Jack’s Guitar Planet is a site designed to allow me to teach guitar to the world. I have been playing for over 30 years now and I know how frustrating learning to play guitar can be. I aim to teach songs and the fundamentals of guitar and music.
I feel that learning the basics is essential to being comfortable as a player. Most technique can be practiced in many different ways which can be overwhelming to some. If you have 6-8 hours a day to practice, this may not be a problem. But if you have other priorities in life, as I do, then I want to offer a scaled down version that will allow you to cover many areas at your own pace.
These days, there is SO much information available. Be careful to not rely on tabs alone! It is important to use your ear to learn also. I try to give you a head start in most song lessons, but let you go from there. You will not learn as much, nor be as confident, if it is all handed to you on a silver platter.
After learning some basics, I believe that analyzing your favorite songs will greatly assit you in having fun playing the guitar. I love to pick out the “cool moves” or “clever twists” in songs. In other words, how someone might approach a chord or entire progression. Also, how the same idea in a song can be played many times but in slightly different ways. I try to imagine what the guitarist was thinking, rather than just learning all the notes. Then, I steal! Yes, stealing in music has been going on for a long time. The trick is to disguise it by adding your own little twist. This will help you develop your own “voice”.
You may be familiar with the term “fake book”. This is a book of songs with only the chords. It is just enough to get you playing the song, but you “fake” the rest. This is my approach to the guitar. I do not have the time to learn every solo note for note or practice every technique in all keys on all parts of the neck. But by keeping things simple, I feel you can become skilled enough to enjoy playing, especially if you have oppurtunity to play with other musicians. After all, that is why you practice, right? Then, if you want to be the next virtuoso, you can easily ramp up your practice, building on the solid foundation of basic knowledge. Remember, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!
Also check out “Jack Tab”. This is my take on chord charts for popular songs. I will probably use it in conjunction with the video lessons. I modified the typical “web tab” to make it easier to count the beats and know when to change chords.
So have a look around, I hope there is something here for everyone. Please understand that this site is a work in progress and I welcome any feedback or requests for lessons or questions about gear, live sound, etc.