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Mark Lincoln

Shine Like the Sun

Mark Lincoln teaches an original song entitled "Shine Like the Sun."

Taught by Mark Lincoln in Basic Guitar with Mark Lincoln seriesLength: 18:59Difficulty: 2.0 of 5
Chapter 1: (05:59) Review and Intro To Song Review
Please take a few minutes before starting the lesson to review and practice the following:
- Warm up the hands.
- Stretch the wrists.
- Play the major and minor open chords.
- Warm up your strumming muscles by relaxing the wrists and letting the pick flow over the strings.
- Play the E major chord in the "new" way and play the type 1 barre chords.
- Play the A major chord in the "new" way and play the type 2 barre chords.
- Practice the "slanting A" technique.
- Practice the type 1 minor barre chords.
- Practice the type 2 minor barre Chords.
- Play all of the type 1 mini-barre chords.
- Play all of the type 2 mini-barre chords.
- Review and practice quantitative and qualitative techniques.
- Review last week’s exercises.
- Practice "wrist warming"
Ready?

I'd like to check in with everybody at this point in the series in regards to your progress and ability to utilize the review section. How have you progressed with some of the more difficult tasks such as the slanting A technique? Do you have a firm grasp of the open chords, or are you still struggling with them? How are your barre chords coming along? Do you remember what quantitative and qualitative techniques are? I'm hoping that all of you are using the review section to bring you up to speed on some of the techniques that have been challenging you more than the others.

I've had quite a few requests to teach one of my own songs in the lesson series. Today I decided that I would teach you my song "Shine Like the Sun." This song is about a friend of mine in Vail, Colorado, whom I knew and grew to become very fond of when I was playing in the ski resorts. She had platinum blonde hair that "shone," and hence the name of the song! I'll show you the chords first, and then we can talk about the strum pattern and the order of the verses / choruses. Here are the chords in the song:

D
E_2_
B_3_
G_2_
D_0_
A_x_
E_x_

A
E_0_
B_2_
G_2_
D_2_
A_0_
E_x_

C
E_0_
B_1_
G_0_
D_2_
A_3_
E_x_

G
E_3_
B_0_
G_0_
D_0_
A_2_
E_3_

F
E_1_
B_1_
G_2_
D_3_
A_3_
E_1_

Am
E_0_
B_1_
G_2_
D_2_
A_0_
E_x_
Chapter 2: (03:41) Strum Pattern
This song utilizes some techniques of note as well. The song begins with a down-up-down pattern that is fast and brings the song in with a bang. Of course, I'll demonstrate all of this in the video. I also use stalls, which is a technique that I discussed earlier in the series. Basically, I pause the action in the song momentarily before each verse. Please play each of the chords and familiarize (or re-familiarize) yourself with each of them. We'll be using a combination of strum patterns, some of which will alternate from one chord to the next. Alright, here we go!

As I said, the song begins with a "down-up-down" strum pattern. This strum is a quick snap strum and occurs only once in the song. Otherwise, the strum pattern for the song goes as such:

For the D and C chords, the strum is "down, down, down-up" and the strum for the A and G chords is "up, up-down, up-down." Besides the initial introductory strum part, the rest of the verses follow this pattern.

For the chorus, the strum pattern is "down, down-up-up-down" and follows this pattern: F, G, Am, G, F, G, Am, G, F, G. Stall on that G going back into the verse. I always stall coming into a verse, including the intro transition into the first verse where I play the verse chords four times through and then stall into the first verse. Watch me in the video for more on this. Alright, so the song is laid out as such:
Chapter 3: (09:19) "Shine Like The Sun"
Shine Like the Sun by Mark Lincoln

Intro
D A C G D A C G D A C G D A C G (stall)

Verse 1
D A C G D A C G
I see her face in front of me it shines like the sun and like a star it burns my eyes------------------

D A C G D A C G (stall)
It never fails to send me twisting, turning off in time and space

Verse 2
D A C G D A C
I see her eyes they stare and penetrate the smoky air, and though you’re nowhere near I seem to

G D A C G D A
see you everywhere, and like a fire you burned into the deepest darkest mire of night 'cause you

C G
were right--------------and you...

