Guitar Mastery Method Review 2023
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Last Updated: January 2023
In this look at Guitar Mastery Method, we’re going to go over their flagship course – Guitar Mastery 101. We’ll dive into what’s taught, how effective it is and whether it’s worth the cost.
This particular lesson program was created by life-long guitarist Charlie Wallace as a beginner’s video course.
It’s quite “normal” in that the teaching methods and how the content is delivered is very similar to other programs out there.
BUT – it’s a higher priced option than some of our favorite guitar courses.
Was that a deal breaker? Read on to get our full take.
3.5/5 Stars Overall
Should You Buy: PROBABLY NOT.
It can definitely help you master the fundamentals of guitar, but it’s not the best option out there.
If you’re a beginner than something with a guided, hand-held approach like Guitar Tricks is a better overall option for you. If you’re looking for a truly comprehensive program (like JamPlay used to be), then TrueFire is the better option.
Not only are they better and more comprehensive, they’re more affordable overall.
Like most courses, GM101 is very much Rock music focused. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. But if you’re trying to learn things like Jazz or Funk/Soul, this probably isn’t the best choice for you.
Having said that, Guitar Mastery Method as a whole has additional courses you can purchase that will help you with styles like the Blues.
But again, our preference is really one of the other courses we mentioned since the membership fee includes SEVERAL different styles of music.
- $139 One Time Payment for Instant Download Access
- Instant access to course content
- Videos with a familiar-style membership area with supplemental resources
- Really can bring you from “zero to sixty” quickly – great for beginners
- Good pacing of content
- One time payment + 60 day money back guarantee
- High price
- Each “style/type” is a separate course that requires purchasing
- Course content quality is lacking sometimes (audio issues, etc).
Buy Guitar Mastery Method If…
- You want to be able to consider yourself a fluent player in a couple of months time
- You want to learn all the fundamental skills every student should have mastered
- You’re a complete beginner that wants a structured approach to playing EASILY
- You only need a “fundamentals” type course, and don’t want to delve deeper just yet.
- You don’t like the idea of a “monthly membership” fee.
What’s Included in the Program?
When you get GM-101 you’ll get instant access to:
- 6 modules of main course content (Video + Slideshow presentations)
- 10 backing tracks to jam with
- 2 Bonus Lessons (mindset and accelerating your progress)
- Access to private Facebook community
Each module of the main course content covers a particular fundamental skill you’ll need as a real player.
Module 1: The Basics
This module is the foundational concepts where every beginner should start. If you know about some beginner guitar chords and reading guitar tabs or if you are familiar with how to bend or slide, this might be too basic for you
But if you’re a complete beginner, these 20 lessons will make sure you get up to speed quickly and easily.
Module 2: Hand Strength and Technique
This next module consists of a few things to help you better control your hand movements. It basically lays the foundation for being able to pick up advanced guitar skills later on in the course.
It goes over proper barre chord technique, eliminating wasted hand movement and increasing the ability of your fingers to stretch across the fret board.
Module 3: Building Speed
When you’re first starting to learn an instrument it’s totally natural to go slow. And that’s the best way to learn good technique.
But once you’ve got the technique down, it’s time to build your speed in playing. This module’s 15 videos will help you develop speed and dexterity so you’re able to play whatever your heart desires.
Module 4: Theory
This module is one of the “thicker” modules in this course. It consists of 30 different sections on the underlying music theory behind playing the guitar.
You’ll learn about scales on the guitar, diatonic harmony, arpeggios, and more.
Module 5: Learning Songs
Now we get to the fun stuff – learning how to play actual songs on your guitar. Or so we think…
It’s a pretty short module, but you’ll learn how to quickly memorize songs and solos.
To be honest, this module seems to be pretty underwhelming.
Module 6: Advanced Tricks and Techniques
Rounding out the course is the final module with 30 videos on pro guitar techniques. This is the “show off” stuff that most beginner’s have a ton of fun with.
You’ll learn things like tapping, vibrato, harmonics, slides and more.
The bonuses included in the course are pretty underwhelming as well. They are helpful, for sure. But nothing to write home about. You get a few backing tracks, a facebook group and a couple extra pieces of content.
More About the Program
Guitar Mastery Method seems like a pretty legit company and training center. They have a thriving community and tons of courses that seem really interesting.
Although we only looked at the main “Guitar Mastery 101” course, we think they do offer a lot of value.
But when you compare it to alternatives like Jamplay or Guitar Tricks – who literally have THOUSANDS of video lessons on everything you could imagine – it doesn’t seem like great value to go with GMM.
Here’s some of the other courses they offer (as separate one-time purchases):
- Texas Blues Mastery
- Country Mastery
- Classic Rock Mastery
- 8 Week Ultimate Skill Workshop
- 10 Week Master the Fretboard Workshop
- 26 Hot Rock Licks
- Capo Masterclass
- Barre Chord Mastery
- 7 Day Kickstart
- The Ultimate Speed Building System
- Slide Guitar for the Lazy Guitarist
In addition to these online-based courses, they also sell DVDs… (anyone here from the early 2000s? didn’t think so…)
They’ve also got a VIP program that is only available for purchase to students who already have a previous Guitar Mastery Method course.
I don’t mean to seem dismissive of the program. I definitely can recommend it as something that will likely help you learn to play.
But at Deviant Noise, we much prefer Jamplay and Guitar Tricks. Even though they are monthly membership sites, the amount of content you get for the price is amazing.
Further, you can get a full year of membership for less than the cost of the flagship 101 course.
In our eyes, that’s much more worth it than the one-time payment option.
But, overall, as you read in this guitar mastery method review, it will help you become a better player. If the one-time payment and lifetime access is appealing to you, get this program!
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