Our Complete Jamplay Review for 2017
- $19.95 per Month or
- $159 Yearly
Overall Rating: 5/5
- 6 to 10 weeks – Depends on you pace
- 4 Phases + Artist Series and Extras
- Lessons for Beginners – for complete novices to self-taught guitarists
- Learn Your Preferred Styles and Skills
- Learn Songs
- Learn Songwriting
- Artist Series – Learn the specific styles of your favorite guitarist
- Performances/Concerts/Interviews/Lick&Riff Library
- Pick genres or style to focus on (R&B, Rock, Folk Music, etc)
- Pick skill to focus on (Speed, Lead. Etc)
Skill Level: Beginners to Advanced Players
- Affordable Cost – Yearly Price Offers Bigger Savings Over GuitarTricks + 30 Day Risk Free Trial
- Bridges the Gap Between Private and Online Tutorials Through Their Live Lessons
- Mobile-Ready to Watch on Phone/Tablet With Super Easy Navigation
- Learn to Play Your Preferred Style Of Music in a Short Span of Time
- Live Workshop Archive With Weekly Practice Routines Makes it Easy Not to Miss Anything
- Separate Lessons on More Specific Skills (like lead, speed, etc)
- Comes with a lot of bonus materials such as jam tracks, games, community forum, and many more
- A LOT of material to go through with multiple instructors
- Can be difficult to choose where to start, who to watch and where to go next
- Excellent selection of songs to learn, but not too many. It will leave you wanting for more
JampPlay is For You If…
- You are a complete beginner and don’t know where to start
- You are an intermediate or advanced guitarist and want to up your game or hone a particular skill set
- You want to master a specific style of music such as Soul or R&B which other programs don’t teach
- You want to sing and play the guitar together like a seasoned pro
- You want to learn from real musicians that actually work in the music industry
- You want something like a personal tutor, but don’t want to pay expensive rates for months/years
My Experience with JamPlay
Thanks for checking out our Jamplay review. My name’s Omar and I’m a music producer and artist with Deviant Noise.
I’m also learning how to play the guitar (well.. trying)
And my personal experience and opinion of JamPlay is extremely positive.
I think it is one of the best online training programs for guitar that I have ever tried. Another online program that I like is GuitarTricks, but I prefer Jamplay for a few reasons.
I LOVE MUSIC
I have always been a music lover, and eventually I want to be able to play a large variety of instruments. My first instrument ever was a guitar. And I wanted to learn how to play the guitar before anything else in music. I was gonna be a rock star.
Imagine my surprise when my parents gave me a guitar for my 9th birthday (or 10th, can’t remember exactly). When they said I could take lessons, I was hella excited!
Unfortunately, my excitement died out quickly.
The lessons and even (actually.. especially) the teachers were boring and dry. How could I be excited when all they taught me some old ass song I don’t care to learn.
Nope – that’s not what I needed.
Sure.. you gotta learn the basics at first. But you want to keep the excitement of being able to play your favorite songs SOONER than later.
Private lessons from traditional teachers just wasn’t offering that…
I’d still play from time to time, but I barely knew anything. I didn’t know a chord, a proper pick, or even a fret technique. I was self-taught, and I didn’t know that much.
But I wanted to master the guitar one day. I wanted to play the songs I liked and not some generic guitar lesson song I would never normally play.
Mastering the instrument was my dream… It was supposed to be fun though, right?
The Beauty of the Internet
I decided I should try to learn how to play the proper way again. At one point I tried out some online singing lessons and liked them. So I thought, there must be something there for musical instruments too.
A friend of mine, who is also a guitarist, recommended JamPlay. I had heard and read some great feedback about the program, so I decided to check it out. I eventually took the plunge and got access to the program on the yearly plan.
Everything looked professional with super high-quality videos. What was even better is they got some great names behind the training (for example, Steve Stevens from Billy Idol is one of them).
Learning the Proper Way
When I got access to the program, I was eager to start immediately. It was impressive, but a little overwhelming.
They just have so much stuff that I found it hard to pick where to start.
