome to jamplay Jess. Interesting approach.

eguitardudeeguitardude replied

Can't wait to see your techniques and methods...Best to you and good luck!

jj90jj90 replied

I'll be definitely checking this series out. Even though I'm already an intermediate guitarist. The way you explain and the way you have knowledge about things next to the guitar is very interesting. I'll be in class madame Baron!

jj90jj90 replied

I even forgot to add. I just followed a minor applied psychology. One of my classes was developmental psychology. Now apply that to the guitar like the way you do. Darn it I'm excited! You also have a very unique holding your strap! Bring more lessons Jamplay!

jboothjbooth replied

I agree, when filming her I learned a bunch... she has a very unique way of explaining things!

freddy1958freddy1958 replied

Thanks to you Jess, and i feel that you are serene when you speak and explain, and also you're beautiful. Take care, see you.

aikidojoeaikidojoe replied

Welcome to JPlay! Looking forward to everything you may bring to us. Kind Regards.

ktyevolsktyevols replied

what a dynamic introduction........she comes across as a breath of fresh air.........looking forward to her lessons.......the jamplay site just gets better and better......thx

kimhogg41kimhogg41 replied

Sounds great!! Thank you for this. What a wonderful approach. Let's begin!!!

nash24nash24 replied

Wow, that was impressive. I'll be looking forward to your lessons. Welcome!:)

jdionne10jdionne10 replied

Jess, bring it on! This sounds like classes on my level (no previous music experience) and it sounds like you'll answer the 'dumb' questions and explain it all at my novice level! Eagerly awaiting your first posted lesson!

blinkyblinky replied

Hello and welcome to Jamplay ! Very interesting approach, can't wait to see it applied.

MaccoroniMaccoroni replied

Your background and your way to see music is very interesting and enjoyable. "We all have talent." I agree absolutely. Lets start your series. :-)

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yannosyannos replied

Quite an inspirational introduction. I'm eager to see what kind of lessons you'll come up with!

gaud2029gaud2029 replied

Thank you

stratmusicstratmusic replied

Welcome Jessica!! It sounds like you are going to be a WONDERFUL addition to Jamplay!

Basic Guitar with Jessica Baron

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Jessica Baron, founder of Guitars in the Classroom, brings her very own unique series to JamPlay. In this highly interactive, easy to follow set, Jessica invites students of all ages to journey through fun, song-based instruction taught in ways she feels we best learn.

Introduction to Gentle Guitar in GLesson 1

Introduction to Gentle Guitar in G

Jessica kindly introduces herself, her background, and her approach to this series.

Length: 6:48 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Breathing & Visualizing Lesson 2

Breathing & Visualizing

Jessica takes a moment to share a breathing technique. Then, she asks you to envision who you want to be as a musician.

Length: 5:30 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Finding RhythmLesson 3

Finding Rhythm

In this lesson, Jessica starts talking about the first building block of making music: rhythm. Using yourself as a drum, you will feel the beat and find the rhythm within yourself.

Length: 9:46 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Rhythm & Your GuitarLesson 4

Rhythm & Your Guitar

In the first part of this lesson, Jessica takes some time to explain all the parts of your guitar in detail. She then flips it upside-down and makes a bongo out of it! Grab your guitar and enjoy drumming...

Length: 14:36 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
The Right GuitarLesson 5

The Right Guitar

Jessica takes some time to talk about finding the right guitar for you. She explores different sizes and talks about the correct and most comfortable sitting position.

Length: 10:03 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Why G Guitar?Lesson 6

Why G Guitar?

Jessica Baron discusses "Gentle G Guitar" and explains why it is such a great learning method for beginners.

Length: 9:12 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Tuning to Open GLesson 7

Tuning to Open G

In this lesson, Jessica Baron explains how to tune your guitar to open G with or without an electronic tuner.

Length: 12:31 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Guitar Stringing Part 1: Steel StringLesson 8

Guitar Stringing Part 1: Steel String

In this lesson, Jessica Baron shows how to string a steel string guitar.

