Gibson's Learn & Master Guitar: Standard Edition (Anglais) Broché – DVD-Vidéo, NTSC
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Steve Krenz is an accomplished session player and instructor whose teaching accolades include an Acoustic Guitar Magazine's Players' Choice Awardfor Best Instructional Material. His 20+ years of professional experience includes playing guitar with Grammy®-winning artists Donna Summer, Bryan White, Michael W. Smith, Isreal Houghton, and the Fifth Dimension. Totalrunning time: 19.25 hours.
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Je pense que c'est un beau cadeau pour les passionnés de guitare.
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My problem has always been simple ignorance - I had no idea where to begin. This course does a great job of guiding the player from the most basic principals through to more advanced studies. The instructor on the videos is very warm and is a good teacher - he takes things slowly and methodically and explains everything clearly (and he is also a great guitarist). The course does a good job of keeping things dynamic, mixing theory with hands on learning and offering a number of different resources to help the learning process - the DVD sessions, lessons from the workbook, and CDs with accompaniment tracks to jam along with. The content is also quite diverse - you'll work on strumming, finger picking, soloing, chords, scales, rock, blues, and jazz styles, and on and on. The videos are well produced and have a really pleasant vibe. Each session has a suggested time period for mastering that session's material based upon an assumed practice schedule of 15-30 minutes per day. Some sessions may take a week, others a couple of weeks, etc. I think the time estimates are fair for beginners, though some more accomplished players and/or those with prior music theory knowledge may move more quickly through the course. One other very helpful part of the course is the online experience. There is an active community of online users and forums at [...] and the instructor interacts there from time to time in addition to the help & encouragement found from other students.
There are two real sticking points for this course in my opinion. First, your practice time will be self-directed, so lazy folks may not be motivated to follow through. I think this type of course is best suited to self-starter types who are disciplined enough to practice without someone else making them. A flip-side benefit is that you can learn at your own pace based upon your existing skill level and your time availability. Second, this course is pretty heavy on the music theory. For people who just want to learn some cool-sounding riffs and rock out, this course may not be your thing. This series really is about learning and mastering the guitar, and that cannot happen without learning some good solid music theory. This is a strength in my opinion but I know it will turn some others off (heck, I was a 10 year old kid taking piano many moons ago, and I remember how little interest I had in learning to read music!). Highly recommended if you've got the time and inclination to work hard - if that's you then this is money very well spent! This course was initially sold independently but later branded under the Gibson name. It's no wonder Gibson picked it up, it's really good.
This course comes in two editions: the original edition (119) and the extended edition (149). (There is also a home school version.) I purchased the extended version, which supplements the 10 DVDs of the original edition with 10 additional DVDs with practice workshops. I highly recommend getting the extended editions: playing along with Steve on the additional workshop videos is a very effective means for you to learn the material covered in the associated lesson.
This course is (by far) the best video instruction course for guitar. According to the Learn & Master website, this is intended to be a two year course of study. Some folks may be put off by the relatively high price of this course. But consider this: Lots of folks (or their parents) will gladly spend 20 to 60 dollars per week for guitar lessons, without realizing that two years of instruction can easily cost 2000 dollars or more! If I were you, I would spend 1000 to 2000 dollars on a nice guitar, then spend the next two years with this course. Another consideration: Even if you go to a guitar instructor, he or she will probably not be as good (complete, methodical, and accurate) as Steve Krenz. In my youth, I took guitar lessons from several instructors. They were all great guitar players; but they failed to teach me fundamentals that every guitar player should know. "Learn & Master Guitar" is carefully designed to include the skills & knowledge required by all guitar players.
One small drawback to this course is that it may (only at the start) be a little boring for the eager young guitar player who (impatiently) wishes to immediately have some fun playing chords. If you are one of these eager young folks, then I recommend that you first get Fender's "Getting Started on Electric Guitar" or "Getting Started on Acoustic Guitar." Either of these will get you started playing chords straight away. This can certainly be a lot of fun, and will perhaps motivate you to get serious about guitar. With that motivation, you will then be ready for "Learn & Master Guitar."
Steve Krenz covers a lot of good music theory in this course (a little bit each lesson); however, I highly recommend that you also get the Hal Leonard "Music Theory for Guitarists" book (by Tom Kolb) and "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Music Theory" by Michael Miller. These books will teach you all about keys, tempo, chord construction, chord progressions (the chords to play in any key), and scales.
While "Learn & Master Guitar" starts off with a very basic introduction to reading music, it is NOT based on sight-reading music (as the Berklee courses are). If you wish to learn how to read music, then (by all means) get "A Modern Method for Guitar - Volume 1: Book/DVD-ROM Pack."
