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It's so much more than just a kids learning tool. Love it.
on 17 June 2010
I've been playing the guitar for nearly 20 years and i've been more impressed with this eMedia My Guitar tutorial than the millions of books/CD's/tutorials i've come accross over the years.
Firstly, this is certainly not just for adults. In fact, for the sale price (I note that it's around the £20 mark), the chord dictionary and tuner alone would be worth it. Here we have something that any beginner would benefit from, child or not. The software is fun, friendly, clear, engaging and most importantly - you WILL be able to play real music at the end of it, not just nursery rhymes.
Wait - it just gets better! Not only do you have a comprehensive chord dictionary at your fingertips, the chords PLAY. Yes, you can actually hear them strummed. This may seem like a minor point but often when playing music by ear, it's very helpful to have a quick example without having to mess about finding the fingerings. But wait, it gets EVEN better still. The music pieces can be Slowed down - an essential aspect to learning a new piece. Also included are other gems such as the ability to record yourself playing (via use of a microphone, not supplied).
Over 60 lessons are taught by by Kevin Garry, Ph.D an American University Lecturer. We have clear fingering diagrams and games that help engage and capture the users interest. I play medium-advanced fingerstyle folk/country. This software, although on the surface too basic for me, has been a wonderful practice/warm up tool.
Many adults ask me for advice on learning the guitar. To be honest, I'd recommend this to them even though it appears to come from the kids section of the store!