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Jessica Baron

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.

Taught by Jessica Baron in Basic Guitar with Jessica Baron seriesLength: 9:46Difficulty: 1.0 of 5


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lilmommalilmomma replied

ooh, what was that song called where you did the dance? This is a fun exercise.

lex131lex131 replied

Absolutely amazing!!!

RockerMomRockerMom replied

I would be so interested in your thoughts on music therapy for stuttering. My 15 year old son stutters and has since he began speaking. 1 in 4 girls go on to stutter as adults but 3 in 4 boys do because boys only use one side of the brain to speak and girls use both. My son got a brain injury either during birth or after when they reshaped his head.

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I cant get this to play! Loading error

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gene_m214gene_m214 replied

Nobody teaches like this - amazing!

2h2h replied

This lesson is turning into so much more then I expected. Thank you.

Danny7Danny7 replied

Great lesson Jessica. Sort of like brain gym, these exercises I imagine would be good for dementia suffers. Very talented lady. Danny7

Southern CashSouthern Cash replied

Interesting concept for having rhythm! But what the hay!!!

BingieBingie replied

Jess you are amazing.....Thank you again.

danonwheelsdanonwheels replied

different and innovative approach....i like it from a 50yr old fart UK

krautmaskerkrautmasker replied

I am in my short and tee and oh tons of red spots! Thanks to my huge hands...

akmatovakmatov replied

Not what I expected, but very interesting. As a retired soldier, I especially appreciate her including soldiers missing body parts in the exercises.

Mikey T.Mikey T. replied

a little hard to follow at first. I got it. But, I was thinking to my self that it probably would have been an easier exercise if Jessica mirror the student with her movement instead of the her doing the exact hand movement. In mirroring she would say she was doing the right or left, but actually she would do the left then right. The person watching would seemed to be mirrored because they would do the exact movement. No big deal...I was just thinking about it. I teach Karate to little people...I say right up block, but because they are facing me I demonstrate a left up block for them to visually follow. :) It was still cool and I will practice it. Thank you!

Boodoe84Boodoe84 replied

Amen! That was really the only thing that made it confusing. I ended up just ignoring her words and mirroring her body.

Botticelli BabeBotticelli Babe replied

I love educational kinesiology and the whole idea of right/left brain integration. I loved the idea of these exercises, but I think I'll repeat this lesson a few more times to improve my co-ordination in the exercises. I am still not aware of the impact of these exercises in a felt sense way, but maybe as I become more familiar and smoother with them, I will become more aware of the benefit. Thank you Jessica!

Southern CashSouthern Cash replied

I guess the video has been changed since this comment. (?)

Dragonfly77Dragonfly77 replied

This exercise is make me laugh all by myself , and I find it really good, for coordination. Great lesson ...xxx

kingsrkingsr replied

quarter notes - yaay!

lynxituslynxitus replied

I love the approach you have with learning. It is very inviting and refreshing.

brandon4824brandon4824 replied

Heads.... shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes!

spcharbyspcharby replied

Hi Jessica - I just started yesterday and decided to try out your lessons. I am a 50 year old total newbie - so I need all the basic help I can get - I like how you are starting this program. Thanks

gdubgdub replied

All I can say for those who are n a band or go see one. The Drummer really is the most important member of the band. Let's show our respect for him/her for they are what truly makes music great. No percusion..No rhythm.

grasshoppergrasshopper replied

You almost lost me with the lead up but caught me with the... Stock Still on board, still thankful.

mj74mj74 replied

I'm a teacher and have done this kind of stuff naturally with kids, but now I can actually explain why it's important thanks to you! awesome!

cecesmileyxxcecesmileyxx replied

I love these lessons. I am a complete beginner and you are giving me the hope that one day I will be a skilled guitarist as long as i put it in the effort and time and believe in myself. Thanks Jess! :D

bigdad0926bigdad0926 replied

I just gave myself a black eye. ;>} I love your style and content!!!

