So, I happen to catch an infomercial featuring this Roy Orbison look-alike selling a "learn to play guitar" video.
8 months of lessons in one videotape (in other portions of the infomercial he says only 6; after reading a review on About.com of his video it would seem that is reduced to 2 months on the packaging...)
You can be playing guitar in only FIVE minutes!
Apparently at one time he was claiming guitar lessons cost anywhere from $40 to $60 - A WEEK!!! (I WISH!)
Throughout the infomercial Mr. Paul makes as many disparaging remarks as possible about guitar lessons - as if he knows of ALL the guitar teaching on the planet. The funniest thing is that he says "guitar lessons take TIME" - yeah, usually 30 minutes a week? If someone doesn't have that much time to spend on playing guitar, IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.
I've had a number of people inquire about lessons and seem to be taken aback when I give them much less optimistic figures about how soon they can be playing a "song" - now I know why. This bozo is totally miscasting the act of "playing guitar" and "learning guitar".
You can't learn guitar in 5 minutes. This is like comparing chopping someone's head open with an axe to "brain surgery".
8 months of lessons in 2 hours? Maybe *his* lessons: this means he's been ripping off his students before he came up with this infomercial scheme....
What a crock.. there's all sorts of funny things that he says in the infomercial I can't remember, but the bottomline is the guy is con. He even throws in 4 guitar picks and a "professional Fender" strap (that most stores would sell for $5 if they had anything that cheap (single stitched nylon strap) - which he claims is a **$20** strap...
What a joke - but I'm sure he's made an impact on my business of teaching guitar. No doubt I've lost potential students to his
used-car salesman spiel... It says in big letters on the commercial "teaching method endorsed by Fender"; I suppose Fender's shaky QC falls over into their decision making process in regards to teaching "methods" as well...
Hmm. Maybe I'm going to come out with a video that has 2 YEARS of lessons on ONE videotape.. yeah, that's it... yeah.. then, yeah, you'll be able to play guitar in just *3* minutes... no... *1* minute.. yeah... and since guitar lessons cost well over $100 for 10 minutes, you'll end up saving possibly over $10,000 a year!! Yeah, that's the ticket!
Score 1 for commercialized inanity. http://www.mp3.com/chipmcdonald