Today, it’s fairly easy to learn to play guitar online. You can easily find many web sites
dedicated to teaching you guitar from scratch. Many are extremely well thought out and offer
professional level instruction. The standard format for guitar lessons is usually some kind of
video supplemented with e-books, play-along recordings, guitar orientated software, and user
Most of these learn to play guitar online websites are subscription based. You pay a monthly fee
to access its resources. Your membership will usually give you full access to the site and all of
its resources for less than $30 per month. Considering that you may be paying that amount for one
private lesson, online guitar lessons are incredibly inexpensive.
Some of these learn to play guitar online sites can be a little overwhelming with literally
thousands of lessons covering different styles and techniques. But don’t despair, most will have
some kind of lesson plan for absolute beginners. Even intermediate players may find the beginner
program useful, if not for review, as a method of learning your way around the site and its
One thing to remember while you learn to play guitar online, is that it is a self-study method.
This means that in order to progress you will have to be fairly organized and disciplined about
your practice time. Many video lessons only last a few minutes. It is tempting to watch and play
along to the lesson and then move on to the next one. You should try to review each lesson
carefully, however. Download and study the lesson transcription if there is one, or make notes for
yourself. Then review and master the lesson before moving on. Depending on the complexity of the
lesson, you may need to do this over several practice sessions.
If you’re able to stick with your program and establish a regular practice routine, you should
be able to learn to play guitar online and cover the fundamentals of the instrument in just a few
months. You’ll learn the basic open chords, a hand-full of basic strumming patterns, how to play
and read single line melodies, and a few open position scales. Mastering these fundamentals will
prepare you for the big leagues and enable you to enjoy many hours spent leisurely playing the
I always recommend to online students to fully take advantage of their program's resources. For
example, read and post to the forums.
Reading the forums will help you overcome the inherent shortcoming of any learn to play guitar
online self-study program – the lack of feedback on your progress. The forums will add to your
understanding of the guitar and help you overcome any difficulties you may have while learning to
play the instrument. Posts by other students will give you ideas and ways about thinking about
music, and perhaps inspire you to learn a particular style or technique. You will also learn the
language of music and more about the great players of the guitar.
By posting your own questions and comments to the forum, you are engaging your learning process
and building a community of like-minded players around you. While you learn to play guitar online
you may even make a few friends you can play music with, one of the truly most rewarding aspects of
learning an instrument online.