Have you thought about signing up for a JamPlay.com membership, but weren’t sure if it was worth the price? Have you seen the ads everywhere online but been hesitant to pull the trigger? Well, let me help you decide by taking you through every nook and cranny of the JamPlay.com user interface.
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JamPlay Video Demo & Walkthrough
Video Track Listing
0:00 – Introduction
5:10 – My JamPlay
5:20 – Detailed Progress Report
5:58 – Custom Playlists
10:06 – JamPoints & Badges
11:40 – User Profile
13:18 – Friends
13:33 – Messaging System
13:58 – Lessons
14:32 – Phase 1: Beginner Lessons
19:22 – Phase 2: Genres & Skills
22:10 – Phase 3: Song Library, JamPlay Lesson Interface
31:20 – Phase 4: Songwriting
32:58 – Artist Series and “In The Style of…”
36:45 – Lick & Riff Library
39:22 – Performances, Interviews, and Concerts
40:40 – Live Schedule, Live Courses, and Archived Courses
44:22 – Tools
44:25 – Chord Library
47:51 – Scale Library
51:07 – JamTracks Backing Tracks
53:48 – Metronome, Guitar Tuner, Bass Tuner
54:38 – Interactive Chord Namer
56:25 – Interactive Training Games
59:29 – Community
59:33 – Browse Members
1:00:10 – Teachers
1:00:43 – Staff
1:00:58 – JamPlay Extras
1:02:52 – JamChat, Account, Contact, Store, & Search
1:04:05 – JamPlay Email Offers (Examples)
1:05:08 – Conclusion / Wrap-up
Dude, Why’s the Video so Long!?
If you want a 5-10 minute overview video, you can already get that by just visiting JamPlay.com, or watching one of the many “overview” style videos that people have created. Some of them are good, others are a bit too sales-y for my taste.
This video is for those of you who’ve already seen all that stuff, but are still hesitant about the value of a membership. This video takes you DEEP into every feature JamPlay has to offer, so you can resolve any questions you may still have.
A Look “Behind the Login” of JamPlay
Firstly, as I say in the video, this isn’t really JamPlay review, per se. Of course, in the video I do give my personal opinions on some of JamPlay’s features, and even point out a couple bugs, but it’s not meant to persuade you one way or the other.
Decide Whether JamPlay is Right For You
There are a lot of guitar lesson membership sites out there, and they’re all really good. JamPlay is just one of them. So, I want to take you through the JamPlay user interface, show you all the lessons, artists, and features, and let you decide for yourself if it’s something you think you’d benefit from.
If you do decide to join, I’ve secured a couple discount codes for you to get a few bucks off your membership. They’re listed at the beginning of the video and in the blue “signup” boxes sprinkled throughout this post.
Most of the meat-and-potatoes is in the video above, where I walk you through every nook and cranny of the JamPlay experience. I show the whole interface, warts and all. However, here are a few high-level details and screenshots…
JamPlay Features – At a Glance
- 5286 lessons (streaming HD, up to 720p), with more being added every day
- Massive song library
- Backing tracks in a variety of tempos and styles
- Lessons from famous artists
- JamPlay community with thousands of members
- Structured, step-by-step learning if you want it. Or, the freedom to jump around and learn whatever and however you want
- Weekly real-time streaming workshops in HD
- Daily live Q & A with instructors
- Comprehensive, interactive tools and chord library (950,000+ chords, guitar tuner)
- Interactive scale library
- Learning and memorization games (fretboard memorization, music notation, etc.)
Let’s Look at Some Screenshots
Structured Learning OR Freedom to Do What You Want
If structured, step-by-step learning is your thing, JamPlay tracks everything you do (and watch), and shows you a customized progress report of your activities:
Massive Song Library
If there’s a song you want to learn, there’s a pretty good chance JamPlay has it. You you won’t find everything in here, but there are literally hundreds (maybe thousands) of songs available to learn, with more being added constantly:
Is there a specific artist you’d like to learn from? As of the time of this writing, the following artists are available in JamPlay (click to expand the list):
Click Here to See All JamPlay Artists
- Steve Stevens (Billy Idol)
- Tosin Abasi (Animals as Leaders)
- Dave “David J” (Steve Vai)
- Joel Kosche (Collective Soul)
- Bumblefoot (Solo Artist, Guns N’ Roses)
- Emil Werstler (Daath, PRS Guitars)
- Mike Keneally (Solo Artist)
- Kris Norris (DArkets Hour, The Kris Norris Projekt)
- James Malone (Arsis)
- Guthrie Trapp (Solo Artist)
- David Davidson (Solo Artist)
- Steve Smyth (Solo Artist)
- Jane Miller (Solo Artist)
- Andy James (Solo Artist)
- Glen Drover (Solo Artist)
- Lita Ford(Solo Artist)
- Erik Mongrain (Solo Artist)
- Kaki King (Solo Artist)
- Trace Bundy (Solo Artist)
- Miche Fambro (Solo Artist)
- Randall Williams (Solo Artist)
- Mary Flower (Solo Artist)
- Preston Reed (Solo Artist)
Detailed Song Breakdowns
One reason I joined JamPlay was because I had specific Dream Theater songs I needed to learn, and I was struggling to learn them by ear. JamPlay’s detailed, section-by-section song breakdowns were a godsend for me.
First, find the song you want to learn…
Then, dive-in and watch the instructor break-down each section, step-by-step, with multiple camera angles:
Lick and Riff Library
I hate to sound like a broken record, but JamPlay’s lick and riff library is massive as well. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of individual little licks and riffs in various styles (Rock, Metal, Jazz, Country, and more). Each includes a video demo and break-down of the riff, along with tablature (and standard notation):
Learn by Genre, Skill, or Both!
If you know what kind of player you want to be (Jazz, Country, Rock, etc), you can choose a genre and learn. Or, you can study a specific skill or technique. Of course, you can always do both!
JamTracks (Backing Tracks)
Want to practice improvisation, or just spice up your scale/mode practice by playing to something other than a boring metronome? JamPlay provides hundreds of backing tracks in various styles:
Live Streaming Classes and Workshops
There’s ALWAYS something happening live at JamPlay. At any given time, there is usually some kind of live workshop, Q & A session, performance, or all-of-the-above happening. All live events are in full HD:
If you’ve been on-the-fence about joining a membership site like JamPlay, I hope my (insanely long) video helped you come to a decision, one way or the other. If you do decide to join JamPlay, I’d recommend trying it for 1-month first. Be sure to take advantage of the discounts codes I’ve provided, and let me know how you like it in the comments below.
If you still have any questions about JamPlay, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below. If you don’t want the community to see your question, you can send me a message through my contact form instead.
I’m looking forward to trying a few of the other similar guitar lesson websites out there. When I do, I’ll be sure to create a similar video for you, so you can “spy before you buy.”