So you’re on the path to learning guitar. That’s great. I want to help.
You don’t need to leave the house to learn guitar. It’s true.
The internet taught me how to play the guitar, along with helpful tips from more experienced guitarists. Most of my learning happened in my bedroom, not in some guitar teacher’s house.
I’m not knocking traditional guitar lessons. I’m just saying they’re not always necessary.
So here are three ways you can learn guitar on your own.
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This is the way I learned guitar…
I would pick a song I liked, Google “[song name] chords,” and usually end up on UltimateGuitar.com. Then once I had practiced the song enough, I’d play it on my iPod while strumming along with it.
Soon, I could play the song all on my own. By doing this, I was learning unusual chords and finger-plucking styles while also learning how to play my favorite songs.
You can find guitar tabs, chords, lyrics — all of it — on the internet. All the tools you need are right in front of you on your phone and laptop.
I’ve never gone this route, but tons of people do. And it works.
You can use YouTube, which is free (I like free). But the lessons you’ll find may not be in-depth enough or from someone who has enough knowledge of the guitar.
You can also buy DVD tutorials, like Gibson’s Learn & Master Guitar course. I know, DVDs are a bit vintage, but vintage is cool. And just because they’re DVDs doesn’t mean they’re not useful.
Also as a part of the course, they offer live lessons where you can ask questions of the teacher, Steve Krenz.
Krenz has played guitar with people like Michael W. Smith and Tommy Sims (producer, bass player for Bruce Springsteen, co-writer of Eric Clapton’s “Change the World”).
So you know you he knows what he’s talking about.
If you’re a big fan of video games, there is a video-game guitar lesson niche you should check out. There are a plethora of educational guitar games out there, but a few notable ones include Rocksmith and JamPlay.
Definitely an option for some of you gamers.
Each of these three choices has pros and cons (as does everything in life). So it’s just a matter of picking the one that works best for the way you learn new things.
If you want to learn guitar, you don’t have to have to hire an expensive guitar teacher for in-person lessons. Heck, I learned from the internet.
So if you’re looking for an alternative route to learning guitar, here are three ways you might not have expected.
Even if you’re aging and not great with technology, taking lessons online is still totally doable. It’s simple and it’s a nice alternative to traveling to your guitar teacher’s house or place of business.
I teach guitar online (and in-person) through Musika Lessons, but you can also take lessons over Skype, Google Hangouts, or any video calling program.
Think about it, both the teacher and the student can do this from the comfort of their own beds.
This is the main way I learned guitar. I would Google “Jack Johnson chords,” pick a song, and play the chords along with the CD.
But learning this way definitely has its downsides — like not having a teacher to tell you what you’re doing wrong and how you can play better and learn quicker.
I could’ve become the guitar player I am today a decade ago if I’d had a good teacher.
Video guitar tutorials can be super helpful, and there are thousands of them on YouTube. This is how a lot of people master the guitar.
But keep in mind, it’s not personal and the lessons aren’t customized to you. Usually, they’re teaching you a generic chord progression or riff, not a song you like and want to play.
Good for some people, not for everyone though.
No matter what way you choose to learn guitar, make sure you have fun with it. That’s the whole point after all.
If you’re a local looking for in-person guitar lessons, or you’d like to talk about virtual lessons, feel free to connect with me.