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Features galore. While any dummy can film a few guitar lessons and toss together a website, few can compete with the years of development and range of features we
have built for our members. From live instructor interaction to enharmonic scale diagrams, we take pride in offering you the best guitar learning website available. Period.
The JamPlay Chord Library was built with the guitar student in mind: an easy to use, comprehensive display of all chords available.. over !
In addition, this library now gives you the ability to make custom, printable chord sheets, perfect for managaing your practice routine or saving a memorable chord progression.
Exclusive to JamPlay, we offer you the ability to create, manage and build your own chord sheets for your practice routine. Whether you need to work on a group of chords to put together a progression, or just need
a custom sheet of all chords you struggle with, this organizational tool will surely help you maintain focus and develop as a guitarist.
With over 950,000 chord voicings offered in 30 different tunings, few resources can match the depth of our chord library. With sortable listings by chord quality, key, or chord extension, the JamPlay Chord Library
serves as a valuable resource for any guitarist.
Like all features listed in this section, access to the Chord Library is free with membership.
Each of the 950,000+ chords in our library feature the following components; each delivered with the purpose of aiding your development and knowledge of the instrument.
Each chord in our library has a full chart displaying the finger positioning, fret numbers, barre placement, and the resulting note produced by each string.
While some other websites list only small dots for reference, our charts are large and vibrant, allowing you to correctly identify all correlating frets and positions.
Additionally, our charts are generated and displayed in raw HTML... which means crystal clear printing from any PC or Mac.
Each chord also has the related tablature provided for additional reference. This can help the individual recognize the corresponding tab in relation to the chord chart,
and tie the two together.
The 6 horizontal lines represent a string. The bottom line of the staff represents your lowest E string, the second line from the bottom represents your A string, and so on. The numbers simply represent the
fret the tab is telling you to play.
Last, but certainly not least, is the associated photograph for the chord. While the chart, tab, and text can help and individual visualize the chord, the actual photograph can provide the visual
representation needed to truly understand how to play it.
Each photograph displays a close up of the fret hand, showing the correct finger positions for each string. Note: Photos are unavailable for most chords with uncommon voicings or extensions.
We can humbly say that this library is the most comprehensive collection of guitar scales available online. Fretboard diagrams, playing applications, theory, famous solos, and interactive video examples? Yes, sir.
Applying a bit of math, a touch of music theory, a sprinkle of ingenuity, and our library allows you to view any fretboard diagram for any scale and in any key.
Our robust library displays full note diagrams (for all 12 keys), with interactive fretboard logic for the following scales:
Scales, as many of you already know, are simply patterns. These patterns are created from simple "steps" on the fretboard.. 1 fret being a "half" step, 2 frets being a "whole" step. Scales are simply
a group of steps played in order, and the differences between scales are the arrangement or length of their steps. Based on this idea, you can imagine how guitar scales relate to mathematics, and how
nerds like us have fun programming an algorithm to spit out any note based on these steps.
Once we have applied the scale steps and produced the notes for the scale, we are now ready to apply them to the fretboard. As you probably know, each fret for each string produces a note... and our
job now is to place the notes we have found on the fretboard. Obviously doing this note by note, string by string would take some time, so each key is already generated for you. Not bad!
Markers on the fretboard are identified with a solid marker, which will be either red or black.
Selecting "Use Sharps" or "Use Flats" will re-populate the menu with flat or sharp keys. Additionally, the fretboard will reconfigure using the preference you've selected.
While each and every note will appear with the necessary text value (ex. "C", or "A#"), the background circle tells us the story of the note.
Any time a note in the scale can be played with the open strings, they will be identified simply by a lightened circle.
Use this menu to select whichever key you'd like to view the fretboard diagram. Typically this menu will have all 12 keys, but occassionally will be limited to whichever key can function for each particular scale.
For each scale, we will eventually have videos for each pattern available for the given scale. This box will automatically highlight the pattern being played. Additionally, this highlighter can be
made visible by clicking the specific links in the "Patterns" tab.
While people may somewhat understand guitar scales, applying them to guitar playing is a new ball game. While building our library, we felt as though the scale diagrams just were not enough
in displaying the concepts behind each pattern. So now, we have videos for every box for a given scale... one video displays the demonstration of notes within the scale, the next displays one of
our teachers improvising the pattern.
The video presentation for each particular scale can give you true-to-life example of the scale. Follow the details below to learn more about how to get the most of the presentation. Note: Video
features are still in development for all 50 scales, but will be completed shortly.
Use this box to select a different pattern. For each scale that we have completed, videos will be available for each and
every pattern that goes along with it.
It is important to note, that selecting a different video will automatically move the fretboard highlighter to the box you have selected.
Each pattern features 2 videos: the first is plain ol' demonstration of the pattern you have selected, the second is full-on demonstration. A lot of times, people know
the patterns but can't put them into a groove or musical context. This what "Improvising" mode is for, displaying a random improv through the pattern.
Because we wanted a tight, close up video of the frethand for these videos, we felt we needed to add another angle featuring full strum hand. Use this buttons to flip between
the two angles. If you notice a lag when switching, give the videos a minute to load, as once you hit play, both videos are playing simultaneously.
Paired with our exclusive Scale Library, our JamTracks provide you with the landscape to refine your lead playing.
