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Old 07-16-2012, 10:53 PM   #1
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Tom Hess' Lessons

So apparently I can't get lessons from Tom Hess because I can't do or understand what a barre chord is. That's understandable that he wants to work with people who already know the basics. I've been playing for 4 years though, I'm not really a beginner, and I've tried to teach myself chords... it's so confusing and I give up.

Anyone know if Tom Hess' lessons are worth it and how much do they cost?
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:00 PM   #2
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:00 PM   #3
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:07 PM   #4
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i dont trust any teacher whos not willing to teach the basics
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:11 PM   #5
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Seems legit, has all these students with their videos of what they can do from being taught by Hess.
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:15 PM   #6
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If you can't play chords, you're a beginner (even if it's after 4 years), sorry.
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:20 PM   #7
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Ive also heard that his lessons aren't worth it, as he's just a good salesman... or something...
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:29 PM   #8
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If you can't play chords Tom Hess isn't going to help you either, or at least not more than any other teacher would.

He probably couldn't give better advice than most decent players on here. Because barre Chords are kinda a thing that you just learn and do. There aren't many ways to do them. You just find one way that doesn't hurt and sounds clean and that's it. "Masterclass" teachers like that Hess bloke are most about lead playing; stuff like vibrato bendings and picking articulations. It's just for rich people who can already play well to sound a tiny tiny bit better. Imho it's not worth the money, but you can see some of lesson clips of him on youtube for free and they do have some good advice. You won't see him talking about barre chords though, but any decent local teacher should be able to teach you how to do that. It's really not that hard...
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:35 PM   #9
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I think I understand them... it's just a chord all on the same fret and u play it with one finger?
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:55 PM   #10
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:08 AM   #11
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There are a million ways to do things on the guitar. That is why you have so many people with lessons spread all over the internet claiming their methods are best and beg for your money.

Best thing to do is to figure out things on your own especially when it comes to lead. There are so many ways you can be creative on guitar ...playing leads chords composing etc.

There is lots of free info on the internet and I would just use that and be creative yourself and not rely on someone. Tom Hess seems like he knows his stuff but I would never pay hundreds of dollars or whatever it is he charges. He has some pretty informative lessons for free on youtube...check them out because I think they are above what most guitar teachers spew out all over youtube. Great thing is that, his free lessons on youtube is all you really need to know from him lol.
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I think I understand them... it's just a chord all on the same fret and u play it with one finger?


You know how open chords utilize the open strings? Well, with barre chords, your barring finger allows you to use the shape of an open chord while making the "open" strings fit the chord. You're essentially turning one of your fingers into a movable nut. I hope that makes sense.
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Old 07-17-2012, 01:07 AM   #13
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Old 07-17-2012, 01:16 AM   #14
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I didn't want to complicate things.
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Old 07-17-2012, 03:09 AM   #15
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If you can't play chords, you're a beginner (even if it's after 4 years), sorry.


Yep. Can't play chords, can't play songs. Its generally step number 1 for any guitarist to learn chords. I'll speculate and guess that TS knows some random riffs here and there that he learnt from tab, no full songs. That's definitely beginner territory.
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:13 AM   #16
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Your ability on the guitar isn't quantified by " the hardest/most impressive thing you'r eable to do", what matters is how good you are across the board. For example, if someone has focussed all their abilities on leanng to sweep up and down a few arpeggios and that's all they can do, but is unable to get to grips with a fundamental, basic concept like chords then the technical prowess is pretty much worthless.
They'll be able to do those few things they're good at but they won't really be able to "play the guitar", in the same way that you can teach a parrot to mimic all the words you like but it'll never really be able to hold a conversation with you.

So yes, you're still a beginner. Why? Because there's a lot of beginner stuff that you can't do, therefore need to learn.

Also didn't we already have a similar thread about this not long ago.
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:23 AM   #17
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For the basics. A hands on teacher will have it's advantages. sometimes you just need slight adjustments to your posture. Internet would not be practical in this instance.
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Old 07-17-2012, 02:18 PM   #18
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I would definitely recommend justinguitar.com over Tom Hess, and Justin's site is free.
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I would definitely recommend justinguitar.com over Tom Hess, and Justin's site is free.


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Old 07-19-2012, 12:01 AM   #20
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I decided not to get Tom Hess' lessons.

Yeah I get that if I don't know beginner stuff like chords, that would still make me a beginner but to be honest you know... being self taught, it sucks... because in the beginning I didn't have a clue of what I was supposed to learn so I never learned anything, no one told me what to learn or what order to learn stuff in.

I made a thread a couple months ago asking for help on the subject of chords, how you use them in a song, when to use them and how to understand them, I read some of the content people posted, especially this one 12 part article called "The Crusade" that someone linked, but the two articles or so that had talked about chords weren't really a beginner's guide to chords and it didn't really help, also not knowing fret notes doesn't help me out either.

Also Justin guitar is still learning on my own, I'm done learning on my own, I need lessons for a person. No time though, which is why I'm looking for online lessons.

Can you get one on one lessons from Jam Play?

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