The worldwide community of guitarists and musicians is one of the main reasons why TrueFire is where it is today. With our students’ input and feedback, we stay motivated to continue to expand our library and improve our music e-learning experience. So, while we spend a lot of time highlighting our incredible faculty and content, we think it’s time to move the spotlight on some of our most passionate users.

In this Student Spotlight series, we’ll be showcasing a member of the diverse TrueFire community and sharing their thoughts with you. We hope you find yourself inspired. Ignited we stand!

Student Spotlight: blueBros

Your Name:

Paul P.

How long have you been a TrueFire Student?

10 years.

Tell us a little bit about yourself as a musician:

Played 16 years professionally as a Bass player in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, & Delaware. Studied Bass Violin to get into college for music education. Switched to guitar. Love fingerstyle guitar. Currently in Arizona, where I had the privilege to meet Muriel Anderson and Vicki Genfan. I am a cousin to 2 guys that were members of the 50’s group Danny and the Juniors and another professional musician. Lots of music in my family.

What attracted you to TrueFire at first?

Saw some instructions on YouTube and checked out the TrueFire site. Purchased many videos and learned a ton from them. Great fun and educational across multiple genres.

What are some of your favorite TrueFire courses or lessons?

All of the fingerstyle video instructions from many varieties of teachers and styles. Like the electric stuff too. I own most of the catalog.

How has TrueFire helped improve your playing?

I’ve learned new songs and styles and been exposed to more through TrueFire than I would have gotten elsewhere or on my own. The videos have expanded my horizons and greatly improved my technique and repertoire.

Why do you use TrueFire, and how often?

I use TrueFire to learn new techniques, styles, and songs. What I have learned from the videos I have been able to apply to learning my favorite songs. I use the videos a few times a week.

What is your favorite feature of the TrueFire learning experience?

The breakdown videos show close-ups of the specific techniques to play the material. It gives both understanding and speeds up the process of grasping the lessons.

Who is your favorite TrueFire Educator and why?

Muriel Anderson for her patience and presentation, as well as David Hamburger and Paul Rishell for the blues and technique breakdowns and new/traditional songs introduction that I would not have received elsewhere. Actually, all of the instructors are great, and I appreciate them all, which is why I own so many videos and styles.

What would you like to see more of at TrueFire?

There’s already a great catalog from which to select, but I would like to see Joe Robinson teach a breakdown of some of what he considers essential fingerstyle songs and how he approaches learning and interpreting new songs.

Any other comments?

Thank you for the instructions and great format. Much appreciated.

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