Monday, January 18, 2010
We received for review Volume One of Jean Welles Worship Guitar Class. Volume one includes a DVD with booklet and book to accompany it that reinforces the DVD lessons. It also contains all the music with the copyright information for the songs used in the program.
The DVD starts with an introduction which in includes Jean Welles experience, which she does have a lot of. Next she goes over the parts of a guitar and teaches you how to tune a guitar. What I like best about the program is its Christian focus. She encourages beginning lessons with prayer and ask the Lord to help teach you to play the guitar. She also recognizes that people tend to be tense when beginning to learn a new instrument. She again recommends prayer to overcome this and to relax.
Part of the first lesson includes where to put your fingers and how to strum to the tune of He's Got the Whole World in His Hands. Cords are introduced one at a time. You do not need to know how to read music to do the lessons in this first volume. You will learn them as you go. Other songs you learn include: My All In All, More Precious than Silver, Take My Life, Lord I lift Your Name on High and a few others. An extra lesson is included in the back of the book that is not on the DVD that is useful for hand exercise of the left hand. There is apparently a video to accompany it online on her website.
Over all this program seems excellent and takes away the hesitation of learning this way. My son thoroughly enjoyed this program and decided to purchase his own new guitar after doing a few lessons. We will probably add more lessons to our collection as soon as we can. I would recommend that if possible to supplement with an occasional lesson to help confirm technique (but then if you are not overly serious and you like your progress, then maybe this is isn't necessary.)
To learn more about this program and watch the first lesson FREE online CLICK HERE!