Our genre-based lessons primarily focus on learning skills and concepts that pertain to a specific style of music. However, as you will soon learn, many concepts can be applied to several different genres. Phase 2 lessons expand upon concepts taught in our beginner guitar lessons, so it would be a wise idea to check out those lessons before jumping in here!
One of the richest and most uniquely American styles of music, blues has been a major inspiration for jazz, bluegrass, country and rock.
Focus: Iowa Blues Hall of Fame Inductee and famed educator, Hawkeye Herman, will guide you through blues guitar concepts and applications. Beginning at the beginner level and gradually advancing to more difficult material, you will learn chords, the 12 bar blues, the blues shuffle, slide guitar and more.142 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: DJ will teach you the 12 bar blues with quite a few chord variations and turnaround options. You will also learn the minor pentatonic scale and how to use it for blues lead play. DJ will also teach you a few modern blues songs to help you master the techniques he teaches.65 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Eric Madis will guide you through the world of electric blues. He will start off with the basics of country and urban blues and move on to touch on nearly every facet of electric blues playing.68 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Mary Flower combines the best of blues music with amazing fingerstyle arrangements. In this lesson series Mary will get you started in the world of fingerstyle blues.36 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Orville Johnson combines his amazing fingerstyle abilities with classic blues music. Orville will introduce you to the necessary concepts of fingerstyle and move on to teach classic blues tunes.29 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Kenny "Blue" Ray will guide you through the world of electric blues. He will cover styles of many of the blues greats as well as throw in his personal library of knowledge.64 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Orville Johnson, an acoustic blues master, will delve into the world of slide guitar head first. He will discuss the slide, it's history and move on to teaching slide technique and related compositions.12 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Slide guitar and Blues go way back, and have a rich heritage of complimenting each other. The slide is a wonderful way to add that "vocal" quality to your guitar playing as well. This technique can be used with all genres of music, but Eric will cover it within the world of Blues.26 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Eric Madis covers a uniquely American style of music, the Blues. In this series he tackles the subject from the acoustic fingerstyle perspective and even throws in a bit of ragtime for good measure.46 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Stuart Ziff presents an amazing series on Blues guitar. His unique, no-nonsense approach to playing makes this series perfect for players new to the genre.15 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Join Chris Liepe on an epic Blues journey. He will take a 3 minute Blues guitar solo, break it down and teach it lick by lick. By the end of this series your ability to play and understand Blues will increase substantially.26 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: This series covers an original Blues song titled "The Bitter Blues." The song was inspired by Led Zeppelin, and Jimmy Page, and as such is an excellent study in modern electric blues. Chris will break down the song into 30 easy to digest sections. Each section can be learned individually, and them combined into a full song.32 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Learn the building blocks of the Rockabilly genre with Ian Argys.9 Lessons Series Details
Focus: After reviewing some basics when it comes to the Blues, Hawkeye shares his knowledge from personal experience and one-on-one encounters with some of the greatest classic blues players ever to play! Learn some licks and hear fascinating inside information about some of these players that only a man who was there could deliver!27 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: This series by Stuart Ziff is one of the most comprehensive looks at all of the ins and outs of Slide Guitar playing you'll find anywhere. Once Stuart gets your tools and gear whipped into shape, he'll dive into the styles of some of the most influential Slide players in history and inspire you to start or improve your Slide skills with all of the great included examples and backing tracks.11 Lessons Series Details
Fingerstyle technique allows guitarists to combine melody, bass lines, and harmony to create a complete, orchestral sound.
Focus: Steve walks you through some of the most basic fingerstyle guitar techniques, including lessons for developing finger independence and walking basslines. He teaches these techniques in the context of timeless fingerstyle repertoire and famed fingerstyle songs..33 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Fingerstyle expert and performing artist, Jim Deeming, brings over 30 years of playing experience and his beloved thumb-pick to this lesson series. From basic right hand technique to combining melodies, this is a great series to begin applying fingerstyle to your playing.22 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Eve Goldberg brings years of experience, knowledge and passion to her fingerstyle series. Learn the very basics and proceed to more advanced topics with fun, easy-to-digest lessons.44 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: In this series, Don Ross delivers his extensive knowledge on many aspects of fingerstyle guitar. Not forgetting beginners, he starts off his series with a manageable pace, covering the basics in-depth.28 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Marcelo Berestovoy returns to JamPlay with his Fingerstyle Guitar series. He uses his one step at a time method to take you from novice to expert in no time!10 Lessons Series Details
Focus: This series is all about fostering the ability for your fingers to play independent of each other. Mastering this skill will give your playing a living, organic feel and open up previously unimaginable doors. During this process you will also learn two of Don Ross' songs, both perfect for showing off to your family.30 Lessons Series Details
Focus: Solo guitar... Different than guitar solos! The idea of being a self contained unit of chords and melody is a long, time honored tradition in guitar playing. Beginning with simple exercises and concluding with actual songs, Marcelo Berestovoy will give you the essentials to getting a real handle on the solo guitar and chord-melody style.9 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Self-taught acoustic guitarist Erik Mongrain shows off some of his innovations in this Phase 2 Artist Series. Lessons include information about guitar setup, advanced harmonics, composition, and performance tips.17 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Originating from a reference to the loud, mechanized sounds of the modern world and the harsh, British factory sounds of the 1960's.
