Thursday, August 31, 2006

Finding Online Guitar Lessons

Online Guitar Lessons

Since the early 80’s I have been searching for better guitar lessons. I was not one of those who could listen to a record once and repeat the licks note-for-note. I took a few guitar lessons locally, but couldn’t find a guitar teacher that clicked.

This frustration led me to order cassette-tape guitar lessons by mail. Since this was well before online guitar lessons, I often waited weeks for delivery. Little did I know that online guitar lessons were coming our way.

Today, many types of online guitar lessons are available. These include beginner’s guitar lessons in mp3 format, guitar instruction videos, and tab transcriptions of your favorite guitar licks. Tablature, or “tab”, is a transcription method that tells you exactly when and where to fret and pick. You don’t have to read music to read tablature.

Online guitar lessons are very convenient, and learning the guitar this way can also be cheaper and more effective. If you travel like I do, you can learn new songs on the road rather than watching TV!

Here is a roundup of some sites that I have used to find online guitar lessons:

Video Guitar Lessons

Guitar Tricks

Guitar Tricks features a library of guitar lessons that you can access anytime and anywhere to improve your guitar ability. They currently charge $5/month subscription fee, but offer free guitar lessons (150) to start. Their roster includes 48 guitar instructors from all over the world.

Mp3 Guitar Lessons

Fender Players Club

This excellent site is devoted to helping you get started on the guitar. Yes, barre chords are easier on an electric guitar! Sample beginner’s guitar lessons include:

Chords in the open position - Learn the most basic chords and practice switching between them; practice tips, how to read the diagrams, and more.

Chords - Once you're used to playing the basic chords, it's time to start learning some other ones. Included is a chart with a whole bunch of chords.

Barre chords - When you have some strength in your fretting hand, tackle the barre chords. They’re tough, but don't give up.

Guitar Tablature

If you like doing things the “old-fashioned” way, two news groups are sources for guitar tablature:

rec.music.makers.guitar.tablature

alt.guitar.tab

Guitar Tab Web Sites

Guitar Notes

This site claims to be the largest collection of guitar music on the net. You can browse through their artist index or use their search engine to look through over 150,000 songs

In closing, whether you’re just getting started or are looking to advance your guitar ability, online guitar lessons can be a fun and effective way to take learn guitar.

Online Guitar Lessons