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: douglove1000
How long have you been a TrueFire Student?
Tell us a little bit about yourself as a musician:
I live in France, and I have played for 10 years old without any teacher or lesson of any type. that explains my poor level. I would like to improve my rhythm guitar skills. I like all kinds of music, but to summarize, I’m more on the rock-funk side than on the blues-country side. Currently, I really dig into post-rock, math-rock, black-metal, prog-rock, and English pop! I always listen to fresh music and rarely music from the elders. So these days I like bands like Riverside, Tricot, iamthemorning, Lost Horizons. Oh, and I forgot Ska punk!
What attracted you to TrueFire at first?
I remember this story: I entered “funk rock riffs” on YouTube and was amazed by a video with Chris Buono.
What are some of your favorite TrueFire courses or lessons?
Massimo Varini (the 2 “motifs” courses), Jeff McErlain (Blues-rock soloing), Jon Finn (melodic riffs are awesome), and the 2 African courses (desert blues + west African guitar). For rhythm guitar stuff, I have to admit that I am still searching the course that will match my musical tastes (Robbie Calvo’s Craft and Architect courses are great, but not 100% the music I’d love to play).
How has TrueFire helped improve your playing?
I understood I never banded correctly! it’s nice to follow a plan, a course from A to Z, to understand the logic of the instructor. It’s in my nature to play without a plan, a little of this, a little of that. It’s a real weakness for me. I played nothing great for 10 years, and I’m happy to make progress with TrueFire courses and tools.
Why do you use TrueFire, and how often?
I use it to play, as I’m only a bedroom player (musique de chambre?). That is why I really dig the videos and backing tracks.
What is your favorite feature of the TrueFire learning experience?
The tabs synced with the video (and having the possibility to slow down).
Who is your favorite TrueFire Educator and why?
Jeff McErlain explains very very well what he is doing on screen. it’s not the case for all instructors, but Jeff knows how to teach. It’s not only “play this, play that, the third fret of the second string,” but also how and why.
What would you like to see more of at TrueFire?
Honestly, I think you have an impressive library of blues, country, jazz, and funk courses. I would love TrueFire to release courses on more fresh, new, contemporary music: post-rock, math-rock, black-metal, and indie rock, to name a few. And a course for “50 punk rock rhythm you must know” (with at least 10 ska punk rhythms!).
Any other comments?
Ah yes, the first course I bought ($5) was Chris Buono’s Guitar Cubed. I think it’s a super method to learn how to play rhythms and solos on the same theme. Chris should try to do the same with modern rock tunes. More modern rock, more modern rock, more modern rock, more modern rock! And thank you for the music!
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