Finding the Perfect Guitar Lessons

August 27th, 2009

Learning to play guitar can be a rewarding and incredibly fun experience, but sometimes it can be hard to find the right lessons for you. Some people prefer to take lessons from a private instructor, yet others would rather learn with software at home. Others still would prefer to find books and teach themselves. None of those options are any better or worse than the others, but there are pros and cons to each.

This post will look at some factors worth taking into account when choosing how to learn guitar. After all, reviewing the lesson options yourself is the only way you will be able to choose the perfect method for you.

First of all, you want to find a lesson that will give you valuable visual examples of the techniques you will be learning. In the case of learning without a tutor, it helps to find computer lessons that provide you with high quality video guitar lessons showing the hand and finger placement and how to properly follow through techniques.

Most guitar teachers understand how important visual learning is, but if you feel as though you are not seeing enough, then making that clear is essential. Many books on theory and technique have pictures as well. In general, having a personal tutor can be helpful for that reason, but software, DVD’s or online lessons can be just as helpful, and in some cases more so.

Another important part of your decision is simply looking at the musical styles being taught. Genres range from rock, to classical, to jazz, so the different approaches will vary. If you are planning to learn how to play rock, it might be of benefit to you to know if your tutor wants to teach you Bach. The same works with online courses, so it helps to figure this out early so you get on the right track.

A simple yet often overlooked aspect of any guitar lessons you want to take is the difficulty. Yes, learning any new instrument is a challenge, but if from the start things feel too fast-paced, then you probably haven’t found the right program.

Some of the best guitar courses go at a pace that is easy for anyone to learn. Lessons have a natural progression, and as long as you are going at a pace you feel comfortable with, the technique will come in time. This is a major advantage to home study courses and memberships: you can rewind as often as you like!

Of course, there are some aspects to learning any new skill that can be a little tedious, but mind you, no matter what kind of lesson you choose, you can expect a healthy dose of practice to go alongside it. Hopefully my reviews of the lessons I have tried will help you make a decision that makes learning guitar easier for you.

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