Learning on your Own
Learning on your own can be broken down into two simple categories: You can either learn for free or you can invest in a home study course.
Learn For Free
Learning for free is definitely a possibility. With the Internet at your fingertips, anything is possible these days. There are a handful of excellent free guitar websites that offer lessons and other great resources for those of us on a tight budget. However, some of these free sites and resources may be difficult to locate and not all of them are created by professionals. So you may find, after some time, that the free route may not be enough or may prove to be too frustrating.
One huge advantage to the free learning, besides being cost effective, is that it gives you the option to test the waters before you invest any money into private lessons or home study courses. Guitar playing is not for everyone. You may find after playing for a short while that your heart isn’t into it. In order to become a good guitar player you must be passionate about playing, have patience and dedication. Without those qualities, I am afraid you won’t get very far.
Our Picks For Free Learning Resources Online:
Learn-Acoustic-Gutiar.Com – Of course we are going to recommend this site! You will find a wide variety of free acoustic guitar lessons here on this website. Use the navigation bar up top to look around or search for specific lessons using the search bar at the top of this page.
YouTube – YouTube is loaded with free acoustic guitar lessons. You will find an endless amount of free videos there. Head over today and browse around. There are two specific users to search for on YouTube that we find offer excellent instruction. Search for the keywords: “next level guitar” and “justinsandercoe”.
AcousticGuitar.Com – Great selection of lessons from beginner to advanced.
TheoryLessons.Com – One of our favorite websites for learning guitar. It is packed with lots of free lesson on guitar theory. This is essential learning for beginner and advanced guitarists.
Home Study Courses
With the right home study course, learning how to play guitar is very possible, assuming you are dedicated to working hard and practicing. With the right home study course, you will not only save money (when compared to hiring a private instructor), but you will also be able to learn at your own pace. You also have the option to access the same information whenever you want and for as many times as you want. That is probably the biggest advantage to this option. We learn best by repetition. Sometimes we have to hear or watch something over and over again before it sinks in. With a home study course, you simply pop a cd or dvd in and watch or listen whenever you feel the need. With an instructor you don’t have that option.
There are several excellent home study courses available that can be just as effective or better than hiring a private instructor. Courses can cost anywhere from $30 to as much as a few hundred dollars, depending on the quality and content of the home study course.
Here are our picks for the best Home Study Courses For Guitar:
Hiring a Private Instructor
First and foremost, this option is expensive. Private guitar lessons,on average, can cost about $15 – $30 for a half hour lesson, and $20 to as much as $75 for an hour lesson, depending on the teachers experience and reputation.
One big advantage to a private instructor is the direct feedback they can provide . One of the most common problems a beginner faces is developing bad habits. A good instructor will help you recognize your bad playing habits and help you correct them on the spot.
Finding a “good” teacher can be a difficult task and you should choose one carefully if you decide to go that route. Even the most talented guitarists, that have been playing for decades, can make terrible instructors, so your criteria for choosing a teacher should not be based on experience alone. You need to find a person that actually “enjoys” teaching and isn’t just doing it for a paycheck.
The first thing I would do is to come up with a list of possible instructors in your area.
You can do this by:
Asking Your Friends and Family
A great place to start when searching for a guitar teacher is to simply ask your friends, family or co-workers. You may have a close personal friend, relative or co-worker that has already taken lessons and will be able to recommend a good instructor.
The Internet is a great resource for finding possible instructors. You can simply do a search on Google for guitar teachers in your local area. You could also visit guitar discussion groups online and ask around there.
Yellow Pages or other Publications
Grab a yellow pages, newspaper or other publication and search for local guitar instructors that way.
Once you compile your list, you need to make certain you are getting the best possible instruction for your money, so be prepared to ask your instructor a few questions. Ask him or her how long they have been teaching, the teaching qualifications he or she has, the number of students he or she currently teaches and ask for the phone number or contact information of a few of his or her students. From the answers you receive, you should be able to determine which instructor is right for you.
So the choice is now yours. Only you can determine which option is right for you. Some of us simply cannot afford to hire a teacher, so the choice is rather simple. Others are simply unable to learn on their own and need the guidance and encouragement that a teacher can provide.
I wish you luck!