With the rise of multi-talented musicians such as Taylor Swift, James Taylor and Lady Gaga, a lot of aspiring artists now want to master multiple instruments. One of those in the checklists of these aspiring artists is learning the guitar. But with in-person guitar lessons rising all over the country, kids and adults alike are turning to online providers and services to learn how to play the instrument.
Two of the leading services on the online guitar lesson market are Jamplay and Rocksmith. JamPlay is an application that is available for computer and smartphones. Players are taught guitar lessons step-by-step by many instructors. Rocksmith, on the other hand, is a multi-platform software developed by gaming giant Ubisoft which makes use of game environment to teach players the guitar. Let us take a look at the two providers and see which one deserves your investment.
Jamplay can be accessed on any virtual browser as long as the Internet connection and your phone or computer’s specs permit its usage. With Rocksmith, on the other hand, you need to use one of the following: Xbox 360, Mac, Xbox One, Wii, PS3 and PS4.
Not everyone who wants to learn to play a guitar wants to be a rock artist. This is one of the things that sets Rocksmith back as the 50 songs available in its playlist are all rock songs. Jamplay, meanwhile, has 300 titles from different music genres. The variety of choices in Jamplay means a beginner will be able to pick the level of difficulty of the songs he will be practicing. Plus, Jamplay’s lessons are structured in a way that starts with the basics and progressively gets more advanced.
Rocksmith can be bought for $59.99 and you would already have the entire software along with some free songs. But there is a catch: if you want additional songs, you will have to purchase a package of two to five songs for at least $5. While Jamplay needs to be paid monthly for $19.95, that price is already all-inclusive.
While Rocksmith is fun due to the fact that you are learning guitar while playing a game, it is not the online guitar lesson provider for beginners. The basics as well as the instructions that are in the software are quite lacking. Beginners, for example, are not properly taught on how to hold the guitar the right way and which fingers to put in which string.
One of the best things about JamPlay is that lessons are divided into four phases. The first phase is for beginners. Once you reach the second phase, you can now focus on playing a specific style, genre or even a skill while the fourth phase is where you can start writing your own songs.
So the verdict is clear: JamPlay is a surefire 5/5. Jamplay is the online guitar lesson provider that would appeal for the beginners as well as the advanced players of the instrument. Rocksmith is also a good fit but only for those who already know at least the basics.