dougydougy replied

Hi Jessica one of my biggest flaws with playing guitar;has always been rhythm . I like your rhythm lessons because not only will it help me with rhythm on guitar , but also it's a great way to warm up before playing . The head exercise with over and under I am having trouble with , but the exercises are fun

dougydougy replied

H Jessica , I have a lot of spare time for guitar lessons so I can definitely commit more then 1 hour a day on your lessons. It's very important that I not only build muscle memory but that I also retain it. I also don't like to move on to a new lesson with new techniques until I have retained and mastered the the goal I set in each lesson. My first goal is to have the foundation laid down in rhythm and breathing techniques. So my question is it better to commit to just working one applying one technique for just 1 week or given how I have a lot of spare time or is it better to apply maybe 2-3 lessons in a week and set an amount of time. My worry is that I would burden myself by setting myself too many tasks thus making music wouldidn't be fun anymore. I want to focus a lot on the building blocks of music as you have said because it will definitely in laying the foundation and obtaining the skills I need to have so that I may excel in my journey of music.

misspaguamisspagua replied

Amazing lesson can't wait for more. Just a perfect fit! thank you :)

apodestaapodesta replied

I've just started going through this lesson set. I really enjoy the approach; it seems more refreshing than learning scales and stuff. I was a bit worried when I started to go through this lesson though because my mind couldn't cope and my arms were going alll over the place. I think I'll try again tomorrow and see if I can improve. Thanks for the lessons Jessica.

stevbrenstevbren replied

I thought this was silly until I tried it. Try it to a backing track (slow). You can get into it. I started learning guitar 1 year ago. I am rhythmically challenged. I want more!!!!

Jessica.BaronJessica.Baron replied

So grateful you found my thread... many of us are time challenged this way. That steady practice, especially if you get the rhythm into your whole body, can really help. Even doing things like working out on a treadmill or elyptical machine to BASIC rhythmic music (NOT African polyrhythms, hiphop, jazz) can help a bunch. I hate to say it but.... this might be a great reason to get some old disco. Donna Summers is good on that 1-2-3-4. We'll get there!

thebraverygirlthebraverygirl replied

yeah my cat thought I'd lost my mind, that last exercise woz pretty challenging! liking these lessons : )

Jessica.BaronJessica.Baron replied

OMG. Try it with yarn next time!!!!

mmgarrettmmgarrett replied

I feel a little like Daniel while washing and waxing Mr. Miyagi's car. But Daniel eventually won the All Valley Championship!

Jessica.BaronJessica.Baron replied

ROTFL!

ktyevolsktyevols replied

jessica's approach is wonderful......can't wait till the next lesson.

kimhogg41kimhogg41 replied

This is so great. I'm getting messed up with my hands though at the end. Shows I need it! Thanks you!

michaelmiraclemichaelmiracle replied

can't wait for the next installment

nash24nash24 replied

This is wondeful stuff. So refreshing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jj90jj90 replied

Somewhat feels like meditation. I like it A LOT! Fascinating approach, with each lesson I get more happy with your lessons on Jamplay. Wonderful addition on the already excellent catalog of teachers here.

krazyfngazkrazyfngaz replied

You even have cliffhangers now to keep us going to the next? Fascinating approach

MaccoroniMaccoroni replied

My cat looked strange at me as i was doing the exercises :-)))

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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.

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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.

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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
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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.

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Your First Chord

Jessica Baron introduces your first easy chord, Gsus4.

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Simple DLesson 16

Simple D

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

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The Old Chisholm Trail

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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."

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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.

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Two Finger C MajorLesson 20

Two Finger C Major

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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."

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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."

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D MajorLesson 28

D Major

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

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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."

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The Crawdad SongLesson 30

The Crawdad Song

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

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Yoga for Guitar PlayersLesson 35

Yoga for Guitar Players

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Guitar Yoga - 90 Second Prep Routine

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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 www.greensongbook.com.

