"Our #2 Pick for Best
All-Around, Most Affordable ($39!) Guitar Course of 2008!"
I have heard from lots of
guitarists over the years that are looking for some help in
improving their play. They might be beginners that have never
really gotten past the basics before becoming frustrated, or
they might have been playing for a long time and have a desire
to break out of a rut and learn something new. Either way, they
are looking for a way to become a better guitarist.
Jamorama is a product that
can help. Ben Edwards who put it together, is a former pro
guitar man with a degree in education, so he knows what heís
talking about and he knows how to teach it. With this course you
have the option of downloading the whole thing or ordering the
books and DVDís. Either way, itís nice to have a choice.
The Basic Lessons:
I think one of the best features of Jamorama has got to be the
video lessons. There are 148 of them that have been
professionally shot and edited. They donít look like someone
took them on a cell phone. You not only hear what you should
sound like, but you can see close-ups of a pro playing the
chords. It helps you understand the hand and finger positions
you need to develop smoothness in your playing.
I also like the ďJam TracksĒ included with Jamorama. They are
designed so that you can play along with real musicians right
from the beginning. These are not computer-generated background
tracks, but actual professionals recorded in a high-tech studio.
You and strum along with the group, and when you are ready you
can turn off the guitar part and take it over yourself. There
are many styles of music represented here, including country,
blues and jazz. Itís a much better way to learn than sitting by
yourself and doing drills over and over.
Of course the heart of the series is the actual lessons that
come in two books with 148 chapters. They get into just about
every aspect of learning to play guitar you can think of. I was
impressed by the amount of material covered, and the logical way
it is presented. There is plenty of music theory thrown in, but
because you put it to use playing actual songs, you donít get
bogged down with a lot of technical jargon. You will learn
major, minor, seventh, diminished, suspended and augmented
chords. There are lots of basic scales, different strumming
patterns, finger picking and muting techniques. You can pick up
the chord progressions you need to play in several different
styles, and understand what makes each type of music unique. You
could learn all these things from a private teacher, but a
course like Jamorama is just as comprehensive and a lot less
Jamorama includes the tablature for lots of songs and explains
how to read it. Since there are thousands of songs available on
the Internet these days written in Tab form, itís a very good
thing to know.
are a couple of computer games with this set that I enjoyed and
I thought they provided a fun way to learn. One is called
JaydeMusica and it is intended to help you learn to read
music. It makes all those black circles on white paper
understandable and is a lot less intimidating than staring at a
book. The other game is GuitEarIt. It is designed to improve
your ability to play by ear and recognize chords just by hearing
them. Thatís an important skill to have if you want to be able
to join in with a band or play along with a recording.
Another bonus product in this set teaches you how to tune your
guitar and keep it in tune. Iíve heard some pretty painful
ďmusicĒ in my time coming from guitars that were out of tune,
and Iím sure you have too. The software and book included here
is a big help for understanding how to play in tune.
I also think the Jamorama Metronome is a useful feature. It can
be set at any tempo and helps to keep your playing smooth and
rhythmic. It also teaches you all those Latin terms that you see
at the top of sheet music that tell you how fast a piece is
supposed to go.
I like the fact that Jamorama has a money back guarantee. That
shows me that the producers of this set are serious about trying
to provide a good product that will do what it says. You can try
it out for sixty days, and still get a full refund if it doesnít
work out for you.
Overall, I think that Jamorama provides a good way for guitar
players of different ability levels to advance and learn. It is
pretty comprehensive and well done, which is why we've rated it
our #2 pick. Feel free to go straight to the
Jamorama site for further
information. My top pick for a guitar
course, however, is a series called
Learn and Master Guitar.
To your success,
...I'm off to
the Guitar Licks!