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Hi there! You have entered the wonderful world of the guitar. My love affair with this instrument is directly traceable to Sunday February 9th, 1964. Supposedly 73 million people tuned in to watch the Ed Sullivan show that night … well 73 million and one! Four lads from Liverpool and specifically; a Rickenbacker 325 Capri, a Gretsch 6122 Country Gentleman and a Hofner 500/1 violin bass. HOW COOL! And I must say ….. the rest is Rock n’ Roll history. From children's favorites to campfire sing-a-longs to classic riffs, travel with me as we move from beginner to inspired learner to player! Throw in some super guitar tips, links and posts and you're in for a great ride! You won't be disappointed!

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Dave April 13, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Jackson you Rock!! Great website, great idea!
See Ya Buddy … Dave

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admin May 10, 2011 at 8:09 AM

Thanks Dave … appreciated!

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John Lomas April 13, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Hi Jackson
Great looking site. The idea is terrific and a lot of work I bet. The videos are very polished and look good.
Great Job!
John

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admin April 13, 2011 at 10:55 PM

Thanks John …… a work in progress of course and lots yet to do!

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Karin Muuren April 13, 2011 at 10:37 PM

Hi Jackson,
I would love to learn with you!!!!! 
Lots of hugs,
Karin

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admin May 10, 2011 at 8:14 AM

And you will be one of my fave pupils! Thanks Karin!

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Dirk April 14, 2011 at 3:22 AM

Hi Jackson,
Like Karin I would like to learn from you.
Sorry I did not know about you when we were in Vernon with Karin !!
Greetings From South Africa
Dirk

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admin April 14, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Hi Dirk! Greetings TO South Africa! Hope you can glean some valuable info and tips from the site. Nice to have you aboard!

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Anne April 16, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Would love to learn with you, but I gave my guitar to a friend…I will pass your website on to Dawson.
I am interested in learning how to play the keyboard, if you know a good site to learn, please let me know.

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admin May 10, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Well thanks for passing it on … but you know you can find a pretty nice acoustic these days for $100 or so. If you decide to pick one up again … you know where to find me.

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John McLean April 19, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Hi Jackson,
John McLean here. I'm Ben McLean's older brother. I've seen you in some of the plays you've starred in with him. I've always enjoyed your work on stage. I teach guitar in Calgary, AB so Ben sent me a link to your site. I just wanted to say that I think this is a wonderful thing you're doing. The world needs more people like you. Great singing and playing on those classics!
Sincerely,
John

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admin April 20, 2011 at 12:34 AM

Thanks so much John … for the very kind words … take care!

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Val Heuman April 23, 2011 at 8:21 AM

Congratulations Jackson! I am so impressed with your generosity in making this site available to inspire and assist guitar fans everywhere. I am sending a link to my brother, niece and nephew in Alberta who are all heavily involved in the music scene there. I look forward to visiting your site often just to see it evolve even though I am not a guitar player myself.

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admin April 23, 2011 at 8:26 AM

Thanks Val … appreciate your interest!

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Sherie Peter May 1, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Hey Jackson
Thank you so much!! Purchasing the guitar from you was the best decision, my husband was totally blown away. What is the name of the video you posted playing it before I came to get it? My husband wants to watch it.
Again, Thank you!
Sherie

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admin May 1, 2011 at 9:13 AM

The video is WILD THING – Guitar Lesson and can be found on the Three Chord Song page – Three Chord Rock. So glad he loves the guitar!

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Richard August 22, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Hi Jackson, I really like your lessons and attitude towards life that shows in your personality, you have already taught me more than you can imagine and got me started learning  new things again on my guitar. It is easy to get in a rut with practising and new songs are much appreciated. Best regards Rich, live long and propsper,

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admin September 2, 2011 at 8:51 AM

Wow Rich …. thanks for the kind words …. I’m glad you feel rejuvenated! May the force be with you!

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Lee October 5, 2011 at 8:06 PM

Hey Jackson, great site, Have to say you were a big influence on me back in the 80s' Mace days. (I spent alot of time at Garys'). You guys opened my ears up to some great music like the Arrows, the Doobie brothers and LRB when I was in my teenage Heavy Metal stage. Those songs stuck with me all my life and made me a better musician. Now I am passing that on to my kids. Thank you!

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admin October 5, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Thanks so much Lee … always great to think back to those great days! I hope in some small way the site can help with your family’s music! Hope you are still active and above all enjoying it. By the way … MACE is still playing. Not sure if you knew.

