There are many ways one can use to play guitar but the best way to learn guitar is probably the most popular right now, online. People all over the world have the opportunity to simply log onto a website and become a seasoned guitarist! But which one is better than the rest? Which one has the ability to teach you the basics quickly and effectively while making it a fun experience?
Let’s look back on how it used to be done. Traditionally you would look for someone to come by the house and sit with you for an hour or two teaching you one-on-one. That instructor would charge you an hourly wage, let’s say $50 an hour and come back frequently; it usually took 20-30 lessons for you to get the gist of things. The Instructor would insist that this would be the best way to learn guitar. Every lesson that you would receive you would practice what you learned during the week and then you would wait for that person to return, probably forgetting half the stuff you learned. That would mean he would have to spend another 30 min or so to refresh your memory.
Times have changed. With the internet being the way it is you can practically become anyone you ever want to be, from a mechanic to a brain surgeon from the comfort of your own home. Therefore the best way to learn guitar is online. With plenty of sites, blogs, videos and forums you can learn without leaving the house.
Trying to find the right source is difficult. You can easily be deceived if you go by cost; some sites charge a flat fee for a few information products while others charge a monthly fee for live feeds, one-on-one training etc… To make your decision even harder they don’t give you all of their information before you buy! You’re stuck taking a risk on it working or not.
My instructor days are over. The competition is ruthless and not as reputable. How do you really know that the person behind his product or service is honest and trustworthy…? You don’t, you take a risk. If it works, great, if it doesn’t your out X amount of cash and you move on to the next possible risk. I have been giving traditional guitar lessons for about 20 years and I’ve noticed that people want to learn quickly. With some of these products online they “guarantee” you learn the basics within a certain amount of lessons. That is not true! I think the best way to learn guitar is by your own pace. If it takes you 6 months to get the simple stuff, then it will take you 6 months. If you are a “quick” learner you can probably get it down pat by 2 months maybe 3. I personally think it is an ongoing process.
I recently joined up with Jamorama, now these guys know their stuff. They are not like the other so called “gurus” of guitar playing. They offer videos; DVD’s and even has a very active forum where you can share your ongoing success with other guitarists. It’s not a matter of “can I become a pro” it’s more like “when”.
It’s always good to remember that no matter where your journey takes you don’t give up. Be motivated and really try your best… you’d be surprised what can happen after a few lessons, especially in this day and age.