The Jamorama story

It was early 2003 when I came face to face with the problem of learning the guitar in earnest. I’d made many false starts in the past which had all ended in me putting my guitar down. The nagging sense of failure hung in the back of my mind and returned with each new attempt to learn.

But this time I wanted to make a real fist of it – learn it once and for all and gain a confidence that would enable me to play the songs I heard on the radio and listened to over and over in my bedroom.

This formed the main catalyst for what is now known as Jamorama – a guitar course that takes beginners from where they are at, to where they want to be.

Our first news story – covered by New Zealand’s TV3.

From the outset we wanted to create step-by-step lessons that guided the student from point A to point B. We’ve stuck to this formula because our students come back time and again saying how Jamorama has brought to their learning the structure they so badly needed. And this approach forms the basis of any lessons we create. We ask ourselves: What is the smallest piece of information we want to teach the student by the end of this lesson? And set about presenting it in an easy to follow format. That way, the student experiences little successes which in time add up to big successes.

We’ve been online now for 10 years (and counting) and a lot has happened in that time. We’ve seen the explosion of lesson sites and more recently video tutorial sites – each aimed at helping students get better at playing guitar. We’ve learned our fair share of what works in that time and have gained a really good understanding of what it is beginners want and need in a guitar course.

We therefore ensure that each and every lesson can stand on its own; that each lesson will take the student from not knowing how, to knowing how to play a technique or skill. We also know what it’s like to struggle to learn the guitar because we’ve been there too – for some of us not that long ago and for others we’re a bit further on. But we never really progress far from being a beginner in some aspect of guitar playing. There is so much to learn; so many styles to play; so many songs yet to be written and learned. I for one don’t ever want to lose the curiosity and wonder I had when I first picked up the guitar. For us music is where it’s at and always will be.

Jamorama Team

The Jamorama team today

Success came, not from sitting in my room and doing countless exercises – don’t get me wrong, exercises are important, or sitting at my desk learning theory so I wouldn’t put a finger wrong – theory is important too. No, my success came from learning a chord or two and then putting it right to work in a progression. Learning plus application was the key to my success.

And that is what you’ll find here on Jamorama. Our tutors will teach you something and then show you how to use your new found skill. At times what you play won’t sound that great, and that’s OK. What you’ll be learning will be far more important than what it sounds like. Learning is a messy thing and never straightforward. Everyone brings hopes, expectations and past failures to the table and there will be frustrations, it’s an inevitable part of learning. But I learned of the importance to push through the pain, the confusion and frustration in order to make progress. If you commit to doing this as well, you won’t be disappointed.

Jon Coursey
01 September, 2013

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