Learning guitar nowadays has never been easier. Thanks to modern technology, you have dozens of avenues through which you can learn or improve. This article will explain a few of the options available to you and what they would involve.
Take Lessons in Person
Back in the day, there wasn’t a lot of choice with how you learned. You either learned on your own in your room, or you took lessons from a tutor. It really was like in the movies. Some musician in town took you on as a student. That was when there weren’t so many guitarists around. Now, you can throw a stone and hit someone who knows how to play guitar.
Many guitarists give lessons on a one-on-one basis or in group classes. Depending on how you learn and the teacher you find, either one of these option may be best for you. Many beginners and intermediate players alike find in-person lessons the most effective because you can get constant feedback from a knowledgeable mentor. This is also ideal if you have a hard time disciplining yourself. A teacher can keep you in check with your practice.
If you are going to join a group class, remember that you won’t be getting as much individual attention, so try to go for as small a group class as possible.
Take Lessons Online
There are countless instructors that you can find for a fraction of the price of in-person lessons if you just scour the internet. You can also find some more expensive but higher quality lessons online from some of the top guitarists in the world. Online lessons are conducted through video chat, and are not far off from having lessons in person. You will be able to get undivided individual attention from an instructor that fits your needs best. This option is especially perfect for people who don’t have easy access to good guitar instructors in their own area. All you really need is a good internet connection, a webcam, and high quality headphones/speakers and a mic.
Take a MOOC Course
MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Courses. There are scores of free online courses that you can take to get at least the basics of guitar playing, and often some even more advanced content as well. Many of these courses do indeed put you in touch with an instructor, and even more so allow students to work together, help to review one another’s work, and make long-lasting connections. Again, all you need is a good internet connection, some pretty basic software, and speakers or headphones and a microphone.
A surprising number of people learn all by themselves, perhaps more so now than ever before, thanks to technology. You won’t necessarily have to spend a cent on anything either. There are thousands of free videos, apps, and sites online that can teach you everything from the most basics to the most complex techniques and songs. Learn your favorites songs using apps and free software, get in touch with other players through forums and sites, and master the instrument with great ease. The caveat here is that you need to be disciplined. Without a teacher, it can be difficult to keep up a practice regimen. That’s why, if you take this route, it’s not just a matter of learning the songs you like as and when you feel like it. Playing guitar requires consistent, regular practice, even when you are not trying to learn something new or play in public. Without doing so, your progress largely deteriorates.
These, in essence, are the ways you can learn to play guitar. One or two of these may work better for you than others, so it’s a good idea to consider your learning styles and try a few to find out. Often a combination of two or more of these can be even better.