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eMedia Guitar Method v6

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Over 190 easy-to-follow guitar lessons take you from basics, such as how to tune a guitar and play simple chords, to fingerpicking, how to read guitar tabs and music notation, and more. With new chord recognition technology, eMedia Guitar Method offers Instant Feedback and Performance Evaluation as you play both chords and melodies. Learn popular songs made famous by Bob Dylan, Steve Miller, the Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, John Lennon, and others to make these guitar lessons fun!
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Award-winning Guitar Lessons. Learn How to Play Guitar — Acoustic or Electric.

The best-selling eMedia Guitar Method, featuring guitar lessons from University of Colorado-Boulder's Kevin Garry, Ph.D., is the most complete guitar instruction software available today. eMedia interactive feedback technologies make understanding the lessons easier so you learn how to play guitar faster.

Over 190 easy-to-follow guitar lessons take you from basics, such as how to tune a guitar and play simple chords, to fingerpicking, how to read guitar tabs and music notation, and more. With new chord recognition technology, eMedia Guitar Method offers Instant Feedback and Performance Evaluation as you play both chords and melodies. Learn popular songs made famous by Bob Dylan, Steve Miller, the Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, John Lennon, and others to make these guitar lessons fun! 

New v6 Features: Chord Recognition, Jam Tracks, New Songs, and Much More!

Features include:

  • New features in version 6 include chord recognition technology, dozens of play-along Jam Tracks, Instant Feedback and Performance Evaluation with a new 5-star rating system, ear training exercises, progress tracking, additional songs, and more!
  • Over 190 guitar lessons by Kevin Garry, Ph.D, award-winning guitarist and Professor of Music, cover rock, blues, folk and classical to teach you how to play guitar in a variety of styles. These easy guitar lessons for beginners teach you how to read guitar tabs (tablature), easy chords, and guitar notes (music notation).
  • Over 70 great guitar songs with new play-along Jam Tracks include hits such as “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” “Imagine,” “Wayfaring Stranger,” “Rock’n Me” and many more to make learning fun!
  • More than 50 videos, many with split-screen view and close-ups of both hands, show you the techniques needed to learn how to play guitar.
  • eMedia’s Animated Fretboard and on-screen fingering charts show fingerings for chords and notes.
  • Integrated guitar software tools include eMedia’s signature Automatic Tuner for guitar, Chord Dictionary (with over 250 guitar chord charts), Metronome, and Recorder.
  • The Note Tracker and Finger Tracker tools display the notes you’re playing in staff notation and on the Animated Fretboard as the guitar software listens to your playing via the computer microphone.
  • Students can see correctly played chords and notes highlighted as they are played with the Instant Feedback and Performance Evaluation features.
  • Songs and exercises appear as both audio and MIDI tracks plus new play-along Jam Tracks that can all be looped, slowed down, or sped up.

Note: Once you master guitar basics like how to read guitar tabs and play basic chords, then eMedia Intermediate Guitar Method can provide more advanced guitar lessons. Start learning how to play guitar today!

Over 190 Step-by-Step Guitar Lessons

Arranged in twelve chapters, these incremental lessons cover the basics from holding, stringing, and tuning the guitar to playing chords and melodies, culminating in an explanation of fingerpicking styles, reading standard music notation, and a new chapter on ear training. Lessons include a variety of exercises and songs. In total, there are over 50 high-quality videos and over three hours of audio and video! On-screen teacher Kevin Garry, Ph.D., provides clear and friendly instruction.

eMedia Guitar Method features songs in a variety of genres to make learning fun and memorable – including Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, and Classical! Version 6 includes play along Jam Tracks as well as live-recorded audio and variable speed tracks. Over 70 songs include hits such as:

  • Bob Dylan (“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”)
  • Rolling Stones/The Doors (“Little Red Rooster”)
  • John Lennon (“Imagine”)
  • The Steve Miller Band (“Rock’n Me”)
  • Heart (“Dreamboat Annie”)
  • Rod Stewart/Tom Waits (“Downtown Train”)
  • The Grateful Dead (“Uncle John’s Band”)

Also included are popular songs, including “Wayfaring Stranger,” “Scarborough Fair,” “La Bamba,” “Midnight Special,” “Ode to Joy,” “Minuet,” “Greensleeves,” “House of the Rising Sun” and many others.

Instant Feedback on Your Playing

Instant Feedback shows you when you play the correct chords or notes on your guitar as you progress through an exercise. With a microphone connected to your computer and a guitar in your hands, play the notes in the exercise (or song) on any screen featuring the “ear” icon in the upper right corner and the computer will highlight the notes for you in green. You’ll discover that reading tablature and music notation is easier than you ever thought possible!

