One of the things we like to do as a band is be constantly on the lookout for great tools that can help beginning musicians get started.
After all, we were all beginners at some point, and we know that getting through those first few months and years, when you can barely fit your fingers around the fret board or don’t have enough strength to play a simple bar F-chord, can be challenging.
Fortunately, there’s more material available online today than any of us ever had access to, and it’s both cheaper and more accessible than you might think. Hell, a lot of it is even free.
Let’s take a look at Guitar Tricks, one of our favorite programs.
GuitarTricks is a great resource for any guitarist looking to build your skills. Whether you’re first starting out or have already been playing for a few years, they’ve got all different types of lessons you can take advantage of.
Not only that, but they have a huge amount of content and video lessons that are 100% free, and offer a generous free trial on the premium membership courses, so you can try it out and take a few lessons before needing to pay a dime!
In my mind, there are a few characteristics that make this program stand out from the crowd. First is the attention to detail that every video has. The instructors don’t just play a lick or chord and then expect you to pick it up immediately, they chunk it down into smaller, bite-sized pieces, and walk you through how to do it step by step.
Especially if you’re a beginner, this approach is invaluable, and will go a long way to helping you make sense of it all.
The other thing I like about this site is the diversity of and combination of the materials they have. You can get lessons in different styles and techniques, and each lesson isn’t just a video, but has other text, tabs, and sheet music that go along with it as well.
That said, my hands down favorite part of the course is the sheer volume of content they have on there. I think I saw they boast something like 600 song tutorials!! That’s insane! I wish I’d had 600 song tutorials when I was learning to play. Hell, I watch some of these today and still learn neat new tricks.
At any rate, for those reasons, I really do recommend this program. I won’t get into more details here, you can just try it out for yourself, or read this review from beginnersguitarstudio.com to learn more, or check out the sample picking lesson below.
Even though I really like this course, I’m not going to deny that it might not be right for everyone. But, there’s are literally tons of good guitar lesson courses available online, so if you don’t like GT, then be sure to experiment with some of the other ones available.
You can check out more online guitar lessons from BGS, and we’re confident you’ll be able to find one that fits whatever it is you’re looking for in a lesson program.