When I finally dove in (from the very beginner lessons) I found that the way the lessons were laid out and the way the instructors taught the lessons were great for beginners and experts alike. And especially good for people somewhere in the middle like me.
You can choose wherever you want to start – either from the beginning like I did or straight to learning a particular skill, style, or song you like.
I really liked the fact that you could learn however you wanted, wherever you wanted. You can use the program’s mobile video streaming on your phone or tablet and get up to 720 HD video.
You also have the convenience of learning at your pace. Sometimes I’d miss practicing for a few days but didn’t have to worry about some teacher giving me a headache about it. And if I had extra time, I could move forward faster than I’d be able to with a private guitar tutor.
The Best Part
For me, the best part of the program is the vastness of the entire program coupled with the ability to have 1-on-1 consultations when you need.
It wasn’t just about learning generic guitar techniques through a screen with no human interaction.
With Jamplay you have a bunch of different rabbit holes you can explore at your leisure, you can connect with other guitarists and get private tutoring when you need it.
I wanted to learn how to sing and play guitar at the same time. I also wanted to increase my speed and learn some funk/r&b/soul techniques.
With Jamplay, I could do exactly that in whatever order I wanted whenever I felt like it. And if I was stuck, I could get some real help.
It was just dope.
Ups and Downs, Back and Forth
Since I know music and the basics of theory, I raced through the fundamental sections and went straight to learning a bit about the skills and styles I wanted.
I quickly learned I should go back eventually and do the fundamental stuff PROPERLY… Apparently learning the basics important (lol).
I’m not gonna lie – some of the fundamental stuff is dry and boring but it’s over quickly. And you can get to the fun stuff really soon after you start.
All in all it’s a solid program for any aspiring guitarist to try. You literally have nothing to lose.
The types of songs available to learn are good, but it kept me wanting for more. They have a lot of rock and country music, but not enough in other genres yet.
That fact did not bother me much because there are many songs to learn and styles/techniques often crossover between genres.. Besides, they keep adding more songs all the time so I’m sure my opinion on this will change soon.
Even though one month is PLENTY of time to test and sample all the content of Jamplay, be aware there’s A LOT of stuff you can go through. And it can be overwhelming.
If you decide to try them out, explore the members area thoroughly first to see everything they offer. Then make a plan of attack of what you think you should be learning first.
Adjust as necessary, and if you find it just not for you, cancel within 30 days and you’ll get your money back.
My Personal Results
I, however, did NOT cancel and have been a member for a couple of years now. As far as guitar lessons go – Jamplay is WELL worth the cost.
And even though I suck at keeping up with practice and learning, by sticking with JamPlay’s methods I have seen some big improvements in my ability to play guitar.
I’m still learning to play complete songs, actual guitar chords, and melodies – but my experience so far is great.
Personally, I like the program’s overall approach and teaching style. It wasn’t boring and dry (mostly), and the prospect of learning REALLY cool shit keeps you excited throughout the basics/fundamentals.
And whether it was finger movements, fret movements, or my overall playing ability, Im able to pick up concepts and get better quickly (so long as I actually practice!).
With some consistent practice and Jamplay’s materials, I’m sure I will be able to master this beast of an instrument.
There are a couple of online courses that I have also tried, and JamPlay is one of the best (if not the best) guitar tutorial online.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND trying them out for free for 30 days if you’re interested in playing guitar for the first time, or you’ve been playing for a while and want to get better and better as a musician.
Inside JamPlay – Member’s Area Review
When you first login to your Jamplay members area you’re asked to fill out some questions so the program can be more customized to your needs.
Definitely fill in the first 2 pages of info for best results, but it’s all pretty optional.
Once you’re in the main members area you’re shown several sections – upcoming live workshops, community board and Q&A section, and the latest news.
The program also tracks your progress as you complete various lessons. It’ll allow you to start where you left off easily.
Jamplay also offers flexibility. You can choose which concepts to learn first and focus on what interests you depending on your skill level.
If you want to master the instrument, you can learn everything here at JamPlay. And their use of HD videos makes for more effective teaching/learning.
You’ll notice in the pic above that there are several headings – My JamPlay, Lessons, Live, Tools, Community, Extras.
