There are a few specific things you want to look for before buying or enrolling for guitar lessons online. Almost all of the websites you visit will give a great pitch for the their product, but it's difficult to know if it's worth while until after you've already handed over your money. I'm going to give you a few tips about what to look for in beginner guitar lessons so that hopefully you'll make the right purchase decision the first try.

Online Videos or a DVD?

The two most popular alternatives to learn to play guitar on your own are either purchasing a guitar lesson dvd or enrolling in an online video lessons membership. The first thing to consider is can you picture yourself watching guitar lessons on your computer screen? You have to be connected to the Internet in order to watch lessons online, therefore you probably have to watch them on your monitor. Of course, dvds can be watched on your computer as well, but you also have the option of watching those lessons on your TV via your home dvd player.

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I just came across this book called Teach Yourself Visually - Guitar, which is a book that is supposed to help absolute beginners learn to play the guitar. I read around a little and wanted to give my thoughts about it quickly. Just to warn you, that if you are looking to teach yourself guitar from a book, this will not be pretty. If you are looking for the positive aspects of learning guitar from books, just go ahead and hit the Back button now...

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Tabs + Chords = Music

The reason most people start playing the guitar is clear: to be able to play songs.

A lot of my students told me, that after buying their first guitar, they immediately Googled how to play their favorite song, only to be presented by lots of tablature sites, like Ultimate Guitar, 911 tabs, and so on.

Now tabs sites are great for learning songs, but the problem is that super beginners have no idea how to read guitar tablature, or chord diagrams right off the bat. Why would they?
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