With over 700 professionally recorded tracks in various genres, this library cannot be found anywhere else, and will continue to grow with new tracks added each week.
Want some freebies? Scroll below to listen, download, and explore our library of JamTracks.
Each JamTrack features a descriptive write up from the teacher, containing vital information about the track.
Tabs and notation are important for following the chord progression and developing the ability to target notes.
What scale do I play over this track? Take out the guess work with our helpful scale recommendations for each track.
Listen, download and explore 14 free JamTracks from our collection.
This jamtrack inspired by the great Stevie Ray Vaughan and should help you master or refine some new bluesy licks. Make sure your rhythm placement is impeccable along with those tasty notes!
Eb minor pentatonic, Eb minor blues, Eb Dorian
This slow blues will help you create new blues licks. Be as precise as you can with your bends and keep your ideas simple.
B minor pentatonic, B major pentatonic, B minor blues, B major blues
This is a jazzy, acoustic blues in A major. You can solo over this track using the A minor and A major blues scales for an authentic sound.
A minor blues scale / A major blues scale
This is a cool, blues-based chord progression in D major. This may be a little up tempo for some of you newer players, but try to keep up and stay in time.
This track is useful for jamming over a I-IV-V progression in the key of G. I The chords are G7 4x, C7 4x, G7 4x, D7 2x, C7 2x, G7 4x then they repeat with minor7 chords.
G and C pentatonics (depending on the chord)
Focus on melody! Approach this song as a singer would and create melodic themes that you will develop on your fretboard. Try to get away from thinking in terms of scale shapes and be musical!
D major, D major pentatonic
Concentrate on melody rather than technique when playing with this slow, melodic backing track. Also, try to use dynamics to make your playing more sincere and interesting. No rush here, just bring feel!
This backing modulates from E Lydian to G Lydian. It spends 4 bars on E Lydian and then 4 bars on G Lydian. Then, the form repeats. Make sure you know your scales well before you improvise otherwise there will be a lot of wrong notes!
E Lydian and G Lydian
Got skills? This is a backing where you can combine scales to create interesting melodic lines. It starts of with a pentatonic feel superimposed overtop of a descending bass line F Eb D Db.
F mixolydian, F Mixolydian b6, F minor, F pentatonic
Remember that you can use the major pentatonic to replace the full diatonic major scale. Use your ears as you develop as you develop as you develop as you develop new themes as you begin to memorize the track.
C major, C major pentatonic
This country blues backing track is perfect to develop new ideas using D major and D minor pentatonic. Experiment with bends and use short ideas that will match the chords played.
D Major Pentatonic, D Minor Pentatonic
Here is another epic Country track in B. Keep your lead simple and melodic and experiment with bends to create a pedal steel like theme. Make sure to bend to your target pitch!
B Major Pentatonic
This massive, beefy track features an intro, an A section, a B section, and an outro. Focus on the progression and chord changes to nail the key signatures!
A minor (blues, pent) to G major (blues, pent)
This is an uplifting pop type song in the key of D major. Remember to keep it fun and really experiment with bends and slides.
A partial listing of our JamTracks is below. All tracks are available with a JamPlay Membership.
These additional tracks fall in more obsure genres, but can still be helpful in crafting your style.
Consider this your idea farm for formulating new riffs and solos. This exclusive collection of videos will help you break out of your standard techniques, and can inspire your creativity to
move your playing forward.
Unlike our more comprehensive guitar lessons, each video in this section is limited to teaching one idea in a brief, quick-hitting format.
Like all video lessons we offer, tabs and supplemental material are included alongside each video.
And unlike lesser services, notation is created and published by the instructor himself.
Find our current collection of Licks & Riffs below, with full access to each video offered to members.
Taught by Chris Liepe
This first lick is from Chris Liepe, introducing a simple, yet useful lick in E. Aggressive in the front, mild in the back.. this lick is a staple of blues, and can help you step up your improv prowess.
Taught by DJ Phillips
This second lick is from DJ Phillips. If you don't know of DJ, he is a tall, affable drink-of-water who mainly teaches funky song lessons and intermediate, genre based lesson sets on blues, rock, country, as well as others. This lick has some nastiness, so be sure to make it wail!
Taught by David Wallimann
This last lick is from David Wallimann, a moderately easy lick that dances between the A major pentatonic and A minor blues scale. This lick is very universal in nature, and can help bridge the gap between sections of your lead play. Get to work!
As you will continually find with our service and website, learning is in your hands. No other feature exemplifies this more than our customized Progress Reports. Unique to JamPlay.com, this feature allows you
to update, monitor, and build your own reports for your progression through our lessons.
At JamPlay, we give you the ability to monitor your own progress for any lesson! If you watch one of our lessons and feel as though you understand around half of it, mark your progress at 50%. This adds the lesson to your customized Progress Report, and gives you an incredible ability to document what you need to work on, and where you left off.
With thousands of lessons at your fingertips, JamPlay can be a touch intimidating to a first-time user. With Progressive Bookmarking, we give you the ability to systematically bookmark sections of any lessons you are working on to quickly access later. After all, what is the point of all this content if it isn't easy to use?
JamPlay also gives you the ability to leave notes for yourself on any lesson. Just like in any educational system, taking your own notes while learning gives you the ability to highlight the instruction that is important to you. Leave your notes, and we store them in our database for you to reference each and everytime you come back to the lesson.
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