You want to learn guitar basics, but the idea of paying a teacher $40 an hour seems a bit...lame-o. eMedia Music has a way to get you off and running, at a cost that isn't lame-o at all.
With eMedia Music's new Guitar Method Volume 1 v4.0, you can dig into 160 comprehensive lessons covering everything from the basics through chord strumming, rock styles, playing melodies, and fingerpicking. Learn over 70 songs including hits from artists such as Bob Dylan and Steve Miller. This new version includes larger, easy-to-read screens, enhanced audio and video, and custom animated fretboard skins. Watch more than 50 large-format videos, including split-screens and close-ups of both hands. Songs and exercises can be heard as either live recorded audio or MIDI tracks you can slow down or speed up. Both guitar tablature and standard music notation are taught in a way that's easy to understand. This program is equivalent to several thousand dollars of private instruction -- ideal for beginners seeking exceptional value in guitar lessons.
Bonus features include a digital metronome, chord dictionary, automatic tuner, and digital recorder. According to eMedia Music's claims, it's everything you need in one box on one CD-ROM.
US list price is $59.95. Hey, that's a little more than one lesson from the guy down the street. For more information, visit the official eMedia Music website.