One-on-one guitar lessons remain a popular way to learn how to play, but the pandemic definitely taught us that online learning can be just as functional. Plus, it’s super helpful for musicians with busy schedules or for anyone who can’t travel to a teacher. These are the best online guitar lessons for anyone looking to learn from home. They’re computer, tablet, and even smartphone-friendly options for easy learning. Devote time to lessons (and practice) every day and you’ll be surprised by how much you’ve learned. You’ll be playing your favorite songs in no time.
1. Guitareo (Our Top Pick)
We’re big fans of Guitareo at American Songwriter. There are currently 10 levels packed with 7+ lessons. Each lesson is made to be easy to digest as a beginner guitarist so you can reach your goals faster. Also, ditch searching the web for chord charts. Guitareo has songs from your favorite artists. Pick from metal, rock, folk, pop, country, and more genres. You’re billed $240 a year for Guitareo, which is a great deal. Considering the fact that you’ll have access to guitar teachers for live lessons and questions along with endless access to rewatch lessons, it’s well worth it.
2. Fender (An Affordable Monthly Membership for Beginners)
Fender Play is a popular lesson option amongst beginners. Whether you’re learning acoustic or electric guitar, you’ll learn all the basics for playing country, rock, pop, blues, folk, and more. As someone who is learning drums right now and has abandoned the guitar (whoops), I’d give Fender Play a shot if I wanted to jump back into it. It’s $20 per month and you can start a free trial. Affordable and short step-by-step tutorials sound great for anyone looking to play in their free time.
3. Coursera (A Beginner-Friendly 4-Week Course)
Looking for a course offered by the Berklee College of Music? Look no further than Coursera. Some of the best guitarists I’ve met in Los Angeles have studied at Berklee College of Music. Luckily, their curriculum is easily accessible online, and you’ll just need to commit to 4 weeks of learning. This is a great chance for beginners to get a feel for string names, numbers, music notation, and more. You’ll also practice finger-picking and strumming patterns. Each week has 4+ videos and takes 3-4 hours to complete. Be prepared to take quizzes.
4. Udemy (Beginner Bass Guitar Lessons: A Complete Guide)
Udemy has a course perfect for beginner bass players. The course has 6 sections that cover the anatomy of the guitar, tuning & technique, riffs, music theory, technique, songwriting, and more. By the end of the course, you should know how to read guitar tabs and chords, and have a good understanding of techniques that will help you learn how to digest and write music. You don’t need any prior knowledge. All you need is a bass guitar! Get this course for $29.99.
5. Skillshare Electric Guitar: 5 left hand techniques for beginners
Lefties, there’s a beginner electric guitar technique class just for you. Learn how to place your hands on the guitar correctly so you don’t form bad habits. After getting comfortable with hand techniques, you’ll be able to take on lessons like any other right-handed player. You can use an acoustic guitar for these lessons. You’ll have access to 5 lessons in total.
6. Simply Guitar (Another Beginner-Friendly App)
Simply Guitar offers interactive lessons for real-time feedback. You’ll learn chords and tabs and will have access to a library full of famous rock, pop, and jazz music. We recommend an app like this to start a free trial. If all goes well, you’ll be excited to pay for a yearly subscription. Learning a variety of playing styles, melodies, and riffs each week will encourage you to keep going.
Enjoy learning. It’s not a race, and repetition is everything. Have fun, you never know where your skills will take you.
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