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Brent October 9, 2011 at 9:01 PM

 
Jackson – Great site! I played guitar 20+ years ago and then had a few kids and life happened. Just recently decided to pick it up again and found your site. With my limited time your site has been a great help. Thanks and keep up the good work!
 
Brent

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admin October 10, 2011 at 12:16 AM

I know what you mean about those gaps Brent. Great to know that you are back at it though and hope I can help a bit with the re-entry! All the best …. Jackson

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bruce October 24, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Hi my name is Bruce. I’m from Guadalajara Mexico and I want to congratulate you on a great site!
i wonder what the name of the song that plays at the beginning of your videos

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admin November 6, 2011 at 8:44 AM

Thanks so much Bruce. It’s the guitar intro to Layla by Derek and the Dominos.

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Guillaume December 9, 2011 at 12:54 PM

Thank you, Jackson ! great website ! great lessons ! so cool !
Best wishes from France !

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admin December 9, 2011 at 4:25 PM

I much appreciate you taking the time to say so …. cheers from Canada! Merci Beaucoup!

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john December 20, 2011 at 5:56 AM

Hi Jackson, I have been on few sites but find your lessons explain details a lot clearer. I lost my hearing 9 years ago and I loved trying to play guitar. You can understand how devastated I was because I was learning to play guitar at that time, but now I have had a Cochlear implant which gives me hearing back though it’s not same as natural hearing. Your videos are very clear and chord and strumming so clear to me and the way you demonstrate above is ace. Merry Christmas …. regards john

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admin December 20, 2011 at 6:04 AM

Much appreciated John and I’m VERY happy for your improved hearing and health!

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Terry December 22, 2011 at 9:29 PM

I just stumbled onto one of your YouTube videos and as a three year guitar player, mainly learning from videos, I think your lessons are the highest quality out there! The video/sound clarity, the rhythm lesson, guitar/amp tone, your attitude, and your voice are all awesome! Great selection of covers to learn. Your website is so professional, that I’ll probably sit here all winter. Thank you, thank you, and thank you! Life is good!

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admin January 2, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Well thanks Terry …. there are a lot worse things you could be doing so ROCK ON!

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Nic January 6, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Hi Jackson,
I don't know exactly how I ended up watching your video of "California dreamin" on You tube. I am 41 and started to learn guitar 2 years ago through video lessons. I just want to acknowledge that I saw a man in his essence: willing to share his skills and passion about playing guitar and music stories. I saw a bit of an actor, a great singer/player and  a really inspiring, energizing one. The name of your web site suits you so much!
I wish you and the ones you love a beautifull and happy new year from France. Take Care.
Nic

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admin January 6, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Well Nic … if I ever need an agent … I’ll be sure to look you up! Thanks so much for the kind words!

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ken January 12, 2012 at 4:31 AM

hey Jackson,    I really enjoy checking out you website.  I have been inspried to learn new songs..   I do a local open mic night here in my town and did a song  that was really accepted well,  Please come to Boston.  Thought you might like to post it for your subscribers           Keep doing what you do best

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admin January 12, 2012 at 6:55 AM

Thanks so much Ken. I’ll keep that Dave Loggins song in mind … so glad you are performing for others!

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Tony January 20, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Hello Jackson,
I joined the site a couple days ago and I am having a blast. My girlfriend says you have great smile and and a kind heart, believe me, she can tell!!! Thanks for the free lessons and hard work.
                                                                    your new student,  Tony

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admin January 20, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Thanks so much Tony … what a kind thing to say! Thank your wife as well …. and welcome!

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MIKE MARIANO February 4, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Jackson, i just stumbled upon one of your videos I have to say I love it I am 53 yrs old and started playing  accustic  guitar 5 yrs ago and I am totally hooked , cant put it down . I am looking forward to all that your website has to offer ..
thanks a million  …keep it up   bigmario

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admin February 4, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Glad to have your enthusiasm with us Mike ….. welcome!

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Milliset February 4, 2012 at 5:27 PM

 
Hey Jackson, I just want to say THANKS for this page, is great what you are doing, because you open the opportunity to learn more about the amazing world of music with this awesome instrument… The Guitar.
 
Congratulations keep going!! 

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admin February 5, 2012 at 7:03 AM

Thank you so much!