Chorus
F G Am G F G Am G
Shine Like the Sun, in the Month of May you, Shine Like the Sun for me Today-------------

F G
Shine Like the Sun--------------(stall)

Lead Break
D A C G D A C G D A C G D A C G

Chorus
F G Am G F G Am G
Shine Like the Sun, in the Month of May you, Shine Like the Sun for me Today-------------

F G
Shine Like the Sun--------------(stall)

Verse 3
D A C G D A C
And now you’re gone and I am left bereft of all my pride, and though you’re nowhere near I still

G D A C G D A
can hear your voice deride, it never fails to send me twisting turning off in time and space, space,

C G
space and you…..

Chorus
F G Am G F G Am G
Shine Like the Sun, in the Month of May you, Shine Like the Sun for me Today-------------

F G Am G F G
Shine Like the Sun for me today today the way you turned and walked away, you’d never stay

Am G F G Am (instrumental to Coda) F G A major

today--------------------------

Please note that the distances between the chords are not indicative of the amount of time that each should be played and is more of a reflection of the distance the words required to write them out. If you stick to the rhythm, it should all come out in the wash. Also, the instrumental section can be longer or shorter depending on the fire and passion of the lead being played, so there is some flexibility there. The song resolves to a major from the minor as you might have noticed as well.

Exercise 1
Play the introduction of the song. Pay close attention to the beginning snap strums and make sure that the first strum comes in with a "bang." Pay attention to making the series of strums quick and concise. Practice this chunk by itself until you are producing a nice clean sound. Then, play the rest of the Intro including the stall. As usual, watch me in the video to get a firm grasp of how it should sound.

Exercise 2
Play the first and second verses. Remember to include the stall between the two verses. There are no stalls into the choruses, so make sure and make a mental note of that. Get good and comfortable with the verse chord progression before you move on. Don’t forget to relax your wrist and allow the pick to flow over the strings!

Exercise 3
Play the 1st chorus into the lead break. Then, play the 2nd chorus up to the stall that leads into the third verse. I want to make sure that you all get the pieces of the song first and then move on to conquer the whole enchilada.

Exercise 4
Play the whole song from beginning to end! Keep in mind that it's okay not to play the strum exactly the same way that I do. You can take some creative license there if you need to as long as you don’t try to steal my song! Creative interpretation is always acceptable, but hopefully you'll keep the order and the important techniques intact. Most of all, have fun with it and use it as a learning tool. I use some techniques that will hopefully help you start and / or continue to incorporate different tactics into your own playing.

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socalrockrsocalrockr replied on March 6th, 2015

Nice song.Thanks for sharing.Very straight forward chord progression,w or w/o barre chords.With ability to play slanted A barre chord I,or one, can play any chord progression all over the fretboard.Nice way to change up rhythm,as well..Had to use a metronome on this one to measure uptempo.

ganeshnat1ganeshnat1 replied on July 25th, 2012

mark i got a question, what is the advantage in playing the slanting A barre chord?

zigoslav97zigoslav97 replied on January 12th, 2012

She broke ya heart ha? :( Dont worry bro, theres a lot of girls waitin for ya! :D

adjohns3adjohns3 replied on November 26th, 2010

suggestion...maybe PLAY the whole song to give us an idea of what it sounds like first? Good song!

casawico1casawico1 replied on October 14th, 2010

Great song Mark, any reason you didn't use all barre chords in the chorus? Seems to slide up the neck of the guitar real nice.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on October 17th, 2010

Hey Casa how are you? Sometimes I like to combine the fullness of a barre chord with the more open sounding open chords, simply for variation. You are more than welcome, of course, to play the song in any way you like though! I'm glad you're enjoying it, Mark

pencilneckpencilneck replied on October 11th, 2010

Great song Mark :)

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on October 14th, 2010

Thanks Pencil, it will be on my upcoming CD as well with a more fuller and developed mix. Good to hear from you! Mark

jesseboy000jesseboy000 replied on March 5th, 2010

I've Been hoping you'd someday share this song with jamplay! yay!!!

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on March 6th, 2010

Thanx Jessy I really appreciate your support and interest in my music! Mark

YucatanEdYucatanEd replied on March 6th, 2010

Bravo, Mark. Very nice tune. Something i can play and sing for my wife and daughter. Just out of curiosity, what ever happened with the blonde girl that inspired you to write this song? Thanks again, Mark!

