Ear Training & Singing in Tune (Guitar Lesson)

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Jessica Baron

Ear Training & Singing in Tune

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

Taught by Jessica Baron in Basic Guitar with Jessica Baron seriesLength: 21:24Difficulty: 1.5 of 5

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PastorDATMPastorDATM replied on May 8th, 2018

Jessica, nice lesson. I've listened to it twice in it's entirety. However, my progress seems to be stuck at 95%. Am I doing something wrong?

Bradley.ConwayBradley.Conway replied on May 8th, 2018

Hello PastorDATM! This usually happens when your browser has saved or cached the page in the history. Your progress will reach 100% if you clear the cache on your browser and review the lesson :) HAPPY JAMMING!

PaddyNo1PaddyNo1 replied on May 3rd, 2016

nice one.

Rodger1Rodger1 replied on February 28th, 2016

Thank you. This was so enjoyable.

Southern CashSouthern Cash replied on October 14th, 2015

Really awesome. I've been wanting some explanation on this. Thanks

BingieBingie replied on October 10th, 2015

This is so much more than a guitar lesson, thank you so much Jessica.

Zen_BobZen_Bob replied on January 8th, 2015

Jessica I Love your lessons! Thank You!

thegreatcoyotethegreatcoyote replied on October 5th, 2014

Thanks for breaking it down so clearly.

shazol20shazol20 replied on August 23rd, 2014

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shazol20shazol20 replied on August 23rd, 2014

Its quite helped me a lot but im still in confusion for finding songs in sharps or flats kindly pls help

jeanlesjeanles replied on May 22nd, 2014

Jessica, your lessons are fantastic. I never guessed in my wildest dreams I would be writing and sining my own song! I can't begin to tell you how you have encouraged me in my life long desire to be able to play an instrument and sing along. I am very grateful and thank God for leading me to these lessons. Would like to give you a big hug!

rains2girlrains2girl replied on April 19th, 2014

I'm laughing at myself and my little song about the recent lunar eclipse. Thank you Jess!

1WhiteEskimo1WhiteEskimo replied on April 6th, 2014

This is great all you expect is how to do standard tuening and training and songs just with gutair thanks for the help

timpenntimpenn replied on February 5th, 2014

Great lesson thanks.

chriscashechriscashe replied on December 27th, 2013

At 25 years old, I started feeling like I lost the opportunity to learn to play acoustic guitar. Jessica, you have helped me and your approach is so welcoming and understanding. I absolutely love your lessons and will continue to follow your steps.

motorcyclinmotorcyclin replied on December 23rd, 2013

I am amazed at your approach. It is just right for my seven year old daughter and I to do together. I'm going to tell everyone about this jamplay site and recommend that any child wanting to learn the guitar joins and takes your lessons. It is so perfect for parents to do with their children. This lesson I loved. Very excited to see my daughter learn from you. You are incredible!

tomt4626tomt4626 replied on December 21st, 2013

Jess, thank you do much for your approach to teaching. YOU are the reason I just joined JamPlay! I'm 50 and have been playing for about 6 months using another online course that I actually am very satisfied with. I have progressed nicely, but the voice part was missing for me. I can play "Peaceful Easy Feeling" with simple strumming, but the voice is another thing. Please keep recording lessons on developing your voice, what key to sing in, how to adapt songs to your vocal range, etc. I also love your Zen approach to teaching and playing, THANK YOU!!!

KaraisokeKaraisoke replied on July 12th, 2013

I am so enjoying your lessons. I expected this site to be all guitar, guitar, guitar. But I'm so surprised that there is everything from music theory to developing your sense of rhythm to singing. Your lessons make learning so hands on. Thank you so much.

KaraisokeKaraisoke replied on July 12th, 2013

Wow. Evidently I'm a soprano. Thanks Jess. I would have never figured that out without this lesson.

baddibaddi replied on May 30th, 2013

lik it

lady spectralady spectra replied on February 7th, 2013

Great lesson! It sounded like you were calling Jeremy a bell...very funny.

greysparrowgreysparrow replied on August 1st, 2012

It really IS confusing to call the notes the wrong names.

gtzantoniogtzantonio replied on October 3rd, 2013

It's a little weird but they are no actually wrong, there are different ways to refer to music notes around the world, for example where I live we use the Spanish way which is a fixed Do Re Mi, it means Do is C all the way to B is Ti (also SI), she is referring to notes in the movable Do Re Mi, in which you make your root pitch Do, no matter what note it is, then one whole step or two frets forward is your Re, another whole step you got Me, then a half step is Fa, which is a major scale, the formula for any major scale is whole, whole, half, whole, whole, whole, half. Hope this is more helpful than confusing.

