Team Method Guitar Review:
If you have spent any time at all
looking at guitar courses on the web or in a music store, Iím
sure you have figured out that most of them have certain things
in common. They are usually taught by a guitarist who has put
together some downloads or DVDís to help you learn the skills
you need to be able to play. Some are obviously better than
others, but I have found
Team-Method-Guitar.com to be pretty
unique. It was created with the idea that one teacher cannot
teach you everything you need to learn to be a great player.
Therefore, the author, Ben Edwards, got a lot of accomplished
musicians and experienced teachers together to present a team
approach to learning. This course is able to offer you expert
instruction by the best players in all areas, including acoustic
and electric, finger picking, lead guitar, learning to play by
ear, and creating your own style.
The authors of this set interviewed a lot of guitar players of
all ability levels to try and understand their frustrations with
the lessons they had used. They also created a comprehensive
list of all the skills necessary to be a great guitarist. Then,
they combined all the information and developed a set of lessons
that would address all the needs.
When you order Team Method Guitar, you will start with two
course books, one for beginners and one for intermediate level
players. Between them they provide 44 chapters of sequential
lessons. Two DVDís accompany the books so that you can see and
hear what you are supposed to do and not just read from a page.
The DVDís are well produced and professionally shot so you can
actually see the teachersí hand positions and strum patterns.
You also get two audio CDís full of jam tracks that you can play
along with. They sound great because the musicians are pros, and
they let you turn down the guitar part when you are ready to
take over the lead yourself.
The set contains a mini course called ďLearning to Play by Ear.Ē
I canít even tell you how often I talk to someone who has always
wanted to be able to hear something he likes, and then be able
to play it without having to rely on a piece of music. Thatís
what this part of the course is designed to teach. It has been
integrated into the beginner and intermediate material and will
help you develop your musical ear.
There is a book called a Chord Reference Kit and a DVD by that
name as well. The printed kit is full of color pictures that
illustrate 72 chords and tons of progressions and riffs. The DVD
contains six lessons specifically designed to build the skills
necessary to become a great lead player. There is also an
Advanced Level book and DVD, and another CD full of jam tracks
just for lead players.
Next we come to another mini course just for acoustic guitar
players. Here you will find five video
guitar lessons, more jams for
acoustic players, and lots of tips and tricks from the experts
in the field of acoustic play.
are also four software programs with specialty uses. One is a
game called GuitEarIt that provides a fun way to train your
musical ear. Another is a game titled JaydeMusica Pro
that gives you practice reading music. Both of these games are
entertaining, but provide some actual learning at the same time.
There is also a computer-based metronome that will help develop
your rhythm and timing. Guitar Tuner Pro will help you learn how
to tune your instrument and how to keep it in tune so you will
sound good while you are practicing.
Here is something that is different from what I have seen
before. There is a software program included called Audacity
that is a recording and editing studio. You can use it to upload
the riffs and solos you learn, or add some extra rhythm tracks
to your songs.
Like Ben Edwardsí other guitar course
Jamorama, Team Method
Guitar is available as a download or as a set of books and
discs. Since this course has so many different contributors, you
might wonder if it has the unity and flow it should have. Donít
worry; itís not just a bunch of tips gathered up from lots of
teachers. It is all integrated together into a real system. If
you want more information, click the following link to go to the
Team Method Guitar site.
Overall, this course is a wide-ranging way to learn guitar. The
downside is that since it is so detailed itís also quite pricey.
Thatís why my top recommendation for an equally comprehensive
but less costly series would be a set called Learn and Master
Guitar. It covers all the aspects of guitar playing you want to
learn, but at a more reasonable price. Click the following link
to get further info about
Team Method Guitar,
or check out my
Learn and Master Guitar review.
To your success,
...I'm off to
the Guitar Licks!