In case you just wanted to see Jamorama without reading my Jamorama review, you can take a look at it here.
I've looked through every Jamorama review on the net, and I really feel that most people online have done a lackluster job in exploring this online guitar course.
So instead of just saying a few quick blurbs about the program, what I thought I would do is review the features I think are useful based on my advanced knowledge of the guitar.
I'll also do my due diligence in pointing out any flaws of the program too.
This way I can figure out whether it's worth your money, so you won't have to make any unnecessary expenditures in your guitar learning journey.
As well, I know most programs like this fill their sales page with "Bonuses" that generally have ridiculously high 'estimated' value's, so I'll also take some time to evaluate the bonuses, and tell you what I think they are actually worth, because I know that often impacts the buying decision.
I figured I would take a really short, boring moment to tell you what's all included in the package; instead of having you sort through a sales page to find that information.
So! Included in this package is:
When I made my initial purchase, they brought me to a "members-only" area. This is where all the courses are available from, and is kind of your "User-Interface".
The Jamorama website is where you access everything listed above after you buy the course.
By no means are you stuck in their User Interface though. Each part of the course is actually downloadable, so you don't need to worry about logging in every time you want to play the guitar.
All you do is click on which part of the course that you want to access, and download it. Let's download the Beginners Part 1 course.
I'll just click on the left-hand navigation dangle over there, and it brings me a page like this:
Just click 'download', and you get a zip file with your lessons.
Now by the time you download all the courses they have to offer, you have almost 500mb of downloads. That's quite a bit, but at the same time I consider that to be a higher value, rather than a nuisance, considering hard drive space is incredibly cheap these days.
The first thing that such a big course will probably do is scare you a little bit (to have so many files), but once you understand how the folders are organized, it becomes very simple; the very first beginners e-book tells you how to navigate their folders.
Each lesson comes with a video and audio. All you do is read the lesson, play along with the audio, and watch the video. That's pretty much the summary of every lesson.
Once you realize that, the folders stop being overwhelming, and they start becoming really useful.
I found that everything was explained really clearly, and the only thing that you need to have to make use of it is Time + Your Guitar.
I'm trying to give you the inside scoop on the program, so we need to be realistic and figure out if the product is worth your time and money.
So here's what I really think that Jamorama is worth:
How did I come up with these numbers?
I appraised the value of the package by a combination of:
I also took a look at some of the similar books on the market to see what the bonuses are worth. For example, "Hal Leonard's 'Guitar Tuning for the Complete Musical Idiot'" sells for $16.95 US online.
Jamorama makes a few of these comparisons (including that one) on their website.
Another example of how I came up with these numbers:
I have a metronome app for my iPod touch that costs roughly $1. But it doesn't come with the added features of the Latin language helpers, so the Jamorama Metronome had a higher value on my list.
As I mentioned above, Jamorama is really simple to use. It explains everything in a simple, clear, and detailed fashion.
One thing I thought was really neat in the guide was the little "Attention" symbols. These symbols help you to see things that others might miss out on.
For example, if you see a symbol like this, then you know that it's a special tip that you should pay attention to, because it will save you a bunch of time.
They have 6 icons in total like this, 1 for each category to bring attention to. One category that I really find useful is the "Warning" symbol, as it points out common bad habits that can creep into your guitar playing.
I know when I first started playing guitar (And even now still) I built some really bad habits for myself. Heck, I didn't even use a pick for the first year of my guitar playing!
When I finally got a teacher, he sat me down and told me: "You need to start using a pick, you aren't going to get very far without that skill".
I wish I had the "Warning" symbol when I first started playing...it could have kept me from building the bad habit of only finger picking.
I've paid for one-on-one guitar training with a personal guitar teacher before. I love having a music teacher. I mean, what's not to love?
I get to be personally catered to, and he can correct the mistakes that I'm making in real time so that I stop building bad habits.
Sounds like the perfect solution, right?
Except for the fact that I pay roughly $100 a month for that privilege.
I can guarantee that a guitar teacher will not be able to teach you the same amount of information that Jamorama has in it in a month. Heck, it might take a guitar teacher a year or more to do that.
I'm not going to make some ridiculous claims from that and all of a sudden say that Jamorama is worth $1200 just because it has that much info (12 X $100), but it definitely has quite a bit of information.
So if you have even the slightest ability to "self-learn", then it's going to be the perfect program for your first year or so.
Of course, nothing can compare to the personal touch and contoured lessons that a live Guitar teacher can provide; but it sure does get close!
Nothing compares to a live guitar teacher, that is, until Honda programs the Asimo to teach you.
