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: Redrider0815

Your Name:

Martin O.

How long have you been a TrueFire Student?

All Access for about a year. As a free student for about 6 years.

Tell us a little bit about yourself as a musician:

I have been playing around with learning to play for about 23 years. It has only been in the last 2-3 years I have put any amount of dedication to improving as a player. I have played in several Praise & Worship bands and a couple cover bands with limited playing out. I play guitar and bass; I am a far better bass player than a guitarist. I like most genres of music but stick mostly to blues-based teaching for learning the guitar. My favored listening genre is classic rock and 70’s pop because that is what I grew up with.

What attracted you to TrueFire at first?

That I could do the lessons at home and at my own pace. In-person lessons are a valuable tool, but my life and learning style proved to be inefficient and rushed. TrueFire has allowed the enjoyment of learning to return because I get to set my pace for learning.

What are some of your favorite TrueFire courses or lessons?

I have particularly enjoyed the recent Beginner Blues Rhythm and Solo classes by Jeff McErlain, the new Eric Haugen class, and most of the Stu Hamm bass classes. The songs are a new thing, and I am eager to dig into one of them and see how well I can do.

How has TrueFire helped improve your playing?

It has improved my understanding of the fretboard, music theory, timing, and playing styles. It has also helped me to be more relaxed while playing. I have made myself a better player by including the jam tracks in the lessons and the fact that I can go over any lesson as many times as I need to be successful. The multi-camera angles and ability to slow the playback, or speed it up, have been extremely helpful.

Why do you use TrueFire, and how often?

As a student, it gives me quality teaching, quality presentation, and consistency. I use it 2-5 times a week.

What is your favorite feature of the TrueFire learning experience?

That I can purchase and download lessons, and they are always available to play, even offline.

Who is your favorite TrueFire Educator and why?

Jeff McErlain. There is something about his relaxed yet thoughtful presentation of the material that I enjoy. Though the classes are recorded he gives a feeling of being there in the room, encouraging and explaining things in real-world terms.

What would you like to see more of at TrueFire?

A wider variety of songs, some more bass material, and expansion into other areas like mandolin, etc.

Any other comments?

Keep up the work your service has proven to be a great asset to my learning.

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