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If you are a beginner and recently bought your first guitar, then we have treat for you.
The following article talks about why we think Jamorama is the right place to get guitar lessons. Even better, if you’ve been playing for awhile, Jamorama is great for taking you to the next level.
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Here’s What I Think
I have been an amateur guitarist for well over 40 years and have had a lot of fun playing with friends in those early, high-school garage bands. Many people wonder why I never took my guitar playing further, often saying they had me pegged as a future guitar star. Well, something called life intervened between me and my early passion for guitar. And there was another impediment as well: laziness. Yes, I admit it. I was content to play “adequately” and never really worked at it. But life has been good and I have learned a lot about guitars, and I am here to tell you if you really want to make your mark, you need to do two things: take lessons and work, work, work!
Great Players Earn Their Stripes
The guitarists who make our ears stand up and take notice aren’t naturally gifted when it comes to playing guitar. They work at it. They see their playing and progress as a full-time job, practicing for hours a day even after success has come to them. While it’s true that some people have natural tendencies that allow them to progress faster than most, even Joe Satriani and Steve Vai practice regularly, for hours at a time, despite their godlike abilities.
Speaking of lessons: Steve Vai took lessons from Joe Satriani who took lessons from jazz guitarist Billy Bauer. And they worked their butts off, practicing fifty to a hundred hours a week at times.
Find a good Teacher
It doesn’t matter what you want to accomplish in life; the fact is you can do it quicker and better by learning from someone who is better than you are and especially if that someone has good teaching skills. Many of us avoid lessons because we can’t afford them or don’t (like me) care enough about making progress in playing music. However, most of those who refuse to take lessons do so simply because they don’t understand how much a great teacher can bring to their music.
No matter what kind of music you want to play or what techniques you hope to use in the future, a good teacher will help you get there faster. They will instill good habits in your playing, and encourage you to do more. You’ll learn valuable tricks of the trade, whether it’s the skills required for using harmonics or how to use a pick. Just listen to any good jazz guitarist, or the likes of Eric Johnson or Stevie Ray Vaughan to hear the subtle beauty of a properly-handled plectrum.
Online Guitar Lessons
We have partnered with Jamorama, an exceptional team of guitar enthusiasts – and players! – who saw the need for effective and flexible online teaching for aspiring guitarists.
Jamorama’s chief instructor is Mark McKenzie, who has “been there and done that” and wants to pass on his encyclopedic knowledge of guitar playing to others. Investing years in his musical pursuits, Mark has become a real all-rounder on guitar, playing in a variety of styles including Swing, Rock, Pop, Latin, Jazz and even playing percussion in a brass band ensemble.
Mark is a very effective teacher and each of his video lessons begins at the end. That is, in proper education protocol, he asks himself: what do I want my student to have achieved at the end of this lesson? Whatever it is, when you choose the appropriate lesson you will be a better guitarist after following Mark’s teaching.
Jamorama’s step-by-step lesson structure takes the beginning guitarist through a logical musical progression that keeps them coming back as well as recommending Jamorama to friends. The Jamorama team have all struggled on their own in their efforts to learn guitar and have, over more than a decade, developed an excellent teaching system.
Flexible and economical, the fact that the lessons are delivered online means you can take your lessons when you have the time, not when someone else can slot you in. And after just a few lessons from Jamorama, I suspect you will be making time to come back for more lessons. You’ll not only be making excellent progress, you’ll have fun doing it.
I wish Jamorama had been around when I was younger. However, I am in my sixties now and though I will never be a great guitarist, I still have fun noodling away in addition to listening to the amazing musicians who really do play guitar well. Who knows, maybe someday I will be listening to you!
If you are serious about it, take lessons and work hard at it. The enjoyment and fun that comes with learning guitar is always worth the effort.