Online or private lessons?

With online video guitar lessons becoming a perfectly viable alternative to personal lessons, the cost of guitar lessons has 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.

The result is evident, huge savings for beginner guitarists.

Let's 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:

 Private Guitar TeachersThe Guitar Guitar Tricks.comLearn and Master Guitar
Skill LevelBeginner to AdvancedBeginner to IntermediateBeginner to AdvancedBeginner to Intermediate
Video LessonsNoYes
Online video
based lessons
Online video
based lessons
DVD video
based lessons
Printed LessonsYes
Usually get printed material
Supplement to
video lessons
Supplement to
video lessons
Supplement to
video lessons
Extra Stuff- Tabs & chord charts
- Personal interaction
- Animated tabs & chord charts
- GP Tabs database
- Guitar shop
- Jam tracks
- Chord library
- Scale library
- Progress report
- Jam tracks
- Superb DVD course
- Jam tracks
Free StuffNone- 10 free lessons
- GP Tabs database
- Guitar theory
- 24 free lessonsNone
Price45 min: $40
Monthly: $160
Trial: $1
Monthly: $9
4 Month: $27
9 Month: $54
Monthly: $14.95
Yearly: $129
20 DVD set: $199
10 DVD set: $149
Payment plan offered
Visit siteTry a Google searchThe Guitar Lesson.comGuitar Tricks.comLearn and Master Guitar

So overall, if you are an absolute beginner, you don't really need to empty your wallets to learn the guitar. The introduction of multimedia elements into online education, in our case, video guitar lessons, offers almost everything a personal teacher could give you, but usually more.

More Than Just Cost Advantages

For example, our website specializes in teaching you the guitar by making you play popular, yet easy guitar songs. The private teacher may not know how to play every one of these songs.

Or another example for more advanced guitarists, uses more than 40 teachers to give lessons in all genres you can think of, which just couldn't be done by any single teacher alone. Why? Because there are some specific styles of playing that your private teacher might not be familiar with.

Guitar lessons cost less online, and the video material is just as good as what a personal teacher would teach.

The only thing online lessons don't offer is the personal interaction you have with private teachers. A guitar teacher who left a comment noted that 1 on 1 lessons also allow guitar students to connect with their peers, which is somewhat true. Many teachers organize quarterly concerts with their students. This is important for kids.

However, if you're an adult, check out for musician meetups in your area. These are free to join, and give you a great chance to connect with other guitarists. For example, here are the musician meetups in Miami.

If you are thinking of learning guitar online, check out this review, as well as this JamPlay review.

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  1. I like to teach and learn on line. There is a place for it. Alternatively, I love to teach one on one (in person) with my private students and I love to study privately(in person) with other world class recording and performing artists. There is a place for all of the above. Always remember, you get what you pay for… Hopefully! Stay inspired. 🎶

  2. Some of us make a living by teaching high quality, one-on-one, LIVE lessons. Don’t try and downplay private lessons and misinform people, just to benefit yourselves. This “comparison” is bogus, please nobody take this article as fact.

    1. Hi there,
      Actually, the table above is made up of just facts, nothing else. If you are a good teacher, I’m sure you can make a living doing it, but you have to admit that online video lessons have loads of advantages over private lessons.

      1. I give free stuff to my students (above what they are expecting, so I categorize that as free), include lots of videos for home practice, and charge significantly less for families with limited means. I give them the chance to meet other musicians and play with them, perform live, learn hands on guitar maintenance and repair, and develop friendships with them and their families. Implying that personal lessons are somehow limited compared to online services is really kind of silly.

      2. I’m sure you are a dedicated teacher, and you are right in that personal interaction and a chance to meet peers is not something that online lessons can offer. However, there are other ways to meet other guitarists, as I describe in the article.

        However, the cost advantages online lessons provide are huge, which is the main focus of the article.

  3. Nice educational blog about Online Guitar Lessons!! I really like the tips provided by the blogger regarding this important subject. Thanks for sharing.

  4. This is awesome! Thanks so much for putting this together, love the quick snapshot of what our online lesson options are.

  5. i have been planning on learning the guitar for some time now…this will give me a better perspective on where to learn the guitar from….

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