It has never been easier to find guitar lessons online. There are thousands, and new lessons are added every day. There are also countless tabs and song guides. But students who learn guitar online often struggle with some "missing pieces" in their musical learning. That's because these pieces are most often learned from playing with more experienced musicians, or from a teacher. And although anyone can find guitar lessons online, not everybody has access to experienced musicians.
Last year, we set out to create a new online guitar learning site. We wanted to find out what was currently missing out there in the "lessonscape" and fill in some gaps.
We researched the top 50 free online guitar sites. We interviewed guitar students and teachers, and gathered information.
What we found is that guitar players who primarily learn online often report at least one of these issues:
Challenges With Online Lessons
Lack of clear structure. The lesson landscape was full of learning examples, but guidance for navigating through this landscape was lacking. Because each student learns at a different pace, is interested in learning different materials, and has a different overall level of ability, it's impossible to give the same practice plan to every student.
Lack of feedback. Learners reported that, without a teacher, they weren't sure if what they were doing was correct. Most were aware that their guitar habits might be formed over many years, and were wary of spending so much time building "bad" habits.
So there are benefits to having a private teacher, especially if you find one that can offer you these missing pieces.
But you can definitely learn a lot by yourself if you're committed. And no matter what resources you have available, the most important thing is what you practice, how you practice, and how often you practice.
What Is the Internet Best at Teaching?
Studying on the Internet can be an important part of learning-central, even. Here are some of the things the Internet is best at providing:
Limitless songs. Although you have to be careful when learning tabs to make sure that you're getting accurate information, no teacher has a library of songs that matches the number found on the Internet. Most teachers will gladly use tabs and charts printed from online, so long as they appear to be accurate.
Guitar Fretboard Knowledge. Diagrams of chords, scales and arpeggios are plentiful.
Techniques and tricks. No one teacher is familiar with the techniques and tricks used in every style. Thankfully you can find passable demonstrations of almost every technique somewhere out there.
Why You Should Consider Guitar Lessons
Using the web, you can usually find WHAT you want to learn, and hopefully you can also teach yourself HOW to play it. But playing with other musicians and learning from a teacher are useful in helping you understand WHY. And that's an important step in deconstructing what you're doing, setting your priorities, and deciding what you need to work on during today's practice.
About the Author:Grey is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, a professional guitar teacher with over 10 years of experience, and a presenter for HubGuitar.com.