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oldtakamine

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Online Lessons
« on: February 13, 2013, 01:35:12 PM »
Hi there,
I'm new in these parts. Been poking around online looking for the best site for lessons. I've been playing off and on since I was a kid. Recently getting enthused about really digging into it.
Someone gave me a free trial for JamPlay and they have a lot of different teachers and a lot of different styles over there:  jamplay
Wondering if anyone has tried JamPlay and can compare it to Robert's offerings.

Thanks!
« Last Edit: February 16, 2013, 01:59:56 PM by robert »

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Re: Online Lessons
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2013, 09:00:21 AM »
I've been a member of JamPlay for ... eeeek! ... 4 years.

It's a great site to learn on IF you find a teacher you can connect with in the genre that you're intersted in.

When I joined there, I'd taken an interest in getting into blues in a serious way - including original style of blues, not just blues rock. They have a teacher Hawkeye Herman, who learned his trade face to face from players like Son House, Brownie McGhee, Bukka White, Mance Lipscomb, Furry Lewis, and Lightin' Hopkins. Good credentials - and his immense enthusiasm and teaching methods taught me a huge amount. Also encountered a teacher called David Wallimann who was able to explain modes in a way that allowed me to play such a hugely bigger range of music - he totally de-mystified what until then had been a baffling concept to me - in 2001, David won first place for the Tal Farlow French national jazz contest which gave him a full paid scholarship to the CMA school of modern music in Valenciennes, France wher he graduated specializing in advance guitar with honors - again some good credentials. Also found a blues teacher there that got me understanding how to play proper blues slide for the first time.

Now having said that, there a lot of other teachers there with big followings who are good teachers for other pupils, but I don't connect with them. If they were the only eachers on the site - I'd not still be a member, good as they may be. Similarly a lot of players will not connect with the likes of Hawkeye Herman and David Wallimann the way I did. So it's very difficult to recommend a teaching site, or instructor to anyone else! They do have a lot of teachers and a lot of genres so I feel that increases the chances of finding a teacher that will suit you.

It's not really possible or fair to compare a huge guitar teaching concern like JamPlay with someone like Robert who produces some really excellent lessons in an easily understandable way - but he's one person, rather than 60+ teachers at JamPlay. I would say that if I'd encountered Robert 4+ years ago and started learning blues through his lessons it's quite possible that I'd not have joined JamPlay.

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Re: Online Lessons
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2013, 09:03:28 AM »
I've been a member of JamPlay for ... eeeek! ... 4 years.

It's a great site to learn on IF you find a teacher you can connect with in the genre that you're intersted in.

When I joined there, I'd taken an interest in getting into blues in a serious way - including original style of blues, not just blues rock. They have a teacher Hawkeye Herman, who learned his trade face to face from players like Son House, Brownie McGhee, Bukka White, Mance Lipscomb, Furry Lewis, and Lightin' Hopkins. Good credentials - and his immense enthusiasm and teaching methods taught me a huge amount. Also encountered a teacher called David Wallimann who was able to explain modes in a way that allowed me to play such a hugely bigger range of music - he totally de-mystified what until then had been a baffling concept to me - in 2001, David won first place for the Tal Farlow French national jazz contest which gave him a full paid scholarship to the CMA school of modern music in Valenciennes, France wher he graduated specializing in advance guitar with honors - again some good credentials. Also found a blues teacher there that got me understanding how to play proper blues slide for the first time.

Now having said that, there a lot of other teachers there with big followings who are good teachers for other pupils, but I don't connect with them. If they were the only eachers on the site - I'd not still be a member, good as they may be. Similarly a lot of players will not connect with the likes of Hawkeye Herman and David Wallimann the way I did. So it's very difficult to recommend a teaching site, or instructor to anyone else! They do have a lot of teachers and a lot of genres so I feel that increases the chances of finding a teacher that will suit you. If you time it right and get membership at special rates which keep popping up it's possible to get annual membership for $100 - pretty good for unlimted access and you can't get many lessons locally for that price.

It's not really possible or fair to compare a huge guitar teaching concern like JamPlay with someone like Robert who produces some really excellent lessons in an easily understandable way - but he's one person, rather than 60+ teachers at JamPlay. I would say that if I'd encountered Robert 4+ years ago and started learning blues through his lessons it's quite possible that I'd not have joined JamPlay.

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Re: Online Lessons
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2013, 05:14:59 PM »
Thanks for that. I'm not really into blues. But I checked out the guy teaching funk/R&B just for fun. Michael Ripoll. He's pretty awesome. Here's his intro vid, if you're interested: youtu.be/eZ6jHyqSyYM
Never thought I would dig playing funk! Or would be able to. Always been just a straight acoustic rhythm player.

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Re: Online Lessons
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2013, 10:11:09 PM »
I'm not a big fan of most teachings out there.  I like how Robert teaches small bits here and there in the blues and rock genres.  I have purchased several  blues guitar series lessons from Steviesnacks.com, but never tried jamplay or any of the others out there like Next Level or Guitarjamz. But Steviesnacks is how I discovered Robert a few years ago.