So you want to learn guitar and you’re not sure if Steve Krenz’s Learn and Master Guitar Course will work for you? Fair enough. In this article I’m going Taylor Swift on guitar to look in depth at Steve Krenz, Learn and Master Guitar Course.
That is easy for me, as I have been using it for over 8 years. I’m not being paid for this review, it’s a pleasure to talk about an amazing course but I have added a link at the end should you wish to purchase.
Can you learn to play guitar with DVD’s?
Yes, there are a lot of online video courses but owning the DVDs and a hard copy book makes the course so portable.
What I’ve found is that over countless home moves and travelling, I can always just pull out the DVD I was working on. Put it on my TV and get going again. No finding a website and trying to remember where I was.
I love the fact of feeling that Steve is right in the room with me and his style of teaching is friendly and personable. He makes you relax and feel that he has a step by step plan for your learning, which he does!
This way you always have a hard copy to play in case your computer goes down or you are off line. Also, you don’t have to pay for it year after year. It comes in a solid box with an illustrated copy of the book.
Using your TV Screen to learn guitar
I like that I can play it on the TV and have a big picture. I’m not having to juggle my guitar to see or play it on my computer in my room, so as not to bother my family. The next best thing is I can stop and watch the same portion again and again. Yes! I really have to do this.
I can check and read the lesson in the book, which is comprehensive and beautifully presented. Each chord, each note is there and then I can watch Steve play it and then play along. This multi presentation really helps to make each lesson sink in and it’s fun.
Being self-taught, I’ve always resisted having to learn notes, scales and keys. But the little steps that Steve uses to have you learning and playing tunes on your guitar by page 14, will delight you in its simplicity.
What do I get?
Included in the beautiful solid box set is;
- 20 DVDs – 40 Hours of Instruction
- 105 page Book of identical lessons
- 5 amazing band Jam Along CD’s
This is all you need to get started straight away. A lot of care and design has gone into this course package. It’s very portable and the box will protect your book, DVDs and CD’s. Each DVD and CD is in a sleeve so they are protected and easy to find.
Winner of the Acoustic Guitar Magazine Players Choice Award in 2008. 2 Telly Awards and the prestigious AEGIS Award for Excellence in Education. If you want to see more about Steve’s Course please click on this link to check out the price.
Who is Steve Krenz?
I don’t know Steve personally but I feel like I do and that is the mark of a great guitar teacher. Through hours of watching and doing his course, chatting with Steve and asking questions on his website guitargathering.com. I feel like I am learning guitar from my big brother (no not the annoying one!)
Have a read of my post all about the live lessons that Steve does at guitar gathering.
I don’t feel like someone is judging me or my progress because I am getting a massive amount of support. (Yes, I know he can’t see me.) But if I want personal lessons with Steve I can book a live lesson with him, I haven’t needed to as the course is so good.
He is always accessible through the chat on his website and I can post a video of me playing (yuck not yet!) and talk to the guitar community there about my guitar journey.
Steve’s qualifications to create Learn and Master Guitar
Steve has done a degree in Music and he often speaks about it during his live lessons. You can tell that he really understands the theory of music and uses it every day in his teaching and recording life. He is often on tour with bands around the world and is sought after for studio recordings by many top names.
Steve is a family man and shares his love of community through his website. He insists on a high standard of conversation within the community. Which therefore, makes it a happy and safe zone for guitarists of any musical taste, age or gender.
How will the DVDs help you?
Each Lesson is broken down into three sections plus homework.
- Playing along
- Video Tips
- Practice Workshops – Jam along CD
- Slow, Medium and Fast Jam Tracks
There is also a Bonus Resources Book and Song Hits Course with 2 Songs for each lesson available.
Learn to read music and scales on Guitar
There is where it gets easy and I never thought I could learn notes on a guitar. From the very first lesson, you will start playing and building a visual idea of the notes on the guitar and how to read music. It’s easy to think, why bother?
But further down the journey of your guitar playing, you may want to be able to read a musical piece or play with a band or orchestra. Then you will need this knowledge and it’s not painful to learn one step at a time.
Learning scales will become the basis for playing solo leads, it’s one step at a time.
Also, see my post on Guitar Tips for Beginners – Having fun.
Explore different Music and Styles
Perhaps you are so new to guitar that you haven’t really decided on what sort of music, you think you will enjoy playing. Within this course Steve gives you some basic pointers in each musical style. You will surprise yourself in what takes your fancy and now is the time to explore. Rock, Jazz, Blues, Fingerstyle, Country, R&B and Funk, all in the course.
Another fun skill you will be learning is how to read tablature, this is another way of reading notes. The great thing is you don’t have to memorise notes, you just put the finger number on the string that is indicated. All while you are learning to pick and to strum.
If, like me you are an Intermediate player who wants to fill the gaps in your musical education, you will not be disappointed. There is plenty of challenge in the pieces that you will play from each section. There is a Fast section on each CD, for experienced guitarists. You can make it as challenging as you want. With this course you can tailor the learning speed and degree of difficulty to suit yourself.
Learn to solo and play lead
From Session or Lesson 11, you start to build a foundation to be able to solo on your guitar. One of the biggest challenges for lead guitarists is that their leads can all sound the same. Or they just have a few licks they like, in their bag of tricks and that is all they ever learn, boring!
By understanding the fundamentals of music theory and how solos work over the chords in a song, you will have enough knowledge to be free to be as creative as you wish.
Yes. You will be encouraged to play scales on your guitar and with the backing CD’s. It’s really fun and will only be the beginning of having that musical theory at your fingertips.
You’ll be ripping off a lead rift before you know it, just follow Steve’s advice of starting slow and accurate and building speed for a clean sound. Use a metronome.
Starting your journey
The beginning of learning something new is always exciting and you will be delighted with this course. Don’t wait, put that first DVD in and get a warm reassuring welcome from Steve, inviting you to learn a new skill.
Grab your guitar and get comfortable. The biggest challenge that you will face, is having to stop the lesson when life intrudes but the quality of each Session will keep you keen to come back. Revise and move on.
I have recommended Steve’s course to many of my friends and family over the years. They have noticed my playing progress and wanted to get in on the fun. I hope you will join us.
Grab a copy of Steve Krenz: Learn and Master Guitar Course now at Gibson’s Learn & Master Guitar with instructor Steve Krenz
Then come along to Guitar Gathering and say hi while you await the post and start chatting with the many lovely guitarists from around the world. You can check out some of Steve’s free You Tube videos, watch a live lesson and begin to get a feel for how much fun and learning you will have in this tribe.
Welcome. I would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below. I would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.
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