Jamorama Review – What’s Our Professional Verdict?

The Goal Of Jamorama:Jamorama Guitar

“… to learn to play guitar and play virtually any guitar song you hear. Whether you want to start a band, perform at clubs, write your own original songs, or just become a great guitarist. No matter what level you are at now (beginner, intermediate or advanced)…” Ben Edwards Author of Jamorama

 

Who Will Benefit Most From This Program?

Beginner through Intermediate Students, that are at least 8 years old and have access to a computer.

 

Is This Guitar Instruction Program For Acoustic Or Electric Guitar Players?

Since this is a beginner-intermediate course, the same lessons are required for both electric and acoustic guitars. The illustrations often contain information about both.

 

About The Author

In Ben Edwards own words; “I am a highly respected guitar teacher. I’m the former lead guitarist for “DegreesK”, who I toured with internationally. Before joining the band I gained a Bachelor of Education. My passion for teaching others, especially guitar, sparked me to develop Jamorama The Ultimate Learning Kit…”

 

Course Content

4 Downloadable ebooks; book one is for beginners, book two is for intermediate level students, book three is for advanced students and the final book is about tuning. The books are well written, logical, and thorough with an abundance of clear illustrations and photos.

Peppered throughout the books are symbols that indicate when there is a play-along Jamtrack or an audio/video example to view for clarification of the written word. Just click and those learning aids smoothly pop into the screen.

148 short videos with sound to illustrate each lesson. These short audio/video illustrations are well produced with split screens showing the right hand and left hand separately as well as other illustrations without fingers blocking the view. These videos make learning a new technique or chord so much easier than static photos alone.

Jamtracks are audio-only files for essential practicing with a backup band. This part was my favorite. Just plain fun!

 

The Jamorama Bonus Software

Guitar Tuner Pro – this software program simply provides a proper tone for each string of The Jamorama Guitar Tunerthe guitar. If you wish to hear the proper sound for the low E string simply click on the Low E on the 3D illustration of the guitar neck. A perfect low E will sound twice. Overall, this program is simple to use and will generally help you tune your guitar.

Many alternate tunings for 6,7 and 12 string guitar as well as several Bass guitar tunings are also part of this nice little program.

Guitar Ear It – is a software game designed to teach you to recognize the sound of a chord and match it to its name (Am, B, C#, etc.). It also teaches how to recognize simple chord progressions.

The Jamorama Guitar Ear It Software GameThe game plays four chords in a row then gives a choice of four groups of written chord names. If you click on the written chord group that correctly matches the chords played you receive points. Accumulating 240 points allows you to move up to a more difficult level.

I found that it really did improve my chord identifying skills. This is a useful game for learning to play what you hear. It is fun too.

Metronome – this program is designed to give you a steady beat to develop solid timing and rhythm while practicing. You are given a choice of 40 beats per minute (bpm) to 208 bpm. I almost laughed when I first booted up because it looked and sounded exactly like the old fashion wind up metronome my parents purchased for me as a new guitar student almost 40 years ago.The Jamorama Metronome

The Metronome is simple to use and truly a nice tool. The only flaw that I found was a minor, infrequent stopping or slowing down of the beat when another program was running in the background on my computer. It is possible that this might have more to do with the age and power of my laptop than the program itself.

Jayde Musica Pro is another software game that is cleverly designed to develop your ability to quickly identify the pitch of a note with its musical symbol and its letter name.

 

Jada Musica

The game begins with a short music staff containing a note or two moving from the right of the computer screen to the left. Your task is to click on the corresponding letter(s) name that corresponds to each note before they reach the left side of the screen. If you are fast, accurate, and collect enough points you are invited to advance to more difficult levels.

 

This game was fun and indeed I became faster at connecting the musical symbols with their letter names. Jade Musica Pro is fun, easy to use, and productive.

The books, audio, video, jam tracks, and bonus software are designed to be used on both Macintosh and Windows PCs.

The Negatives:

My previous Complaint: This is my second time reviewing Jamorama. Previously, my biggest complaints had to do with the awkward and time-consuming way that all of the many lesson files had to be downloaded. I am pleased to say that they have done a wonderful job of fixing this problem.

The Fix: Now, when you purchase the program you first receive a download manager software program that lets you smoothly access each lesson as you need it.

Another previous complaint: When it was time to look at a video supplement to a lesson it was tedious to hunt through your downloaded files.

The Fix: Now you just click the video, audio or Jam track symbol and they automatically load. This makes a huge difference because you will spend more time learning to play guitar instead of searching for files. Bravo Jamorama!

I wish the video samples were larger to better see the details of the left and right hands. This is not a huge problem because the video is clear.

The final and only significant weakness is that this is basically a written program with audio and video enhancements instead of an all video program. They have, however, done a masterful job of enhancing each written lesson with well-produced photos, diagrams, audio, video, and play along jam tracks.

 

Pricing options:

The price/value ratio is fantastic at $39.95 USD and no shipping costs.

TIP: There is an alternate version of Jamorama that supplies pre-printed books and TV-ready DVDs for all of the videos, audios, Jam tracks, and software. It costs $239.95 and frankly just isn’t worth it.

For about $200 you can purchase the best all-video guitar lesson program called Learn and Master Guitar that has more lessons, a world-renowned instructor, and touches on many more styles like Jazz, Funk, Blues, and acoustic fingerstyle picking.

 

The Cost analysis:

The Jamorama Guitar Lessons Program by Ben Edwards contains the equivalent of about 6 months worth of guitar lessons if you were to space them out as if you were taking weekly lessons from a local guitar instructor. A local instructor typically will charge anywhere from $20 to $50 per lesson. Your minimum cost at only $20 per lesson for 6 months would be at least $520.

The choice comes down to:

– The Complete Jamorama Guitar Lessons Program at $39.95 USD

– A local instructor at $520

 

Support:

An extensive online “Frequently Asked Questions” section is available plus online email support. A well-used forum with thousands of guitar related questions and answers is also available. Every Jamorama member is entitled to lifetime updates of the software and lessons.

 

Shipping:

The online version of Jamorama is available worldwide by internet download. 

Guarantee

“If you don’t like Jamorama for ANY reason, you can return it for an immediate 100% refund of your purchase price. And remember, this is a 60-day guarantee. You’re free to return it next week, next month, or up to 60 days from now. Just e-mail me and I’ll process an immediate 100% refund.

Now let me take this guarantee one step further. Don’t feel like you must “use” my techniques in order to get a refund. If you find that you don’t have time or lose interest or find another course that you like better, then I’ll happily refund your money. Will any other guitar course or guitar teacher give you THAT?” according to Ben Edwards, author of Jamorama.

 

The Bottom Line:

My top recommendations always lean towards guitar instruction programs that are all-video. They generally offer a clearer method of communicating lots of subtle information. Having said that, I feel that Jamorama is the absolute Best partial audio and video-enhanced, written lessons I have ever seen. At only $39.95 it is also the least expensive one.

The lessons are logical, thorough, and perfect for the rank beginner all the way through advanced intermediate players. The course has some of the most innovative software programs and games for taking the mundane parts of learning the guitar and making them fun.

Jamorama is perfect for someone that does not wish to spend $150- $200 for all-video programs. It is an excellent, complete, professional, low-cost way to get started with learning to play guitar. For these reasons, I recommend, without hesitation, the Jamorama guitar lesson program.



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