GuitarTricks Vs. JamPlay

GuitarTricks vs JamPlay Membership Reviews

In 2014 there are now dozens of options for online guitar lessons. However there is little question that the two leading providers are GuitarTricks.com and JamPlay.com. The truth is both of these companies provide a quality service at a reasonably low monthly cost. What you need is a real guitar teacher, who has personally tested both services and can give you a quality review of each.

Disclosure: TheBestGuitarLessons.com is a professional review site that receives compensation from the companies whose products we review. My goal is to match you with the best product or service for your own goals/needs. Should you decide to sign up with one through one of my links I will receive a commission for bringing said company the business. I will never review/recommend a product I know is not of the highest quality. Here you can read my whole Affiliate Notice. - Dev

jamplay vs guitartricks review

 

GuitarTricks

Though GuitarTricks doesn't have as sleek or fancy of an interface as JamPlay, the quality is just as high, if not higher at times. This may be pointless to some, but one of the key factors I found favoring GuitarTricks is that you can navigate to previous pages easily. With JamPlay if you hit the 'back' button, you get a white, 'confirm form resubmission' screen that you have to hit refresh to rid of. Additionally, GuitarTricks takes great pride in being the original online guitar lesson provider, founded even before YouTube.

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JamPlay

JamPlay puts virtually all of its focus on quality material for the learning guitarist. With thousands of HD lessons, available in several formats including mobile, as well as a very active and supportive forum, this site is sure to bring you to the next level of your guitar playing. I would also like to note that JamPlay features supplemental TABs and resources for virtually all lessons where GuitarTricks does not always follow suit.

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Compare with a side by side comparison of JamPlay and GuitarTricks below:

GuitarTricks Features

  • $14.95/mo
  •  Active Forum
  •  Chord Library
  •  Guitar/Bass Tuner
  •  Jam Tracks
  •  Lesson TABs
  •  Live Streaming Lessons
  •  Personal Q&A's
  •  Scale Library
  •  Song Lessons
  •  Free Trial
  •  Score: 8/10

JamPlay Features

  • $19.95/mo
  •  Active Forum
  •  Chord Library
  •  Guitar/Bass Tuner
  •  Jam Tracks
  •  Lesson TABs
  •  Live Streaming Lessons
  •  Personal Q&A's
  •  Scale Library
  •  Song Lessons
  •  Free Trial
  •  Score: 9/10

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What If I Want My Money Back?
GuitarTricks has a 60 Day Money Back Guarantee. Simply contact them within that window via eMail or phone call if you are not satisfied, and you will be refunded in full.
Are There Lessons That Will Teach Me My Favorite Songs?
Yes. GuitarTricks features over 100 popular songs of varying difficulty.
Is There A Helpful Community?
Yes. GuitarTricks does not offer the same live and webcam support as JamPlay, however my experience has always been positive. Questions are often answered promptly and are always very helpful.
Can I Bookmark Lessons?
Yes. GuitarTricks features a "Progress" bar that saves your progress in each video/lesson.
Does GuitarTricks have any Coupon Codes or Discounts?
Yes! We found a 2 week free trial to GuitarTricks.com. Click the link for more details.

Frequently Asked Questions

What If I Want My Money Back?
Full refunds are as simple as eMailing or calling JamPlay within 7 days of your sign up. After that you may cancel at any time with the push of a button to stop all billing.
Are There Lessons That Will Teach Me My Favorite Songs?
Yes. JamPlay features hundreds of step-by-step lessons teaching you your favorite songs with TAB often included.
Is There A Helpful Community?
Absolutely! JamPlay features50+ professional guitar instructers and over 10,000 members in it's ever-expanding community. All willing to help you reach your guitar playing goals.
Can I Bookmark Lessons?
Yes. Every lesson features a "Progress" bar that saves where you left off in the lesson.
Does JamPlay have any Coupon Codes or Discounts?
Yes! We found a coupon code for 25% off your first month's membership. Click Here to activate this coupon!

Would I Choose JamPlay or GuitarTricks?

After trying both services I believe a complete beginner would be successful with either GuitarTricks or JamPlay. Both websites offer very high quality lessons that will get you where you want to be. As long as you are serious about learning guitar, either will

Having said that, I believe JamPlay will serve a beginning guitar player better in the long run. Reason being that after going through dozens of their  lessons (they're great lessons, too!), a small detail really stood out: JamPlay cares about your ears! In addition to the Ear Training lesson series, the early lessons in virtually every other series puts a heavy focus on ear training. Additionally, learning the fretboard and overall music theory are rightfully treated with equal importance. If you saw my post on Ear Training for Guitar, then you know how important I believe this is.

In the end, both will teach you any and all of the skills you need to know to become and excellent guitarist.

