Learning how to play the guitar online can be a fun and rewarding way to explore music, relax
and pass time. The guitar is a very popular instrument that most students can start playing almost
right away. All you need is a decent guitar, a fresh set of strings, and you’re good to go!
The internet has many programs that will teach you how to play the
guitar online. Search the internet for lessons on specific songs and techniques. Usually you
will find songs transcribed into tablature, an intuitive way to notate guitar music. But we are
getting ahead of ourselves.
Look for a diagram of the parts of the guitar. It doesn't matter if you’re playing an electric
or acoustic guitar - their basic parts are the same. Next, search for a video on how to tune the
guitar. You will also want an electronic guitar tuner, so find one of those online as well.
Okay, you now know the basic parts of the guitar and you are in tune. A quick search of “how to
play the guitar online” will bring up, oh about 5,250,000 hits – oh boy. Where to start? Well you
can go to YouTube and try again. Video lessons are a great way to learn how to play the guitar
online. Many of the major online programs – including the ones listed on this website - will have
free introductory offerings. If you look hard enough, you can find enough free lessons to get the
basics before signing up for a paid guitar course!
In general, you’re looking for a set of progressive lessons that cover the basics in addition to
the guitar’s parts and how to tune it. Look for guitar lessons that include how to hold the
instrument itself. This is sometimes over-looked in online guitar lessons, but it is important
nonetheless. Finding a comfortable playing position that allows both hands free access to the
guitar will increase your enjoyment and general progress.
Next, look for a program on how to play the guitar online that covers reading both guitar
tablature and traditional notation, systems for reading the notes on the guitar. In a basic program
you should learn the notes in the open position, that is, the notes that fall on the first three
frets. It should also at least introduce a few scales, as well as the concept of playing beyond the
A good online guitar course should at least cover all the open chords. You can strum along to
most songs if you can commit to memory these fifteen or so chords. In addition, a beginner program
should at least introduce the concept of barre chords. If you’re playing on an acoustic guitar you
may need a few months to build enough strength (and calluses) to play these kinds of guitar
If you want to learn how to play the guitar online, look for a guitar course that teaches basic
strumming patterns for a few different styles of music. Some guitar lessons may boast a large
number of strumming patterns however there are really only a handful in a particular style of music
– the rest are just variations.
Your beginner guitar lessons should include several easy songs where you learn to play both the
melody and the chords. They should also offer play-along recordings that allow you to
practice your songs with a kind of virtual band.
That’s it and best wishes in learning how to play the guitar online!