The My JamPlay area is where you’ll find the tracking tools for your progress. You can view progress reports, edit your profile and see any any jampoints/badges you’ve earned.
Jampoints – earned by participating on the site – will be used in the future for special features/privileges, but it’s just in beta right now. Badges are earned when you master a certain skill on guitar.
Under “Lessons” you’ll see that the program is broken down into four initial phases.
- Beginners – the fundamentals you need to know as a complete beginner
- Genres & Skills – specialized lessons to improve specific guitar skills
- Songs – this is where you’ll learn how to play popular songs properly
- Songwriting – the pinnacle; where you’ll learn to make your own music on guitar
Under the Live section you’ll find current live courses as well as a schedule of upcoming events and an archive of past ones.
The Tools section is pretty sick too – it’s got chord/scale libraries, guitar and bass tuners, training games, a metronome and JamTracks – backing tracks you can play along to.
The extras section is nothing too crazy – they’ve got some monthly giveaways, bonus packs and you can schedule your 1-on-1s.
Phase 1 – Beginner Guitar Lessons
Phase 1 covers the fundamentals – the beginner lessons. They are divided into 3 sections:
- Acoustic Guitar
- Electric Guitar
- Bass Guitar
If you’ve never picked up a guitar before or you’re still very new – this is where you want to start.
There are a lot of different beginner lessons, separate by instructor but you don’t have to do them ALL.
There are short descriptions of each beginner lesson under the title so you’ll be able to tell which lessons are most appropriate for you.
For example, you could start with the fundamental basics (strumming, pick technique, etc), and then go into a beginner lesson that’s more song-based. Or maybe start with more song-based learning and then jump to lessons more geared towards a finger style guitarist.
It’s totally up to you.
I would, however recommend taking the lesson on “how to practice” what you learn – it’s only 11 minutes and very valuable.
Phase 2 – Genre Specific and Skill Based Lessons
Phase 2 is where JamPlay starts to really shine. They have a vast collection of music styles to learn that is just incredible.
Whichever genre(s) you choose to play, you will be in a gold mine of tutorials.
If you want to learn more than one style, you can do so at your own pace. JamPlay doesn’t limit you to one style; you can learn them all if you want.
Beyond styles and genres, there are tons of lessons here on specific skills that will help you master the instrument. Sure it will take a while, but if you want, JamPlay can help you become an absolute guitar playing pro – versatile and capable of playing anything, anywhere.
Genre-Based Lessons Available
- R&B & Soul
- Acoustic Rock
- Hawaiian Slack Key
I told you there were tons…
While going through the music genres you like, you can also focus on skills and specializations.
Guitar Skills – Becoming a Master
- Speed and Technique
- Helpers & Tips (hammer-ons, pull-offs, rakes, harmonics)
- Singing With Guitar (my personal fave)
- Reading Music & Rhythms
- Lead Concepts & Techniques
- Theory & Improvisation
- 12 String Guitar Playing
- Rhythm Training
- Ear Training
- Studio Skills & Engineering
- Instrument Care & Maintenanc
If you check the descriptions of the guitar skills, you’ll notice they have a module on Studio Skills – a lesson you won’t see in other programs. That’s one of the many reasons why I say JamPlay is one of the most comprehensive courses available online.
It’s not just because of the number of videos but because of the variety of lessons you can learn. I can honestly say that this is an all-encompassing course.
Phase 3 – Song Lessons
Phase 3 is great.
However, the lists of songs you can learn across different genres is limited.
Personally I wanted to learn a lot more R&B/Soul and Funk guitar. But the only song I could find in the giant list of songs was a James Brown joint.
On the other hand there are a TON of metal/rock/bluegrass/folk songs to choose from – so if that’s your thing, you’ll be super happy.
But if not, this shouldn’t stop you from learning some of these songs. You can learn from their online videos along with guitar tabs to follow the lessons easily.
Here are some of the popular artists/bands they cover:
- The Beatles
- Fallout Boy
- Collective Soul
- Three Days Grace
- James Brown (only one song though)
- Willie Nelson
- Jimi Hendrix
- ZZ Top
And a whole hell of a lot more. This alone might be worth the 30 day trial for some of you readers out there.
