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: limberis
How long have you been a TrueFire Student?
Over 5 years.
Tell us a little bit about yourself as a musician:
I’ve been playing guitar for over 33 years.
What attracted you to TrueFire at first?
Heard on the No Guitar is Safe podcast. Ben Lacey was amazing and had a course. Once I checked it out, I liked that all my courses were in one place, I could track progress, and the teachers were working musicians
What are some of your favorite TrueFire courses or lessons?
I really like the master classes and the Take 5 series. Jeff Mcerlain’s Dom 7 Arpeggios, Robben Ford’s Chord Evolution, anything from Carl Burnett, Matt Schofield’s Playing the Changes
How has TrueFire helped improve your playing?
A much better understanding of playing over changes, an exposure to styles that I didn’t know how to approach: David Hamburger’s fingerstyle blues, Paul Rishell’s Dirt Road Blues, and Tommy Emmanuel’s courses
Why do you use TrueFire, and how often?
Personal practice, 5 days a week.
What is your favorite feature of the TrueFire learning experience?
All courses are in one hub. All materials for the lesson (tabs, video, backing) are all in one spot within the lesson.
Who is your favorite TrueFire Educator and why?
Robben Ford: He is good at giving background and theory behind the notes
What would you like to see more of at TrueFire?
More of the theory behind what is being played. Some courses don’t show why some of the notes work or are targeted. JTC addresses this with some text that might not have even been written by the instructor but lets you know when you are targeting certain notes or using a certain scale. Also, not much contemporary playing here. I need to go to other sources for more modern playing.
Any other comments?
I’d like to see jam tracks that show the chords as they change, maybe some notes on approaches for soloing over. I would love it if you could replace me searching youtube for tracks (where they can show the chords as they pass). I feel like the purchasable backing tracks are an afterthought where they could be another learning path. oh, and I’d love more Kid Anderson and some contemporary courses (fusion, neo-soul, shred).
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