GuitarJamz.com Review: Best Online Guitar Lessons?
Remember when you first started out on guitar? You probably expected to jump right into rock or the blues…or at least some chords. It’s disappointing to think that by the end of the day you’re gonna be able to rock out “Johnny B. Goode”, but instead find yourself picking away at “Row, Row Your Boat”.
I’ve only had about two years’ worth of instruction with a teacher. Five years later, after playing pretty much the same stuff and not advancing at all, I decided to get serious about the instrument. Fast forward two years: I’m a lot better, but still only considered an “intermediate” guitarist.
That’s when I discovered GuitarJamz.com.
Featuring Marty Schwartz, an amazing guitarist who’s provided hundreds of free instructional videos online for technique, soloing, and especially for teaching beginner guitarists fun, easy songs. He created GuitarJamz.com and his teaching philosophy is a little different than a lot of others out there…
If you’re a beginner/intermediate guitarist like I am, you probably have no idea where to go with your lessons. You don’t know where to start or how to move forward. With GuitarJamz, you don’t start by learning how to play “Mary Had a Little Lamb”. After teaching you a few technique basics and a little bit of terminology, you jump right into learning a few basic chords. From there, you’re taught some rhythm guitar as well as cool progressions inspired by the likes of One Republic, Third Eye Blind, Guns N Roses and more.
Every lesson is very detailed and laid-back. Marty isn’t just a great teacher. He’s fun, too. He remembers and understands what it’s like to first learn an instrument, and he utilizes that understanding to make the process as easy as possible. Marty is a hilarious guy and that personality really shines through with every lesson. Hardly ever does it feel like work and you will really notice the progress you’re making because it will happen so fast.
Marty’s videos are split up into six categories from absolute beginner to the blues, intermediate and advanced lessons, and even music theory (yes, music theory; I know what you’re thinking, but believe it or not, those lessons are actually fun, too!) Each category is organized with lessons that follow each other which will save you a lot of time that may otherwise be wasted searching for videos on YouTube or following random ones that you stumble upon while doing so.
I’ve been using this site for over two months now and I’ve already progressed more in that time period than I did in two years of studying books and taking random lessons online. While I’m still trying to get the hang of theory, I find that Marty implements a little bit of it into most lessons regardless of the subject, making it even easier to learn. Because of that, I’ve never been more confident in my understanding and ability to play the guitar.
Granted, I’m still considered an intermediate guitarist (and it will probably be quite a while until I reach advanced status), but I’m not in that state anymore where I feel like nothing I do is good enough or helping me to progress at all. The lessons I’m taking online are, quite honestly, way easier and more fun than the classes I had been taking one-on-one with a teacher all those years ago, and I feel like I’m progressing way faster with a better understanding of all that I’m learning.
GuitarJamz is hands-down the best online guitar lessons I’ve ever taken. Marty is a great, funny guy and an incredible teacher. I personally recommend GuitarJamz to anyone who’s ever believed learning the guitar would be difficult or boring. You are seriously missing out if you don’t look at other options. This is a great place to start!