Category Archives: Guitar Teachers

The Best TrueFire Guitar Courses

In my guitar studio, I teach all my students the fundamentals of music using The Guitar Lesson Companion method book series. The fundamentals are *so* important, because they give students the framework and language they need to work through almost any intermediate/advanced level book or video lesson they discover.

I’ve been a fan of TrueFire for many years because they put out high quality education videos that expand on many of concepts I teach my students in different genres. The site can be a bit overwhelming because there are thousands of lessons, so I’ve picked out some of my favorites below. (If you find there are just too many good ones, you can sign up for an All Access Membership, which you can get for a month, year, or lifetime.)


50 Blues Rhythms

Take 5 Chord Melody


50 Essential Bebop Licks

Flying Solo

Jazz Comping Survival Guide

Inversion Excursion

Trio Comping

Jazz Turnarounds

Chord Punching

Rock, Country:

Guitar Lab Triads

Big Twang

100 Twang Things You Must Know


50 R&B Bass Grooves

If these programs seem overwhelming, review the concepts in The Guitar Lesson Companion series with a good teacher!

Susan Palmer teaches jazz, blues, and rock guitar styles in Seattle and via webcam. She is the author of The Guitar Lesson Companion Method Book Series, which is used by teachers and students in over 10 countries, including faculty at Berklee College of Music. Palmer was the guitar instructor at Seattle University from 2006-18, she taught at University of Washington’s summer jazz workshop in 2018, she was music instructor at Seattle Girls School for the 2016-17 school year, and she created and taught, “The Rock Project” at Cornish College of the Arts from 2010-15. Palmer’s current and former students perform regularly throughout the country, including these Seattle venues: The Comet, The High Dive, Bumbershoot, Skylark, Neumos, The Hard Rock Cafe, Chop Suey, The Tractor Tavern, The Rendezvous, The Sorrento Hotel, The Crocodile, The Mix, Cafe Racer, The Edgewater Hotel, The Sunset, and more.

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All Audio Tracks and Jam CD Tracks for “The Guitar Lesson Companion” Method Book Series

Audio Tracks for The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume One SECOND EDITION

All 127 Audio Tracks for the Second Edition are currently available to stream in the playlist below. If you’d like the playlist in the iReal Pro App, purchase the app then email me to send you the playlist at no additional cost.

Audio Tracks for The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two

The CD that comes with the book contains 208 mp3 tracks, but you can stream them below. If you’d like the playlist in the iReal Pro App, purchase the app then email me to send you the playlist at no additional cost.

More Free Tracks for Students:

Here’s the playlist of some standard jazz chord progressions which matches the pace and presentation of the keys and chord tones students master in, The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two. Most of the sheet music for these jazz standard chord progressions can be found in The New Real Book, Volume OneTo download this free playlist onto your device, install the iReal Pro App, then click the link below (while on your device that has the app).

“The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two” Jazz Tunes

CD Tracks for Volume One of The “Guitar Lesson Companion” FIRST EDITION

Tracks for the first edition of “The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume One” are also available on YouTube

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