Learning to play the guitar at home through DVDs is a great alternative to hiring a personal teacher. There are lots of DVD courses out there for beginners and those who are looking to go in-depth with a specific genre, for example blues or metal. But which ones can be considered the best guitar lesson DVDs?
Here are reviews of 2 really great DVD guitar courses, the best on the market in my opinion. Both of them are designed to get an absolute beginner playing and actually enjoying the guitar, which isn't that evident. They combine a good amount of theory and techniques to learn guitar, and have a well structured outline, with each lessons building on the previous.
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So without further rambling, here are 2 great guitar lesson DVD courses for you to check out:
Gibsons Learn and Master Guitar DVD Course
This DVD course is one of the most popular on the internet, thanks to its high quality, professionally produced videos. It is backed by Gibson, so you know it will be quality material. The course was written by Steve Krenz, and established guitar teacher, and an all around sympathetic guy.
The course is comprised of:
- 20 DVDs
- 5 Jam along CDs
- 108 page book
Gibsons L&M guitar DVDs present a well structured guitar course to get beginners playing, and reach an intermediate level with enough practice. Each DVD lesson builds onto the previous, which makes learning intuitive. The lessons are just the right length as well, at around 45 minutes each. The course features a lot of teaching aids spread throughout the lessons as well.
The lessons go into great details of just about every aspect of playing the guitar, for example forming chords, strumming, barre chords, jazz, blues, solos, etc.
The videos are supplemented with written material for reference, when you just want to practice without turning on your DVD and TV. The book also includes many exercises, which helps you learn theory (sort of like homework back in school).
The one-time purchase price may seem a bit high at first, but when you think of the fact that you get over a years worth of lessons, you'll see that the $7 per DVD price is actually very inexpensive, compared to how much you would pay a private teacher over the course of a year.
Beginner Guitar System DVD Course
This DVD course is great, however, it is much shorter than the L&M course above. The Beginner Guitar System DVDs were made by Nate Savage, who is also a sympathetic guy, much more lively and energetic than Steve Krenz.
This course includes:
- 6 DVDs
- 4 Jam CDs
- Reference book
The DVD lessons are meant for beginners, and effectively teach basic technical and theoretical concepts. Nate Savage does a great job of taking the viewer through the nitty-gritty of the guitar, than showing you how to apply it.
This is actually one of the best parts of this DVD course, since DVDs 5 and 6 show you how to use everything you learned from the previous DVDs and apply them to different guitar genres, such as punk, blues, jazz, metal, etc. You could say that you'll have your AHA moment when learning these last DVDs.
This course is less expensive than the Learn and Master DVD lesson set, and in my opinion, is better in many respects. L&M guitar has more teaching aids that help you get enough practice, that why the number of DVDs is so large. Beginner Guitar System takes out a lot of the fluff, but lacks the amount of "homework" type aids that L&M guitar has.
These guitar lessons DVDs will be of great aid in learning the guitar, but ultimately, it all comes down to you. No one has ever picked up the guitar and instinctively knew how to play, it takes practice, lots of it in fact. But the rewards are amazing, learning the guitar will be one of the best things you've ever done.
Also, if you are already familiar with the guitar and know the basics, check out some genre based courses, for example these blues guitar lesson DVDs from the same authors as above.