Hello to all my esteemed students!
First off, I want to wish you all a Happy and Successful New Year. I wish I could say it to all of you individually, but this is the next best thing.
As a little twist on my usual post covering the most viewed lessons of the previous month, I thought it would be interesting to show you guys the 10 most watched guitar lessons for the entire year of 2018.
Most watched guitar lessons of 2018
This list is free of seasonality factors and the newly released video boost in watch time, so it makes for an interesting read:
- Pink Panther theme - Henry Mancini
- Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
- Hotel California - The Eagles
- Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur
- Stand By Me - Ben E King
- You Never Can Tell - Chuck Berry
- Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles
- Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N Roses
- Wipe Out - The Surfaris
- Samba Pa Ti - Carlos Santana
What struck me in the list is that most of the most viewed song lessons on the site are on classic songs. Contemporary songs don't appear on the list for some reason, which is very interesting. Actually, the next contemporary song would be #24 with Justin Bieber's Love Yourself.
This clearly shows that you guys are more into classic songs more than the songs of today, which is sort of understandable I guess. The music of today is much different than that of a few decades ago. The most famous artists of today like Post Malone, Taylor Swift, Cardi B, etc. play totally different music, which is less instrumental. There are a few bands that still feature instruments, like Maroon 5.
But it's true, you don't get those Sweet Child O Mine or Enter Sandman solos nowadays.
This might change in the future though. I don't know if you've noticed, but I've been hearing more and more acoustic guitar in songs lately. Also, Maroon 5 announced that their next album will be an instrumental album. We'll see.
Plans for 2019
Unfortunately I have not been able to really develop the site for the last few years, other than releasing occasional lessons.
This is all about to change though, as I hired an assistant to help with all the things that have been keeping me way too busy, and will soon hire a video editor to edit more videos.
This will mean that you can expect many things to come in 2019 on TheGuitarLesson.com.
Here are some of the things I am planning for the site. This list will make me accountable, so feel free to ask about any item here whenever you like 🙂
- Implement new video player with slow-down/speed-up functionality
- Redo the free guitar chords pages, add many more chords, and also sharps and flats
- Create a practical guitar theory course/ebook
- Create artist pages
- Create new guitar courses. This will be a big focus. I plan on creating:
- genre based bigger courses
- shorter technique based courses (which I term "mini series" in my notes)
- lessons for everyday practicing
- More YouTube videos
Here is to a great year to come!