GuitarJamz- Guitar instructor and owner of GuitarJamz, Marty Schwartz is one of the biggest names for guitar instruction on Youtube. I think a lot of what makes Marty so great is his personality. Very down to earth and knows how to teach. He primarily covers blues, classic rock and acoustic guitar. Sorry Metal heads but Marty may not be the best choice for you. His online membership site is fantastic. There are a ton of lessons on there that are broken out in to catagories such as Beginners, Master Classes, Jam Tracks, Music Theory etc. He offers a full access 3 day trial for the online membership.
Guitar Jamz is a very free flowing site. If you’re a fan of learning a little bit about a lot rather then following a specific lesson plan then GuitarJamz is an excellent alternative to some of the more main stream online lesson sites.
Fantastic Blues Content
Guitar Jamz’s strongest suit is Marty’s blues lessons. It’s evident from the free videos available online as well as the membership content on the Gutiar Jamz website that he loves the blues. There’s more blues lessons then anything else, and he offers a ton of content to learn from.
Some of the complaints that I have heard about GuitarJamz is that the beginners section felt a bit jumbled and not laid out as orderly as it could be or that other sites do such as what you see in the Core Learning setup on GuitarTricks or the Beginner Curriculum on JamPlay. Those structured road maps are great but you really dont need them. Learning to play the guitar is art, not science and doesnt necessarily have to be taught in a linear fashion. For you beginners, follow Marty’s beginner section and you’ll be just fine. Don’t be so concerned about the next step. Enjoy the one you are in.
GuitarJamz is also a bit more expensive. At $29 a month, that is twice that of Gutiar Tricks and $10 more a month then JamPlay. He does have 3 month and annual memberships that are a bit cheaper. With that said, if you are a beginner, paying a bit more for GuitarJamz is a better option as I think Marty caters more to the beginner and early intermediate. GuitarTricks is definitely more intermediate and above. I think JamPlay has the best spread in terms of covering beginner all the way to advanced.
Another area that sites like GuitarTricks and JamPlay beat out GuitarJamz is they have dozens of instructors. There is only one Marty Schwartz. If you don’t like Marty’s teaching style, there is no alternative on GuitarJamz. I haven’t heard of too many people that don’t enjoy him though.
Marty’s teaching style is fun and easy going and his knowledge about blues playing, improvising and theory is awesome. His personality is what makes him stand out as one of the most popular internet guitar teachers. I would not look to him for lessons on metal but his song lessons are a lot of fun and easy to understand and he is a very good blues player. He makes for a great coach for beginning students. He used to teach guitar in an elementary school and still carries that teaching style where as he keeps things simple and wont bog you down with stuff you dont need.
I would definitely recommend him to the beginners, blues players and overall average player looking for some fun guitar lessons. A 3 day free trial doesn’t hurt either.
Be sure to check out the DVD sets as well that I review in the DVD section.