Reviewer: Derek Douglas
Website Reviewed: Jamorama Learn Guitar
In this Jamorama review, I’m going to talk about a popular guitar course that’s perfect for getting your playing up to speed. I hope to present an unbiased, complete review for you so you can decide if it’s a good fit for you.
What is Jamorama?
The New Zealand guitar team at Jamorama have really been addressing these issues in the latest version of Jamorama. The first release they put together was a smashing success, but they’re trying to improve upon it with the latest version. In my opinion, they have come up with a new package that knocks your socks off in terms of completeness and quality. It’s got a lot of great features that will help newbies or old pros accelerate their playing and break through to that next level.
So what’s inside?
UPDATE: Jamorama has completely redone their offering and now offer 3 levels in their guitar Course: A $49.95 Version, a ridiculously complete $99 version, and a hardcopy version for $149. I recommend you take a look at their site because every time I check back they have added something new.
For starters you’ve got a heap of great guitar instruction in a glossy two book series, but my favorite part is the nearly 150 video examples (148 to be exact) and exercises they put in the course so the student can hear and see exactly what they should be doing. This is priceless… it’s great to read about guitar, but nothing beats an instructor showing you, up close from 2 different camera angles, how to play a chord or phrase. Something else they put together (which I haven’t seen before, and I’ve seen bajillions of guitar products) are two exclusive educational computer games designed to develop your skills in reading and training your ear to transcribe music. Nice touch.
On top of this they throw in the pro version of Jayde Musica and GuitEarIt! as free bonuses that give you the ability to train your ear to recognize notes and transcribe songs off the radio or Internet. Both of these programs are excellent free bonuses, but more importantly they’re easy and fun to play.
They really seem to like the bonuses, and add to this package, they cram in two additional free bonus ebooks. “Advanced Learning Techniques for Guitar” and “How to tune your guitar”. Advanced Techniques shows you the idea of mental visualization, which is a great tool for speeding up your rate of learning. This mental technique is like practicing, but you’re not actually playing. I thought this was a little hokey at first, but then I tried it and was actually really surprised how much it helped me speed up my own learning. The second bonus book, “How to tune your guitar” may seem basic, but it’s got some great information and a tip I’d never heard of before.
Other bonuses? Oh yeah, they throw in a metronome for you, which is an essential practice tool.
I thought the sales copy on the page was a bit much. They talk about “being a rock star” and that sort of thing, so I was a little concerned about that. However, once I picked up a copy I found the product to be top quality. I’m always concerned when buying something on the Internet, there are some crappy products that make really big claims. Luckily, Jamorama delivers a high quality product.
Overall Grade: A+
With all of the high quality books, games, videos, and bonuses they give you with this package, I was highly impressed with Jamorama and have no problem recommending it to My Guitar Guide readers. The user reviews of Jamorama have been stellar as well.
I’ve been playing a long long time, and if I can get some great value out of it than anyone can. My only regret is that I started playing guitar in the early 1990s, before the Internet took off, and I had to learn the hard way Oh well… there’s never been a better time to learn guitar than today!
This package is by far the most complete and fresh approach to guitar playing that I have seen in a long time, and the subscribers of My Guitar Guide have rated it 5 stars as well. I highly recommend this product because I do believe it will deliver results and have you playing popular songs like a professional using the most effective techniques. There is something here for every guitar player, regardless of your ability or when you started playing guitar. And at the current cost… well, suffice it to say that you don’t need to waste your money on $200 guitar courses out there.
I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed my Jamorama review, good luck with your guitar playing!
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Devin Elder has performed over 1,000 gigs as a professional guitarist, singer, and bandleader and shares his experiences with thousands of readers in over 90 countries around the World as the Founder and Author of MyGuitarGuide.com