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Jessica Baron has 66 guitar lessons and videos at JamPlay, with 66 beginner lessons. Use the tabs below to learn more.
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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.
Jessica kindly introduces herself, her background, and her approach to this series.View This Full Lesson!
Jessica takes a moment to share a breathing technique. Then, she asks you to envision...Length: 5:30
In this lesson, Jessica starts talking about the first building block of making music:...Length: 9:46
In the first part of this lesson, Jessica takes some time to explain all the parts of...Length: 14:36
Jessica takes some time to talk about finding the right guitar for you. She explores different...Length: 10:03
Jessica Baron discusses "Gentle G Guitar" and explains why it is such a great learning...Length: 9:12
In this lesson, Jessica Baron explains how to tune your guitar to open G with or without...Length: 12:31
In this lesson, Jessica Baron shows how to string a steel string guitar.Length: 11:34
In part 2 of Jessica Baron's restringing lessons, you will learn how to string your classical...Length: 9:36
Jessica Baron delights in sharing a fun lesson that is all about ear training and singing...Length: 21:24
Jessica Baron shares some fun and effective vocal exercises to get you warmed up before...Length: 14:15
Jessica Baron shares part 2 of her vocal warm-up lessons with some fun new exercises to...Length: 16:07
In lesson 13, Jessica Baron introduces you to strumming technique.Length: 15:03
Jessica Baron introduces your first easy chord, Gsus4.Length: 2:47
Jessica Baron talks about patterns and chord charts. She also provides more exercises...Length: 19:57
Jessica Baron introduces a new chord she calls the "Simple D" and provides a song exercise...Length: 9:07
Jessica Baron teaches techniques in the context of "The Old Chisholm Trail." Learn about...Length: 29:51
Jessica introduces the "Simple C" chord and incorporates it into two fun songs, "Camptown...Length: 21:33
Jessica takes some time to show you a variety of different strums to use in your playing....Length: 19:37
Jessica Baron teaches the C major chord using only 2 fingers and provides some fun song...Length: 9:21
Jessica Baron introduces your first minor chord! Learn the beautiful E minor chord and...Length: 17:28
In this lesson, Jessica Baron provides some good, fun practice using a traditional Native...Length: 6:53
Jessica Baron explains time signatures with a focus on 3/4 time. She uses fun and interactive...Length: 11:11
Jessica Baron teaches one final song in open G tuning called "I'm on My Way" before moving...Length: 8:52
Jessica Baron introduces standard tuning in this lesson! Be ready to tune your guitar...Length: 19:45
Jessica Baron introduces the A minor chord in standard tuning and invites you to play...Length: 9:29
Jessica Baron introduces the A major chord in standard tuning. Practice it with the catchy...Length: 11:35
Jessica Baron teaches the D major chord and "Down By The Riverside" for practice.Length: 14:32
Jessica Baron is excited to provide more practice changing from D to A7 with the fun song,...Length: 8:29
Jessica Baron teaches a new chord, B7, with "The Crawdad Song" for practice.Length: 7:31
Jessica Baron helps you play the full G major chord by using the song, "I've Been Working...Length: 12:02
Jessica Baron is excited to finally teach the full C major chord with the bluesy song...Length: 16:52
Jessica Baron takes all the knowledge you've learned throughout her series and helps you...Length: 8:05
Jessica Baron continues her discussion on composition with a songwriting exercise. In...Length: 11:46
In this unique lesson, Jessica presents some fantastic tips on how to prep your mind and...Length: 16:09
This lesson is essentially a compressed version of Jessica's 35th lesson, but presented...Length: 4:26
Proper positioning of the fret hand is key to developing correct technique and playing...Length: 6:07
Jessica starts a mini series on understanding chords by explaining how and where to find...Length: 14:35
Jessica continues her "Understanding Chords" mini series by explaining how to find the...Length: 15:26
This lesson will link all the past lesson content into one by helping you understand how...Length: 13:36
Using the song "Down by the River to Pray," Jessica explains what the Nashville Number...Length: 13:46
What are 7th chords? How and where can they be used? Jessica answers these questions and...Length: 10:31
Using the song "Mole in the Ground," Jessica applies the Nashville number system and demonstrates...Length: 9:54
Utilizing Major 7th chords and a song called "The Ashgrove", Jessica will demonstrate...Length: 13:57
Jessica will demonstrate how to add a Sus 4 to a chord to change its tone. This can be...Length: 7:49
Jessica discusses the difference in tone between playing with the pick and playing with...Length: 21:27
Jessica now presents the option of adding bass runs while utilizing the fingers to pluck...Length: 11:18
Jessica taps into a mini-series that demonstrates how to navigate tricky chord changes....Length: 7:59
Time to learn the tough partial barre F chord! Jessica covers many of the basics needed...Length: 11:33
Jessica continues to demonstrate tricky chord changes by moving on to the B minor chord.Length: 11:58
Power chords can be utilized up and down the entire fretboard. They achieve full bodied...Length: 13:22
Jessica demonstrates how easy it is to play a full I, IV, V song by only moving the familiar...Length: 9:01
A lot of the techniques Jessica shows in this lesson can be applied within any genre of...Length: 33:53
Jessica now dives into fingerstyle techniques, specifically Travis picking.Length: 14:08
Jessica now works on picking hand techniques. She starts with the basics of using 3 fingers...Length: 11:16
Still working within finger picking techniques, Jessica now demonstrates how to navigate...Length: 13:19
Continuing along with fingerpicking techniques, Jessica now adds the unique time signature...Length: 7:04
Jessica continues her 6/8 fingerpicking techniques by adding yet another step in the full...Length: 8:00
Demonstrating yet another widely popular fingerstyle picking technique called Travis Picking,...Length: 13:30
It's time to apply the techniques that have been taught so far to understanding and creating...Length: 17:36
Jessica presents a lesson with tips and techniques on how to find the ideal key for your...Length: 35:28
It's now time to learn some creative tips on how to spice up how songs are arranged. Jessica...Length: 24:49
Still within the topic of song arrangement, Jessica now delves into Travis picking and...Length: 22:50
Jessica creates a song in front of your eyes. She guides you through the steps from starting...Length: 9:43
Jessica lays out a great tutorial on how to listen to chords and the emotions they evoke....Length: 8:24
Jessica demonstrates how you can combine the discovery of writing a song with chords and...Length: 17:03
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.
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.