Award-Winning Guitar Lessons. Learn How to Play Guitar — Acoustic or Electric.
The best-selling eMedia Guitar Method, featuring guitar lessons from University of Colorado-Boulder's Kevin Garry, Ph.D., is the most complete guitar instruction software available today. Plus eMedia Interactive Feedback technologies make understanding the lessons easier, so you learn how to play guitar faster.
Over 180 easy-to-follow guitar lessons take you from basics, such as how to tune a guitar and play simple chords, to fingerpicking, how to read guitar tabs and music notation, and more. Interactive Feedback on melodies, which is unique to this method, helps you learn quickly. Over 70 easy guitar songs, including hits such as “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” and “Rock’n Me”, make learning fun!
Interactive Feedback on Your Playing!
Instant Feedback shows you when you play the correct notes on your guitar as you progress through an exercise. With a microphone connected to your computer and a guitar in your hands, play the notes in the exercise (or song) on any screen featuring the "ear" icon in the upper right corner, and the computer will highlight the notes for you in green. As you reach your goals of getting all notes to change color in each exercise, you’ll discover that reading tablature and music notation is easier than you ever thought possible!
Note and Finger Tracker!
The Note Tracker and Finger Tracker tools help you see more easily what note you’re playing by displaying the note as music notation and on an animated fretboard. You’ll be able to correct your playing quickly and learn to read music fast!
Interactive Flash Card Quizzes!
After you’ve been prepped with exercises designed to teach you to read tablature and notation, try the interactive flash card quizzes to reinforce what you have learned. Flash Quizzes utilize our Pitch Tracking technology to detect notes played on your acoustic guitar!
Over 180 Step-by-Step Lessons
Arranged in ten chapters, the lessons cover the basics from holding, stringing, and tuning the guitar to playing chords and melodies, culminating in an explanation of fingerpicking styles and reading standard music notation. Lessons include a variety of exercises and songs. In total, there are over 50 high-quality videos, and over three hours of audio and video! On-screen teacher Kevin Garry, Ph.D., provides clear and friendly instruction. eMedia Guitar Method features songs in a variety of genres to make learning fun and memorable – including Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, and Classical! The latest version includes dynamic, enhanced, multi-track audio playback of hit songs popularized by well-known artists. Also included are popular songs, including "Scarborough Fair", "La Bamba", "Midnight Special", "Ode to Joy", "Minuet", "Greensleeves", "House of the Rising Sun", and many others.
Over 50 Large-Format Videos
Professional guitar instructor Kevin Garry, Ph.D., guides you in over 50 videos with demonstrations of techniques – now larger, with enhanced quality! Many of the videos include split-screen displays with close-ups for a clearer perspective. You can even view them in full-screen mode if you want to.
Displays fingering positions for you as the music plays. It allows you to see exactly how to play the song on a simulated guitar fretboard as you listen to the music and the music tracking highlights the notes being played on the screen. Since you can highlight and loop any section of the music (or even double-click on a single note in the music), you can use the Animated Fretboard to make difficult sections or quick changes easier to manage and learn. The Animated Fretboard makes it simple to follow along with the lesson content. Includes options for both right- and left-handed views, and, just for fun, choose from six different fretboard skins modeled after classic guitars!