Focus: While musically gifted and classically trained, Dennis Hodges can’t shake the metal bug. This popular JamPlay.com series includes lessons on commonly used metal techniques such as palm muting, slides, bends, octaves, power chords and more.11 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Kris Norris offers an array of ideas and lessons; from changing strings to advanced sweeping / legato techniques and soloing applications. Kris also offers conceptual lessons for song writing ideas and composition.41 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Up and coming talent Emil Werstler brings you advanced lessons on lead techniques, style and theory applications. Emil's videos also include candid interviews about his background and the inspirations behind his playing.48 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Lead guitarist for Animals As Leaders, Tosin Abasi brings his knowledge of extended range guitars to JamPlay, with detailed lessons on various picking styles and emulating bass with the 8 string instrument.19 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
One of the world's great guitar traditions and called ki ho'alu in Hawaiian, slack key developed in the 19th Century as a fun, fingerpicking style.
Focus: Explore this beautiful style of guitar with heralded slack key guitarist, author and performer, Mr. Mark Kailana Nelson. By blending relaxing melodies with intricate fingerstyle playing, this traditional genre of music is sure to please.63 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
A sub-genre of country music which blends improvising with folk-like melodies. Pioneered by Bill Monroe in the 1930s in the "bluegrass" state.
Focus: Steve Eulberg walks you through the most common techniques in the bluegrass guitar style. He teaches these concepts in a methodical, step-by-step approach that will have you playing in no time.17 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Orville will cover proper Bluegrass flatpicking technique and move on to teach a plethora of classic Bluegrass tunes.40 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Starting with History, Nick will cover many aspects of Bluegrass techniques, the role of Bluegrass instruments, then move into some great Bluegrass songs.14 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Tyler will cover the spectrum of unique Bluegrass flatpicking techniques and demonstrate a wide array of Bluegrass flatpick song lessons.25 Lessons Series Details
From the 1950's to the present, rock and roll, along with its wide range of sub-genres, has dominated popular music.
Focus: With over 50 lessons and 15 hours of instruction, Brad Henecke brings you the biggest and most comprehensive lesson series at JamPlay. This series begins by reviewing basic concepts, then progressing to advanced rock technique, scale applications, chord progressions and more.54 Lessons Series Details
Focus: Matt Brown offers up 14 lessons in the realm of rock and roll. This series begins with lesson on proper practicing and scale theory basics, then moves into advanced playing applications such as soloing, improvisation and more.44 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: If you like instrumental rock guitar, this series is for you. This series covers three on a string scales, melodic invention, the CAGED system, modes and implementation and Arpeggios. Chris will demonstrate all the things that help you phrase and play with an instrumental rock influence.16 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Using her own songs and recordings as examples, Lauren teaches us that it's not what you know, but instead how you USE what you know. This series covers tons of great chord voicing ideas, arranging tips, and production techniques as well as general music theory applied to real music!24 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Learn an entire guitar solo inspired by such greats as Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. Although you’ll learn the solo lick by lick, each lesson also serves as an in-depth study in technique, music theory and songwriting perspective.15 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Learn a full progressive rock solo lick by lick in this series of lessons. Each lesson teaches a lick from the solo, or an alternative lick that can be played over the progression, and a variety of different skills and techniques.13 Lessons Series Details
Focus: Will Ripley picks up where he left off in his Phase 1 Beginner series with this series: Classic Rock Guitar. Through original tracks in the styles of great artitsts that Will has prepared for this series, you will learn all the techniques you need to know to make you sound like you just stepped out of the classic rock era!43 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Learn the styles of Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent and more! Join Stuart Ziff in a comprehensive study and application of Rockabilly guitar. Learn with real musical examples and composed material that, with some hard work and dedication, will have you playing right along with the greats!36 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Join Dave Isaacs for a comprehensive course covering some of the most well-known sounds of the last 50 years in guitar playing. Come straight out of Isaac's Phase 1 series and learn songs in the style of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Eagles, Stevie Wonder, and more! You'll also learn how to practice new techniques and apply more musical ideas as you work through each musical example.29 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Although not a native celtic instrument, celtic-style guitar adapts folk and fingerstyle to accompany reels, jigs, and polkas.
