If you're reading this review, you likely already know that the 2 main players in the premium online guitar lesson space are GuitarTricks and JamPlay. As a member of both websites, and with 10+ years of guitar teaching experience, I will outline for you the good, the bad and the ugly of both services. Who will win in the Jamplay vs GuitarTricks battle? Let's find out.
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With the large number of guitar lesson websites available, it can be difficult to choose which one is best. To be quite blunt about it, some of them straight up suck and are a waste of money. However, 2 that don’t suck are GuitarTricks and Jamplay. These 2 companies have both been in business for over 15 years and for good reason.
Both have their own unique approach to online guitar lessons, and a fairly different library of lessons. With this comprehensive comparison review I hope to help you make a more informed decision about which service will get you to the next level of your guitar playing the fastest.
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 re-submission’ 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.
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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Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Yes. GuitarTricks features over 100 popular songs of varying difficulty.
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.
Yes. GuitarTricks features a “Progress” bar that saves your progress in each video/lesson.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Yes. JamPlay features hundreds of step-by-step lessons teaching you your favorite songs with TAB often included.
Absolutely! JamPlay features 50+ professional guitar instructors and over 10,000 members in it’s ever-expanding community. All willing to help you reach your guitar playing goals.
Yes. Every lesson features a “Progress” bar that saves where you left off in the lesson.
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.
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