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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Live Lessons

Exclusive only to JamPlay, we currently broadcast 8-10 hours of steaming lesson services directly to you! Enjoy the benefits of in-person instructors and the conveniences of our community.

Interactive Community

Create your own profile, manage your friends list, and contact users with your own JamPlay Mailbox. JamPlay also features live chat with teachers and members, and an active Forum.

Chord Library

Each chord in our library contains a full chart, related tablature, and a photograph of how the chord is played. A comprehensive learning resource for any guitarist.

Scale Library

Our software allows you to document your progress for any lesson, including notes and percent of the lesson completed. This gives you the ability to document what you need to work on, and where you left off.

Custom Chord Sheets

At JamPlay, not only can you reference our Chord Library, but you can also select any variety of chords you need to work on, and generate your own printable chord sheet.

Backing Tracks

Jam-along backing tracks give the guitarist a platform for improvising and soloing. Our backing tracks provide a wide variety of tracks from different genres of music, and serves as a great learning tool.

Interactive Games

We have teachers covering beginner lessons, rock, classic rock, jazz, bluegrass, fingerstyle, slack key and more. Learn how to play the guitar from experienced players, in a casual environment.

Beginners Welcome.. and Up

Unlike a lot of guitar websites and DVDs, we start our Beginner Lessons at the VERY start of the learning process, as if you just picked up a guitar for the first time.Our teaching is structured for all players.

Take a minute to compare JamPlay to other traditional and new methods of learning guitar. Our estimates for "In-Person" lessons below are based on a weekly face-to-face lesson for $40 per hour.

Series
Price Per Lesson < $0.01 $4 - $5 $30 - $50 Free
Money Back Guarantee Sometimes n/a
Number of Instructors 122 1 – 3 1 Zillions
Interaction with Instructors Daily Webcam Sessions Weekly
Professional Instructors Luck of the Draw Luck of the Draw
New Lessons Daily Weekly Minutely
Structured Lessons
Learn Any Style Sorta
Track Progress
HD Video - Sometimes
Multiple Camera Angles Sometimes - Sometimes
Accurate Tabs Maybe Maybe
Scale/Chord Libraries
Custom JamTracks
Interactive Games
Community
Learn in Sweatpants Socially Unacceptable
Gasoline Needed $0.00 $0.00 ~$4 / gallon! $0.00
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Mike H.

"I feel like a 12 year old kid with a new guitar!"
 

I am 66 years young and I still got it! I would have never known this if it had not been for Jamplay! I feel like a 12 year old kid with a new guitar! Ha! I cannot express enough how great you're website is! It is for beginners and advanced pickers! I am an advanced picker and thought I had lost it but thanks to you all, I found it again! Even though I only play by ear, I have been a member a whopping whole two weeks now and have already got Brent's country shuffle and country blues down and of course with embellishments. Thank you all for your wonderful program!


Greg J.

"With Jamplay I can fit in a random session when I have time and I can go at my own pace"
 

I'm a fifty eight year old newbie who owns a guitar which has been sitting untouched in a corner for about seven years now. Last weekend I got inspired to pick it up and finally learn how to play after watching an amazing Spanish guitarist on TV. So, here I am. I'm starting at the beginning with Steve Eulberg and I couldn't be happier (except for the sore fingers :) Some day I'm going to play like Steve! I'm self employed with a hectic schedule. With Jamplay I can fit in a random session when I have time and I can go at my own pace, rewinding and replaying the videos until I get it. This is a very enjoyable diversion from my work yet I still feel like I'm accomplishing something worthwhile. Thanks a lot, Greg


Bill

"I believe this is the absolute best site for guitar students."
 

I am commenting here to tell you and everyone at JamPlay that I believe this is the absolute best site for guitar students. I truly enjoy learning to play the guitar on JamPlay.com. Yes, I said the words, ""enjoy learning."" It is by far the best deal for the money.



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