Jamorama Acoustic Review:
Like many of you, I have listened
to lots of guitar music during my life. Iíve been impressed by
some of the great acoustic players like James Taylor, Joni
Mitchell, and Jewell. Jack Johnson has probably succeeded in
creating a whole new generation of young acoustic fans. If
youíve ever wanted to be able to play like these artists, there
is a set of lessons called Jamorama Acoustic Guitar that can
help you. Whether you want to play just for the fun of it, or
have big dreams of writing and performing your own songs, or
playing in a club, you can learn what you need to know with this
set. Ben Edwards is the guitar man that developed the program,
and it is put together so that it works no matter what your
ability level is now. You can start from the very beginning or
somewhere in the intermediate range and proceed from there.
Ben Edwards also wrote a series of lessons for lead and electric
guitar players, but this set is designed specifically with the
acoustic player in mind. Jamorama Acoustic Guitar includes 153
video lessons, which means it covers just about every aspect of
guitar playing you can think of. I found the videos to be well
done and professionally shot. No grainy, amateur footage here.
You can see close-ups of both hands of the guitar player, and
learn how to position your fingers for the greatest accuracy. It
will help to keep you from developing bad habits in your playing
and teach you the right way to do things.
like the 26 Jam Tracks that are included in the set. A
professional guitarist, drummer and bass player recorded them,
and they allow you to play along with them right from the
beginning of the lessons. At first you might want to just play
with the group, but when you think you are ready, you can turn
the guitar part off and take over yourself. It is a lot more fun
to learn basic skills this way than it is to sit in your room
and repeat drills over and over. These audio tracks give you the
feeling of belonging to an actual band, and they have several
varieties of music, so you can find the style you like best.
If you really want to be a good acoustic player, there are
several specific skills you will need. By going through these
lessons youíll learn how to use a pick, as well as mastering
finger picking. You can practice a lot of different strumming
techniques and learn muting and percussive playing. The set
should improve your rhythm, and most importantly, in my opinion,
it will make you a more fluent player. Itís that smoothness and
fluidity that you really need to be a great acoustic guitarist.
Learn to Read Notes
The actual written lessons in Jamorama Acoustic are good, too.
They teach you how to read music and give you a background in
music theory without getting all caught up in jargon. Iíve heard
lots of folks say that they will never be able to understand
traditional written music. Itís like they think it is a secret
code, or something, but these lessons will make it easy to
learn. A computer game called Jayde Musica comes with this set,
too. It is meant to be a fun way for you to learn to read the
notes on a staff while playing a game. Itís a nice add-on, and
an entertaining way to give you some variety in your practice
I think itís important for any guitarist to learn to read
tablature, and Jamorama Acoustic Guitar can help you with that.
There are lots of examples of Tabs included in the lessons and
they are explained in a way that makes it clear. Once you
understand the principles behind reading Tabs, youíll be able to
find thousands of songs online that have the Tabs written out,
so you can play just about any song ever written.
Learn to Play by Ear:
If you donít want to have to depend on Tabs, though, this
program can help you learn to play by ear. I donít know how many
times I have talked to guitar players who want to be able to
play something they have heard on the radio or a recording. I
have to say; it is pretty cool to join right in with a jam
session without having to have music in front of you. This
Jamorama set will help you train your ear so you can recognize
the chords you hear and reproduce them. It has a computer game
included called GuitEarIt, which is a fun way of practicing your
listening skills. The game is not only entertaining, it will
help you improve your ear really quickly and get you on the road
to playing the songs you like to hear.
Besides the two computer games that come with Jamorama Acoustic,
you get an ebook titled ďAdvanced Learning Techniques for
Guitar.Ē The whole idea here is to practice visualizing the
things you are learning even when you donít have your guitar
with you. You can find out how to mentally rehearse your lessons
when you are driving, or before you go to sleep. The idea is to
make your practice time even more valuable because you are
mentally prepared for it.
There is also software called ďGuitar Tuner ProĒ accompanied by
the ebook ďHow to Tune your Guitar.Ē I think lots of people find
tuning to be a real issue, especially beginners, so this might
come in really handy.
On the whole, Iím pretty impressed with Jamorama Acoustic
Guitar, but my top pick for guitar lessons would have to be a
Learn and Master Guitar. Feel free to go straight to the
Jamorama Acoustic site
for more info.
To your success,
...I'm off to
the Guitar Licks!