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.)
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.
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:
- justinguitar.com (recommended choice)
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.
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. 😉