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: brian1m1

Your Name:

Brian M.

How long have you been a TrueFire Student?

Since around 2018. I became an All Access Student this past December.

Tell us a little bit about yourself as a musician:

I’ve played guitar off and on since I was a teenager. Until more recently, I would stop playing for long periods of time after becoming frustrated that I could not play nearly as well as I would like. Around 10 years ago, I began playing ukulele, and I have also tried to learn basic keyboard skills. (I wanted to use my Roland Digital Piano as something more than a very expensive instrument tuner).

This past November, I decided to take another stab at playing guitar. I remembered that I had purchased a Christmas Carol course by Larry Carlton and a couple of other Ukulele courses, including one by Marcy Marxer. In December, True Fire offered a one-year All Access Plan for $99. When I figured out the cost of in-person lessons, I felt this was a very attractive deal and alternative to live lessons. I joined and have been thoroughly enjoying myself. I’ve regained and exceeded the skills I had before I shoved the guitar under the bed. I would rejoin for another year after my current subscription expires if I could renew at the same price point.

What attracted you to TrueFire at first?

I noticed that Larry Carlton had a course on playing Christmas carols.

What are some of your favorite TrueFire courses or lessons?

I am currently enjoying the Blues Guitar Fakebook 1 and several other blues and blues rock courses. I also plan to check out the blues ukulele course that was just added and the classical guitar courses that are already in your catalog.

How has TrueFire helped improve your playing?

I have found the ability to watch the teachers play examples while the tab and notation scroll beneath very helpful. I also like the fact that I can download a chart of each example, which lets me practice on my own. Since these are PDF files, I can mark them up to further assist me.

Why do you use TrueFire, and how often?

I have been using TrueFire daily in order to help me to make progress in my musicianship.

What is your favorite feature of the TrueFire learning experience?

I really enjoy the scrolling tablature and notation.

Who is your favorite TrueFire Educator and why?

That is a difficult question to answer. At this point, I would say that I have enjoyed watching lessons by Corey Congilo the most.

What would you like to see more of at TrueFire?

I would enjoy having more ukulele courses and if possible, a few basic keyboard/piano courses.

Any other comments?

I just discovered that it is possible to mirror lessons on my television using Apple AirPlay. This feature also works on Roku and other streaming devices that include this option. It would be helpful if this feature was built in. I like the automatic scrolling feature but would find having that enabled automatically when using Safari or Chrome helpful.

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