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Learning to Play Guitar Online

With the creation of YouTube tutorials for just about everything, there are many videos out there claiming to be able to teach you how to play guitar. While you might think this is a quick and easy way to learn music, you’ll want to make sure you have all of the information before learning incorrect techniques.


Online Tutorials

When you’re surfing the Internet, you’ll come across many different websites with prerecorded tutorials to help you learn guitar online. But the keyword there is “help,” as they’re never going to be personalized enough to be the only resource you’ll need to learn guitar properly. You can easily learn guitar incorrectly, such as poor strumming patterns, improper chord fingerings, incorrect posture, and many more techniques without a personal tutor to help and guide you. Private tutors can also demonstrate correct technique immediately after you ask a question.


In between scheduled lessons, however, using recorded, online tutorials can be a great supplemental resource to keep you motivated. When you’re working with an online teacher, he or she may have some suggestions for tutorial videos for the new techniques you’re learning. Feel free to ask your teacher for a few videos that can help you master the new lesson material after the lesson is over. A good teacher will recognize that one of the best ways to learn is quality repetition, and since it’s impractical to have lessons every day to go over the same techniques, though you can learn music and guitar everyday, the next best thing is to watch and practice along with tutorials that properly describe the new techniques for you.

Live, Online Lessons

In addition to prerecorded tutorial videos, there’s also another way if you want to learn guitar online, and that is with personal, Skype lessons. These are great if your schedule doesn’t allow for consistent in-person lessons. If you have a busy travel schedule, for example, scheduling private lessons is a great way to learn guitar while online. There are many instructors out there who are able to provide online lessons through Skype, and most have flexibility in scheduling to make sure that your life and your lessons don’t get in each others’ way.


If you’re going to go the online guitar lesson route, you’ll need a few extra things aside from your guitar: a broadband Internet connection, and a webcam to use with your video chat service. Our tutors use Skype for teaching, which is free to sign up for.


Best of Both Worlds: Combine Each Resource

If you want to get the most out of your guitar lessons, you can combine in-person lessons, live online lessons, and online tutorials. Even if you can only meet in-person once a month, and then have the other weeks where you’ll be conducting the lesson over video chat, you’ll still have the chance to have face-to-face contact and can continue learning through video chat.


When you’re looking to learn guitar online, there’s a lot of information available. Most of the tutorial videos have the best intentions at heart, but it can be easy to pick up bad techniques if you’re not careful. Working with a private instructor to keep you on the right path is key!



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