What Is The Best Way To Learn To Play Guitar?

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What Is The Best Way To Learn To Play Guitar?

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To know what is the best way to learn to play guitar, you need to be aware of the different methods, and use what is comfortable for you.

Everyone is different, and depending on the money you’re willing to spend, the way you will learn the guitar will not be the same as someone else.

Let’s see what you can find in order to get you started in this vast guitar world.

1. Presentation Of The Different Approaches

Before internet, there were only a few ways to improve your guitar skills:

  • Get private guitar lessons or classes
  • Learn by yourself without any support
  • Buy music, chords, and guitar lessons books or video tapes.
  • Learn by watching a concert or acoustic session on TV
  • Watch someone play live (a friend, family member, or someone you don’t know).

Now, with internet, other possibilities have opened up:

  • Learn through a dedicated web site (like this one)
  • Watch some guitar lesson videos (on YouTube, or elsewhere)
  • Learn the tabs, chords or notes of a song via a website or software
  • Pay for private guitar lessons via Skype or other video conference software
  • Learn the guitar via an application (on your phone or on a computer)

(Do you know another method? Feel free to share it in the comments below.)

Guitar Pro 7 Interface

Guitar Pro 7 is one of the best applications you can get if you really intend to learn guitar. You can download many guitar tabs for this software via various websites like ultimate-guitar.com.

Needless to say, getting access to all of those methods rendered things easier for the guitar apprentice.

What’s more, the majority of those new learning ways are free, and paying for getting guitar lessons is now reserved to people who want results fast, or those who simply needs discipline to progress.

Now, you want to know what is the best way to learn to play guitar? Bear with me, we’re going to see all of the different methods in detail.

2. Free Against Payed Lessons

Today, through YouTube and other websites, you can have access to a large choice of free guitar lessons. So, what’s the point of paying if you can get them for free?

That answer really depends on what you actually need, and how you function.

If you’re an independent soul like me, doing everything by yourself without any schedule or boss, then learning by following free methods and videos is certainly the best way.

However, if you feel like you always need someone to tell you what to do and how, then go for paid lessons instead. The same applies if you want to get results faster.

Obviously, if you choose to pay for guitar lessons, you need to be aware that it can cost a lot of money.

How much exactly? The price range varies from guitar teachers to others. The same thing happens for paid subscriptions or videos. Some are cheaper than others. 

For private lessons, some teachers will charge you as little as $15 an hour while others will want you to pay $50. So you need to be aware of the possibilities and study them before getting involved.

I would recommend you to go for a certified private teacher (basically someone with a diploma and experience). You will get what you pay for. You don’t want someone teaching you the guitar the wrong way, or spend too much time talking to you rather than teaching you.

Of course, if you can pay for guitar lessons for a very small fee, then go for it. But otherwise, choose a qualified tutor. 

Some websites offer guitar lessons for free and have a subscription plan. Others, like JamPlay, will give you a free access for a short period of time, to know if that’s what you’re really looking for, and then,  propose you to upgrade to a paid membership.

Jamplay Features

A list of JamPlay features. 

I really dig JamPlay, as it offers a LOT of content, for a price not too high (~ $20 monthly). I will review the service in a more detailed article.

3. Guitar Lessons: Videos

Guitar lesson videos has become the most popular alternative to private teachers nowadays. YouTube offers hours and hours of guitar tutorials made by individuals or companies for a modest fee of… nothing.

Those lessons can be made by anyone, that means the quality of advice will not be the same as a private teacher – though there are some excellent guitar tutors on YouTube like Justin Sandercoe. 

Now, if you don’t like YouTube, you can also find guitar education material on other video sharing sites such as: 

And some others, not mentioned here (if you know of a great site, share it in the comments below). 

A lot of web sites share videos as part of their content – in fact, I do the same. Their videos are most of the time hosted with YouTube, but sometimes, they have their own hosting service.

You can also find those video lessons on social network like:

4. Guitar Lessons: Web Sites

If you’ve done a search on Google, you’ve probably seen tons of websites offering guitar lessons, and most of them provide the education for free.

I also give free guitar lessons on this website. Start right here, if you’re a beginner.

With all this information, it basically means you can learn the guitar for free, at the speed you desire, from anywhere in the world. But it can also be confusing, as you may not know where to get started.

Here are some of the best guitar lessons sites, where you will find valuable content:

Justin Guitar Website

Justin Sandercoe’s website is definitely one of the best you can find out there. And everything is free.

There are many others, feel free to share what you think is the best one in the comments below.

5. Guitar chords, tabs and notes – where do I learn songs?

As you advance as a guitarist, you will find the need to learn songs on your guitar, which is completely normal. 

