Electric Guitar Learning Methods
The best way to learn the electric guitar
Our ‘Beginner’s Guide To Learning The Electric Guitar’ collection was made to aid you with your desire to study a brand-new instrument. We are here every step of the way, and this section focuses on the types of learning methods that are available.
What Solutions Are Best For Studying The Electric Guitar
People learn in different ways. Some have got photographic memories; some can speed read, while some can’t read in any way. We are all different, and for this reason, there isn’t one ‘correct’ method of mastering a musical instrument.
We have four very clear strategies for learning. They are:
- Traditional, face-to-face, one-to-one learning
- Traditional, face-to-face, group lessons
- Video Tutorials
Traditional, face-to-face, one-to-one lessons
Having private, one-to-one lessons can be an incredible experience if you find the right teacher. There really is no substitution for absorbing all the knowledge of your teacher and the personal connection and attention a teacher will bring to your music experience.
Out of all the options on this page, this is the most expensive, but I can’t stress how much people benefit from one to one tuition. As usual with things in life, you tend to get what you pay for…
Our guitar consultant – Fred Lawton, was taught by Johnny Heyes and Mike Walker at the Royal Northern College of Music. Johnny and Mike are two of the best guitarists in the UK in almost any genre.
There is a problem though: Not every teacher has their experience. In fact, the scary thing is that to become a music teacher, you don’t need any qualifications at all.
So how can you know that you’ve found a good teacher?
Look for the teacher’s credentials. Have they got a qualification from a good music school? Do they have good reviews from previous students? Have they been a professional player or teacher? Did they study with a great teacher themselves?
These are important questions to answer but you need to find a really experienced teacher who you personally connect with. One who understands your needs and that makes you look forward to going to see them every week.
Traditional, face-to-face, Group lessons
Many teachers also offer group lessons. The ethos is similar to one-to-one sessions, but the cost is much lower as the teacher’s fee is split amongst all the students in the group. Whilst you do get personalised feedback in group lessons, it’s worth remembering that you will progress as a group at the speed of the slowest group member
YouTube is of course the global superpower in regards to video content. You can find a significant amount within this platform for electric guitar lessons and it’s impossible to review them all.
Like the majority of mass appeal platforms, 95% of the content is complete garbage, with the other 5% free gold dust. Finding that 5%, however, is definitely tricky!
Countless players on youtube have offered free video tutorials on how to play the acoustic guitar. Justin Sandercoe – ‘JustinGuitar‘ was one of the first guitar tutors to use the youtube platform and has built his channel around teaching beginners. He’s had tens of millions of views and is one of the most respected online teachers.
If you don’t wish to shell out money and are prepared to devote enough time while seeking for top quality content that drives you, then there is no superior place.
With thousands of paid programs online, it’s totally unattainable to examine each of them. So we thought we would simply offer the two most desired alternatives:
Musical instrument manufacturer launched their own enormous series of lessons and courses last year after realising that the problem they faced as a manufacturer wasn’t sales but instead was retention. Many people were giving up after just a year of playing their instruments. ‘Fenderplay’ was their response to this problem. They have a host of electric guitar, acoustic guitar and bass guitar tutorial courses for every level of player, all for $9.99 a month.
If you’ve been on Youtube recently looking at anything guitar related, chances are that you’ve seen their adverts. Yousician cannot be overlooked and ignored. Any time a student brings a new song to me pre-learned before their lesson that they’ve learned on Yousician, I’m usually impressed with the results. Their prices range from $9.99-29.99 per month.
Tom Morello Teaches Electric Guitar:
Masterclass is the premier tuition service currently available. None of the classes is designed to make you an expert. They are designed to help you ‘dip your toe’ into your genre of choice, and then use the platform to jump off into more specialised learning.
Two-time Grammy Award winner and one of the greatest guitarist of all time based on the Rolling Stones magazine, Tom Morello will teach you amazing things for you to be a great guitarist yourself.
Electric Guitar Learning Methods - Summary
If you’ve read this far and you’re still not sure which method suits you best then don’t worry. It’s really common to be in the position that you’re in right now. And many teachers plan for this eventuality.
Whether they teach online, in person, in groups or through an online course, most teachers will offer some sort of trial period or money-back guarantee if you’re not so keen after your first lesson.
Even if a teacher doesn’t mention a trial on their site, it’s always worth asking.
A good trial will help you decide what’s best for you and it will give you a chance to meet some different teachers and see which ones you have a rapport with.
When it comes to decision time then simply trust your gut. You’ve done your research, you’ve been through some trial periods which will give you a good idea of what to expect.
With that newfound experience in hand, you’ll be well placed to make a great decision and get your learning off to the best possible start!
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