There are 2 really big online video guitar lesson websites at present: Jamplay.com and GuitarTricks.com
Deciding on which one to join can be a bit tricky, since they are both very similar in so many respects. This is where a side-by-side comparison between GuitarTricks and Jamplay will come in handy, but first, lets discuss the history of these sites to get a better understanding of what they can do for you.
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It's important to know that GuitarTricks is the older site, established in 1998. As such, they practically invented online guitar lessons. JamPlay is the follower, who is set out to overtake the pioneer, as can be seen from the video editing quality, innovations in online guitar learning, and the rate at which new lessons are added onto JamPlay.
Have a look at this handy Jamplay vs Guitar Tricks comparison table below, to find the nitty-gritty differences between the 2 sites:
JamPlay vs Guitar Tricks Feature Comparison – 2018
As you can see, both websites are very similar, but you can still find differences beneath the hood. Let's have a look at a few more things that I noticed while using both sites, these may be of interest in your decision as well.
So which site is better?
Objectively speaking, I would say that GuitarTricks is better for learning guitar. Some may agree, some not. Read my reasoning below, and leave a comment if you agree/disagree.
The reason why I think GuitarTricks is the winner versus JamPlay, is because:
- Most video lessons and guitar tools are downloadable, which is nice when you're not connected to the Internet. You can't download song lessons due to licensing issues.
- Longer refund period, so you have more time to evaluate it and see if you like it.
- NEW: Check out the new GuitarTricks.com Free Trial Membership for 14 days, where you'll get access to all lessons and tools on GuitarTricks.com for $0.
But than again, JamPlay does have a cool scale library tool (which is great for intermediate-advanced players), the production quality of JamPlay videos is generally higher (the educational value is about the same), and they release more new lessons and mini courses in different genres for intermediate-advanced guitarists, which might make them a better choice if you're an established player.
You be the judge, take your pick. You could even sign up to test both, and just get a refund from the one you're least satisfied with.