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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Steve Krenz of the Learn and Master Guitar DVD course is professional guitarist and instructor with a wealth of knowledge about playing, and teaching the guitar. His courses Learn and Master Guitar, and the new Learn and Master Spotlight Series: Blues Guitar convey nothing but pure professionalism, and a love for teaching.

Steve Krenz

Steve Krenz at his best

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The best part of Steve Krenz's teaching style is that he doesn't take things for granted, and explains every concept in a detailed, step-by-step understandable manner, which is one of the most important elements of being a good guitar teacher. Many teacher fail to recognize the fact that things that may seem evident to them, will not be understandable to the student.

This is especially important with a DVD guitar course, where the student can't ask questions freely. And this is why Steve's guitar course is invaluable to you if you want to teach yourself guitar.

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Have you been seeing ads for an app called Yousician popping up everywhere?

I have!

The Yousician ads looked pretty interesting. Guitar Hero mixed with a real guitar on your phone.

So being a curious guitar teacher, I wanted to see how Yousician teaches guitar.

Here is what I found.

What is Yousician?

Yousician is an instrument teaching app for your phone or tablet, so you need to download it from Google Play or the Apple App Store.

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You can also download a Mac or PC progam to display the app on your computer monitor as well. Read more

I was contacted by the author of The Big Serious Guitar Book, Geoff Stockton, asking if I would like to receive a copy and write a review, and since I'm always on the lookout for new guitar material, I said sure.

The big serious guitar book

This self published book sells for around $40 on Lulu. When I first saw the rather steep price, I got curious. Most guitar books sell for $5 to $20. What could this have that would warrant the price?

The first thing I noticed was that The Big Serious Guitar Book is just as it's name says. BIG 🙂 In fact, it's over 500 pages big. Looking through my library of guitar books, I could not find any other book nearly as long.

Secondly, having a quick peek at the contents, it has a wealth of information that you won't really find in one place anywhere else. In essence, this book could easily replace several other books based on the amount of content presented.

So my first impression was basically positive, now let's have a look inside.

The Table of Contents

I don't know about you, but the first thing I like to look at when I'm looking to buy a book is the table of contents. You can pretty much instantly tell whether it's right for you or not.

Here is the index of The Big Serious Guitar Book, bare with me:

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So you just got your first guitar, and are looking for a way to learn to play?

Or you've been playing for a while, and want to take things to the next level?

Using the best online guitar lessons to learn guitar is a very efficient and cost-effective way to advance your chops, no matter what level you are at.

I have been playing guitar for 20+ years and teaching for 15+ years. I still use online lessons to learn new things almost every day.

If you are interested in which online guitar teaching websites I use and can honestly recommend, and also which ones I stay away from, read on. I will also list my favorite guitar YouTube channels on this page.

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, then 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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GuitarTricks.com is now offering a free trial membership for 14 days from signing up. After the trial period, you will automatically become a monthly member, and be billed $19.95 per month for the remainder of your membership at GuitarTricks.

How to get access to GuitarTricks's free trial

14 free trial at GuitarTricks.comHere are the steps you need to take to get access to GuitarTricks for 2 weeks for free.

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If you are thinking of learning an instrument, learning the guitar is an excellent choice. Its cheap, takes up very little space, and you will see that performing a tune that you’ve been listening to your entire life, or improvising will be really enjoyable.

If you're considering teaching yourself the guitar without a live teacher, GuitarTricks, JamPlay and Learn and Master Guitar will be your most likely options. We will now review all three of these guitar learning methods, so you can decide which one you'll go with.

Comparison table

Here are the main differences between the 3 guitar learning methods at a glance. To find out the details, keep on reading 🙂
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