iPlayMusic Launches First Karaoke-Style Guitar Lessons

iPlayMusic, a new provider of interactive music products, today unveiled two DVD video-based guitar learning products that provide beginner guitarists a fun way to learn and play their favorite songs, all without reading music or learning complex scales or theory. "Karaoke-style" scrolling lyrics and background music are also included to encourage a budding musician, or the entire family, to play-along or sing-along with their favorite songs.

By combining audio, video, animation and interactive technologies, Beginner Guitar Lessons, Level 1 and 2, provides a uniquely fun and easy wayfor musicians to learn and play songs on their guitar. Each lesson presents four on-screen panels that demonstrate a basic guitar skill or technique from different angles. To help beginners master a song, or to enable a "karaoke-style" sing-along, a guitar, vocal or scrolling text sections can be easily added or removed.

Beginner Guitar Lessons, Level 1, introduces the musician to guitar basics and musical styles. Guitar anatomy, chords, strumming patterns and transitions are demonstrated, as is an introduction to various musical styles, including rock, blues, country and more. Level 1 is available in DVD or as a download, featuring two hours of video instruction and an 80-page book. It also features five songs made famous by artists like Eric Clapton, Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Beach Boys, including Sloop John B.; Corrina, Corrina; The Midnight Special; Will the Circle Be Unbroken; and Salty Dog.

Beginner Guitar Lesson, Level 2, presents the next step in content forplayers interested in mastering the guitar. They are introduced to riffs, licks and tricks that expand on the rock, blues and country styles introduced in Level 1. In addition musicians are introduced to new styles such as reggae and 12 bar-blues. Available as a DVD or download, Level 2 includes two hours of video instruction. It also includes four level-appropriate songs made famous by artists like The Grateful Dead, Bob Marley and Leadbelly, including Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad, Sinner Man, Careless Love, and Red River Valley.

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