Here are a few of the topic covered by "Learn & Master Guitar" (go to their website for more detailed information): How to hold the guitar and pick, right and left hand positions, tuning, notes in the open position, basic music reading (for notes in first position), notes on the 5th and 6th strings (for barre chord and power chord placement), basic open chords (major, minor, seventh, suspended), barre chords with roots on the 5th and 6th strings, strumming (strumming patterns), finger picking, pentatonic scales (movable patterns for all keys), modes (movable patterns for all keys), advanced chords, playing the blues, basic techniques (bends, hammer-on, pull-off, vibrato, palm muting, etc.), advanced strumming, jazz, soloing.
The workshop portion of the DVD (and the extra workshops in the extended edition) are very effective in helping the student learn the guitar. It is like having your own personal instructor. The great thing about the DVD is that you can back up and repeat the instruction as much as you need. When learning the guitar as a beginner, our brains can sometimes learn something new in 30 minutes, but it then takes our fingers a week or more to master what we have just learned. When you go to a guitar instructor, you do not have the benefit of the instructor's help during that week of practice. With this DVD set, you can always replay the DVD to compare your progress against the instructor's playing.
Another great feature about this DVD course is the inclusion of "Jam Along" CDs. I converted these CDs to MP3 files, which I then play through a guitar amp or effects box (along with the guitar).
A teenager or adult will have absolutely no problem going through this course without an instructor's help. Most children will probably benefit from adult guidance. I read on the "Learn & Master" website that the home school version of the course comes with a booklet that is intended to help a parent guide their child through the course (even if the parent does not play guitar).
If you are concerned that your child's interest in guitar might just be a passing fancy, then get either one of the Fender "Getting Started on . . . Guitar" courses first. If, after that, your child has enthusiasm for learning guitar, then the "Learn & Master Guitar" course is your best course you can find. In fact, I feel that it is better than having a live instructor for the beginning guitar player.
Afterwards: There are some great guitar instruction videos available online. For example, search for videos from Berklee, Justin Sandercoe, Joe Satriani, and dolphinstreet. Justin Sandercoe has the best videos (that I know of) for learning string bending and vibrato.
This starts from zero and teaches you exactly what you need to know to really learn to play guitar. You will develop knowledge and skills in theory, music reading, technique, variety of styles, etc.
The course is appropriate for beginner and intermediate level guitar players. Many who think they are intermediate level will find they are beginners when they tackle this course.
The course will take most people 10-14 months or more to complete, but when you are done you will be able to read music (treble clef, anyway), understand how music works (thoery), you'll have a basic understanding of acoustic and electric gear, some effects, what you need in an amplifier, and other basic gear. Most importantly, you will have learned how to play guitar, and will be able to speak, read and write the language of musicians, and will have the basis to take your playing into any genre and develop further. You will have developed technique for a variety of styles, and will be able to play notes, chords, rhythms, and actualy know what you are doing, and why.
The course is supported with an active discussion board and many users worldwide. Also blogs, a user sponsered yahoo site, user contributed materials, and more. The author participates in the discussion boards and answers questions as well.
It is well organized, the instructional design is very good, you can see where you are going (unlike with lessons) and you can do it at your own pace, at your own time. I'm not knocking lessons, they have their place, but I think this is an excellent way to learn to play guitar if you are committed to learning.
If you aren't, buy a tab book and plink out some notes you can't name. If you are looking for a magic potion or something that will turn you into a great guitarist in a month...sorry - that does not exist. Join the ranks of the guy who ranked this a "1".
The course is well done, not a scam, and highly recommended. It is professionally produced and a good value at the new price listed here of $229. I paid slightly less buying it on sale. I bought this new, it was worth every penny. Make sure you get the full course with bonus materials, they are worth the extra money. At around $200, this delivers what you might get from around $1000 worth of lessons. Google Learn and Master Guitar and make sure you buy it on "sale".
Update 2011 --
I have continued to play and learn and this is still the best music instruction course I've found for any instrument.
I noticed this listing is for the "Original Edition" which I think does not include "bonus sessions". See the learn and master guitar site and make sure you get the version with the bonus materials. The basic course is often on sale for $100 to $150. For $200ish you should get the bonus materials.
I have been taking Bass lessons recently and I am reminded that lessons lack structure and conceptual context, and are expensive. My prior estimate that this $200 course covers what you might expect to get out of $1000 in lessons -- is wrong. You get what you might get from $3000-$5000 worth of lessons. Buy the course and start here. THEN take lessons if you want to develop further.