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dave February 5, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Jackson-just want to say how impressed I've been with your demeanor (easy style) of instruction.  Other Web sites bombard you with many CD's  to purcharse and of course  a 'money back guarantee?' You, at least, give individuals a little time to see what you have to offer (which is fantastic to date).  You are building a positive way to later market your instruction site.  Have to compliment you on this.  One thing you could do  on your tutorial instruction is spend a little more time inf strumming techniques. .  Especially if there is not "Boom-Cha-ah-Boom" rhythm, pattern. (included in many country songs.)
Regards,   Dave

 

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john lyman February 12, 2012 at 5:44 PM

excellent site.@ just turning 64 i will welcome the help from you. so keep playing and instructing and of course keep smiling.

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admin February 12, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Thanks so much John!

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dave February 18, 2012 at 6:16 AM

I would like to see ac/dc, theres gonna be some rockin, it sounds and looks easy, i hope you can post it, great website, keep up the good work.

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Jon February 22, 2012 at 6:48 AM

Hi Jackson,Years ago I tried to teach myself a little guitar, a little luck with some chords. Always wanted yo play Long Cool Woman,than found your site looking around you-tube, loved it and already working on the opening riff.so signed up and starting beginning lessons. I also would like to learn more of LCW,chords and how to that blues chop.THANX Jon

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kevin haslam February 29, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Well done  Jackson your video on pretty woman is excellent you made it so easy to follow, keep up the good work and what a voice.. Best regards Kevin from sunny Spain.

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admin February 29, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Thanks so much Kevin and welcome aboard!

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GuitarZero March 6, 2012 at 7:34 AM

Hello Jackson
just wanted to drop in and say thank you for all your effort for providing these awesome tutorials they're excellent!
Thank you!

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admin March 6, 2012 at 8:17 AM

You are indeed welcome!

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Nyle March 6, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Hi Jackson
Great website. I've learned a ton in just a few weeks using your lessons. I must be about the same vintage as you. I was 11 years old for the first Beatles show. Had to sneak in to watch it. My parents weren't big beatles fans. Thanks for singing the whole song on 'Things We Said Today.' That helps a lot with turn arounds and transitions etc. Love the Layla intro on each lesson. Is there a lesson for it on the site?  I can't seem to find it.
Thanks again.  Nyle

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admin March 6, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Hi Nyle … the acoustic version is coming via the emails …. I also have the electric version on my membership site songmentor.com thanks for the kind words!

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Mark P. March 9, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Wow! Great link to Songmentor.com and Help! by The Beatles sample video. I will do what I can to spread the word about your site. Keep up the great work.
Mark,
Las Vegas, NV

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admin March 10, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Much appreciated Mark … thanks!

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Liam Bishop March 19, 2012 at 5:13 AM

Man,you are legandary.I wish that some day I could be as good as you.Keep on,keepin on
 

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admin March 30, 2012 at 5:17 AM

Many thanks Liam and I’m glad you are enjoying and improving! As for me …. just having fun!

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Don March 24, 2012 at 5:03 AM

Hi Jackson  What electric would you recommend that sounds good for most of the songs you play

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admin March 24, 2012 at 5:35 AM

Hi Don …. well … one you might like quite a bit that doesn’t kill your wallet either …. is a Reverend Flatroc RT. The RT stands for Revtron which are very cool retro sounding pickups …. but they have some bite. Used around $350-450. Any of the RT models are worth looking at …. not just the Flatroc …. but I prefer their bolt-on guitars just because I prefer the neck. Reverends also have a bass contour control …. makes it a very versatile instrument! Hope that helps.

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mikemariano March 26, 2012 at 5:58 AM

jackson  i have been workin on ( hide your love away)  for a couple of days now ,great song and then the other day i saw  your new video on it  as usual it was a big help ,i really enjoy your websit   …….thanks again ,mike

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admin March 26, 2012 at 6:51 AM

Thanks so much Mike …. glad you found it helpful!

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Jo April 1, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Hi, Jackson!  I just wanted to tell you that of all the guitar sites I've visited, yours is by far the best!  I have learned more from you then all the others put together.  I can't tell you how much I appreciate your lessons….Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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admin April 1, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Much appreciated Jo … glad to help!

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Marc Cerrato May 4, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Hello:
I enjoy the lessons very much. Is there a chance to teach the song called "Diamond Girl" ? I think the song kinda grows on you and I still like it after all these years.
 
thanks

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admin May 4, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Thanks so much Marc … yes …. by Seals & Crofts … good tune … I will keep it mind .. the list is long!