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on March 6th, 2010

Hey Ed thanks bro! The girl who inspired this song: I lost track of her years ago after I stopped performing in Vail. She kept telling me that she was breaking up with her boyfriend to see me but it just wasn't happening and I knew that from the get go...ML

alshyalshy replied on February 6th, 2010

yes mark im jammin away to that, learned it in the Q@A a while back thanx, its good to do it in the lesson form as well

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on February 8th, 2010

Hey Al great to hear from you my friend! Mark

patsendpatsend replied on December 10th, 2009

mark, you're the cruise director, excellent!! And the cruise enjoys, la croisière s'amuse! I don-t care at this level about repeating exactly what strum you use, I feel correct for the moment with my strum. merci encore bel Adonais

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on December 10th, 2009

Hey Pat merci beaucoup! I'm glad you're finding your own way with the strum patterns as I think that each of us needs to develop a "feel" for the strum n'est ce pas? Mark

keybankerkeybanker replied on November 25th, 2009

Mark, Great song. I understood the verse strum pattern is D (Down, Down, Up, Down) to A (Up, Up, Down, Up, Down) to C (Down, Down, Down, Up) to G (Up, Up, Down, Up, Down) which brings up two questions: 1.) Since the second and fourth chord strum patterns are identical, why are the first and third chord strum patterns different? 2.) Isn't it awkward to transition from the C chord which ends on an up stroke to the G chord which begins on an up stroke? It does not feel natural to me to not alternate the direction of the strum when transitioning between chords. John

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on November 30th, 2009

Hey John thanks for writing in! It really pleases me that you've put this much thought into this so I hope I can clairfy any issues on Shine Like the Sun. The strum pattern should be played as delineated in the supplemental content and I understand that you're not getting the feel of it, right? It's important that you realize John that I'm doing a downstroke right before the up on the 2nd and fourth chords, the A and G chords. So rather than doing back to back up strums which would be a little awkward, I'm slipping in a little transition strum. Does that make sense? Mark

yann11yann11 replied on September 22nd, 2009

Hello Mark,I am one of your fan here in Paris,France.Very nice song.You deserve to be sign .How about a lesson on your hit Jeni Lani.I will love to learn it.Bye.Yves

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on September 24th, 2009

Bonjour Yves, comment ca va? Thank you so much for your awesome feedback and I will consider doing Jeni Lani in the future! Merci beaucoup mon ami! Mark

guitarmasterguitarmaster replied on September 18th, 2009

excellent job, well done explination, and the different strum pattern was fun and put a nice twist to it. And excellent lyrics by the way two thumbs up!

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on September 20th, 2009

Hey Master thanks for the great feedback, it always pleases me when another musician appreciates my work! Much obliged my friend! Mark

rockerdonrockerdon replied on September 19th, 2009

You Sound Like James Taylor. I love this song, very good

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on September 20th, 2009

Hey Rocker what's up? I've never heard that comparison before but it's flattering nevertheless! Thanks bro! Mark

souldksouldk replied on September 17th, 2009

hehe freeze it at 00:37 of scene 1 looks funny:p but nice job Mark;)

gone workingone workin replied on September 16th, 2009

Thanks for sharing your song. It was also a lesson in playing, as well as a little songwriting and performing notes. I particularly liked the points about assigning a different strum pattern to different chords as well as deviating slightly along the way. Keeps it interesting and not so formulaic. Good one, Mark. You mention tabs in the supplemental. There were none, but I think it's not needed.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on September 17th, 2009

Hey GW what's up?!? Thanks, as usual, for your insightful and well-thought out feedback about the song and the lesson as well. I'm really glad that you are enjoying the lessons on so many levels! Talk soon, Mark

jboothjbooth replied on September 16th, 2009

When Mark refers to tab he generally means the chord charts and such in his lesson writeup. though it should be noted Matt will be doing actual tab and notation for this lesson in the coming days for those of you who would like it.

jaybirdjaybird replied on September 16th, 2009

Well done!! Once again I'm impressed with the quality of the content on Jamplay. Keep it coming.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on September 17th, 2009

Hey Jay grate to hear from you and thanks for the awesome feedback! Great having you aboard my friend! Mark

Basic Guitar with Mark Lincoln

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Learning the basics of the guitar, the building blocks if you will, is an extremely important step in learning and mastering the guitar. This series is all about the basics.



Lesson 1

Guitar Basics

This lesson is all about the basics. Mark explains guitar parts, holding the guitar, and more.

Length: 13:12 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Tuning, Gear, and Chords

Mark begins by discussing equipment every guitarist should own. Then, he introduces chords and proper tuning methods.

Length: 17:28 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

Chords and Strumming

Mark finishes his discussion of the "open" chords. He applies these chords to basic rhythm and strumming concepts.

