Learn and master guitar由美国著名的教材出版公司Legacy出版，教程主讲是Steve Krenz。教程从完全初学开始直到高深的技巧和理论，覆盖面非常广。教材涉及风格包括民谣、古典、流行、布鲁斯、拉丁、爵士等等。电吉他木吉他均有使用。是目前市面所见最全面的吉他教材之一。
These days there are a lot of ways you can learn the craft of playing guitar. Today you have more choices than at any other time in history. This is a blessing and a curse. There are some really great products out there, and there are some that are not so great. Especially as a beginner, it is hard to sort through the sales hype and determine if a product is worth investing your time and money into. The goal of the Cyberfret.com Review Series is to help connect you with the guitar learning resources that are the best fit for you.
What is Learn & Master Guitar?
Learn & Master Guitar is a course that contains 10 professionally produced DVDs, 5 jam-along CDs and a 100+ page instruction book. There are also extra materials that can be downloaded from a special members only website. Learn and Master guitar starts you from the beginning, but is not only for those just starting to play guitar. Often as players reach a certain level, they find they are missing key pieces of the puzzle that hinder further progress. So I would say this course is specifically designed for the beginner, and the intermediate player who is missing those pieces. There are many advanced techniques discussed, but more advanced players would probably do better to seek out a product that targets just their level.
There are a large number of topics covered in this course; chords, reading music & tablature, strumming, fingering picking, soloing, theory, ear training, techniques like bending, slides and tapping…and the list goes on. Learn and Master Guitar also gives a great overview of how to play many styles of music such as Blues, Rock, Jazz, Country, Funk and Classical.
One thing that stands out about this coarse is the instructor Steve Krenz. As I watched the DVDs I was struck by the clear explanations of the material. You can tell he has spent many years teaching guitar. Playing guitar, and having the ability to teach it are 2 different skills, and Steve Krenz can do both extremely well. Steve has a wide range of experience as a performer and teacher. He also has a degree in music, which is a huge plus.
The heart of the course is about 20 hours of video instruction on 10 DVDs. This is professionally shot, high quality video. There are close-ups of Steve’s hands, and at times a split screen so that you can get a closer view of both hands simultaneously. All of the exercises that are being demonstrated are up on the screen. This material is also in the book, so you have the option of following along on screen or in the book.
Learn & Master Guitar is broken down into 20 sessions. This is a progressive course that takes your from the basics though some more advanced concepts. The sessions are broken down into sections.
• Instruction – This is the main lesson part of each session. The concepts are explained and demonstrated.
• Guitar Tips – This section covers extra material that is important to your progress. Some of the topics include taking care of your guitar, working with a metronome, practicing tips and more.
• How Music Works – This is where you learn about Music Theory, and how it applies to the guitar.
• Assignment – Here Steve gives you your homework assignment for the session. Here he goes over the key points that you should practice before going on to the next session.
• Workshop – In this section you get to practice the Assignment material along with Steve. So you can see and hear the exercises that you are practicing.
This 100+ page book has all of the exercises from the DVD and more. It is divided into sessions that correspond to the DVD. It has a clear layout and design that makes it extremely easy to read and follow.
There are 5 Jam Along CD’s that you can use to help with your practice. Exercises from the book are played at a slow, medium, and fast speed. Steve and other professional studio musicians recorded the tracks on the CDs. So you get to practice with some real pros.
The Bottom Line
This is an excellent product for learning how to play the guitar that I highly recommend. It covers all levels of playing, but is recommended for beginners and intermediate players. This is not a budget guitar learning product, but for the scope of the material covered and the quality of instruction, it is reasonably priced. There is also a No Risk Guarantee. So if for any reason you decide this course is not for you, return it within 60 days and receive a full refund of the purchase price. Check out the Learn & Master website for more details, as well as some screen shots of the DVD and audio samples from the CDs.