As of the time of writing this review (July 2017) they have at least 1 song in every genre of music they cover that you can learn (I think). So, there’s no need to worry. You still have many different songs to learn, and they are continually adding more.
Phase 4 – Songwriting Lessons
This is a pretty cool new section in JamPlay that was added recently. In this section there are several instructors with different lessons on how to write full songs, now that you know how to play the guitar properly.
The section is divided into two – electric guitar songwriting and acoustic guitar songwriting – but there’s only 1 electric lesson at the time of this writing.
Learning how to write songs is a super important part of being a musician. There’s more to it than finding a chord or two and coming up with a quick pattern. These lessons are super helpful for any musician, so I’m glad to see JamPlay actually include it in their updated members area.
After the First 4 Phases
After going through the lessons in the first 4 phases, you will get some extra stuff that will fire up your interest even more. They don’t just stop at the lessons, you know.
It is an entire system designed to help you master the guitar.
The Artist Series
This section is too damn cool. Here you will learn from some of the music industry’s best guitarists who will show you their unique styles.
From major music industry session players to members of some of the biggest bands in the world, you will learn only from the experts.
Who would have thought you‘d be able to learn and play with rock legend Steve Stevens from Billy Idol? Or Collective Soul’s Joel Kosche?
With JamPlay, that’s possible.
But there’s no set order of these lessons, which is why it’s separate from the initial 4 phases. You should have a solid handle on how to play guitar before you dive into this section.
In the Style of…
The Artist Series don’t just stop there, though. No, no no…
There may be some lessons that are not taught by the artists themselves, but these are lessons taught by qualified instructors who will show you how to play like these legendary artists.
The artists covered in this section are:
- Tom Morello
- Jimi Hendrix
- Joe Satriani
- David Glimour
- Carlos Santana
- Steve Vai
- Merle Travis
- Tommy Emmanuel
- The Rolling Stones
- Eric Clapton
- The Edge
- John Mayer
- Dave Matthews
- Keith Urban
- George Harrison
- Wes Montgomery
You wouldn’t want to miss some of these awesome stuff. These can serve as your motivation to get through the basic lessons immediately and continue until you get to this section.
Exclusive on JamPlay – Live Lessons
The Live Lessons section is another precious gem that comes with your monthly or yearly subscription. Here you will have the chance to have daily sessions directly with JamPlay instructors through text chat and webcam-to-webcam video streams.
If you still think that online lessons can’t be as effective as private tutorials, think again. JamPlay does a great job of bridging that gap – especially with the new 1-on-1 consultations you can book.
Bass Guitar Lessons
I have not learned how to play bass guitar yet (but I will soon), so there’s nothing much for me to say here. Aside from lessons on playing acoustic and electric guitars, they also offer lessons on bass guitars.
BUT – the bass guitar lessons are actually an extra subscription and do not come included with the normal JamPlay membership.
There are more bells and whistles included with your subscription.
You can use custom reports to monitor your progress. See how far you have gone and how fast you have learned.
As part of the JamPlay community, thousands of other guitar enthusiasts are there to help you out.
In my opinion, you will find this as the most comprehensive guitar library online in one place. Aside from the fret-board diagram, you will be able to see almost any scale in any key. Plus they’ve got tons of riffs/licks you can learn and build off of.
These are interactive games to help you learn and master the guitar.
Some of the games included are:
• Music Notation Quizzes
• Fretboard Memorization
• Pitch Recognition
• Note Identification
If you’ve read this Jamplay review and are still not convinced it’s the best choice, then you haven’t been reading properly!
Everything you need to learn is here. I found it fun to go through. I may still be in the process of learning, but I have already learned so much by just going through the first few lessons. I can truly say that my skills have greatly improved.
Of course, practice is necessary and also something that’s completely up to you. But I’m telling you, you have to practice daily. The more you practice, they faster you’ll learn.
If you’re looking for a program that will teach you all the essentials in mastering the instrument, and you want something that’s easy to use, then I suggest you get this program.
I think it’s better than the alternative – Guitar Tricks. Although that’s a good program too, JamPlay just outshines it in my opinion.
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