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:

Private Guitar Teachers The Guitar Lesson.com Guitar Tricks.com Learn and Master Guitar
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced Beginner to Intermediate Beginner to Advanced Beginner to Intermediate
Video Lessons No Yes
Online video
based lessons
Yes
Online video
based lessons
Yes
DVD video
based lessons
Printed Lessons Yes
Usually get printed material
Yes
Supplement to
video lessons
Yes
Supplement to
video lessons
Yes
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 Stuff None - 10 free lessons
- GP Tabs database
- Guitar theory
- 24 free lessons None
Price 45 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 site Try a Google search The Guitar Lesson.com Guitar Tricks.com Learn 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, offer 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 through making you play popular, yet easy guitar songs. Private teacher may not know how to play every one of these songs.

Or another example for more advanced guitarists, GuitarTricks.com 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 allows 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 meetup.com 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 GuitarTricks.com review, as well as this JamPlay review.

7 replies
  1. teacher69
    teacher69 says:

    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.

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    • Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com
      Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com says:

      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.

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      • Bob Whilhite
        Bob Whilhite says:

        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.

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      • Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com
        Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com says:

        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.

        Reply
  2. munchy
    munchy says:

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

    Reply
  3. Brandy Anderson
    Brandy Anderson says:

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

    Reply
  4. Music for Songwriters
    Music for Songwriters says:

    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….

    Reply

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