Length: 11:34 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Guitar Stringing Part 2: ClassicalLesson 9

Guitar Stringing Part 2: Classical

In part 2 of Jessica Baron's restringing lessons, you will learn how to string your classical guitar, which is a little different from a steel string.

Length: 9:36 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Ear Training & Singing in TuneLesson 10

Ear Training & Singing in Tune

Jessica Baron delights in sharing a fun lesson that is all about ear training and singing in tune.

Length: 21:24 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Vocal Warm-up Part 1Lesson 11

Vocal Warm-up Part 1

Jessica Baron shares some fun and effective vocal exercises to get you warmed up before singing. This is very important for those of you who would like to sing while playing.

Length: 14:15 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Vocal Warm-up Part 2Lesson 12

Vocal Warm-up Part 2

Jessica Baron shares part 2 of her vocal warm-up lessons with some fun new exercises to prepare you for singing.

Length: 16:07 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
StrummingLesson 13


In lesson 13, Jessica Baron introduces you to strumming technique.

Length: 15:03 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Your First ChordLesson 14

Your First Chord

Jessica Baron introduces your first easy chord, Gsus4.

Length: 2:47 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
All About ChordsLesson 15

All About Chords

Jessica Baron talks about patterns and chord charts. She also provides more exercises for the C note you learned in the previous lesson.

Length: 19:57 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Simple DLesson 16

Simple D

Jessica Baron introduces a new chord she calls the "Simple D" and provides a song exercise for practice.

Length: 9:07 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
The Old Chisholm TrailLesson 17

The Old Chisholm Trail

Jessica Baron teaches techniques in the context of "The Old Chisholm Trail." Learn about the pluck-down strum, practice changing from "Open G "to "Simple D," and learn about capos.

Length: 29:51 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Simple CLesson 18

Simple C

Jessica introduces the "Simple C" chord and incorporates it into two fun songs, "Camptown Races" and "The Green Grass Grows All Around."

Length: 21:33 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Fun StrumsLesson 19

Fun Strums

Jessica takes some time to show you a variety of different strums to use in your playing. She teaches the song "I'll Fly Away" to demonstrate the different feel of each strum.

Length: 19:37 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Two Finger C MajorLesson 20

Two Finger C Major

Jessica Baron teaches the C major chord using only 2 fingers and provides some fun song exercises for practice.

Length: 9:21 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Your First Minor ChordLesson 21

Your First Minor Chord

Jessica Baron introduces your first minor chord! Learn the beautiful E minor chord and play along to "This Little Light of Mine."

Length: 17:28 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
The Earth Is Our MotherLesson 22

The Earth Is Our Mother

In this lesson, Jessica Baron provides some good, fun practice using a traditional Native American chant called "The Earth Is Our Mother."

Length: 6:53 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
3/4 TimeLesson 23

3/4 Time

Jessica Baron explains time signatures with a focus on 3/4 time. She uses fun and interactive song exercises for practice.

Length: 11:11 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
I'm On My WayLesson 24

I'm On My Way

Jessica Baron teaches one final song in open G tuning called "I'm on My Way" before moving on to standard tuning.

Length: 8:52 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Standard TuningLesson 25

Standard Tuning

Jessica Baron introduces standard tuning in this lesson! Be ready to tune your guitar and learn "You've Got to Move" for practice.

Length: 19:45 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
A MinorLesson 26

A Minor

Jessica Baron introduces the A minor chord in standard tuning and invites you to play along to the fun song "Drunken Sailor."

Length: 9:29 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
A MajorLesson 27

A Major

Jessica Baron introduces the A major chord in standard tuning. Practice it with the catchy song "A Tisket, A Tasket."

Length: 11:35 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
D MajorLesson 28

D Major

Jessica Baron teaches the D major chord and "Down By The Riverside" for practice.

Length: 14:32 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Over the River and Through the WoodsLesson 29

Over the River and Through the Woods

Jessica Baron is excited to provide more practice changing from D to A7 with the fun song, "Over the River and Through the Woods."

