Guitar Lessons

Learn about lessons for guitar

Are you stuck in a rut or frustrated at your lack of progress with playing the guitar? If so, guitar lessons may be the perfect solution to inspire you to new levels of passion for your guitar. Whether you're looking for electric guitar lessons, bass guitar lessons or acoustic guitar lessons there are three main ways to find them:

  • Take private lessons
  • Buy or rent instructional books or DVDs
  • Take online guitar lessons

Private Guitar Lessons

The easiest way to learn anything is to copy someone else that is already successful. When you look for a guitar teacher you should have some clear ideas on exactly what you want to learn. Are you interested in learning how to solo, play a new style of music or learn more about music theory? Focus on what you want to learn and then find the best teacher that you can. Each teacher has their own strengths and weakness and different hourly rates. Expect to pay from $20 to $50 for a half-hour session. Check their references and met them first before you commit to hiring them. While there are cheaper ways to learn how to play guitar, private lessons are great for showing you what to do and to analyze what you may currently be doing wrong. A good teacher can often help you progress further in a few minutes a week compared to hours of frustration by yourself.

Instructional Guitar Books & DVDs

These lessons can be a terrific way to learn some new techniques fast. Want to learn how to play guitar like Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai or Joe Satriani? There's a good chance they have their own instructional video out there and you can learn directly from the source! For the price of one or two lessons with a private teacher, you own the materials for life and can watch it as much as you like. The downside is that unlike having a private teacher, your guitar hero on the screen can't evaluate your performance or ensure that you're actually correctly learning the techniques they are demonstrating.

Online Guitar Lessons

The newest way to learn guitar is online, and there are many ways to do this – some are free and some are not. On the one side there are sites like YouTube where you can watch clips of guitar lessons from instructional videos like those mentioned above. Your only cost is your computer and your Internet hookup. You can also find resources like free advice or guitar tabs by surfing on guitar websites. Again, these are great sources to learn new things, but don't give you any direct feedback on what you're learning or whether you have some bad technique issues that need to be addressed.

However, the trend toward online courses and webinars is changing that. While these services aren't free, they offer the chance to take semi-private lessons with celebrity or acknowledged masters of the guitar which would have been either impossible or cost prohibitive for many in the past. Several reputable music schools like Berklee are offering online guitar lessons as well, often allowing you to try one or more lessons for free. These interactive training programs offer tremendous potential to study and gain personalized feedback on your development on guitar.

Whichever method you choose, there are plenty of ways to get some guitar lessons to make the guitar one of your favorite hobbies again. Whether it's through private lessons, instruction books and videos or via online lessons you can learn some new tricks to improve the way you write or perform music.

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