Southern CashSouthern Cash replied on October 14th, 2015

Yes, thanks for that, it help clear it up for me as well.

alfredo2010alfredo2010 replied on January 14th, 2013

That's what i thought @ the beginning till i realized she has open G tuning ;)

echegollenechegollen replied on July 3rd, 2012

Nice lesson although confusing for me. I am french so instead of naming the notes A,B,C,D,E,F,G, I name them DO, RE, MI, FA, SOL, LA, SI, DO. However, in the video, those don't match. For example, in this lesson G=DO when in reality, G=SOL. I'll get use to it I guess!

Southern CashSouthern Cash replied on October 14th, 2015

Really, i didn't know that.

echegollenechegollen replied on July 3rd, 2012

Nice lesson although confusing for me. I am french so instead of naming the notes A,B,C,D,E,F,G, I name them DO, RE, MI, FA, SOL, LA, SI, DO. However, in the video, those don't match. For example, in this lesson G=DO when in reality, G=SOL. I'll get use to it I guess!

connie_annconnie_ann replied on July 28th, 2012

You are thinking the Do, Ra, Mi, Fa based on the C scale. Jess is using a G scale. And apparently the 1st string is tuned down from an E to a D. You can still do the SOL with standard tuning, 2nd string, 3rd fret is your SOL - so Do (G), Ra (A) Mi (B) Fa (C), Sol (D).

greysparrowgreysparrow replied on August 1st, 2012

Many countries use the "fixed Do" system where "Do, Re, Mi, etc" are not some lyrics to a tune that can be sung in any key, but actually ARE the names of notes of a fixed pitch, same as C, D, E, and so on. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solf%C3%A8ge

debraleedebralee replied on June 20th, 2012

hey Jess, Im a beginner and I never thought of being taught to sing, but this was fantastic, and I actually think I have a hidden voice in there somewhere,,,I sang in chior all thru elementary school, and I forgot how much fun it is, thankyou

nole27nole27 replied on June 10th, 2012

At 10:55 when she sings the Re note she fingers the guitar on the 3rd string second fret to make an A but didn't say it in the video. It threw me off for a minute. Other then that it's been an awesome lesson.

nole27nole27 replied on June 10th, 2012

whoops nvm she explains it in the 14th minute

cecesmileyxxcecesmileyxx replied on May 28th, 2012

I enjoyed this; it was very fun and made me want to learn!

helionhelion replied on March 16th, 2012

btw I'm his daughter

helionhelion replied on March 16th, 2012

i love this and I'm only 9 i think should make more

adriftadrift replied on March 10th, 2012

Very awesome lesson. It puzzled me a while and I had to back up a couple of times when you got to "sew" but then realized you had to be using a different tuning, so I pressed on where my e was. Im almost finished with Steve Eulbergs basic class so i just dropped in. Again a Very Awesome, Awesome class.

bigdad0926bigdad0926 replied on January 20th, 2012

I love learning from you!!!

3deeder3deeder replied on December 19th, 2011

I wish I was taught this about five years ago.

destination entertainmentdestination entertainment replied on December 30th, 2011

I do liker this, I already know a little about vocals for I train vocal students at community center. and I do play the strings already I am advanced on this lesson but it doesn, hurt to go over this . I might use the vocal pattern with students of Vocal training it will do great with them . I could either play the keyboard or the guitar for this exercise. it would help me with both the instrumments

ricardoflynnricardoflynn replied on November 20th, 2011

THANK YOU! Thanks so much for this, a fantastic start. After the lesson I practiced the do, re, mi, fa, sol for about 20 mins and the sound suddenly clicked in my head, my voice started to sound 'right'. I've no idea about how to sing in the correct key or anything like that, so I hope this is the programme that will finally educate me (I'm not going to peek at the future lessons). I first started playing guitar because I was struggling to sing and thought it might help me learn pitch. Well I learnt a few chords and watched a few lessons here over the last couple of years... and often ended up composing my own songs. The problem is when I try to sing them and play the chords at the same time. And then I'm always questioning if my voice is in the right place in relation to the chords, and then my head explodes. Looks like I might have found a tutor here who is teaching what I want/need to learn... fingers crossed.

minehthangminehthang replied on November 7th, 2011

like it

BuffyLOLBuffyLOL replied on November 5th, 2011

Such a cool lesson!!!!

rkirbyrkirby replied on August 17th, 2011

I enjoyed this lesson very much.

Jessica.BaronJessica.Baron replied on September 6th, 2011

JOY is what it's all about! Let's laugh more, relax more, and surprise ourselves with how great we are going to sound! I hope to come out to Colorado to record more lessons soon and I would absolutely LOVE to focus on voice and guitar- finding best keys, making notes stronger and clearer, voicings for chords that work with our unique voices. I will ask the team about this for all of you who took this lesson. Thank you for the encouraging feedback. You are all so welcome.

