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GuitarTricks Review and Evaluation

Should you be fortunate enough to have learned a guitar in primary or junior high school, you know that feeling of fulfillment and delight which playing a musical instrument, and playing music can cause. Should you be planning on learning a musical instrument, learning the acoustic guitar is a good option. It’s cheap, uses up very little space, and you will see that playing a track that you’ve been listening to your whole life, or jamming to a backing track can be very satisfying.

One of the most well-liked guitar training internet sites is We carried out a full assessment of the site, to see how guitar pupils would profit from their tutorials. About 2 hours into our GuitarTricks evaluation, we were already pleased. The site is utterly massive. They have 1000s of lessons spanning all difficulty levels, spanning all styles. Guitar even offers a number of helpful guitar tools, including the online metronome, backing tracks player, chord catalogue, and so on. Browsing through the lessons is also very easy, which is great, since locating the thing you would like to learn from the 1000s of tutorials they have would otherwise be a real pain.

Advanced guitar players will find lots of things to discover also, since GuitarTricks includes a section on understanding the unique styles of famous guitarists, named “By Inspiration”.. can teach you the subsequent styles of music:

  • Bluegrass
  • Classical
  • Blues
  • Country
  • Rock
  • Funk
  • Jazz
  • Surf, etc.

There are also sessions that concentrate on the distinct style of renowned guitarists, including:

Angus Young, B.B. King, Brian May, Brian Setzer, Brent Mason, Carlos Santana, Chet Atkins, Danny Gatton, Django Reinhardt, Eddie Van Halen, Eric Clapton, Frank Gambale, Gary Moore, Jack Johnson, Jason Becker, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Jorma Kaukonen, Kirk Hammett, Paul Gilbert, Richie Blackmore, Shawn Colvin, Stanley Jordan, Steve Vai, Steve Wariner, Taj Mahal, Yngwie, Zakk Wylde, and more


  • A large number of video lessons offered.
  • Excellent search, so that you can easily browse the numerous instructional videos.
  • It is possible to download the training videos and guitar resources onto your computer, so you can watch them all when you aren’t linked to the Web.
  • Affordable tuition, helping you save thousands on private guitar instructor expenses.

The things we did not like about GuitarTricks:

  • Due to the fact that GuitarTricks was the earliest video guitar lessons website on the net, about 4% of the video clips are older, and thus of reduced quality.

Comparing and Evaluating Graduate Programs [IV]

Evaluating graduate schools and comparing them just became much easier. In my three previous postings on this topic I provided numerous criteria that an assiduous graduate school candidate might use to drill into web sites as well as to question graduate program chairs about various dimensions of a program. The goal of this deeper inquiry and comparison is to find a higher degree of comfort or “fit” with the programs to which a student might apply. With application fees averaging $75, it pays to be thoughtful and deliberate in determining which programs you should consider. It is easy to name the top three programs in many disciplines, but finding outstanding programs that also provide generous funding should not be left to word-of-mouth networking or to relying on reputations that may have grown stale. Now, an invaluable on-line resource is available that allows for assessments in ways that were not easily possible until now.

It took five years and after numerous delays, the National Research Council published A Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States. This is a rigorously constructed, detailed and critically assessed study of more than 5000 programs in 212 universities. The study can be downloaded for free [see #1 below] and contains instructional tutorials, one aimed specifically at students, to help you to use the database to explore and compare programs. The data in this document is not exactly “fresh,” because it was collected during the 2005 – 2006 academic year, but it is still the best data that we have; it is also true that changes in the rankings of schools proceed at a glacial pace, so while there is some reason to be skeptical about some of the outcomes, it is not wise to diminish the results of this study by being overly skeptical.

Students will probably find the following site [see #2 below] even more useful than the NRC’s site. is an independent organization that has used the data from the Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs to create a site on which users of the Assessment can rank graduate programs according to their own priorities. This site allows you to sort and rank universities at two levels and to use multiple variables to achieve a detailed view of the program[s] you are considering. For example, at what I would label the “primary level” you can sort by size [larger or smaller], by the nature of the faculty [gender/minority], by tuition costs and by the number of funded students. At the “secondary level” you can rank items using a scale that allows you to check what is important to you [1 to 5] and explore items like the faculty’s research productivity [publications, grants, awards], student outcomes [time-to-degree, placement, academic jobs] and resources devoted to students [professional development, health insurance, employment, training for teaching].

In short these two sites provide tools that allow you to acquire a level of transparency that would have been impossible to achieve, even if you assiduously called graduate school deans or graduate program chairs. The amount of information available is daunting, the sites may take some time to negotiate, but what you can mine from these databases is invaluable.