Welcome to TrueFire! To kick off the learning experience, we are greeting new Students with a complimentary course on “Perfect Practice.” For the next five days, you’ll be receiving the program, one part per day.
We’ve tapped several of our top educators and closest friends in high places to learn what makes for effective, efficient guitar practice. Naturally, we don’t expect you to absorb it all in five days, but we want to make it all available to you right out of the gate.
Review each phase of the program as it arrives, absorb what you can, and hold on to it for later reference. This way you’ll always have access to the knowledge offered here, plus you’ll gain a greater understanding of all that’s available under TrueFire’s roof to help you experiment and grow as a player. When all five phases are in your mind — and under your fingers — you will truly be on the road to Perfect Practice!
An Overview of TrueFire.com
Interactive Video Courses
With our video guitar lessons, we aim to recreate the face-to-face experience of sitting across from a live teacher — only this teacher is available on your schedule, in your home studio, and moves at your pace. TrueFire courses can be downloaded to your computer or ordered on disk, and they are contained in our proprietary course player, which offers several learning components:
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With TrueFire TV you can access all of our interactive video courses via an online streaming format – all the course assets like tab and jam tracks are downloadable. Free Students have all-access for 30 days, while Pro, Master, and Sherpa Students have all-access as long as they are subscribed. Sit yourself down for extended lessons on the subject of your choosing, or view a quick clip to learn just one lick or trick.
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For Sherpa Students only, our online classrooms give you the opportunity to get personalized, 1-on-1 instruction from a Sherpa Instructor of your choosing on pretty much any topic. Working on your own is great for some players, but others need that extra guidance to get out of the rut. Our online classrooms are truly a social learning experience, with threaded discussions, unlimited video messaging with your instructor, and much more. Best of all, it all happens on shifted time so you never have to worry about appointments or scheduling snafus.
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We have an enormous library (1,200+!) of audio guitar lessons — but we don’t just leave you hanging with just an audio clip — you get a fully interactive lesson. For example, years and years of lessons from Guitar Player magazine are downloadable, and you’ll get audio from the original lesson, a PDF of the original page, plus a PowerTab version of the music notation.
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Beyond our vast library of video guitar lessons and audio lessons, we also have a number of killer learning tools at your disposal. For example, our Jam Track Library has over 200 practice rhythm tracks across all styles, keys and tempos. Each jam track comes with a lead sheet too. We also have a great online tuner, metronome, a handy-dandy guitar chord chart, and a guitar terms glossary. All of these tools are 100% FREE. Check them each out and use wisely!
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If you’re keen on learning on the go, we’ve got you covered with out mobile apps designed for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Our Guitar Lab app is free and contains a nice selection of lessons from a variety of courses. If you’re looking to drill down on a particular topic, however, we have a number of individual courses in mobile app format, such as our 50 Blues Guitar Licks. Each app comes with the videos and all the supplementary learning materials like tab, notation, text descriptions, and jam tracks.
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Setting Up Your Work Space
Keep your instrument someplace easily accessable. A guitar on a hanger on the wall in your bedroom is great. A guitar in a case underneath the couch in the half-finished basement is not so great. – Douglas Baldwin
If you don’t already have a physical space established where you will sit down and practice, now is the time to set it up. Doesn’t matter if it’s a spare room, a desk that does double-duty for daytime work, or a far corner of the basement. Establishing physical space is the first step in establishing “head space.”
Ideally, your practice spot is somewhere you can leave a guitar out on a stand or hung on a hook. Time is an evaporating commodity — you want to get right to work whether you have two hours or ten minutes. You can squeeze some practicing in here and there without stopping the rest of your life (more on Time Management in Phase 3).
You’ll need a seat set at a good height for playing, and a music stand. If you like to raise one leg, like many classical players do, you’ll need a foot stand or something comparable nearby — some players just use the headstock-end of a guitar case. And since you’ll be using our interactive multimedia content, you’ll need a tabletop nearby for your laptop or monitor.
Beyond that, we’ve really aimed to take care of everything else within TrueFire’s materials. Now that your physical environment is taking shape, let’s start getting comfortable with the online environment.
Focus for a short period of time, in all the right ways. Then walk away and let it go. – Vicki Genfan
One thing we know after 18 years in the biz is that every player learns differently. Are you more visual or aural? Do you memorize quickly or prefer having a chart to reference? Can you recognize an interval from the sound of it, or do you recognize the shape played by the instructor’s left hand?
Your work space and the components within it need to be organized to accommodate the way you learn. Consider what works best for you as you decide whether to print the PowerTab or just read the chart down on screen; whether you like to go to a screen saver while playing along to a Jam Track; whether you’ll need to pivot in your chair to shift between viewing a video and playing guitar (don’t bang that headstock!).
Last thing here is a quick note about audio routing. If you’re practicing on electric, you might consider routing your guitar signal and the computer’s audio output through the same mixer and speakers (try panning the computer hard left and guitar hard right). Some of you have home studios that make this easy, though the setup never has to be too complex. Just make sure those faders are down when you first hit play, and then bring levels up to a comfortable listening and playing level.
Welcome to TrueFire. Practice smart. Play hard.