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Dave Short May 8, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Jackson, just wanted to say thanks. I love your tutorials and use them often. Much appreciated!!!
Dave Short

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admin May 16, 2012 at 7:39 AM

Well thanks Dave … your acknowledgement is much appreciated!

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Doug Niles May 22, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Hi Jackson…..I found a lot more cool stuff on your site today…Thanks for sharing.
Best Regards
Doug

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bob sylvester June 21, 2012 at 9:05 AM

HI JACKSON just joined and looking forword to your tutoring just what i need to improve my playing
thanks

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admin June 21, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Welcome Bob!

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Greg June 25, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Jackson, thanks for a GREAT website. It's obvious you love what you do.
I particularly like the fill-in riffs. These are always a part of country music.
With music, there is always something new to learn.
I look forward to visiting your site frequently.
Thanks again… Greg

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admin June 25, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Appreciated Greg … enjoy your visits!

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Adrian June 27, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Hi Jacxkson
You are a great teacher, guitar player and singer! Your lessons have helped me a out lot already, but mostly you have got me excited about learning to play guitar. I can play a little guitar and I can sing a little too. What is more difficult for me to do… is to put the two together. Do you have any lessons or tips for singing and playing at the same time? Love Ya man!

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admin June 28, 2012 at 6:46 AM

Hi Adrian …. there are still some tunes that cause me grief when trying to sing AND play. Some of them are just too much work and time for me to tackle but most get better with repetition. Practice, practice, practice!

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rob July 1, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Something happened to my passion for music back around 1990 and I just stopped playing, and even listening. Sold my les Paul and gear and dedicated myself to hard work and talk radio. Recently, a little kindling has ignited after I picked up one of my now grown son's guitars and tried to slush out Rick Springfield's "Jessie's girl" after hearing it on a movie on TV the other night. After googling to find the proper chords I stumbled upon your site, which I found to be well done. The raging inferno is long gone, but here's hoping that little spark will grow into a well-seasoned and comforting fire. Thanks for your kindness.   

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admin July 1, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Very cool story Rob. I wish you all the best stoking your fire and glad to help if I can!

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Austin July 12, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Awesome run through. Especially your vocals.

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Don July 25, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Really enjoying the lessons.  One of these lessons, could you cover Johnny Rivers Memphis especially the intro and the lead part?

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admin July 25, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Thanks Don! Memphis is actually a lesson featured on my other site songmentor.com

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EZ August 28, 2012 at 8:18 PM

THANK YOU FOR GETTING BACK TO ME MY NAME IS EZ.  I WAS IN A MOTORCYCLE WRECK LAST YEAR, A KID RAN A STOP SIGN ON ME AND HIT ME AND CRUSHED MY BACK INTO MY SPINAL CORD AND I WAS  PARALYZED FROM THE WAIST DOWN. THEY PUT RODS AND SCREWS IN HALF MY BACK AND SAID I WOULDNT WALK AGAIN IM STANDING AND WOBBLING AROUND NOW.  I STILL HAVE TO USE CATHETERS AND CAN'T USE THE RESTROOM NORMALLY. THAT'S THE PART THAT GOT SMASHED THE WORST ON MY SPINAL CORD. I STILL HAVE A LOT OF NUMBNESS YET AND MY HAND HAD PINS IN IT WHERE IT WAS BROKEN. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, I DIDNT GIVE UP AND KEPT PUSHING MYSELF, PLUS I HAD  A LOT OF PUSHING FROM MY GIRLFRIEND SO I PICKED UP THE GUITAR  AND I AM NOW LEARNING HOW TO PLAY,. IT HELPS SOOTHE THE NEGATIVE IN MY LIFE SO THE POINT IS I'LL NEVER GIVE UP AND NEVER QUIT SO THANK YOU FOR HAVING THIS WEBSITE I REALLY APPRECIATE IT THANK YOU!        EZ  

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admin August 29, 2012 at 5:47 AM

Your story is inspirational EZ …. keep focused on the good and keep learning. Glad I can help a little.

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Smilin Jon August 28, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Hi Jackson!  I just recently found your site and wanted to let you know how great it is to get such helpful and easy to follow lessons from someone who has such a visible genuine passion for the guitar.  More important to me though, is the fact that you have such a great teaching style… patient and ALWAYS with a smile on your face! LOVE IT!!!  I am one who loves the guitar but has only dabbled on + off over the years…  Your site has stoked the fire and I am finding myself watching your vids often and eagerly awaiting my next email lessons!  THANKS FOR BEING YOU!!! 