There are a few ways to do that:

  • Listen to the song, and try to get all the chords and notes right
  • Watch a lesson on YouTube or any video sharing websites of your choice
  • Learn with someone willing to teach you the song (like a teacher or a friend)
  • Go to a web site that shares chords, tabs and notes.
  • Use a tab application like Guitar Pro 7 (check out the review right here)

Learning a song by just listening to it requires you to have sharp ears. And it’s also a great training. It can take a lot of time to get there, so don’t worry if you can’t do it yet. With experience, you will develop a better ear. 

There’s a lot of guitar song lessons on YouTube and other video sharing websites. You can learn just by following them, but don’t forget that sometimes, these guys don’t get the chords or the rhythm right.

As an example, here’s a lesson I posted on YouTube:

A private teacher will most of the time give you the right advice when he teaches you a song. But of course, you will need to pay for the lesson.

You can also have access to  guitar chords, tabs and notes for many songs in the following websites:

And so forth… Do you use another one? Share it with us in the comments below!

6. Private lessons – online or offline?

That’s a common question, and most of the time, my answer will be… offline. Why? Because a guitar teacher can get a better sense of what you’re doing and how it sounds like. That way, he can work more efficiently with you.

If you live in a place you cannot get any guitar teacher near you, of course you will prefer take lessons via Skype or other Video Conference Software. 

Where can you find teachers? You can search on Craigslist, or any other classifieds sites, I’m pretty sure you can find what you need. Don’t forget to check newspapers as well. 

7. Conclusion

So, what is the best way to learn guitar? You may have guessed by now, there’s no best way. It all depends on what you need, and can afford.

If you have money, you will be able to take private lessons. If not, you will stick to free guitar lessons, which is fine, thanks to all the content you can find on internet.

Do you still need some advice? Don’t hesitate to write a comment below this article. I will do my best to answer your request.

Thank you for reading. 😉

By |2018-06-20T14:46:21+00:00June 12th, 2018|Guitar Help|8 Comments

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  1. Beauty In A Maze December 4, 2018 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    I think one of the best ways to learn guitar is by taking personal lessons offline so you can get up close and personal with a guitar and become familiar with the chords and hand positions. Maybe it’s just me, but I find trying to learn to play guitar while watching videos to be tedious and makes the learning process even more complicated.

    You’ll also want to consider changing instructors if you feel you’re not happy with their teaching methods, because guitar is something you need to be more relaxed with and having an instructor that works well with your learning style makes things less stressful. You don’t want a teacher that talks down to you because it’s taking you a while to learn basic chords.

    • admin December 6, 2018 at 8:49 am - Reply

      Absolutely. Offline is definitely one of the best if not the best. Learning guitar with videos is fine as long as you pay attention to everything that is done on the video, and if the video is of good quality. I agree that choosing the right teacher is also crucial. Thanks for your comment 😉

  2. Oloyede3 December 4, 2018 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    Thank you very much for this post it is really helpful. I have always wanted to learn how to play a guitar, but I always believe it will be very difficult and one can only master it if been taught by a musician, this thinking has discouraged me from learning it. After reading your article i believe i can master it with a little help from the site you listed, thank you for this useful post once again.

    • admin December 5, 2018 at 4:28 pm - Reply

      Hey Oloyede3, thanks for your comment on my post. Mastering is difficult, but learning is not. You can learn a lot by yourself, as I did, and become a truly gifted musician.

  3. Chris December 4, 2018 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this – both myself and my son are in the process of learning how to play the guitar, and we both learn best visually (as opposed to looking at a book full of text!). 

    We’re interested in the YouTube tutorial route for learning, but unfortunately there are A LOT of guitar teachers on there. Do you know of any off hand that are good on there – any recommendations? 

    Also, will you be doing tutorials from this site?

    • admin December 5, 2018 at 4:10 pm - Reply

      Music can take multiple forms and everybody learns differently. YouTube is a great place to learn guitar, and it can be hard to find the right teacher.

      If you’re looking for a good teacher, I’d recommend you Justin Sandercoe. You can find him on YouTube under the name “Justin Guitar”. He made a LOT of videos, and all very well explained. I also made a few tutorials on my website, they can be found under the “Beginner Lessons” tab, at the top of the page.
      Thanks for your comment!

  4. Rutz December 4, 2018 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    This is a very interesting read! I have never thought of learning the guitar online as much as I am an internet savvy person.  I learnt the guitar sometimes back but I guest my interest flew out of the window.  But i still enjoy listening in to guitars be it rhythm, solo or base guitar.  Thank you for your comprehensive guide.

    • admin December 5, 2018 at 3:52 pm - Reply

      Thank you Rutz for your comment! It all depends on what you love to do and want to accomplish. I imagine that for yourself, you went the way you wanted to and determined that guitar was not your priority, despite the fact that you enjoy listening to the instrument. If you ever decide to come back playing, I’d be happy to help.

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