Ginger34Ginger34 replied on January 31st, 2015

Thank you Jessica! I am 60 and was getting discouraged about playing my new guitar, that I love! My hands are too small even though my Fender is small. Tuning in open G made all of the difference and now I'm excited about it again. My favorite music is Spanish guitar. so this really works. What happens though when I'm through your lessons and move on to another instructor teaching traditional guitar lessons?

fetchingwaterfetchingwater replied on January 25th, 2012

That would be awesome! Really have been looking for something of that sort! Great lesson by the way!

tazzietazzie replied on August 17th, 2011

great refresher, I sang in choir for many years but find myself really rusty, really nice to start finding my voice again :)

Jessica.BaronJessica.Baron replied on September 6th, 2011


stevbrenstevbren replied on August 19th, 2011

Awesome lesson. Have you ever seen anyone 50 years old with a voice that cracks and can't hold tune actually learn to sing and sound decent? I don't mind looking or sounding silly, right now I just sound really bad.

Jessica.BaronJessica.Baron replied on September 6th, 2011

Stevbren, YES. And also I have seen people in their sixties develop PITCH. Your body is your tool and you can learn to use it artfully. We just need to tune into what will be most helpful. Cracking comes from stress so warmups for you will be really important. Also knowing the best keys for you to sing in- so you find the sweetest spot in your vocal range. Please write me back with the names of a few songs you sing to yourself in the car. Let's figure this out. Cheers!

aquiguillermoaquiguillermo replied on September 3rd, 2011

Wish I had this lesson 5 years ago! Very sensible facilitator... Enjoying lessons that much. Thanks.

jj90jj90 replied on August 22nd, 2011

I really laughed with this lesson. What a unique approach, you amazed and suprised my a few times, but this lesson is also unique to me. Love your lessons Jess, also wonderfully explained!

boulezboulez replied on August 18th, 2011

Very good lesson. Brilliantly constructed!

stratmusicstratmusic replied on August 17th, 2011

What a great instructor! Really good lesson...looking forward to more!

ktyevolsktyevols replied on August 17th, 2011

you are a talented instructor........your instruction is so clear and gets me excited for the next lesson......ken

victory1victory1 replied on August 17th, 2011

thank you, for this lesson on ear training. looking forward to more classes.

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.

Lesson 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 FREE
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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 13


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

Length: 15:03 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 14

Your First Chord

Jessica Baron introduces your first easy chord, Gsus4.

Length: 2:47 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
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
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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 54

Fingerstyle Folk Blues

Jessica now dives into fingerstyle techniques, specifically Travis picking.

Length: 14:08 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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

About Jessica Baron View Full Biography

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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New fingerstyle instructor Don Ross introduces himself, his background, and what you should expect in this series.

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Phil Keaggy Phil Keaggy

Welcome to the Phil Keaggy Master Course! In this series introduction, Phil shows and tells us what we can expect from this...

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Pamela Goldsmith Pamela Goldsmith

Pamela brings a cap to her first 13 JamPlay lessons with another original etude inspired by the great Leo Brouwer. This is...

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Dave Yauk Dave Yauk

Learn a simple mini song that illustrates just how intertwined scales and chords really are. Dave uses a G chord paired...

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Jim Deeming Jim Deeming

Jim discusses the importance of setting goals. He provides some tips that will help steer your practicing in the right direction.

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Alex Scott Alex Scott

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Michael Mennell Michael Mennell

Mike introduces himself and his series.

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Stuart Ziff Stuart Ziff

Stuart delves into all the different aspects of how R&B guitar has had an impact within reggae music.

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Rex Brown Rex Brown

Dive into the playing of Rex Brown. As the bass player for Pantera, Down, and Kill Devil Hill, Brown's real world experience...

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John March John March

Take a new look at the fretboard and learn where to find a voicing that works. There are techniques that simplify the fretboard...

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Dave Weiner Dave Weiner

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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Bryan Beller Bryan Beller

Bryan Beller of the Aristocrats, Dethklok, and Steve Vai takes you inside his six step method to learning any song by ear....

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Yvette Young Yvette Young

Welcome to Yvette Young's series! Join Yvette as she gets creative with open tunings.

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Tosin Abasi Tosin Abasi

Tosin explains some of the intricacies of the 8 string guitar such as his personal setup and approach to playing.

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Guthrie Trapp Guthrie Trapp

JamPlay introduces Nashville session player Guthrie Trapp! In this first segment, Guthrie talks a little about his influences,...

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