Express Guitar Review

Express Guitar
Express Guitar

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Express Guitar is not among the best guitar courses but it’s not a bad option at all. The course consists of downloadable ebooks in PDF format, combined with audio MP3s and YouTube videos. It’s dedicated mostly for beginners and perhaps some intermediate players as a refresher. Mike Hayes certainly has the pedigree, but how does his course fare online?

Instructor5-stars

Mike Hayes is a professional guitarist and a guitar instructor. He started at the age of 13 playing for concerts, country dances and parties. He shared the stage with many top international acts including legendary rock guitarist Phil Emmanuel, jazz great George Golla and world renowned Hawaiian guitarist Jerry Byrd. Being a professional, he has studied arranging, composition and recording engineering. He also claimed that his music was officially listed in the 31st Grammy Awards ballot “Best Instrumental” category. In the late 1970’s Mike began teaching his techniques to others and opened a boutique Guitar Studio that works with guitar enthusiasts and career minded musicians.

Course3-stars

Basically, Express Guitar comprises 2 parts:

Part 1 includes the following:

  • Express Guitar Manual – 50 Songs

This 82 page lesson book in PDF format shows you how to play guitar with the combination of text, pictures, diagrams, chord charts and so on. Some of the lessons are parts of the guitar, tuning the guitar, reading the diagrams, 12 bar blues, chord progression templates, mathematical codes for blues templates, how to write a concert pitch chord chart, changing keys (capo), develop professional motor skills, metronome log sheet, minor pentatonic  scale, strings and data memory cards. The book also contains chord charts of 50 hit songs.

  • Express Guitar YouTube lesson videos

This video section is divided into 7 parts from menu title A to G. These parts basically show you some of the guitar fundamentals and how to play a few songs. At first, I thought this section had the same chronological order as the lesson book. Later on, I found that they were not exactly the same. You can study the videos and lesson book separately. Also, I felt that the menu titles A to G were meaningless. It’s hard to tell which menu contains the video lessons you’re looking for.

Part 2 (Mike called it resources) contains the following:

  • Left Hand Players Version
  • Art of Practice
  • Blueprint for Successful Learning
  • Blues Turnarounds & Introductions
  • Design Your Own Chord Shapes
  • Everything You Wanted To Know About Guitar Strings
  • Capo – How The Capo Works
  • Finger Gymnasium
  • How To Read TAB
  • How To Play Real Songs
  • Red Hot Rhythms
  • Walking 7th Chords
  • Suspended Chords
  • Finger Style Guitar
  • Ridiculously Easy Guitar Chords
  • Ridiculously Easy Guitar Scales
  • Sight Reading Magic
  • Virtual Band – Jam Trax Blues Club
  • Personal Trainer – Entrance Level
  • Lead Guitar Super Chops
  • Scale Theory 101
  • Creative Guitar

This part 2 often contains audio MP3s, lesson books in PDF format and YouTube lesson videos. I found the menu “Left Hand Players Version” to be very misleading. It was not entirely for left-handed players only. Besides, there were some broken links peppered throughout part 2. It appears that it’s time for Mike to check and update his site.

The videos of part 1 and part 2 are of low-definition (LD) and enhanced-definition (ED) qualities. There are lots of onscreen instructional text, chord diagrams, pictures, music notations and tabs. The close-up shots of the right and left hands are close and clear enough. However, they are not presented in split-screen style.

If you’re using dial-up internet access, please don’t buy this product. In order to watch YouTube videos, you need to have broadband internet access. Otherwise, you will have a teeth-grindingly long time to load the videos.

There is another complaint of mine. There are too many PDF books for download. I would prefer to have a single downloadable PDF file. That’s enough for complaints, it’s time for some compliments. The lessons are decent, detailed and specific for beginners. I liked one of them very much i.e. Art of Practice. I learnt one or two things from it.

As you can see in part 2, there is a menu called “Virtual Band – Jam Trax Blues Club”. These jam tracks are in the format of audio MP3. You can choose to jam along with full band, acoustic guitar and drums, acoustic guitar and bass, bass and drums, bass only or drums only jam track.

Support2-stars

Beside email support, Express Guitar offers an online support form for you to fill in to ask questions. Though it’s not the best support in the business, it’s not the worst too.

Pricing3-stars

I feel that buying a mediocre product for an one-time price of USD 47 is not a very good idea. It’s better to purchase a better product at a more expensive price.

Money Back Guarantee5-stars

Like any other guitar courses, Mike also offers you a 60-day money back guarantee. He uses Clickbank to handle his business. It’s a trustworthy premier retailer for digitally delivered products.

Overall Editor’s Rating3-stars

I personally think that Express Guitar is also like a blues guitar course because it focuses on blues guitar style a lot. It also lacks the glitzy games and software like those of Jamplay. Though it’s not the best but it surely will help a beginner to teach himself/herself to play the guitar.

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