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admin August 29, 2012 at 5:48 AM

That’s a thoughtful note … thanks kindly!

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Garry October 18, 2012 at 4:47 PM

I am a young person, and this site has all the classics! I am a begginer, but this helps all. Thanks Jackson!

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admin October 18, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Glad you are interested in the”classics” Garry!

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kevin November 21, 2012 at 11:43 AM

u are the man bud learnt alot of your videos keep up the good work

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admin November 22, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Thanks Kevin!

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EZ December 25, 2012 at 7:08 AM

MERRY CHRISTMAS GUYS THANKS FOR EVERYTHING I HAVE GOT SO MUCH BETTER SENTS IVE BEEN ON THIS SITE THANK YOU SO MUCH

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admin December 26, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Well EZ … there’s only one guy …. but from this one guy …. you are most welcome … Merry Christmas!

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Pierre Paquin December 31, 2012 at 6:51 AM

Hey, I' ve just found your site…it is great !!! I played bass guitar 30 years ago, but now I want to play guitar, so I'm going to buy one and take your lessons, they are easy to understand and fun to watch !!! Great job there friend and have a musical happy new year !!!!
 
Pierre Paquin
montreal, quebec
canada

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admin December 31, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Merci beaucoup Pierre …. and welcome!

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fretta January 15, 2013 at 12:13 AM

great lessons  thanks mate from oz  Australia

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admin January 15, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Glad you are enjoying!

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Sergio January 27, 2013 at 3:53 PM

I've been trying to learn guitar for a wile, but no luck,  glad I found this website, it is great, hopefully this time I will learn.  Great job and thank you.

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admin January 29, 2013 at 7:15 AM

You are most welcome Sergio!

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Babs January 28, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Hi there Jackson,

I just bought my first guitar ( i am 52 years old!). I've seen a lot of guitar lessons on the internet, but this is the first one i really like!

I think (no, i am sure) you can teach me how to play my guitar!

Thank you very much!

Love from the Netherlands, Babs

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admin January 29, 2013 at 7:16 AM

Love right back Babs! Enjoy!

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Juan February 13, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Hello Mace! I recently took up guitar and I found your web site looking for (youtube)Blue Moon of Kentucky. Many thanks for your generous and valuables lessons, you're a great teacher! I do also enjoy the stories you write around the songs, best regards from Argentina!

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admin February 13, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Thanks so much Juan!

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Duane Hunt February 22, 2013 at 5:51 AM

I'm 57 years old. I've "played" for over 40 years.. Dude, you just absolutely killed me with joy. Finally Finally I have found a mentor. I am so excited !  Thanks !!!

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admin February 22, 2013 at 6:46 AM

Thanks Duane … I’m glad you are excited … it’s good to have you on board!

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Duane Hunt February 22, 2013 at 6:23 AM

Hi !  Could you please send me the link to the premium site?  Thank you!!

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admin February 22, 2013 at 6:47 AM

You bet … it’s on the way Duane!

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Ken June 14, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Mace,   Is the $99 Lifetime membership still an option?

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Ken June 14, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Sorry met to write Jackson…..not Mace

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Chris Dooley July 27, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Hey Jackson,
I have to say you are really helping me to learn the guitar at the ripe old age of 56.  Keep on rocking Buddy.
Best regards,
Chris.

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admin July 27, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Thanks Chris …. sound like you’re not as ripe as I am … ha ha!

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Fred March 16, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Jackson,
looking for a lesson for the classic song pipeline, anything on your site available?
                                                                                                    Thank you
 
 
 

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graham August 13, 2014 at 1:02 AM

Hi, your lessons are so easy to follow and understand, I have a fair knowledge of playing/singing and have been in many bands and soloing for quite some time, yet I still learn from each lesson you put up!! I would certainly like to extend my knowledge with you, Cheers !!

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admin August 13, 2014 at 7:19 AM

Thanks so much Graham! I appreciate your supportive words and I will send you that link!

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Jim Lewallen October 24, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Hey, I have been a subscriber to you songmentor.com website for some time now (lifetime subscription), but when I go to the website all I get is a telescope advertisement.  What is going on???  Jim Lewallen (Marine58to86@aol.com)

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