Length: 17:33 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

Minor Chords and More

Mark reviews the major chords and introduces the minor chords. He also covers strumming techniques in greater depth.

Length: 25:48 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Expanding Chords

Mark introduces a few more minor chords. He also provides a monster chord exercise.

Length: 16:36 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 6

Strumming Exercises

Mark Lincoln continues his discussion of chords and strumming. He introduces several new exercises in this lesson.

Length: 19:30 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

Music Theory and Barre Chords

Mark covers several topics in this lesson. He explains scales and barre chords. He also demonstrates how to find notes on the fretboard.

Length: 21:45 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

E Shape Barre Chords

Mark Lincoln covers E shaped barre chords in greater depth. Mark refers to these chords as "Type 1" barre chords.

Length: 15:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

A Shape Barre Chords

Mark covers the A Shape / Type 2 barre chords in greater depth.

Length: 17:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Minor Barre Chords

Mark introduces minor barre chords that utilize the shape of the "open" Em chord.

Length: 13:10 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

A Minor Shape Barre Chords

Mark introduces minor barre chords based on the shape of the "open" Am chord. He refers to these chords as "Type 2 Minor" barre chords.

Length: 12:36 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 12

Mini Barre Chord

Mark demonstrates abbreviated versions of the "Type 1" and "Type 2" barre chords. He calls these "mini barre" chords.

Length: 17:43 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 13

A Shape Mini Barre

Mark teaches the "mini barre" version of the A major shaped barre chord. He also explains dissonance.

Length: 20:29 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 14

Minor Mini Barre Chords

Mark Lincoln applies mini-barre chord concepts to minor chords.

Length: 12:28 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 15

Guitar Technique

Mark Lincoln explains essential components of guitar technique.

Length: 15:59 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 16

Guitar Dynamics

Mark Lincoln explains how dynamics can enhance your playing. He covers topics such as volume, tempo, rests, and more.

Length: 27:48 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 17

Transistion Strums

Mark Lincoln explains more about guitar technique. This time around he introduces "transition strums" and continues his discussion of liquid chords.

Length: 26:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 18

Harmonic Technique

Mark Lincoln explains what harmonics are and how they are played.

Length: 15:31 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 19

Expanding Liquid Chords

Mark Lincoln expands on the concept of liquid chords. He explains new chord variations and how they can be changed in mid-strum.

Length: 16:21 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 20

Spicing up Chords

Mark demonstrates how chord progressions can be spiced up by adding hammer-ons and pull-offs.

Length: 12:21 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 21

Chord Fingering

Mark explains how chord fingerings must be altered when applying "liquid chord" concepts. He also provides a few new "liquid chord" exercises.

Length: 11:10 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 22

Precision Strumming

Mark returns to the land of chords. This time around, he provides an exercise that contains four variations on the A chord.

Length: 14:28 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 23

D to D in Six Steps

Mark provides a chord progression that shifts from one D chord to another in six steps.

Length: 15:20 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 24

Chord Voicings and Construction

Mark delves deeper into chord construction and alternate chord voicings.

Length: 13:36 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 25

Quantitative and Qualitative Changes

Mark tests your guitar knowledge with a pop quiz. Then, he discusses quantitative and qualitative changes.

Length: 22:54 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 26

Quantitative and Qualitative Review

In the 26th installment of his basic guitar series, Mark reviews the quantitative and qualitative changes he presented in lesson 25.

Length: 17:34 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 27

Rhythm and Guitar

Mark provides exercises designed to make you a better rhythm player.

Length: 0:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 28

Expanded Rhythm Exercise

Mark Lincoln expands on the rhythm exercise from lesson 27. This time around he incorporates several C based chords.

Length: 14:31 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 29

Hand Structure

Mark discusses proper playing technique. He provides a few exercises that facilitate right hand mechanics.

Length: 17:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 30

Cadd9 and Dsus2

Mark provides an exercise that features two new chords - Cadd9 and Dsus2.

Length: 0:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 31

Finger Glue and Flexibility

In the 31st lesson, Mark discusses his "finger glue" technique. This technique improves speed and accuracy.

Length: 21:31 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 32

Reviewing Chord Changes

Mark takes a step back in lesson 32 to explain how to make quick and accurate chord changes.

Length: 22:14 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 33

Sliding

Mark explains how to use the slide technique between chords.