As a visual learner, I am really impressed with the amount of eye-candy that is available in the course, the amount of image content is generally quite satisfying.
They give you all the resources needed in order to simulate having an actual guitar teacher holding your hand through the process.
There are multi-angle videos showing you how to play each chord, or how to play each lesson that they've taught.
As well, there is a really detailed explanation on how to read guitar tabs (the sheet music designed for guitar), so that alone will be a great help to any new guitarist.
Another thing I liked was the "Jam Tracks". As you go through the lessons, they provide you with sheet music to a song, and then 2 audio tracks to go along with the song.
The 1st audio track will have the guitar part in it (so you can hear how it's supposed to sound), and the other audio track has the song with the guitar removed (so you can play with yourself!)
I know you've been waiting so long to hear those words.
They organize the Jam Tracks in a very easy to understand manner; I see this as a massive advantage for the beginner (especially if you don't have a guitar teacher there to help you when you make mistakes).
I've struggled a lot with trying to understand different lessons online, because when you make a mistake (and aren't sure how to fix it) you can have a lot of frustration build up. This is the main disadvantage to not having a teacher.
So you can see how important that it is that Jamorama lays everything out in such an "easy-to-understand" manner, don't you?
And that is what I would say is the main benefit to the program.
They simply try to re-create a scenario in which you would have a teacher, or are playing in a band.
They give you Jam tracks (to simulate the band), pointers and common mistakes (that your guitar teacher would have pointed out while teaching you).
Everything in it is so that you can have a similar experience to having a teacher.
Here's a quick list of some of the main points I like about the Jamorama Course:
The main disadvantage to a course like this, is that you have no pressure to go through it.
If you decide that you got "too frustrated" and stop reading the book, what is there to make you keep going? Who is going to keep you accountable?
I think that is more of a disadvantage with online guitar courses in general, but a disadvantage nonetheless.
When you have an actual guitar teacher, you are paying him every week to attend his lesson. You can be darned sure that you will make the most of your time with him!
But with a lesson on the computer, you only have to pay for the course once, so that constant pressure of your money being spent is not nearly as forefront on your mind (that pressure is really useful in order to make you practice more!)
One area of opportunity they are really missing out on is a test.
If there was some sort of "Quiz" or "Knowledge Check" at the end of each chapter, I think it would make a big difference.
It's always tough when you are presented with an information dump and then you aren't sure whether you really learned it.
I think if there was an actual knowledge check for the Theory, it would help give students more confidence that they have learned the whole chapter.
So that's not so much "something wrong", but more of an "area of opportunity" that I think Jamorama is missing out on.
When it's "piss-or-get-off-the-pot" time, it comes down to whether or not Jamorama is actually going to help you learn the guitar, and whether it's worth the $50 (Or $100) that they are charging for it.
After looking through the books, audio, video, and bonuses, I can faithfully say that it is worth more than what they are charging.
Even at a $100 price it is well worth your money.
For a beginner, it really is one of the best courses on the market.
If you are going to learn the guitar for the first time (Or maybe you tried before and just couldn't get the "hang" of it), then I think Jamorama is the right course for you.
If you already have a year or 2 of guitar under your belt, then I would say that Jamorama isn't for you.
I think Jamorama can definitely get you through your first 6 months or a year, but after building that strong foundation you are probably going to want to move on to a more advanced course, or even a personal guitar teacher.
Mind you, if you didn't really build a strong foundation in your guitar skills from the beginning, then it might be an ideal way for you to build a musical foundation for yourself.
And no, it's not going to turn you into Jimi Hendrix in 30 minutes, but it is worth it's salt.
Bottom line? It's a beginner's course, and it teaches beginners how to play the guitar very well.
I should let you know that if you do happen to buy Jamorama through my link (below), I will be paid a small fee for your sale.
I was going to recommend the program anyways, so that small fee has not affected my Jamorama review in any way. I just wanted to be upfront about that so I can be as genuine as possible.
In any case, thanks for taking the time to read my exceedingly long Jamorama review (I think we broke 3000 words with this one), and you should thank yourself as well for doing all the proper research required to make sure that you invest in a worthy product.
You can see the product for yourself at Jamorama.com.
Update: since I originally wrote this review, Jamorama has launched a new and improved program. It contains all of the previous information that I went over in this review, plus a huge amount more. A few things in this review will be a bit outdated (especially the way it's delivered to you in folders). You'll find that things are actually easier now, so take everything good I said and make it x2.
My name is Andrew Muller. I love creative art, music, television shows, movies, video games, and a good story.
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