Length: 8:29 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
The Crawdad SongLesson 30

The Crawdad Song

Jessica Baron teaches a new chord, B7, with "The Crawdad Song" for practice.

Length: 7:31 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
G MajorLesson 31

G Major

Jessica Baron helps you play the full G major chord by using the song, "I've Been Working on the Railroad."

Length: 12:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Full C MajorLesson 32

Full C Major

Jessica Baron is excited to finally teach the full C major chord with the bluesy song "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" for practice.

Length: 16:52 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Composing Part 1Lesson 33

Composing Part 1

Jessica Baron takes all the knowledge you've learned throughout her series and helps you express yourself through your own compositions.

Length: 8:05 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Composing Part 2Lesson 34

Composing Part 2

Jessica Baron continues her discussion on composition with a songwriting exercise. In addition, she also takes a closer look at finger picking with one last picking pattern.

Length: 11:46 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Yoga for Guitar PlayersLesson 35

Yoga for Guitar Players

In this unique lesson, Jessica presents some fantastic tips on how to prep your mind and body to be fully relaxed and ready to play and learn guitar. She provides breathing and self awareness tips as well...

Length: 16:09 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Guitar Yoga - 90 Second Prep RoutineLesson 36

Guitar Yoga - 90 Second Prep Routine

This lesson is essentially a compressed version of Jessica's 35th lesson, but presented in a way that will allow you to prep yourself using "Yoga for Guitar Players" within about 90 seconds.

Length: 4:26 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Proper Fret Hand PositioningLesson 37

Proper Fret Hand Positioning

Proper positioning of the fret hand is key to developing correct technique and playing clean and clear chords. Jessica explains how the angle at which the guitar neck is positioned affects left hand technique.

Length: 6:07 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Understanding Chords: Finding the NotesLesson 38

Understanding Chords: Finding the Notes

Jessica starts a mini series on understanding chords by explaining how and where to find the notes needed to build a certain chord.

Length: 14:35 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Understanding Chords: Where's the Root Note?Lesson 39

Understanding Chords: Where's the Root Note?

Jessica continues her "Understanding Chords" mini series by explaining how to find the root note within commonly used chord shapes.

Length: 15:26 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Understanding Chords: What Is Voicing?Lesson 40

Understanding Chords: What Is Voicing?

This lesson will link all the past lesson content into one by helping you understand how to find alternate voicings of chords on the guitar neck.

Length: 13:36 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Nashville Number SystemLesson 41

Nashville Number System

Using the song "Down by the River to Pray," Jessica explains what the Nashville Number System is and how it is used to quickly learn a new song.

Length: 13:46 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
All About 7th ChordsLesson 42

All About 7th Chords

What are 7th chords? How and where can they be used? Jessica answers these questions and demonstrates some popular 7th chord shapes.

Length: 10:31 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Mole in the GroundLesson 43

Mole in the Ground

Using the song "Mole in the Ground," Jessica applies the Nashville number system and demonstrates how to create new, unique lyrics that compliment your chord progression.

Length: 9:54 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Choosing Accent ChordsLesson 44

Choosing Accent Chords

Utilizing Major 7th chords and a song called "The Ashgrove", Jessica will demonstrate some great tips on how to chose the right accent chord to spice up your playing.

Length: 13:57 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Adding a Sus 4Lesson 45

Adding a Sus 4

Jessica will demonstrate how to add a Sus 4 to a chord to change its tone. This can be used to spice up and get creative with standard chord positions.

Length: 7:49 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
To Pick or Not to Pick?Lesson 46

To Pick or Not to Pick?

Jessica discusses the difference in tone between playing with the pick and playing with the fingers.

Length: 21:27 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Bass Runs with No PickLesson 47

Bass Runs with No Pick

Jessica now presents the option of adding bass runs while utilizing the fingers to pluck and strum the strings.