Length: 19:24 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 34

Keeping Time While Playing

Mark reviews qualitative and quantitative changes. He explains how to keep time while performing these changes.

Length: 21:17 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 35

A Minor Progression

Mark discusses qualitative and quantitative changes within an A minor progression.

Length: 19:56 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 36

Chord Transistions

Mark Lincoln discusses several techniques that can be used when transitioning between chords.

Length: 21:43 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 37

Chord Transistions Revisited

In this lesson, Mark once again covers the subject of chord transitions. This time around, he focuses on barre chords and includes several helpful exercises.

Length: 23:25 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 38

Playing Individual Notes

In lesson 38, Mark discusses how playing single notes rather than chords can spice up your playing.

Length: 22:56 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 39

Rocking Out

Lesson 39 is all about rocking out. Mark discusses some tips to take your playing to the next level.

Length: 18:08 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 40

Slash Chords

Lesson 40 takes a deeper look at slash chords. Mark discusses why they're called slash chords, and how they are formed.

Length: 14:42 Difficulty: 2.0 FREE
Lesson 41

Strumming from the Wrist

In lesson 41, Mark reviews the warm-up section and provides new tips on playing adequately from the wrist.

Length: 22:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 42

Raising the Barre

Mark builds further on barre chord techniques and liquid chords.

Length: 17:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 43

Building on Your Chord Knowledge

In lesson 43, Mark discusses additional skills related to learning and playing chords, specifically "liquification" of chords.

Length: 20:42 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 44

Experiment With Playing

Lesson 44 is all about trying new things. Mark discusses experimenting with your playing in order to take it to the next level.

Length: 17:20 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 45

Diversifying

In this lesson, Mark once again talks about changing up chord derivatives to create a more unique sound.

Length: 20:56 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 46

Shaping the Hands

In lesson 46, Mark explains how to maximize your options by maintaining chord shapes while playing.

Length: 21:44 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 47

Precision Strumming

Today, Mark takes in depth look at strumming.

Length: 23:57 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 48

Shine Like the Sun

Mark Lincoln teaches an original song entitled "Shine Like the Sun."

Length: 18:59 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 49

Changing Chords : Accuracy and Speed

Mark teaches some useful information on how to mix postures, "finger glue," and techniques to make your chord changes speedy and more effective.

Length: 30:56 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 50

Play Along with Mulitple Chord Voicings

In this lesson, Mark guides you through the world of alternate chord voicings. He teaches several shapes and shows how they can be used to enhance your playing.

Length: 23:06 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 51

Understanding Liquified Chords

Mark brings us a very appealing aspect to better understand the guitar. With his explanation of "liquified" chords, mark will explain how to move up and down the guitar to create different chord voicing.

Length: 25:32 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only

About Mark Lincoln View Full Biography Mark Lincoln was born in S. California but was raised near Portland Oregon in a town called Beaverton. When he was twelve years old, he began his journey into the realm of the creative by composing poetry and was later published in a journal called "In Dappled Sunlight." He wrote for four years until his older sister blessed him with his first guitar, an old beat-up nylon stringed classical guitar. Mark played that guitar for five years, continuing to compose his own lyrics and starting the process of matching his own words with chords that he was learning on the guitar. He learned to play chords from his friends and from music books that he both bought and borrowed. Mark cited his four biggest influences, at that point at least, as The Who, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, The Rolling Stones.

Mark cites his most current influences as Radiohead, U2, older music by REM, and Peter Gabriel amongst others. He performs with two acoustic guitars, one being a six-string M-36 Martin with a three-pieced back for increased bass response, and a Guild Twelve-string which is his most recent acquisition. Mark is fond of saying that the twelve-string guitar is better because you get two guitars for the price of one, but he still plays his Martin equally as much and with the same passion.

Mark ended up in Fort Collins Colorado where he currently lives, works as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and continues to write, teach and perform music. He currently performs with a group called "Black Nelson" as well as with a number of other seasoned professional musicians including his cousin David, a virtuoso lead-guitar player. Mark has performed in many of the smaller venues in Denver and Boulder, as well as some of the larger ones including the Fox Theatre, The Boulder Theatre, Herman's Hideaway, and also at The Soiled Dove where he opened for Jefferson Starship as a soloist. Some of Mark's originals are also available for your listening pleasure on MySpace.

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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.

Price Per Lesson < $0.01 $4 - $5 $30 - $50 Free
Money Back Guarantee Sometimes n/a
Number of Instructors 82 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

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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