GuitarTricks vs. Jamplay: My Review

guitar lessonsIf you’re just starting out learning guitar and are trying to find a good online lesson program, than look no further.

In this course I’ll go through two of the top-ranked guitar training programs online and look side by side at how to decide which of these two great programs is right for you.

Before I begin, I want to note that either of these are excellent options, and the right choice is more one of personal preference than “make it or break it” kind of attitude. While I don’t have time to look at all of the ins and outs of either program in one post, you can view more reviews or a longer review at Beginners Guitar Studio.

Guitar Tricks vs. Jamplay: What To Know

First off, as I mentioned above, I truly think that either of these can be a great course to take, but part of the decision is going to depend upon your learning style and current skill level.

If today is literally your first day on the instrument, I tend to recommend Jamplay. Jamplay has a much better theoretical foundation for guitar instruction, and will show you the ropes right from the very beginning of picking up the instrument for the first time and learning to play your first few scales and chords.

While Guitar Tricks does have some lessons targeted towards true beginners, it isn’t the real strength of their program (more on that in a second), and I think the courses at Jamplay are better structured for this fundamental learning.

That said, if you already know the basics: you know how to hold the instrument, how to form a chord (even if it’s just one or two), how to properly use the frets, and the basics of strumming, then GuitarTricks can be a really great option.

The overwhelming majority of the GuitarTricks videos are done in the form of song tutorials. That means that you’ll take a popular song you probably know really well and dissect it and learn to play it on the guitar. The instruction is easy to follow, and the level of difficulty of each lesson video is clearly marked.

The teachers will show you how to do the fingerings for each chord you need in the song, and how to do a good strumming pattern that fits the song’s style, but again, this assumes that you don’t need to be shown the basics of how to hold the guitar, for example.

I hope this helps you make the decision about which course to take. For more information on learning guitar, you might also want to check out these instructional books from GuitarCenter.