Online guitar training programs is now a popular thing among the guitarists' audience of today. And why it wouldn’t be? It’s very cheap compared to the old conventional 1-on-1 with a private teacher way, and it’s also effective and very diversified. The best online guitar programs would normally have thousands of high-quality guitar lessons, tablature, jam tracks and more, and they cater to almost every guitar playing style and genre out there. Basically, they are all-inclusive, you wouldn’t need to look outside the frame of the program to search for anything guitar related.
In this review, we’re going to look at yet another successful online guitar learning program that has been around since the 90’s, has thousands of guitar lessons, DVDs, and materials about playing the guitar, and the overall impression of its customers is highly positive. This online guitar program is called: Truefire
What is Truefire And What do They Offer?
Truefire is dubbed by Guitar Player Magazine as “the planet's largest and most comprehensive selection of online guitar lessons”. Ever since its creation, Truefire has collaborated with over 600+ professional guitar instructors and experienced guitar celebrities to build their large collection of guitar lessons online, courses, as well as jamming tracks, tablature and books.
Truefire offer both a monthly subscription method which gives you an unlimited streaming access to all their
Other than streamed online guitar lessons, Truefire offer private guitar lessons with one of their instructors of your choosing, of course, with additional fees, and they have a blog with more than 800 posts ranging from free guitar lessons, interviews, viral news and videos about guitar playing, and more. Truefire also features a digital magazine, a student forum with over 5000+ members and 125,000+ posts, and various tools created to assist your learning such as
Finally, Truefire has this thing called “In the Jam”.
“In the Jam” is a software created by Truefire which you can use to open special “Jamtrax” album files also made by Truefire.
Each “album” includes 10 multi-track video jams organized into separate instruments (Guitar, Drums, Bass, etc) which you can control by muting each or multiple segments in order for you to jump in and solo
For example, if you are a drummer, you would mute the drums part and put yourself in the jamming session instead with the rest of the instruments. If you’re a guitarist, lead guitarist, for example, you’d mute that part and play it yourself instead. It’s a great way to learn and develop your improvisational skills on any instrument, not particularly the guitar.
These sophisticated jam albums can only be opened by the dedicated Truefire software, and in addition to the video and audio tracks included, they also come with tablature and lead sheets so you’re able to know the chord progression and notation of each jam track being played.
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Evaluating the Guitar Learning System of Truefire
So we know that Truefire got tons of guitar materials ranging from lessons, jamming tracks, private sessions, tools, etc.
But what is all this really worth without having a solid learning system?
A good guitar learning system should include a proper order of the guitar lessons based on your goals or the genre you want to learn, and the lessons or features of the program should be easy enough to find and navigate through. Are the lessons organized in a chronological, coherent way? Does the content of the training material match the level of the student? Because you can have the best guitar lessons in the world, but if the normal student doesn’t know where to start or can’t find the right place in the program to begin his/her training, then the majority of these lessons would lose most of their power and potential to give you progress.
So I imagined myself as a beginner guitar student who wants to learn to play Rock guitar, and wanted to see how easy would it be for me to find the proper learning material if I start on the Homepage.
This is what I found:
I had three options to choose from! It seemed like I had to pick randomly …
If you go for Courses -> Beginner, you will find different courses for beginner level. If you go for Courses -> Rock, then you’ll find courses about rock guitar.
However, if you go to Learning Path -> Rock, then you will be presented with a series of courses put in a well-organized manner that is easy to follow, that
Each course (From 1 to 10) is divided into smaller courses that tackle more specific issues and teach different stuff related to the topic of the core course, and inside each course you can read about the curriculum of the course and what to expect to learn from it, what instruments are used, skill level, style, and who are the instructors in charge.
My opinion about Truefire’s learning system
So I give them lots of credit for introducing a better way to navigate and use their courses for beginners and intermediate players alike.
Overall: One can say that Truefire got a great learning system.
The Quality of the Guitar Lessons & Courses
Just looking at some of the instructors there, one could tell that this is some serious world-class material in there. I mean, Steve Vai? Tommy Emmanuel? These are my idols! It can't get any better than this.
Learning from guitar players of such caliber is always an honor and a huge opportunity for everyone, even if you consider yourself an expert guitarist.
Many of these guitar lessons are filled with insight and philosophy of learning that benefits the advanced player more than the
Luckily for us, Truefire has so many free videos and lessons on their Youtube channel that you can check and see for yourself the quality and nature of these lessons.
Here are some videos I recommend you watching:
Steve Vai talking about songwriting and showing you how to play his iconic hit track – For The Love of God.
An intro to Pentatonics by David Walliman
Pros and Cons – The Good & The Bad
- Good learning system
- Easy to navigate through the lessons
- High-quality lessons
- 25,000+ Instructional and educational guitar lessons
- Highly skilled and professional instructors
- Exclusive learning tools
- Decent membership pricing with money-back guarantee
- Lack of song lessons – Wished they had a section dedicated
forlearning songs, but instead they have song lessons scattered around in the various courses.
- As with every online guitar learning program – The responsibility is on you to motivate and position yourself correctly to really benefit from the lessons.
Cost, Pricing, And Money-Back Guarantee
The cost of a membership subscription for Truefire is something as follows (Not counting any discounts or promotional/seasonal deals)
Note: The prices are true to 2018, and they might change anytime depending on Truefire themselves only.
These prices are normal for this type of services. Most of the online guitar programs that I reviewed have more or less the same pricing, which is pretty acceptable and reasonable in my opinion.
They have a FREE TRIAL available too, you'll get it immediately upon finishing creating your account and signing up for the program. So if you're not ready to take the free trial yet, delay creating an account for when you're ready.
Besides that, you are protected by a 100% customer satisfaction policy that backs you up on your purchases with Truefire, depending on the type of product you’ve purchased. It basically says the following:
Conclusion and Verdict
It’s obvious that Truefire is one of the most dedicated and sophisticated online guitar training programs, and they do seem to have a very decent budget to keep their content updated with a top-notch material and highly professional instructors.
They have a decent price tag on their membership subscription, which gives you streamed access to all their courses online. Bear in mind that you’d still need to pay for stuff like DVDs and In the Jam albums.
The quality of their lessons and learning system is very high since they’re all presented by some of the top professionals in the business.
Overall, Truefire is definitely a legit option for learning guitar online, and their 100% customer satisfaction and money-back guarantee policy makes it safe and convenient for all skill levels guitarists to give it a shot and try the program out without worrying whether you've made the right decision or not. What's there to lose? Basically nothing.
Do I recommend Truefire? Absolutely. And if you don't wanna take my word for it, do yourself a favor and just try it.
Hey, perhaps it isn't for you. Some guitarists I know can ONLY learn from sitting with a private guitar teacher that feeds them all the material they need to learn and progress. And they can't stand this method of learning from video lessons on their computer. So, I mean it, try it before you buy it. They give you all the time and freedom in the world to do so, so why not take advantage of it, right?
While Truefire might not have the best path for beginners, they do excel in teaching playing philosophies and techniques, and that's evident by the caliber of many of the guitar instructors they bring into the program (Steve Vai, for example).
Hope this review was thorough and informative enough for you to make a wise decision about trying out Truefire, or perhaps something else.
If you have any questions about Truefire or this review, please ask them in the comments section below and I'll answer you as soon as I can, and to my best knowledge.
Good luck … But above all, enjoy JAMMING!