This category consists of JamPoints и Badges.
JamPoints is a part of JamPlay where you can gain points through activities on the site. This is great positive reinforcement and almost makes learning a game. The collected points can allow access to bonus features.
Even though it sounds fun, the downside of this is that there is information that you cannot get if you are not an active member of the site, but are a paying subscriber.
This is not the case with the other online guitar lesson sites where you can get a free trial and navigate the site in its entirety.
MyBadges is a signature part of JamPlay. You can check your work and submit a lint to a video that you have uploaded on FB or Youtube. It’s a great way to actually share your practice. The next thing to do is wait for feedback.
In case you are not satisfied with your feedback, you can find a link to the lesson that so that you can watch it again.
This is a great way to see what you have learned.
The other 3 categories are profile, list of friends and messages. This part helps you personalize your account and stay organized.
The Artist Series is a group of lessons that teach famous styles. These lessons are usually taught by instructors that specialize in the style or the actual artist, if available.
You can find studies on the guitar styles of artists such as Tom Morello, Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, Steve Vai, Santana…
The licks and riffs library – the title is pretty self-explanatory.
This feature is very easy to navigate and easy to use. You can choose type – lead or rhythm, genre, skill level, and teacher. With this, you can easily filter your lessons to find exactly what you are looking for.
The last category is performances, interviews, and concerts
Performances are a section in which you will find a demonstration of everything you missed during the lessons or you couldn’t learn from the formal lesson videos.
In the interview category, you will find interviews with famous guitar players, from which the most famous name would be Tommy Emmanuel. You might not think this is crucial for your learning process, but it is a great way to get inspiration or understand what it takes to become a successful guitar player.
The part with the concerts is more like an advertisement for some of the members of the site where there are recordings from their concerts.
While there is a good collection of gigs, do not expect a concert from Dream Theater.
Let’s switch to the next section – Live courses.
You will find a list of active sessions by scrolling down the main page.
You also have access to sessions that are stored in archives.
I won’t spend a lot of time talking about the tool category of JamPlay, it’s really self-explanatory and what you would expect.
Chords library, scales library, jam tracks, metronome, guitar and bass tuner, chord namer and training games.
This list is standard amongst the best online guitar lesson sites, and JamPlay is no exception.
The last section is Extras where promotions, information about the JamPlay monthly getaway, JamPlay apps, as well as articles and reviews regarding JamPlay are placed.
Basically everything that couldn’t fit into the previous categories.
So after you have gotten a detailed picture of all the things that JamPlay has to offer, let’s look at the JamPlay price and if it is worth the money.
Ok, so it is pretty standard for every site to have a free trial period.
The JamPlay free trial is for 7 days which is not a lot, especially if you consider day job, schedule and free time. You won’t have a lot of time to test the site.
The JamPlay cost is $19.95 for a month. You can save up and pay for 4 months for $49.95 and for a year for $159.95.
Compared to its competitors you don’t save that much money if you pay for the annual JamPlay membership.
Of course the most important thing is the lessons, but still, it’s nice when you know that you are saving more if you are committing for a year.
If you are a bit frugal, like myself and want to get a good deal, you can, of course, check to see if there is a JamPlay coupon available. JamPlay coupons can be found multiple times a year and it would be silly if you don’t take advantage of one.
You can save up to 10% of any package and 25% for your first month on monthly subscriptions.
There is also an option which is valid for 7 days. If you ask me this is a very short period, which can be a theme with JamPlay. Compared to other sites, for example, GuitarTricks offers 60 days money back guarantee.
So what do the users say?
Considering I am a professional guitar player with 18 years of experience I can be a bit tough when it comes to reviewing things related to my field.
As with every review, I consider user opinions very important and always do my research. It helps me see other people’s perspective.
I spend a big chunk of time looking at customer reviews on several forums and comments on E-commerce sites.
Here are some of them.
If you are not sold on the idea, there are options
If you have already mastered the basics in playing guitar and are looking to jump to intermediate, JamPlay is the best option for you.
However, even though JamPlay is a well-developed site for guitar lessons, there are some weak points. And depending on your aim, you might want to check out other sites too before committing to one.
- If you are a beginner, I recommend you check out the online guitar lesson site GuitarTricks.com.
Their strong side is definitely the beginner section. They offer a Step by Step program which is perhaps the strongest weapon at GuitarTricks and it’s hard for other sites to compete with it. The monthly subscription rate is the same and they also have high-quality videos with the slowdown option.
- If your aim is to learn songs, I would recommend checking out JustinGuitar.com.
This site has the thing that JamPlay and GuitarTricks are missing – the popular selection of songs by Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, Bon Jovi, GnR, RHCP, Jimi Hendrix, ZZ Top etc. And what’s even better than the previous two – it’s totally free.
- Another site that focuses on non-beginner lessons is TrueFire. You might want to check it out just so you can have an alternative. TrueFire focuses specifically on intermediate levels. The monthly rate is standard for TrueFire, with a membership of $19, but the yearly membership doesn’t offer a lot of saving and actually comes up $40 more expensive than it’s competitors.
Long story short
This JamPlay review contains the most important information that you need in order to decide whether to join or not.
JamPlay covers almost all of the most requested categories in the online guitar learning sector.
Of course, as good as it is, JamPlay cannot be best in everything. There are other sites that excel in specific categories and JamPlay cannot compete with all of them.
If you are a beginner and are interested in learning the basics at a slow pace, you might be better off trying some other site.
However, if you already know the basics and want something more challenging, JamPlay is great.
The excess of information might make JamPlay seem a bit confusing and crowded. But with its unique approaches and high standards, JamPlay is an overall good site to learn how to play guitar or bass.