Performance Evaluation and Progress Tracking

When you’re ready, you can switch to Performance Evaluation and get feedback on both pitch and rhythm to help you improve your playing! Earn up to a 5-star rating or view your score as a percentage. We’ve also added Progress Tracking so you can review your best scores and track your progress through the course.

Note and Finger Tracker

The Note Tracker and Finger Tracker tools makes it easier to see what note you’re playing by displaying the note as music notation and on eMedia’s Animated Fretboard. You’ll be able to correct your playing quickly and learn to read music fast!

Interactive Flash Card Quizzes

After you’ve been prepped with exercises designed to teach you to read tablature and notation, try the interactive flash card quizzes to reinforce what you have learned. Flash Quizzes utilize our Pitch Tracking technology to detect notes played on your acoustic guitar!

Over 50 Guitar Lesson Videos

Professional guitar instructor Kevin Garry, Ph.D., guides you in over 50 videos with demonstrations of techniques. Many of the videos include split-screen displays with close-ups for a clearer perspective. Watch them at the native size or in Full Screen mode.

Music Notation Display Options

Learn via guitar tablature or standard music notation through this easily accessible menu option.

Music Tracking

Highlighting of the music and lyrics as they’re heard makes it easy to follow along on guitar.

Song Highlighting and Looping

Song looping lets you highlight and repeat any section of music you wish to practice.

Variable-Speed MIDI Tracks

Speed up or slow the tempo down as desired. Use this in combination with the looping feature, and you can learn at the pace best suited to you!

Animated Fretboard

The Animated Fretboard displays fingering positions for you as the music plays. It allows you to see exactly how to play the song on a simulated guitar fretboard as you listen to the music and the music tracking highlights the notes being played on the screen. Since you can highlight and loop any section of the music (or even double-click on a single note in the music), you can use the Animated Fretboard to make difficult sections or quick changes easier to manage and learn. The Animated Fretboard makes it simple to follow along with the lesson content. Includes option for both right- and left-handed views, and, just for fun, choose from six different fretboard skins modeled after classic guitars!

Automatic Tuner

Tune your guitar quickly and easily. A precision gauge allows you to play into your computer’s microphone and tune up interactively. Reference guitar tuning notes are also included.

Chord Dictionary

With fingering charts and recorded playback for over 250 chords. Find new chords for songs quickly.

Digital Metronome

Set your own speed and keep a steady beat.

Digital Recorder

Save your recordings and play back to share and compare.

Contents summary


I. About the Guitar

Types of Guitars; Stringing; Tuning; Holding; Finger Position; Reading Charts; Simple G Chord.

II. Simple Chords and Strumming

Songs Introducing Simple C and G7; Full A7, C and D Chords; Double Strum.

III. More Chords and Adding Accents

Songs with Accents; Shifting Accents; 3/4 Accented Time; A, Am, D7, E, Em, E7, Full G Chord.

IV. Slash Chords and Chord Progressions

Songs with Slash Chords G/B, A/C#; New Chords Am7, Bm, B7, C7, Dm, F, Full G7; “Imagine.”

V. Rock Strumming and Power Chords

Folk Rock; Syncopation; Power Chords A5, D5, E5; Palm Muting; Contemporary Rock Strumming.

VI. Playing the Blues

Introducing the Blues Rhythm: “Corrina,” “Little Red Rooster” and Others; the 12-Bar Blues.

VII. Modern Rock Strumming and Movable Power Chords

Movable Power Chords and Riffs; Palm Muting in Modern Rock; Rock/Punk Strums; The Chika.

VIII. Reading Tablature and Playing Melodies

Tablature; Rhythmic Notation; Melodies – Folk to Classic; Boogie Woogie Bass; Blues Shuffle.

IX. Bass-Note Strum with Country Tunes

Popular Songs with Bass-Note Strum; Bass-Note Double Strum; Alternate Bass-Note Strum.

X. Fingerpicking – from Arpeggio to Travis

Introduced in “Scarborough Fair,” “House of the Rising Sun,” “Romanza,” and Others.

XI. Reading Standard Music Notation

How to Read Music String by String; Rhythm; Time Signatures; Accidentals; Key Signatures.

XII. Ear Training

Introduction to Playing by Ear; Using Your Voice; Direction, Distance, and Duration.


Button Symbols; Commands and Shortcuts; Song Looping; Tools (Animated Fretboard, Recorder, etc); Instant Feedback; Performance Evaluation.


Product Details

Product Details

Manufacturer EMEDIA
System Requirements (Windows)
  • Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 10
  • 2.5 GHz CPU / 8 GB RAM (recommended for interactive features)
  • CD-ROM or Download
System Requirements (Mac)
  • Mac OS X 10.5 to 10.13
  • CD-ROM or Download


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