JamPlay Review

Rating: ★★★★½

I recently got a chance to try out JamPlay, and I am thoroughly impressed by the site. For those who haven’t heard of it yet, JamPlay is a guitar membership site that offers high quality video guitar lessons with a variety of instructors.

The site hosts a wide variety of content (more than 20,000 minutes worth) and you’ll find all the lessons you need to learn and master the guitar. Let me go into some of the pros and cons of the site in this JamPlay review.

JamPlay Lessons

JamPlay divides its lessons into three phases. Phase 1 is for beginners while intermediate and advanced guitar learners may want to jump in at Phase 2 and 3. Phase 2 focuses more on specific genres and styles of guitar while Phase 3 is centered around learning to play actual songs.

In Phase 1 you will the guitar basics and fundamentals. The lessons start of assuming that you have no previous experience, so absolute beginners can start off here. After the first couple of lessons, you will understand how the guitar works, and how to play your guitar properly.

JamPlay Beginner Guitar Lessons

Once you’ve advanced past the very basics, you’ll then start learning other beginning guitar essentials including proper posture, basic chords, strumming techniques, scales and much more. All in all, the beginner lessons do an excellent job of setting you up for the future phases.

JamPlay Videos

Each of the video lessons are filmed in HD, so I never had any issues with the video quality. The camera work is top-notch, and I like how it they often use a split screen mode to zoom in on the instructor’s finger positions. This makes following along much easier.

JamPlay Video Guitar lessons

Most lessons are around 40 minutes in length and are divided into chapters for easy navigation. If you ever want to repeat any part of a lesson, it is quite simple to move back and forth. The lessons also include useful supplementary material that you can review after each lesson, and there is even a place for you keep your own notes to refer to at a future time.

You can also manually track your own progress on each lesson. This integrates with the Progress Report feature of the site which tells you at a glance which lessons you’ve started, mastered, and still need to work on. This is a nice way to make sure you stay disciplined with your guitar learning.

JamPlay Instructors

One unique aspect of the JamPlay site is that the instructors have filmed their own sets of lessons independently. Since everyone’s learning style is different, it is great to have to choice to find a teacher who’s teaching style is compatible with your way of learning.

JamPlay Instructors

I recommend before start out, to browse through the first couple of lessons from each teacher and find the instructor that appeals to you the most. It is also possible to mix and match and if that works well for you. JamPlay has an impressive stable of 30 experienced guitar instructors. A few of them have over 30 years of guitar teaching experience so they definitely know how to teach you properly.

Guitar Playing Made Fun

The other part of what makes JamPlay unique are its social networking features. You can make your own profile, share your interests like favorite bands and make new friends on the site.

By participating in the JamPlay community, you will feel a lot more involved and will help your motivation for learning. The site also includes a very active forum, where you can get answers to your questions or just plain hang out.

There’s also a daily webcam sessions with a particular JamPlay teacher which allows you to interact with the instructor over streaming video in a group chat environment. This is a really fun feature that is unique to JamPlay.

JamPlay Instructor Chat

Final Thoughts

Compared to a similar guitar membership site like Guitar Tricks, JamPlay does cost a little more per month ($19.95 to $14.95) although there are some JamPlay coupon codes (see below) that will save you some money. However, the monthly fee is still quite modest, compared to what you would pay for private guitar lessons.

The only real downside with JamPlay is that you have the be online with a good broadband connection to enjoy the best possible experience. As far as I can tell, there’s no way to download the videos to your computer for offline viewing.

If you are serious about learning to play the guitar and enjoy the idea of being part of a guitar learning community, you should definitely give JamPlay a serious look. At least check out the free lessons they offer on the site to see if you like it. JamPlay suitable for guitar learners of all levels, and it’s definitely a fun and enjoyable way to learn the guitar.

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5 Responses to “JamPlay Review”

  1. Kyle, JamPlay Member Says:
    April 18th, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Hey Chris,

    Thanks for the honest review of JamPlay. I’ve been a member of JamPlay.com for months now, and I can say to anyone reading this that the review above is an honest take on the membership.

    I also wanted to point out that the price difference from Guitar Tricks is lower now that they increased their price from $12.95 to $14.95.

    Take Chris’ advice and give it a shot. You’ll be glad you did.

  2. John Says:
    February 22nd, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Jamplay is by far the best online guitar resource I’ve found.

  3. Dan Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    While a yearly subscription might not be for everyone it is worth nothing that at the annual rates Guitar Tricks is only $10.75 per month and JamPlay is only about $11.66 per month – hardly a difference. When you consider that a year at either place is less than what one might pay for a month of private lessons, it is really not a bad deal.

    So, if you can go with a yearly subscription, that really takes the cost out of the decision. At that point you can just focus on how you like the teachers, the technology used, the site style, etc. Hope that helps provide some perspective for someone.

  4. Dan Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I meant to say, “worth noting” not “worth nothing.” It can be a pain to type in this darn iPad. Sorry.

  5. ScottK Says:
    October 20th, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    One of the biggest selling points for me is that Guitar Tricks does not support the iPad while Jamplay does. I like not having to be tied to a computer. However both sites are excellent and each have their merits. It’s all about preferences.


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