I’ve mentioned lala several times on this blog, and I’ve enjoyed trading CDs on lala. In the same vein, I thought I’d highlight another online service that I’ve really enjoyed over the past few years: Netflix. (Netflix is an online DVD rental service.)
Although most people are aware that Netflix carries pretty much all of the recent movie releases, you may not be aware that Netflix also carries a wide selection of music DVDs, including quite a few instructional DVDs. For example, I’ve recently rented Eric Johnson: The Fine Art of Guitar and Guitar Theory Basics. In addition to guitar-related instructional DVDs, Netflix carries instructional DVDs for bass, drums, banjo, piano, voice, harmonica, fiddle, and more.
There are also quite a few performance DVDs available for rent on Netflix. You can rent Stevie Ray Vaughan Live at the El Mocambo, Led Zeppelin’s The Song Remains the Same, and Eric Clapton Unplugged. Basically, any popular music-related DVD that’s been released over the past 5-10 years is available on Netflix, as well as many obscure ones.
In my area (Nashville), I usually receive a new movie from Netflix within a day or two from sending in the old one. Since we’ve been members of Netflix, we never visit our local movie store, which rarely had anything new in stock anyway, and they certainly don’t have nearly the selection available on Netflix.
I highly recommend Netflix, whether you’re looking for an instructional DVD for learning how to DJ Bar/Bat-Mitzvahs or the latest release from Paul Gilbert, Netflix probably has the DVD you’re looking for.