Length: 11:18 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Tricky Chord Changes - F ChordLesson 48

Tricky Chord Changes - F Chord

Jessica taps into a mini-series that demonstrates how to navigate tricky chord changes. This first lesson focuses on the F chord.

Length: 7:59 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Tricky Chord Changes - Partial Barre FLesson 49

Tricky Chord Changes - Partial Barre F

Time to learn the tough partial barre F chord! Jessica covers many of the basics needed to help train your fingers for the shapes needed to complete partial barre chords.

Length: 11:33 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Tricky Chord Changes - B Minor ChordLesson 50

Tricky Chord Changes - B Minor Chord

Jessica continues to demonstrate tricky chord changes by moving on to the B minor chord.

Length: 11:58 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Power ChordsLesson 51

Power Chords

Power chords can be utilized up and down the entire fretboard. They achieve full bodied chord voicings that are neither major nor minor. Jessica demonstrates a few of the positions in which power chords...

Length: 13:22 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Full Neck Movement with One Chord ShapeLesson 52

Full Neck Movement with One Chord Shape

Jessica demonstrates how easy it is to play a full I, IV, V song by only moving the familiar E major chord shape up and down the fretboard.

Length: 9:01 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Accents in Blues MusicLesson 53

Accents in Blues Music

A lot of the techniques Jessica shows in this lesson can be applied within any genre of music. However, she demonstrates hammer-on and pull-off techniques and how they are applied within blues.

Length: 33:53 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Fingerstyle Folk BluesLesson 54

Fingerstyle Folk Blues

Jessica now dives into fingerstyle techniques, specifically Travis picking.

Length: 14:08 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Basic 3 Finger PickingLesson 55

Basic 3 Finger Picking

Jessica now works on picking hand techniques. She starts with the basics of using 3 fingers to create arpeggio patterns.

Length: 11:16 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Quick Chord ChangesLesson 56

Quick Chord Changes

Still working within finger picking techniques, Jessica now demonstrates how to navigate more chord changes while still keeping a steady picking rhythm.

Length: 13:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
6/8 FingerpickingLesson 57

6/8 Fingerpicking

Continuing along with fingerpicking techniques, Jessica now adds the unique time signature of 6/8 into the picking rhythm. This requires adding extra finger strokes. Jessica demonstrates how to make this...

Length: 7:04 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
6/8 Picking Part 2Lesson 58

6/8 Picking Part 2

Jessica continues her 6/8 fingerpicking techniques by adding yet another step in the full picking progression. However, she will still utilizes the same song from the previous lesson.

Length: 8:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Travis PickingLesson 59

Travis Picking

Demonstrating yet another widely popular fingerstyle picking technique called Travis Picking, Jessica breaks down this technique and applies it to a very catchy song that is easy to play.

Length: 13:30 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Song ArrangementLesson 60

Song Arrangement

It's time to apply the techniques that have been taught so far to understanding and creating a song arrangement. In this lesson, Jessica discusses how to create a song beginning and ending.

Length: 17:36 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Find Your VoiceLesson 61

Find Your Voice

Jessica presents a lesson with tips and techniques on how to find the ideal key for your voice when performing a song. From discovering your lowest note to opening a new world in higher octaves, Jessica...

Length: 35:28 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Creativity within Song ArrangementLesson 62

Creativity within Song Arrangement

It's now time to learn some creative tips on how to spice up how songs are arranged. Jessica gives pointers on both singing and playing along the lines of improvisation and tempo alternations.

Length: 24:49 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Travis Picking ApplicationsLesson 63

Travis Picking Applications

Still within the topic of song arrangement, Jessica now delves into Travis picking and how it can be applied in a creative manner to compliment other techniques that Jessica has already taught.

Length: 22:50 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Time to Write a SongLesson 64

Time to Write a Song

Jessica creates a song in front of your eyes. She guides you through the steps from starting with a catchy riff or progression to developing a full song idea.