Born in the 9th century, “classical” guitar is characterized by fingerstyle technique and nylon strings, producing organic timber and dynamic quality.
Focus: Composer and song writer, Danny Voris, discusses and demonstrates techniques unique to playing the classical guitar as it's designed. He includes instruction on creating quality tone by shaping finger nails, through advanced picking techniques.15 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
A style of American popular music, country has it's roots in the folk music of the rural south and the cowboy music of the western United States.
Focus: In his country series, DJ explores some of the roots of country music, and goes on to bring you an expanded look at contemporary country.36 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
The classic swing sound emerged around the turn of the twentieth century, and blends classic melodies, intricate harmony, and improvisation.
Focus: In this series, you will learn the music theory and guitar techniques essential to the jazz genre. Matt focuses on concepts such as scales, chord voicings, comping, improvisation, and interpretation of melodies.25 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Jane Miller dives into the exciting world of Jazz guitar in this lesson series. You will be exploring all different aspects of Jazz with Jane's vast knowledge and easy-to-follow teaching style.70 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Dennis Hodges teaches jazz for students with a rock background. In this series you will learn to play jazz chord progressions and licks without theory being forced upon you.24 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Nick Kellie covers smooth jazz, how it relates to guitar playing and the differences from more traditional jazz playing.7 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Brendan's jazz series with JamPlay.com covers the basics of jazz chord voicings. Here you will learn about alterations and extensions to commonly used jazz voicings and how they apply in context of Jazz music.4 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: John March, a long time student of the late Ted Greene and a self-proclaimed "chord addict", opens up a fresh way to view the guitar fretboard. A different way to think, introducing the idea of how chords work and how to develop a “vocabulary”.31 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Paul Musso dives into jazz guitar with an emphasis on walking bass lines. This series of lessons focuses on separating chords from bass lines, which is good for a variety of things, including accompaniment and soloing.7 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Paul Musso's mini arpeggios series will get you prepared for jazz improvisation starting with the basic building blocks.7 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Austin Filingo introduces Gypsy Jazz and Sing Guitar. In this set you'll cover the basics of these style as well as some of their musical tendencies.22 Lessons Series Details
Study the ideas and techniques of artists like Dick Dale, The Ventures and more! Learn how to create Surf hooks, get Surf tones, and make the information you already know on the guitar useful in the Surf genre!
Get your groove on with funk guitar.
Focus: Learn how to play funk guitar with DJ Phillips.15 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Michael "Nomad" Ripoll dives deep in to the Rhythm & Blues, Funk, and Soul genres that were made popular by artists like Earth Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, and James Brown. Nomad's approach is to take techniques and ideas you may already play in other genres and look at how paying attention to subtle nuances can make all the difference when you're gettin' funky! Enjoy dozens of tips, playing ideas and other licks and apply them over spot on, genre-specific backing tracks.30 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Flamenco is an art form originating in Spain that expresses joy, sorrow and passion! This series will teach you to play 'toque' or flamenco guitar.
Focus: Learn to play the acoustic Flamenco guitar.29 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Traditional and contemporary acoustic music that forms the roots of many genres of music. In this series we explore this foundational style.
Focus: Learn the basics and fundamentals of the lap tapping and extreme folk style of guitar.33 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: With Eve Goldberg's history and long-time fascination with Folk music, she shares her knowledge through easy to follow, song-based lessons.21 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Learn to play in the style of R&B and Soul.
Let the mood of Reggae guitar sooth your soul
Learn the basics of Bossa and Samba in these Brazilian style lessons.
Derived from an Old English word meaning "good news," gospel offers a spiritual and uplifting musical experience.
Focus: In this series you will be taking an in-depth look into gospel music and the basics behind performing it. Steve will teach a variety of topics, including hymns, gospel and praise songs, playing solo and with others. This series assumes an intermediate level of knowledge.18 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: You'll learn strumming, fingerpicking, hook/melody development, colorful chord choices and options. While popular music is all over the map in terms of genres actual styles and influences, all Pop music shares one thing in common. It is popular! This may seem so obvious, but that really is the classification for popular music. Learn how to get sounds out of your guitar that sound like popular music from yesterday and today!38 Lessons Series Details
Rock energy with an acoustic flavor!
Focus: Will Ripley is back with his series, Acoustic Guitar! Known for his electric rock guitar series on Jamplay, Will shows us how much electric and acoustic have in common. Learn basic acoustic techniques like strumming, fingerpicking and chords, and apply them over classic sounding rock, classic rock and pop-rock tracks in the styles of some of your favorite artists!44 Lessons Series Details
Focus: Dave Isaacs is back with his comprehensive series covering all sorts of different ways that Acoustic Guitar presents itself in popular music. Get ready to learn your favorite styles from recognizable artists and put to practice techniques such as strumming, fingerpicking, and chord voicings!31 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details