I’ve been a big fan of JamPlay for quite some time now, and I finally decided to create a full review for anyone who’s considering trying it out.
There’s a full video review you can watch below, and if you need more specific information, you can find it within the written section.
If you’re still confused about the difference between JamPlay and Guitar Tricks, (which are really the 2 best choices), then consider checking out the comparison review I created here.
Lastly, there is a free trial.
So watch and read the review, but I strongly encourage everyone to simply get a free trial, and test it out yourself. You can access JamPlay’s free trial here.
Thanks for watching and reading,
UPDATE 2017 - 2018:
JamPlay has recently made some changes in 2017.
I have left the review below because I think it does a good job at giving you an overview of what you get with JamPlay, however there are a few changes that have been made.
The beginner section has been reorganized. One downfall in the past with JamPlay (as I mention in the review below) was that their beginner section was not as easy to use when compared to some other programs. So they've fixed that big time.
Also, all the live courses get archived now, so you really never miss anything which is great.
What's the bottom line:
Just start with a free trial, and test it out for yourself. No strings attached.
Watch The Full Video Review:
Taking a Look at the Dashboard
Below are two pictures of the member’s area dashboard inside of JamPlay.
You can see that below the welcome message is my personal dashboard which keeps track of my progress. When you watch a specific lesson, your dashboard will track your progress so you can keep track of which lessons you’ve watched, and how far you've gone.
Below that is a news feed of the upcoming live events and discussions from within the community. If you really want to get involved, JamPlay has a large community with all sorts of guitar discussions and events going on.
Under the My JamPlay tab, you will see a full breakdown of all the lessons you’ve watched, any JamPoints you’ve earned (which they plan to use for special access and privileges), any badges you’ve earned, and your overall profile.
Under the community tab, you can find other JamPlay members and teachers who are online, and interact with them. Again, for those who really want to create a full profile and socialize with other guitar players, JamPlay is great for that.
In the Extras tab, you’ll find Monthly Giveaways that JamPlay provides, as well as a tab for their free Apps. You can use the JamPlay App on all the popular devices.
Within the Tools section, there is a Chord Library, Scale Library, Backing Tracks, a Metronome and a Guitar Tuner.
There’s also a Chord Namer which is really cool, and some Music Theory Games.
The Live Section
There are daily webinars in the Live Webcam Schedule page which you can join to ask specific questions and follow along with the instructor.
There are also Active Courses which you can watch live on a specific time each week, and they are all archived as well.
Over 5000 Lessons in HD Video
JamPlay’s core product and feature is their huge library of high quality video lessons.
The lesson section is broken down into 4 Phases:
- Genres & Skills
Update in 2017:
The beginner section and the navigation of the members area has been completely overhauled.
So the beginner lessons are much easier to use and navigate, which is a big big improvement.
Here were my thoughts about the beginner section prior to this update:
"The beginner section is made up of 20 professional instructors who have created their own full beginner courses.
So rather than having just 1 beginner course, JamPlay offers you many different courses to choose from, which are taught by different instructors.
So you can find an instructor that you like, and follow their lessons one by one. You can also do multiple beginner courses if you want as well.
This is one of the fundamental differences between JamPlay and other courses."
So JamPlay has made this section much more user friendly and the response has been great with the current members.
The Phase 2 section focuses on learning specific genres of guitar.
JamPlay offers the most amount of these types of genres when compared to other programs.
Here is their full list:
- R & B and Soul
Just as an example, you can see from the image below they offer over 180 video lessons on just Fingerstyle guitar.
It's really mind-blowing how much value you get from this membership.
In Phase 3, you can find video lessons on specific songs.
There's a huge list of songs offered which are organized by the Artist, Song Title, Teacher, Genre, Skill Level and Time.
Once you've advanced through Phases 1 and 2, you're ready to hit up this section and start playing some real songs. Although these lessons are a bit more advanced, you can access them any time you want, even if you're a complete beginner.
Here's a screenshot of Mike Brown teaching a lesson on how to play About a Girl by Nirvana:
Lastly, Phase 4 covers songwriting, with over 100 lessons on writing songs for the acoustic and electric guitar.
Video Player Display
The video lesson display in JamPlay is really the best around.
Depending on when the lesson was made, there are many resolution options to choose from:
Not all the videos will have the option of 4k, especially if they were created several years ago, however the newer videos do have this option.
Many of the videos will have various camera angles such as the ones displayed in the images below. The site does a really good job at providing the best angle based on what's happening within the lesson.
Final Thoughts and Recommendations
I think it's pretty clear that JamPlay is really one of the best resources for learning the guitar, and improving your skills.
I highly recommend you give it a try.
They offer a full 30 day money back guarantee on their memberships, and they also have the free trial option if you want to test it out first.
They offer monthly, quarterly and yearly price plans, and depending on the time of year, they might have a sale going on.
I recommend you visit the official website for all the up to date prices and sales here.
Bottom line, I advise everyone to give it a try.
If you want to learn guitar, get better, or just practice more, it's one of the best options available!