Review: GuitarJamz.com — 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 Marty Schwartz’s GuitarJamz.com.
If you’re a beginner or an intermediate guitarist like me, 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 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 each 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 saving a lot of time that may otherwise be wasted searching for videos on YouTube or clicking 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 felt more confident in my understanding of music or my 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. 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 lesson site I’ve ever used. Marty is a funny guy and a great teacher. I personally recommend GuitarJamz to anyone who’s ever believed that learning the guitar would be too difficult or boring. You are seriously missing out if you don’t survey the options. This is a great place to start!