If you’re interested in purchasing a DVD course for learning the guitar, you’ve come to the right place. Out of all of the DVD instruction classes that I’ve purchased, the Gibson Learn and Master Guitar was the best one that I’ve ever purchased.
I often recommend these DVDs to my students who are looking to learn some extra work while they’re not having their private lessons. I can always tell which students have practiced with the Gibson Learn and Master review because I can physically see and hear the difference in their playing capabilities.
With your purchase of the Gibson Learn and Master Guitar, you will receive:
- Twenty DVDs
- Five Jam Along Audio CDs
- 108 Page Work Book
- Forty Hours of Instruction
Each lesson is divided into three different parts; some lessons have video tip sections, practice sections, and play along sections. Below, I have a list of some of the topics that the Gibson Learn and Master Guitar talks about:
- Reading Music
- How to read tablature
- Finger picking
- Ear training
- The Basics
- Solo playing
- How to play Classical, Blues, Jazz, Rock, Funk, and Country
Personally, I believe that this course would be perfect for any beginning guitarist to take. Each lesson allows you to learn at your own pace, which is critical for beginning guitarists. All of the basics are covered with these DVDs and each lesson goes into thorough detail.
However, I also believe that this course would be a great brush up course for an intermediate or advanced player, especially if you don’t know how to read music, don’t know any music theory, or don’t know your scales.
At the beginning of each lesson, Steve will introduce a new topic or lesson, talk about some of the common questions that are associated with this new topic, and show you how to properly execute each lesson.
There is an up-close view of Steve playing the guitar; one camera is focused on his left hand, while the other camera is focused on his right. This allows beginners to be able to understand how Steve is executing the new lesson that is being taught.
After the lesson, Steve will give you as an assignment for the next session. He takes time after the lesson to go over the most important details and points that you should practice before you go onto the next lesson.
There is also a work shop section in the DVDs that allow you to practice the assignment material along with Steve, which allows beginners to hear and see the exercises that they are practicing.
There are ten guitar lesson DVDs that educate beginners on core guitar subjects. However, there are also ten additional work shop DVDs that have more bonus material in them. On these ten disks, there are twenty sessions of extra practice material that allow you to truly master the lessons and concepts you were taught on the first ten DVDs.
Along with your purchase of the Gibson Learn and Master Guitar course, you will also receive five Jam Along CDs that you can use to help you practice; all of the exercises that are in the book that you receive are played at three different speeds (slow, medium, and fast) to help
The Gibson Learn and Master Guitar also comes with a 108 paged book that discuses all of the lessons and exercises that you learned on the DVDs. The book has been divided into sessions that correlate to the DVD’s lessons, which gives the book a very clear lay out that is very easy to follow and read.
Is it worth it?
If you are beginning guitar player, yes! If you’ve never learned how to read tablature, sheet music, or don’t know much about musical notation, I would also suggest this course for you. However, if you are an intermediate or advanced player who knows how to read tab or sheet music, I would suggest that you look for a different course.
The Gibson Learn and Master Guitar course really does a thorough job of teaching the fundamentals of playing guitar and Gibson thoroughly focuses on reading your standard music notation. If for some strange reason, you don’t want to learn how to read tablature or sheet music, this is also not the course for you.
I also want to warn beginners who are thinking about purchasing this course that just like all other courses, the Gibson Learn and Master Guitar course is more of a summary of playing guitar and doesn’t go into deep, direct detail of specific techniques or lessons.
This course is not going to teach you everything about playing guitar, in other words. Think of this course to be more of a crash course of learning how to play different music styles, such as Finger style, Jazz, and Rock.
My biggest complaint about the Gibson Learn and Master Guitar course is the price. I believe that this course is a bit pricey, especially for beginners.
This is not a budget guitar learning course, but if you think about the quality of the lessons you’re learning, as well as all of the learning materials you’re receiving, it’s pretty affordable. The cost of this course is equivalent to what a month of private lessons would cost a beginner.
With that said, this course is often on sale. Even if you decide to not purchase it while it’s on sale, Gibson does offers customers to break up the payment and pay for the course over a period of four months.
If you’re totally unhappy with the course, Gibson offers a No Risk Guarantee, which will allow beginners to return the course after 60 days in order to receive a full refund of the original purchasing price.
Another Alternative to Consider
Jamplay Guitar Lessons-
Jamplay is another course that offers online lessons that are similar to the Gibson Learn and Master Guitar program. However, JamPlay was created with the idea of more than just a beginners needs in mind.
JamPlay has lessons for guitarists of all different levels in their program, as well as offering a lot of different choices for musicians to pick from, such as what genres to learn, who you want your instructor to be, and much more!
All in all, I personally think that the Gibson Learn and Master Guitar is a quality learning system with lessons that really put a lot of focus into reading music and music theory. I believe that a lot of the learning systems that are out in today’s market don’t focus enough on music theory or reading music, which sets u- a lot of guitarists for failure in the future.
If you’re a beginner or intermediate guitarist, or even an advanced player who doesn’t know how to read music, I think that this course would do you extremely beneficial. If you are an experienced guitar player who can read music, I would suggest that you look into a different lesson program.
The biggest complaint that I have about the Gibson Learn and Master Guitar is that I wish there were more features on the guitar. When I used this program, I looked through it with the eyes of a beginner and I wished that there had been a separate chord library and a separate scale library.
It would have been very helpful to have a chart to go back to that had all of the scales and chords listed on it. That’s it for this review of the Gibson Learn and Master Guitar. I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s article!