The following is my Jamorama review. I sincerely hope it helps you make an informed decision when deciding to purchase this course!
If you have been considering taking online guitar lessons, then you have probably heard of Jamorama. And it’s no wonder why: since inception, Jamorama has taught over 200,000 people how to play the guitar through their large repository of online tutorials. If you are visiting this page, however, then you are probably undecided if you want to cough up $49.95 to pay for the course. If you are on the border about buying Jamorama to learn how to play the guitar, this review will help you weigh the pros and cons.
Believe it or not, Jamorama co-founder Jon Coursey didn’t even know how to play the guitar ten years ago. But now he owns the New Zealand company that employs some of the world’s most reputable guitarists. And just recently, Jamorama was named one of the fastest growing companies in Australasia by Deliotte (yes, the accounting and advisory company). In short, they’re as legitimate as they come.
So now that we’ve laid down some groundwork, let’s get to the reason you visited this page: the course!
What Does Jamorama Teach In Its Tutorials?
Along with teaching you how to read a music sheet and play the guitar chords, Jamorama teaches all the major guitar techniques used today, such as alternate picking, bending, finger picking, hammer-ons, arpeggios, strumming, slide, palm muting, etc. The lessons on these techniques are fairly in depth and makes mastery of the techniques possible over time.
Although Jamorama is well-known for making legitimate guitar players out of beginners, it actually has quite a few lessons for experienced guitarists as well. The lessons are extremely structured and start off with the rudimentary concepts and move on from there. So if you feel that you have all the basics down, you can start on some of the more advanced tutorials.
What Is Included In The Jamorama Lessons
When you sign up for their paid course, you will get over 250 pages of step-by-step lessons that will take you from an absolute beginner to a guitar pro by the end of the course. In addition, Jamorama has 216 chord shapes for you to remember and it uses instant recall chord diagrams so that you not only know how to play the chords, but also know how to play the variations. Along with the 250 pages of content, Jamorama also offers 148 high quality video lessons. The first 54 videos are the introductory/beginner lessons and the last 94 videos are the more advanced modules. Then goal of Jamorama is to have you play the 8 major styles of guitar (hip hop, country, rock, reggae, funk, jazz, metal, and blues) and the 55 unique strumming patterns by the end of the course.
But that’s not all. In addition to the lessons, the Jamorama course also comes with the following bonuses:
- Proprietary ear training program that lets you transcribe songs you hear
- Jayde Musica Pro, which is a program that trains you how to read music by sight
- Guitar Tuner Pro, a program that teaches you how to tune your guitar for optimal sound
- Jamorama Metronome, a program that trains you to increase your timing and speed
- Jamorama Chord Kit, a kit that teaches you how to form your own chord progressions
To be completely honest, I found it extremely hard to pass up on the Jamorama online tutorial, even without the bonuses. The bonuses just put it over the top. Oh, did I mention they offer free introductory lessons?
Getting Your Free Introductory Lessons
To get your free lesson, all you need to do is sign up with your name and e-mail address. You can then pick between the 10 Part Beginner Guitar Skills course or the 9 Part Intro to Lead Guitar course. Which course you pick is really dependent on what skill level you’re comfortable with. If you barely know how to play the chords on the guitar, it’s probably a good idea to pick the 10 Part Beginner Guitar Skills course. However, if you have been playing for a while, the 9 Part Intro to Lead Guitar would be a good option for you.
I’ve found that just as valuable as the free introductory lessons was the free Jamorama forum, where you can ask for help or discuss music with other forum members. This is a feature that is definitely absent on a lot of other paid guitar lesson websites. Currently there are over 6,000 members in the forum and there are more users joining every day. There are some really knowledgeable people in the forum so don’t be afraid to drop by if you have a question or two.
I should tell you though, the free introductory lessons are just a very basic survey of the guitar. I got the free lessons and looking back, they were rather boring and bland compared to the regular course. The free lessons are enough for you to get a taste of Jamorama, but you won’t learn how to play the guitar proficiently with the free lessons alone. If you’re serious about learning how to play the guitar, I would recommend just going straight for the full course so you can get started with the lessons right away. Jamorama offers a Satisfaction Guarantee so you have up to 60 days to return it for a full refund if you find that the lessons are not what you expected. Heck, even if you loved the lessons but just changed your mind or lost interest, send it back for a refund and the Jamorama customer service team will take care of you.
Does Jamorama Work?
Like anything else worth doing, learning the guitar takes work and a certain amount of dedication. There’s no way of getting around that. So if you are not willing to put in the hours necessary to become proficient at playing the guitar, even Jamorama won’t get you there. It is not a silver bullet that will take you from total amateur to a rich, jewelry-studded rock star overnight. So if you are expecting that, you will be mightily disappointed by the program. Jamorama is not Guitar Hero. However, if you are willing to work at your craft and practice often, Jamorama will get you there and make you an extremely proficient guitar player. The rock star stuff is up to you!
My Personal Experience
I was new to playing the guitar when I signed up for Jamorama. I didn’t know how to read music either. It’s embarrassing, but I was even looking on Craigslist for guitar instructors before I signed up for Jamorama. However, they were all charging from $50 to $100 per lesson. I wasn’t about to shell out five figures to learn how to play the guitar–I’m far from rich and even if I were, I don’t want to pay that absurd amount to learn. So I went on with my search. And that’s when I found Jamorama. I was a bit skeptical because I’ve always felt that online tutorials could never be as good as one-on-one tutorials.
Here’s me looking focused with my guitar a few days ago:
Maybe a little too focused!
Looking back, all I think I needed was a change of perspective. I was completely blown away by the wealth of information presented, as well as how it was presented. It was definitely a lot more information than I originally expected, but it was so structured that I didn’t feel overwhelmed in the least bit. But to make a long story short, in about a year’s time I was able to learn enough from the lessons to do paid gigs at local shows. This was from practicing 4-5 hours a week and only using Jamorama to learn.
My only real gripe about the program is that it is a little too rudimentary at times. As I progressed into the program, I found that some of the lessons did mention things I already learned in the previous lessons. However, I suppose it isn’t a bad thing to go over basics. They say that the best way to learn an instrument is through repetition, so looking back this may not have been such a bad thing after all.
Should I Buy Jamorama?
If you are looking for a simple answer, my answer would be a definitive Yes. Instead of paying other online guitar courses regular monthly fees, you only pay once for Jamorama. We all know what happens to subscriptions: long after we’ve finished the course, we will probably forget to cancel and every month it will charge our bank account. Who needs that? With Jamorama, you only pay $49.95 once to get full access to all the lessons and tutorials. No hidden fees. That is a steal, especially with all the bonuses that comes with it. The amount you are paying Jamorama is equivalent to what you would have paid a guitar instructor to come and teach you for one hour–and probably a mediocre instructor at that. Again, if you are not fully satisfied with the program and the $49.95 that you paid for it, you can ask for a full refund within 60 days of your purchase. Personally, I paid the $49.95 and never looked back!
If you are really serious about learning how to play the guitar, Jamorama is just about the most important (and cheapest) investment you can make. Trust me, I’ve looked everywhere and this program is it. You won’t regret it.
This review was written by Armando Chavon. When I’m not strumming the guitar, I’m helping my dad run his company, LJWest Diamonds, listening to Metallica and playing roller hockey. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.