With online video guitar lessons becoming a perfectly viable alternative to personal lessons, the cost of guitar lessons have significantly decreased for beginner guitarists. While personal guitar lessons cost between $30-$50 per 45 minute session, you can sign up on a number of high quality websites and receive online lessons for next to nothing.

Online or private lessons?

Online or private lessons?

The result is evident, huge savings for beginner guitarists. Lets take an example, where an absolute beginner starts taking weekly lessons, and does so for 5 months. At an average rate of $40 per session with a private guitar teacher, expenses add up very quickly. The accumulated price of these guitar lessons would be $800.

In contrast, you can get super high quality online lessons at a fraction of the cost. Be careful, as there are a lot of bogus sites out there charging money for really bad content, but the following sites offer top notch, high quality material:

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Learning to play guitar is one of the best decisions you can make in life, but getting to the point where you can actually play whatever you want will take a bit of time and effort. However,  you can greatly reduce the time and difficulties of the learning process, by choosing the study method most suitable for you.

Jamplay vs Learn and Master Guitar

JamPlay or LMG?

2 very popular methods for learn guitar are:

  • Gibson's Learn and Master Guitar (a DVD course)
  • JamPlay.com (an online guitar lesson site)

To help you decide between to two, we've prepared a detailed comparison between JamPlay and Learn and Master Guitar below.

Have a look at the differences and similarities of the 2 methods of learning, and make sure you read our recommendations following the table.
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One of the most famous guitar tutorial sites is Jamplay. After reading this JamPlay review, we decided to conduct a complete evaluation of the site, to determine the way in which guitar students can profit using their tutorials. About 2 hours into our Jamplay review, we were certainly pleased.

JamPlay.com

JamPlay.com review

The site is absolutely enormous. They have tons of lessons in all difficulty levels, addressing all styles. Jamplay also has several practical guitar tools, such as the online metronome, backing tracks, chord library, etc.

Browsing through the video lessons is also super easy, which is great, since simply finding the thing you would like to learn from the thousands of tutorials they have could alternatively be a real pain.

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I just read a review of Blues Guitar Spotlight from the makers of Learn and Master Guitar, and decided to write a post about it since I know from experience that Legacy Systems (the makers of the courses) always brings out very high quality educational material. They just released a new DVD based lesson package called Blues Spotlight, which promises to teach beginner guitarists how to play the blues.

Be a Blues Man!

Be a Blues Man!

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There aren't too many blues guitar courses out there. I've had a look at some of them just to test the market, but can say that the majority won't deliver its promises. There were always holes in the material, sometimes the lessons were totally unstructured, meaning that they didn't build onto one another, which is obviously the worst way to learn.

Having taken a look at the lesson outline of the Blues Guitar Spotlight course, I'm pretty sure that it covers the elements which a beginner will need to really learn the blues. What are these elements exactly?

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Learning to play the guitar can get a bit expensive in the long run. It's not that any one aspect is overly expensive (except you Gibson :-)), but the fact that it takes quite a while, and all the little things can really start adding up if you aren't mindful of your spendings.

Save $$ on Guitar Stuff

Save $$ on Guitar Stuff

Because of this, I've collected a couple of discount and coupon codes for guitar students, which you'll be able to use to save a few $ here and there, and in the long run, it might even add up to major savings. And don't underestimate this! Learning guitar takes years, and you'll be saving hundreds of $ if you spend wisely.

I'll give you links to coupons and discount offers to redeem over at Jamplay, GuitarTricks, Guitar Center, Guitar Pro and of course TheGuitarLesson.com below.

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If you're at all serious about learning to play the guitar, you'll already know the secret to advancing your skills.

practice time

Practice time

Practice, practice, practice.

Saying it is actually easier said than done. You need to, first of all, make the time, and you also need to come up with a suitable practice routine, that will develop your guitar skills.

As a rule of thumb, if you have X amount of time to practice, it's a good idea to split up your practice session like this:

  • 1/3 devoted to technical aspects of playing guitar and scales. This gets you practicing and refining things you have already learned.
  • 1/3 devoted to using your knowledge to play and make music, along with a backing track for example. This is the fun part 🙂
  • 1/3 devoted to learning new stuff. This is where you advance as a guitarist/musician.

Each part of this general practice routine is important, but it is still just that, pretty general.

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An online guitar lessons review website called LearnMusicEasy.com has given TheGuitarLesson.com a very positive review, so I would like to say thank you to the editors. The test they conducted of the site is very detailed, and touches on basically every subject that you'll experience as a customer. It's worth a read, even if you are a premium member already, you might find out things about our site that you didn't know before. The result of their review was that we offer one of the best guitar courses for beginners, which is in fact the main aim of our lessons.

The website also has other guitar lesson review articles as well, which you might find interesting if you are at a stage where you can play all of our songs already.

best guitar websites

I would estimate that there are literally hundreds of thousands of guitar related websites on the Internet, with a few hundred popping up every month. While many of these sites will have something valuable to add, I tried to collect the best guitar websites, the ones that I think will be most useful to my guitar students.

Now this is nowhere a definitive list or guitar directory, but it's a good start. If you find a site that you think is innovative and worthy of being called one of the best guitar related sites on the net, than please leave a comment and if I agree, I'll add it to this list. Oh, and don't just spam comment links. If you don't explain why you think your proposed guitar site is awesome, I'll just delete your comment.

Instead of just presenting an insanely long list, I've separated the sites into categories to make everything easier to digest and find. Click on a category and you'll magically be taken to that part of the page.

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Learning to play the guitar from beginner guitar books is still huge, despite the availability of the more modern form of learning guitar, online video tutorials.

My vote for best cover!

My vote for best cover!

The "learn guitar books" (both acoustic and electric) are here to stay, since thousands of guitar lesson books are being sold everyday, so I thought I would buy, read and compare a couple of these books and see how they perform.

The books I ordered were not at random, but chosen from the top seller lists of online book stores, so these should be the best ones. Or the ones with the best marketing 😀

I am a guitar teacher of 15 years and a technical junkie, so I prefer to steer people towards online video lessons. I believe that with the multimedia technologies of the 21st century, beginner video lessons are the most efficient way of learning guitar from home, and are most advantageous from a pricing point of view as well. I'll add some recommendations for video lessons after the book reviews, in case you want to see that side of learning guitar as well.

Either way, here are my findings after reading through the most popular guitar learning books:

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