If I have left any questions unanswered, please feel free to leave any questions or comments in the box below.

  • Marc

    Thanks for the information on both products, the video, and the FAQs. It helped getting to see everything in one place.

    • Dev

      Hey marc,
      You’re welcome! I’m glad you found thew reviews helpful. Good luck with your decision. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions!

      • Dave

        This has been very helpful! Thank you for the great review, Dev! I tried both last night for the first time and have to admit that Jam Play truly seems like a much more interactive and overall better choice (for myself). While both sites seem to really bring a lot to the table in terms of online lessons, Jam Play is going to be what I go with. Again, excellent review!

  • Shawn

    Nice review! Thanks for making it!

    • Dev

      Hey Shawn,
      Thanks for the kind words! I’m glad you found the review helpful. Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions!

      Good luck!
      Dev

  • Zac

    Great review. Nice website. 🙂

    • Dev

      Hey Zac,
      Thank you very much for the kind words. I’m glad you liked my review and enjoy the site!

      Best,
      Dev

  • James W D

    For a raw beginner, never played before, would you recomend one over the other?

    • Dev

      Hey James, I’m glad you asked! I’ll have to add this in to the summary of the post. After trying both services I believe a complete beginner would be successful with either website. They both hold a tremendous deal of value in their lessons, both in quality and quantity.

      However, I must say I believe that JamPlay will serve a beginner better in the long run. The reason I say this is that after going through dozens of lessons (they’re great lessons, too!) I noticed something: JamPlay cares about your ears! Not only are there lessons devoted to Ear Training, but also the early lessons in virtually every series put a heavy focus on ear training, learning the fretboard and overall music theory. If you saw my post on Ear Training for Guitar, then you know how important I believe this is.

      In the end, both services will teach you any and all of the skills you need to know to become and excellent guitarist. I just believe you will be much happier with your decision by going with JP. Whatever you should decide though, I wish you the best of luck and am sure you’ll be happy with your choice.

      Best,

      Dev

  • Sarah Mine

    Wow I really enjoyed this review! Alot of good info.

    • Dev

      Hi Sarah,
      I’m glad you found the review useful! I hope it has made the decision process easier for ya!

      Good luck!
      Dev

  • Lawrence Gregory

    The information you bring to your site about guitars never ends to inspire your readers…your doing an amazing job! keep it up 🙂

    • Dev

      Hi Lawrence, thank you for the comment! I really appreciate the kind words.

  • Todd

    My pick at JamPlay. Recently they released many great lessons, which let you see the big picture. Purely technical stuff+ ear training+ singing+ all the useful music theory series+ performing series+ all the artist series who share really useful tips and tricks. If you are smart about it, with JamPlay you can learn not just mechanically play guitar (robot like), but you can see how everything is connected and really understand what’s going on, musically wise. In the long run this is much more satisfying and really is what a “bedroom guitarist” needs to “get out of the bedroom” and to feel comfortable with his instrument.

    The live sessions are another great tool, that is massively underrated. Yes, not all teachers are great, but you can have at least few sessions a week with performing artists. And what the people don’t understand is that the live sessions are not teaching sessions, but place to discuss your questions and problems regarding not just guitar but music in general.

    In my experience GuitarTricks can’t teach you more than the technical aspect of the guitar (which is absolutely not enough outside your bedroom), while if you’re smart with JamPlay you can begin to understand how music works and incorporate that into your playing. (I even had moments, when I played with keyboard players and I could tell whats going on on their instruments better than them, progressions, arpeggios, patterns etc.)

    (I’ve been using JamPlay for over two years and I tried to get the best I could of GuitarTricks for 1 month.)

    • Dev

      Hi Todd, first off- thanks for the excellent comment. Very thorough and I agree with you all the way. After having tried several different online guitar lesson services, the JamPlay lesson features alone beats out the overall quality of most other websites in general.

      Between the interactive games (HIGHLY recommended to all skill levels of guitar player) and the chord/scale/song lesson library- it is very possible, and fairly simple, to make incredible progress in a months time with JamPlay. They absolutely get you where you need to be not only in skill level, but musicianship as well. That’s the bottom line and absolutely what I love about my JamPlay membership. (And yes, I use a JamPlay membership myself!)

      Thanks again for the great comment!

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  • Asudragon

    I have a quick question. Will any of these sites train in a genre of music? I’m thinking about getting a guitar and im into power metal / metal in general. Does any of these sort of have “genre training”?