Length: 9:43 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Develop Lyrics Using Chord ColorsLesson 65

Develop Lyrics Using Chord Colors

Jessica lays out a great tutorial on how to listen to chords and the emotions they evoke. This technique can easily help transform an atmosphere or mood into a full song with lyrics.

Length: 8:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Composition: Musical ContourLesson 66

Composition: Musical Contour

Jessica demonstrates how you can combine the discovery of writing a song with chords and the playfulness of creating possible lyrics over those chords. Let your mind run free with this subject!

Length: 17:03 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Jessica Baron

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Jessica believes in making your introduction to the guitar easy and pain-free. She is a developmental educator who understands how positive early experiences can motivate us to keep learning. Jessica Baron founded and serves as Executive Director for Guitars in the Classroom, an organization that brings music making to education by integrating singing, strumming and songwriting with learning throughout the school day and across the curriculum. Jessica created the first developmental guitar instruction method and she has written six groundbreaking books in the field of music and guitar education. She believes that we are each unique musical and creative beings with individual pathways we can choose to discover and follow if we are given instruction in the ways we best learn. This vision informs and fuels her dedication to service through teaching.

Jess spent several years in California teaching music in public and private schools; she also worked for a long time as both a human development educator (at Crossroads School of Arts and Sciences) and as a private educational therapist treating children and teens with learning disabilities. These experiences, combined with Masters level training in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University helped her develop an approach to teaching music that creates access to musicality through people’s dominant learning styles while helping them strengthen the others. This, combined with her philosophy that musical learning can be fun and stress free, define her work as an author, teacher, and non-profit leader.

In addition to her years teaching in the classroom and counseling young people, Jess co-authored the highly successful MusicMakers curriculum for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, as well as the International House of Blues Foundation’s Make an Impression guitar program. Her best-selling guitar method, SmartStart Guitar as well as her parenting book, YOUR MUSICAL CHILD: Inspiring Kids to Play and Sing for Keeps (Hal Leonard, 2004) are soon to be followed by The Green Songbook & CD from Alfred Music Publishing. This compilation of music for living lightly on the Earth is now available at

Jess lives in Encinitas with her teen-age son, Elias, their three birds, two lizards, and one ridiculously adorable dog named Homer. You might have known Jess by her published and formerly married name, Jessica Baron Turner, a last name she went by during her marriage to Eli’s dad, luthier, Rick Turner. These days she goes by Jessica Anne Baron. Jess is also an incidental songwriter, an enthusiastic gardener, a vegetarian, and lover of literature.

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Mark Kailana Nelson Mark Kailana Nelson

Mark Nelson introduces "'Ulupalakua," a song he will be using to teach different skills and techniques. In this lesson, he...

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Kaki King Kaki King

In lesson 6, Kaki discusses how the left and right hands can work together or independently of each other to create different...

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JamPlay welcomes David Isaacs to our teacher roster. With his first lesson Dave explains his approach to playing guitar with...

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Miche Fambro Miche Fambro

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Lauren Passarelli Lauren Passarelli

Lauren Passarelli offers up her wisdom on purchasing a guitar. She also includes information regarding proper setup and care....

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Eric Haugen Eric Haugen

Eric Haugen discusses the goals of his "Six String Problem Solver" lesson series and what kind of material it covers.

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Dave "David J" Weiner returns with a lesson on how to play with style and attitude. He covers all the basic techniques you'll...

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Dennis Hodges Dennis Hodges

Learn a variety of essential techniques commonly used in the metal genre, including palm muting, string slides, and chord...

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Steve McKinley talks about evaluating your bass and keeping it in top shape. He covers neck relief, adjusting the truss rod,...

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Lisa Pursell Lisa Pursell

Lisa breaks into the very basics of the electric guitar. She starts by explaining the parts of the guitar. Then, she dives...

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Join Will Ripley as he gives us all the details of his series, "Rock Guitar for Beginners". You'll be playing cool rock riffs...

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Kenny Ray Kenny Ray

Albert Collins brought a lot of style to the blues scene. In this lesson, Kenny breaks down Albert's style for you to learn.

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