Have you ever wanted to learn how to play guitar? It doesn’t matter; electric or acoustic, it takes time, money, and a lot of dedication. Doug Marks' Metal Method: The Complete Basic Course is a set of training videos whose goal it is to take you from absolute beginner to an accomplished player in a reasonably short time. Learning how to play guitar with Doug Marks' Metal Method: The Complete Basic Course will still take time, money and dedication, but with it, you become much more in control of all three.
Doug Marks, while being an accomplished guitar player, is also a gifted instructor. Metal Method came about in 1982 in an effort to help his guitar students with their instruction. Back then it started off as an audio cassette training program using music which today would be considered classic rock as opposed to heavy metal.
Throughout the years, the instruction course has evolved from audio cassette to video tape to DVD. The training content has evolved as well, keeping up with the times by adding techniques, and refining the lessons. This course contains six stages (DVDs) and is geared to provide lessons for everyone from the absolute beginner to those who need a refresher course to get back up to speed. It's even useful to those who play well but want to enhance their skills with more formal training.
While the version of Doug Marks' Metal Method I am working with is the complete basic course, the videos can also be purchased individually and in smaller sets. This will allow you to skip portions if you are more accomplished, or purchase them one at a time if you are on a tight budget.
Each stage contains four lessons that, if completed as instructed, should each take a week. One DVD should take a month to complete and the entire course should take about six months. The minimum time recommended for practice is 20-30 minutes a day, five days a week. You will spend considerably more time if you want to become very good. Each video starts with an introduction and a tuning session so that you can tune the guitar to the instructor. There are also additional materials to be printed off from the DVD.