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  • Roger Mackenzie

    I am a yearly member of Jamplay and am thinking of switching to Guitar Tricks when my year is up. First off I didn’t connect with any of Jamplays teachers, they are kind of weird or strange in both their styles and personality’s. Second they have so many teachers and I have tried most of them but after a couple of their lessons they don’t seem to go in any set path, i.e. instead of going from open chords to beginner Barre chords, power chords they all drift off into these weird chords with impossible stretches and fingerings etc. Their is no direct path in any of their options. It looks like they have a path by showing 40 lessons from this instructor or 80 from the next, but they jump around so much it seems they are following their own path not the students. I liked Hawkeye and he has a great style but the stretches soon had me moving on. Another teacher hand wrote these charts it was impossible to pay attention etc. Another thing is why can’t they have a option to slow down there video’s! They do supply the tab for all video’s but most of them are not the same as the video’s, who ever they use for transposing is not good, so you are forced to try to watch the video’s but they only run at full speed making it difficult to see. Also they have a few hundred songs but not to many that I want to learn and some of the teachers are horrible and should never be in front of a camera.

    Again I have never tried Guitar Tricks but their path seems more defined, they just started a Rock Course (Today) that starts from open chords on up by playing Classic Rock etc, this interests me and the teacher seems half human, though I must admit the guy interviewing him and the salesman of guitar tricks has the worst hair style I have ever seen. I don’t like that you need to put down a credit card for their 2 week trial and that has stopped me from trying them out.

    • Paulrocksguitar

      Hi Roger,
      I’ve been using http://www.guitarbyjimi.com for a while now and am really happy. This guy is the best teacher I’ve ever had – even if it is online! You should check him out, he’s got a lot of stuff on his site. Good luck.
      Paul

      • Roger Mackenzie

        I visited the site and I have to be honest, it is one of the worst websites on Guitar that I have ever visited. His style is unorthodox and really out-there. I would in no way recommend anyone going to this website. He offers only 2 free lessons, one on practice which he rambles on for 17 minutes + about practicing on the worst/cheapest acoustic guitar you can find because then you’ll sound great when you get to a good guitar, Suggesting that you use .13 strings. etc.I didn’t have the stomach to watch the only other free lesson on sound. His video’s are really poor, I wouldn’t even give this guy the time I have spent to reply but only did it because Paulrockguitar put the link under my name. Don’t waste your time like I did.

    • Dev

      Hello Roger,

      Thank you very much for your excellent comment. I apologize it has taken me some time to respond. Life’s gotten very hectic at work the past few weeks.

      I certainly understand what you mean in regards to JamPlay’s curriculum. There really isn’t a defined path for you to follow. If you’d like I can help formulate one for your. But as you also mentioned you didn’t connect very well with their instructors, which is critical in learning to play guitar. Quickly, in terms of returning to your lesson: there (should be) a link in the top section of your user dashboard with your 5 most recent lessons.

      While I do believe that GuitarTricks has a more defined path for their students to follow, I have to say the actual learning tools JamPlay offers wins by a landslide.

      As for the GuitarTricks free trial, they only require this in case you don’t cancel in 2 weeks they will just add you to the monthly billing cycle. Luckily (and I’ve tested this) canceling your free trial is as easy as going to Account Settings -> Cancel Billing. Should you do so within 2 weeks, you will not be charged. I believe there is now also an option to join the free trial through PayPal. Something worth checking out.

      Again thank you very much for your feedback and please let me know if there is anything else I can help you out with.

      Good luck!

      Regards,
      Dev

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  • I tried out GuitarTricks and Jamplay both, I think that Jamplay fits better with intermediate guitar players, while GuitarTricks would be good for beginners. Another thing: on Jamplay you can’t download the lessons, while on GuitarTricks you can and watch them off-line…consider the quality of your internet connection before make the choice 😀

    • Dev

      Hi Gianca, thank you so much for the comment! I will have to add that to my review! I had never tried downloading a lesson from either so I was unaware of this small yet powerful feature. Thank you again for bringing it to my attention & the great feedback!

      • Tim

        FYI. The copy right song lessons are not downloadable.

  • xbeeriment

    Hey Dev, I read this and your lesson on how to practice. I have been considering each site and looked around at both. I appreciate that jamplay has a brand new beginner option and a self taught. Anyway, my question is: does either site give you guidance on how to learn from them? Do you watch one lesson at a time and then practice until you are proficient at that one lesson? Do you watch warmup, skill, song, etc. lessons like your recommended structure and then spend the next few days practicing those lessons? Are the lessons intended for you to play along/practice as you watch? I hope this makes sense. Thanks in advance!

  • Buffy

    I am with jamplay since 2011. I didn´t know how to hold a guitar when I found jamplay. Now, I can play and I am writing my own songs. Thanks to jamplay. The teachers and the jammers are very supportive. I will stick to jamplay It did teach me to play, and I am learning the bass too.