So, you want to learn to play the guitar. Learning to play all starts with some lessons, even experience players take lessons to improve their playing and learn new skills. There are a ton of options out there to learn to play guitar, but you need to find the right method that works for you. Here’s a breakdown of the lessons that are available so you can choose what works for you.
Private Instructor or Online
For years most students learned to play by taking lessons from a private instructor. Student and teacher got together a couple of times a week for half an hour to an hour and the student learned new chords and techniques. This is one of the easiest ways to learn, it’s hands on and you have a teacher there to correct any mistakes you make. The biggest drawback to private lessons is the cost, time and transportation back and forth to lessons.
Nowadays you have plenty of alternatives to getting a private teacher. There are books and DVDs that have taught many people to play on their own time and at their own pace. They can take time with the parts they are having difficulty with and breeze through the parts they find easy.
Today with access to the internet it makes finding guitar lessons even that much easier. There are tons of online guitar lessons that you can find with a simple Google search. You can find free lessons to high end instruction that will give you a certification from the Berklee College of Music. Besides the sheer number of options technology has made the video lessons even better. They have become interactive and the student can control the pace of the lessons and they have the flexibility on where and when you learn.
Options for Guitar Lessons Broken Down
Aside from the private lesson option, here are the options for guitar lessons broken down.
Books- Books will work if you’re comfortable learning independently, books can be used anywhere. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend then books come fairly cheap but they aren’t very interactive and you have no resources if you get stuck or have trouble.
DVD lessons- Better than a book for hands on learners the lessons are laid out in front of you and you can stop and start where at any part of the DVD, but like a book there isn’t much in the way of support.
Online Lessons– This is probably the best and easiest way to learn guitar without private lessons. There are a ton of sites that are dedicated to providing guitar lessons, they will take you through the basics all the way through to advanced lessons for experienced players. You can find lessons for free on YouTube but if you really want to advance you may want to look for paid lessons. Here is a sample of an online that you can find on YouTube to get you started.
If you are really serious about learning to play guitar there is no better time than now to get started. Start with some online lessons and if you’re serious about improving your playing at some point you may want to graduate to private lessons.