Area online entrepreneurs are helping to take the hassle out of learning to how to play the guitar with their website JamPlay.com. JamPlay.com features recorded guitar lessons from dozens of professional musicians and music teachers with a multitude of backgrounds, styles and experience.
Each teacher has a professional biography on the site so that prospective students can find an instructor that best suits their needs and experience level.
The owners: JamPlay.com’s three owners include lifelong Beavercreek resident Kevin Wimer, 28, who is self-taught in web design and has been dabbling in online businesses since the age of 12; Chris Dawson, 31, Dayton, a business graduate from the University of Dayton and Jeff Booth, 31, Greeley, Col. who is also self-taught in web-design and online entrepreneurship.
How they got started: “Jeff Booth came up with the idea for JamPlay. He and I had worked on various businesses together since we were in our early teens. He brought me in on the idea and I brought Chris in. From the start, we all knew it’d be a home run,” said JamPlay.com co-owner Kevin Wimer.
What sets them apart: The diverse selection of content allows the student to find a teaching method that works best for them.
Beyond the teaching method, there is the volume of content.
“We have over 3,000 lessons (1,100 hours worth) from over 60 instructors,” Wimer said. “We have something for absolutely everyone. It doesn’t matter if the person is an absolute beginner or has been playing for 20 years. Customers can learn any style or genre they want. We are always filming and adding additional content with 10 or more new lessons going up every week.”
What’s next: “We are launching bass guitar lessons this month. Plans for the next 1 to 2 years include expansion into other instruments such as keyboard, drums, and vocals. We are also adding features that revolve around making users more accountable and provide direct feedback on how they are progressing,” Wimer said. “For instance, they cannot watch lesson 2 of a series until they’ve gone on webcam and shown our instructors that they’ve mastered lesson 1 of the series. We always try to do everything we can to bridge the gap between online and offline.”
Contact information and rates: The JamPlay.com website content is available 24 hours a day seven days a week. Rates for access to all JamPlay.com content include a monthly membership at $19.95, quarterly membership at $49.95 and yearly membership at, $139.95.